Kiama hosts inaugural food festival

This weekend's inaugural Kiama Artisan Food Festival will celebrate some of the best regional produce, local artisan skills and cuisine from NSW's South Coast

Kiama Artisan Food Festival, South Coast NSW, Visit NSW

Australia has no shortage of food festivals. But this weekend’s inaugural Kiama Artisan Food Festival is one worth the short break from Sydney. From cheese to coffee, pizza to pepperoni, the festival celebrates the best of boutique regional produce, local artisan skills and cuisine. The family-friendly festival is to be held August 11 and 12 and includes a three-course dinner created by Indigenous chef Mark Olive, along with the best local produce sourced within a 50km radius. Here are 5 great reasons to visit Kiama Artisan Food Festival.

Mark Olive, Black Olive, Kiama Artisan Food Festival, South Coast NSW, Visit NSW

There will be a 50KM Dinner
Indigenous chef Mark Olive, founder of The Black Olive restaurant in Melbourne and host of The Outback Chef TV series will host the 50km dinner. The 50km dinner will see Olive bringing his passion for vibrant colours and the earthy tastes of ancient outback food to the dining table with this three-course producer showcase dinner that includes matching wines. Award-winning caterers Culinarius brings the experience to life as Olive fuses native and Indigenous Australian ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques.

Kiama Artisan Food Festival, South Coast NSW, Visit NSW

Feast showcases local produce
The intimate dinner features the best of fresh local produce from around the region including Crooked River free range chicken and eggs, Schottlanders wagyu beef, Shoalhaven Gourmet Mushrooms, Flour Water Salt hand-made sourdough breads, Pecora Dairy sheeps cheese, Buena Visa goats cheese and fresh vegetables from Mahbrook Organics and Mountain Range Farm.  Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also catered for at the dinner, which includes welcome drinks and roving entrées, alternate main courses and a decadent dessert served with gelato from The Pines Dairy. Tickets for the 50km dinner are priced at $140 per person, including wines,

Kiama Artisan Food Festival, South Coast NSW, Visit NSW

You can learn some new tricks
A series of workshops will be held in the Pavilion from 10 am on Sunday, August 12. The workshops offer an insight into specialist artisan skills, presented by expert practitioners who will share their passion, knowledge and skills.  Each workshop will run for about 90 minutes and includes demonstrations and sampling. Highlights include a 10am Beer Appreciation workshop presented by Phil O’Shea, of Five Barrels Brewery, Wollongong.  O’Shea, who is part of a global movement back to locally brewed quality beers and ales, will teach participants the principles of beer making and the details that impart the unique tastes and flavours to beers.

Beer, Brewery tours, beer-making workshop, Kiama Artisan Food Festival

There will be beer
Cheese Making Workshop presented by Jan Watson and Rosie Johnson, Valley Cheese Makers, Kangaroo Valley is also scheduled for 10 am. The pair will demonstrate how to convert milk into soft, hard and blue vein cheeses plus other fermented products.  The workshop schedule also includes a Wine Appreciation class, Boutique Whisky and Gin tutorial,  Pizza Perfection demo, and a masterclass on Fermenting Vegetables and Sausage Making. The workshops are priced at $30 per person.

Kiama Artisan Food Festival, South Coast NSW, Visit NSW

Free cooking classes for kids
There will be more than 50 stalls set up at Kiama Show Grounds and in the Pavilion, showcasing local produce, meat, wine, beer and cider plus artisan food and beverage production tools from 10am, Sunday August 12. There will also be free Kids Love to Cook workshops from 11am where children can learn to make Vietnamese rice paper rolls or healthy bliss balls. Each class will run for 15 minutes with all equipment and ingredients provided. Entertainment will also include jumping castles, carousels, singers and local musicians. www.kiamashowevents.com

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