Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park

Posted by Josette Dunn on 1st September 2010

The Age Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park is a day of delectable Victorian food and wine, cooking demonstrations from Australia’s best chefs, rocking live entertainment, and frivolity with family and friends, held from 9am to 5pm on Sunday 28 November.Bring those empty picnic baskets and get ready to stock up for Christmas as there will be plenty of fresh, amazing produce on display with more than 100 food and wine producers from Victoria taking part in the picnic, which is one of the longest running festivals in Victoria.


This year brings a number of new exhibitors including the Victorian Cherry Association. They will not only have a magnificent display of mouth watering cherries, but an entertaining Cherry Pip Spitting Competition, where winners in different categories will receive prizes including a cherry red Kitchen Aid bench mixer.

In addition to cherries the picnic will feature other delights including Pud for All Seasons – handmade quality puddings and dessert sauces that are perfect for Christmas; craft beer and home-made rabbit pies from Tooborac Hotel and Brewery; gluten free roasted nuts and honey savoury nuts from the Gourmet Nut Company; and award winning cool climate wines from D’Angelo Wines, to name a few.

The NEFF Cooking Demonstration Marquee will have something for everyone with a range of recipe ideas presented by well known Australian chefs – Tony Tan, Shane Delia, Cath Claringbold, Samantha Gowing, and Andrew Blake – which will include local produce from the event.

Australian chefs
Tony Tan is a respected culinary teacher and chef specialising in Asian cuisine and cross-cultural cooking. He has owned and cooked at Shakahari Restaurant in Melbourne and Tatler’s Cafe in Sydney. He is now the principal of his cooking school in Melbourne which he established in 2001 and is Cultural Creative Director of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.

Shane Delia is the owner and head chef at Maha Bar and Grill and will be whipping up a brand new array of Middle Eastern dishes. Shane is a regular chef on Ready Steady Cook and his engaging personality will make the presentation interactive with plenty of question opportunities for the audience.

Cath Claringbold is an extremely versatile chef and throughout her career has embraced French, Australian and Middle Eastern cuisines. She has been awarded two chefs’ hats since opening the acclaimed Mecca Restaurant and Mecca Bah group of restaurants across three states. Since then Cath has operated her own food consultancy agency and has been a regular demonstrator, mentor, speaker and food columnist. Her delicious yet unfussy food will have the audience licking their lips.

Clinical nutritionist and former restaurateur Samantha Gowing has over 25 years experience in the industry. She has run an organic cooking school in Australia, Bali and Sri Lanka and established a unique food and health business. Samantha is in demand internationally for her organic cooking classes and cooking demonstrations. Picnic attendees will be shown a range of her simple organic and healthy dishes.

Andrew Blake is the director of Blake’s Feast, a catering business in Melbourne. He has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry gained from running successful restaurants, such as ‘Blake’s’ at Southgate to now providing restaurant quality food in many environments. Andrew will share his expertise and creative abilities at the event, which have led him to win many industry awards. He will also showcase his recently released second book Blake’s Feast with recipes from each era of his working life.

Live entertainment
Live entertainment will be adding to the atmosphere with jazz, funk and blues band, the Black Sorrows with Joe Camilleri, giving everyone a chance to sing along to their chilled out tracks whilst enjoying the festivities of the picnic.

Jugularity will play a mix of folk, jazz, blues and lounge music followed by Gee Whiz Kidz welcoming children to their colourful world of fun tunes, positive messages and exciting themes. Finally Combo la Revelacion will take to the stage with their energetic, vibrant Latin American music, which always gets people up and shaking their booties.

Admission entry
Admission covers entry to The Age Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park, Werribee Mansion, Victoria State Rose Garden, NEFF Cooking Demonstration Marquee, live music on stage, children’s activities, car parking, a visitor’s program, and a copy of The Sunday Age.

Pre-purchased tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for concession and groups bookings, and children under 15 are free. If tickets are purchased online before 5pm, Friday 26 November there is a chance to win a top of the range Neff Slide & Hide Door Oven with a RRP of $3,999.

For further information about The Age Harvest Picnic at Werribee Park including ticket and location details visit www.harvestpicnic.com.au or call 03 9521 8844. People can also follow the picnic on Facebook with their chance to win tickets weekly.