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A Summer of Wine, Dining and Cultural Events with Relais & Chateaux

October 21, 2013 Hotel Deals No Comments Email Email

518797This spring and summer, drift through turquoise coastlines and lush southern lands with innovative Relais and Chateaux chef events, activities and special offers, exclusive to Australian and New Zealand properties.

Celebrate World Champagne Day on Friday 25 October with qualia’s Great Gatsby-themed dinner, styled by Megan Morton and presented on the water’s edge of Hamilton Island’s Pebble Beach. Savour a four course bespoke dinner and sip champagne on the Island where the movie’s Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan have stayed. 

On November 23, experience the theatrical fantasy behind qualia’s Pas de Deux in Paradise, an open-air performance by The Australian Ballet, complete with sunset canapés, dinner and behind-the-scenes experiences.

520644Just outside Sydney, visit Jonah’s on November 15 for an intimate evening with The Australian Ballet. This involves a performance on the terrace by Miwako Kubota and Rudy Hawkes, followed by a Q&A session with Nicolette Faillon, Music Director and Chief Conductor. Champagne, dinner and perfectly matched wines included.

Or, on November 5, join Jonah’s for the Melbourne Cup Races, and enjoy a three-course lunch, exclusive candle, champagne and fashion show by Aqwa Boutique. Revel in the stretching oceans views as Aqwa Boutique showcases esteemed Australian designers from Sass & Bide to Zimmermann, with looks accessorised by Jan Logan fine jewellery.

Throughout spring and summer, Jonah’s also plays host to an exclusive MasterCard collaboration, Priceless Sydney, with cardholders receiving a complimentary fig and coconut panna cotta and candle when two or more courses are ordered.

In the Hunter Valley, Sydney’s most illustrious wine growing region, Tower Lodge entertains with the legendary Len Evans Tutorial on November 4-8, exposing guests to thirty varietal wines from up to five countries and spanning up to 30 years.

Or, in Melbourne, celebrate the captivating Australian and French culinary infusion of Jacques Reymond Restaurant before the succession of Jacques to current sous-chefs in January 2014.

520653Adventuring onwards to New Zealand, explore The Farm at Cape Kidnappers on November 9 with the Taste of Relais & Chateaux Long Lunch and cooking demonstration, showcasing the expertise of four New Zealand property’s head chefs. Guests will enjoy cuisine from the Chefs of Otahuna Lodge, Huka Lodge and Whare Kea Lodge.

Or, situated in picturesque Hawke’s Bay, join Cape Kidnappers and Taste Magazine on October 26 as they host a cooking demonstration and lunch with Julie Biuso, award winning cookbook author, teacher and journalist.

“Relais & Chateaux properties the world over offer guests unique experiences with exemplary service and extraordinary cuisine,” said Natasha Granath, Relais & Châteaux Regional Director, Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific.

“Our hotels and restaurants in Australia and New Zealand have a distinctive identity – they really capture the essence of the land – a sense of local terroir – which shines through in the distinct culinary and outdoor adventure experiences at each one.”

In summer, Christchurch’s Otahuna Lodge serves a menu based on lamb, pork and chickens raised on Otahuna’s own farm. On mysterious Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri Lodge offers stunning views of mountain ranges, as well as hikes, fly fishing and horseback rides.

544671In Sydney, experience the cross-cultural culinary mélange that has become the city’s signature style at Tetsuya’s. Uniquely set in a Japanese garden, Tetsuya’s renowned 11-course degustation summits with his signature dish: Tasmanian ocean trout with konbu, apple and fennel.

The lush mountain peaks and breathtaking views of the Tasmanian and New Zealand landscapes make spring and summer the perfect time for exploring serene, elegant and ecologically remote paradises. Each of our properties celebrates spectacular natural beauty.

Indulge in Saffire’s authentic Tasmanian produce during an oyster harvesting expedition or wild salmon fishing trip, staying four nights for the amount of three with the property’s exclusive summer season rates.

Or, join Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet at the Lake Wanaka Food and Wine Festival on October 26 and 27. Taste the best of Central Otago wine while reveling in tantalising degustation dishes by Chef James Stapley and other Wanaka chefs.

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