Taste Great festival appeals to Great Southern tastes

Albany Advertiser

The sun shone brightly on the launch of Taste Great Southern 2013 at Denmark on Saturday, highlighting a festival program jam packed with events, celebrity chefs and top class food and wine.

Forrest Hill winery provided the perfect setting for the festival’s launch, held in conjunction with the inaugural Great Southern Oyster and Reisling Festival.

Local chef Dan Sharp teamed with Justine Schofield, of Masterchef fame, to put on entertaining and informative cooking demonstrations, while punters enjoyed the region’s finest reislings and freshest oysters.

Denmark Tourism Incorporated chief executive Justine Nagorski, who with event co-ordinator Rachael Haase was responsible for delivering the festival, thanked sponsors and those hosting events.

Albany Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Graham Harvey, Kim Barrow, of the Great Southern Development Commission, and Agriculture Minister Terry Redman spoke at the official launch, singing the region’s praises.

Ms Nagorski said Taste was in its 9th year and the 2013 program was bigger and better.

“The launch marked the opening of the largest and one of the most successful food and wine festivals in WA,” she said.

“Taste will permeate every corner of the region and spread across the many abundant wine sub-regions — the Great Southern will be transformed into a gastronomic playground.”

Ms Nagorski said the Taste festival — featuring popular TV chef Poh Ling Yeow, also of Masterchef fame — would showcase the character, attitudes and habits of the Great Southern region through its local produce and personalities.

The Perth launch of the festival will be on Friday, February 22, at Perth Town Hall.

Look out for a special 20-page insert on Taste Great Southern 2013 in our Tuesday, February 19, edition.

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