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A Harvest Lunch by the river hosted by Matt Golinski, Matt Wilkinson’s dinners at The Stunned Mullet and a pop-up Oyster Barn are just a few of the tasty new events announced for Port Macquarie’s Tastings on Hastings from 28-30 October 2016.

Now in its 14th year, the festival has a hugely expanded program with events held across the community of this bourgeoning foodie region from a new Latin wine bar and community garden to a hatted restaurant and winery.

Phantasia Fire Performance. 2015 Tastings on Hastings festival is launched with the Fire Water Harvest festival in Port Macquarie on Friday Night. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography

Phantasia Fire Performance. 2015 Tastings on Hastings festival is launched with the Fire Water Harvest festival in Port Macquarie on Friday Night. Pic: Lindsay Moller Photography

Three professional chefs Matt Golinski, Matt Wilkinson and Nicolas Poelaert, will be in town to host chef dinners, cooking demonstrations, guided event tours and an industry development day.

Tastings on Hastings is the most vibrant weekend for foodies to visit Port Macquarie and experience its burgeoning food and beverage industry. A plethora of wine bars have opened recently, there are groovy new cafes, award-winning restaurants and a relaxed coastal vibe.

Other event highlights include a Sustainable Table morning at The Lost Plot community gardens, a Beer Masterclass at Latin Loafer and the Tastings Ignites night-time festival on Saturday. This will be followed by the popular main event on Sunday featuring over 120 local foods and beverages to sample, live bands and cooking demonstrations.

Celebrity Chef Matt Wilkinson will delight diners at The Stunned Mullet restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights, and will host a series of cooking demonstrations on Sunday. A hatted chef and restaurant owner Matt is obsessed with growing, sourcing and presenting the best tasting produce he can find. Matt will be joined by Nicolas Poelaert, an internationally renowned professional chef who uses ingredients that he has grown or foraged himself.

Popular chef Matt Golinski will be this year’s Producer’s Ambassador. Matt has a passion for using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients, and is well-known for his food columns, blogs, speaking roles and appearances on TV show Ready Steady Cook.

Tastings on Hastings event highlights:

Friday 28 October 2016

  • Feast with Matt and The Mullet – celebrity chef dinner at The Stunned Mullet with Matt Wilkinson and Nicolas Poelaert
  • Beer Masterclass at Latin Loafer wine bar with Matt Kirkegaard

Saturday 29 October 2016

  • The Sustainable Table at The Lost Plot community gardens, cooking from garden to plate
  • Harvest Lunch by Matt Golinski under a marquee by the river on Town Green with Drury Lane catering, produce sourced from within our Locavore region
  • Cassegrain Wine Masterclass at the Barrel Room, Cassegrain
  • Tastings Ignites Festival an evening event by the Hastings River with food stalls, fire twirlers, art installations and oyster shucking in The Oyster Barn, perfect for families
  • Feast with Matt and The Mullet – celebrity chef dinner at The Stunned Mullet with Matt Wilkinson and Nicolas Poelaert

Sunday 30 October 2016

  • Tastings on Hastings Main Festival in the town centre all day with around 120 food, wine, beer, farmers, producers, artisans and makers from around the region
  • Cooking demonstrations 10am ‘Learn with Matt and The Mullet’, 11am ‘From Paddock to Provedore with Matt Golinski’ and 12noon ‘Fermenting Demonstration with Sammi Zajko from Fermenting Australia’

One of the best places to stay is the Observatory, a 4.5star hotel, walking distance to The Stunned Mullet restaurant and opposite Town Beach.

The region has over 80 producers, six wineries, three boutique breweries and award-winning restaurants and cafes. Pick your own strawberries, try native bush foods, old Russian recipe chocolates and farm-house cheeses.

For event updates, sign up for the newsletter at www.tastingsonhastings.com.au and follow Tastings on Hastings on Facebook and Instagram.

Port Macquarie is a 4-hour drive North of Sydney or a 1-hour flight from Sydney and Brisbane with connections to the rest of Australia. Call 1300 303 155 or go on-line at www.portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

Tastings on Hastings 2015 has been supported by the NSW Government as part of its Regional Flagship Events Program.

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