Eat Canberra recently held our first foodie event with Canberra’s very own MasterChef, Trent Harvey. Guests arrived at The Truffle Farm, a stunning location near Mount Majura, and were treated to a three-course lunch and gift bags filled with goodies from local businesses. They were able to talk to Trent and find our about his MasterChef Australia experience and some lucky people even got to take home one of our great giveaways.
The entrée of creamy burrata, fresh tomatoes, crispy prosciutto and macadamia pesto seasoned with truffle salt was a hit. The delicious flavours and incredible textures of the dish were tied together perfectly. The entrée was matched with a 2016 Pinot Gris from Mada Wines. It is winemaker Hamish Young’s first vintage and the perfect wine to enjoy this Summer. Before taking the plunge to make his own amazing wines Hamish was assistant winemaker at Eden Road Wines.
Trent’s next creation was slow-roasted lamb shoulder with dukkah roasted cauliflower, carrots, roasted chickpeas and spiced yoghurt. The dish was matched with Long Rail Gully 2014 Shiraz. The Shiraz is a deep-ish red-purple hue and a rich bouquet of spicy, meaty charcuterie and plum aromas. The palate is rich, soft, dense, fleshy and round and went beautifully with the lamb. Both of the wines we served are local wines and can also be purchased from The Canberra Wine House at cellar door price.
The lovely ladies from Naked Foods Braddon helped us at this special event and Kristy (who also runs @eatprettyglow) used their products to create some amazing raw, vegan desserts. Our guests were able to try a piece of each of the mango, coconut and macadamia cream cake, pomegranate, raspberry and rose chocolate cheesecake, and the cherry and vanilla tart. They were pleasantly surprised with many of them not being able to choose their favourite because they loved them all.
Trent mingled with guests throughout the event, talking about each of the dishes and answering questions about his time on MasterChef Australia. Jayson Mesman, owner of The Truffle Farm told everyone about how the farm operates and all the events they run during truffle season. We also had Ali King from Zumbo’s Just Dessert join us.
Before the event ended we had some great giveaways from local businesses that a few lucky people got to take home with them.
Our first event was a massive success and we received a lot of great feedback. It’s been a big year for Eat Canberra and we look forward to bringing you more foodie events, news and fun in 2017. Sign up to our newsletter when you see the pop up box when you first visit eatcanberra.com.au. Being on the list will keep you in the loop about upcoming events and Canberra food news.
A big thank you to the following businesses for being involved in this event:
- The Essential Ingredient
- QuickSand Food
- Ainslie IGA & Ainslie Cellars
- The Local Larder
- The Canberra Wine House
- Naked Foods Braddon
- Jasper & Myrtle
- Adore Tea
- Ali King – Desserts, Cakes & Events
- Naked Foods Braddon
- Stripey Sundae
Check out the event album on Facebook to see more photos.