By MELISSA WALSH
The last weekend in May saw Sorrento hosting its sixth mouthwatering food and wine event with a weekend long feast of activities including master classes, cooking demos and tastings, themed lunches and dinners, gourmet menus, wine, beer, and a foodies market.
The whole weekend was a great success with food related, gourmet activities, and cooking demonstrations from chefs from hatted restaurants including Ian Curley from The European group of restaurants, Adam D’Sylva from Coda and Tonka, Paul Mercurio, and Daniel Wilson from Huxtabel and Huxtaburger.
The Three Palms Restaurant Spiegeltent was set up as a taste marquee where cooking demonstrations were held during the weekend. Local chef, Barry Iddles from Sorrento Catering and Brett Johnson from Acquolino held cooking masterclasses.
Sunday saw the foodies market in Ocean Beach Road, along the footpath, where musicians and entertainers helped create a fabulous food lovers atmosphere.
Over 5000 people attended the event which has continued to grow each year, with visitors from Melbourne and regional areas raving about the Peninsula produce, and nearly every ticketed event sold out.
A fundraising event held at the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, called Skinny Duck Flies South, was hailed a huge success with $42,000 raised for Fare Share, a charity which redistributes food for charitable organisations. Being part of the Feed Melbourne Campaign, Fare Share also receives funds from the Lord Mayor’s charitable foundation, equalling the funds raised on the night.
Former MasterChef professional, Michael Demagistris, held a fun filled Italian masterclass at Buckley’s Chance, putting on a multi course feast and demonstrating how to make the perfect risotto.