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2013 Masterchef winner Emma Dean to attend festival as Seasonal Harvest Ambassador

February 21, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

Melbourne based Emma Dean, 2013 Masterchef winner and author of cookbook, ‘A Homegrown Table’ is confirmed to join the 2014 Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festivities as part of the Seasonal Harvest Tours & Appreciation Sessions from March 6-10.

“I have a passion for all things planting, growing and harvesting. For as long as I can remember I have been rummaging around in the garden beds, learning to appreciate nature’s bounty and understanding the seasons.” said an excited Emma about her visit to the region next month.

Emma’s beautiful cooking style is inspired by a combination of her regional upbringing and enthusiasm for urban foraging, resulting in dishes that mix classic ingredients with the more unusual and adventurous.

“I love to forage for food, picking up leaves and seeds as I go and cooking with them and also transplanting them back into my garden.”

Granite Belt Wine & Tourism Marketing Director Sarah Reeves said “the region is extremely excited to be hosting Emma over the festive weekend – not just for her prominence in Australian cooking, but because of her passion for regional produce, sustainability and seasonality – a perfect fit for our region’s offering.”

“We look forward to showing her more of the region as we know she enjoyed a small taste of the Granite Belt in January,” she said.

Emma will be giving a talk to children at Stanthorpe State School Friday morning March 7 from 9.30 – 10.30am after which she will join the Friday ‘An Apple a Day’ Seasonal Harvest Tour.

Emma will be a guest at the Friday evening Degustation Dinner with Gold Medal Wines at Varias Restaurant QCWT where guests will be able to share a meal and chat with Emma about her love of great food and wine.

Emma will be in action twice on Saturday March 8 at 10am and 12 noon using regional produce to prepare dishes straight from her cookbook at the Seasonal Harvest Marquee in Weerroona Park.

Copies of A Homegrown Table will be available for purchase and Emma will also be available for book signings.

Spaces for these tours are limited get in quick to book your spot for the dinners, tours and appreciation sessions at www.appleandgrape.org

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