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Win Good Food and Wine Show tickets!


Be quick or you'll miss the chance to win three ticket packs to the 2011 Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show from November 4-6 at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. 


The three winners will receive access to show on any one day from Friday to Sunday, plus double pass to a Bacardi Sensology cocktail class of your choice, where expert mixologists take you through a simple, step by step guide to making and serving some of the world's most iconic cocktails. Choose from the legendary Mojito, Cosmopolitan, Pina Colada, Breakfast Martini or the Daiquiri... plus of course the finished cocktail is yours to enjoy once the session ends. 

If you'd like to win a ticket pack - leave a comment below explaining why your cocktail technique needs improving and then email me at kerry@eatdrinkandbekerry.com.au  by 12 midnight Wednesday.

I'll pick the three comments that amuse me most! 
 

This year, as the Queensland food and produce industry strides with innovation and freshness post last year’s floods and cyclone, there’ll be plenty to explore including, for the first time, a dedicated Gluten Free section.


Celebrity chefs to hit the kitchen at the Show include Matt Moran, Manu Fiedel, George Calombaris, Gary Mehigan and Tobie Puttock, plus loads of classes and demonstrations including:

• Riedel Decanter Bar – savour speciality wines with a panel of wine experts.
• Riedel Wine Theatre – get your taste buds tingling as you sample top drops and master the art of wine/food matching with Australia’s finest viticulture experts.
• CheeseMatters Discover Class - cheese experts step you through a cheese tasting, matched with a glass of fine wine or beer and other accompaniments.
• Sunbeam Academy – cupcakes and coffee, the essentials of life. Tie on an apron and learn to master the making of both with tips from the pros.
• Oxford Landing Estate Restaurant – be transported to South Australia in an instant and enjoy dishes prepared with the best SA ingredients and perfectly complemented with a glass of Oxford Landing Estates wine.
• Barilla Pasta Class – enter the interactive ‘Casa Barilla’ to learn more about pasta – taste it, and try to make the perfect pasta dish yourself.
• Chef Book Signing Sessions – we all have our favourite – and this is your chance to meet them and have your cookbook signed.

Adult ticket prices start at $21.50. A VIP Ticket is available for $98.50 on the Friday and Saturday. This ticket includes an exclusive opportunity to meet your favourite chef at a VIP function, front row seats to a Celebrity Theatre Session of your choice, champagne, nibbles and a cook book. Tickets are limited to 50 per day.

For those who love their reds and whites, the Winelovers Ticket is available for $75. It includes Show entry, a Riedel Decanter Bar session, a Riedel ‘O’ Series boxed glass, a bottle of wine and a copy of Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine. Package valued at $120.

Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show

Comments

  1. Anonymous9:29 am

    My cocktail list extends soley to The good ole piña colada.. A can of coconut milk, pineapple juice and lots of Malibu whizzed up with plenty of ice. Great by the pool in summer but sadly I don't think this recipe has the wow factor with my friends anymore :(

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  2. My cocktail list is very limited and being that I am starting out in Tupperware and a lot of my clients ask for the theme party 'Cocktail Party' - I seriously need help. I dont know what goes with what and cant afford to go out and buy liquors to trial them all - then again if I did I would be rather tipsy all the time.

    HELP!!!!

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  3. My cocktail technique needs improving because at the moment my 'bartender' persona is just a little sad. I pretend to know what i'm doing but really it's a sneaky little bit of this and a little bit of that should do the trick! Voila! Tastes great huh? :s .... hmm maybe not so much...

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  4. COCKTAIL TRAINING REQUIRED - Any help, tricks and tips would be greatly appreciated, available for training from the 4-6 November 2011.

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  5. Anonymous8:35 pm

    Cocktails - I went to a cocktail party, had one but not being so keen on them thought I would try a lemon and lime drink. At the end of the night I asked what it was and found out it was a virgin one! Help please....

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  6. Anonymous9:15 am

    i'm not good at cocktails, love drinking them, but never mastered the art even though a have a cocktail book, would love to learn more

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  7. Don't forget to send me an email so I can contact you if you win!

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  8. Amanda12:47 pm

    I'm always the One left at parties or girls days to be the cocktail waitress, unfortunately delegated this job from a one off time I made a fluke cabrioska, but can't seem to master it again and any other drink! My friends are so nice for still drinking them but I see theRe expressions the moment they take a sip! Haha! Please help!

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  9. My Taste buds NEED to be re-educated! I currently drink OMNI BLUE {$7.00 per bottle} I am in desperate need of getting my mind blown and educated in the ART of new and exciting cocktail creations. Really want those tickets :)
    Kelly Evans :-)

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  10. Anonymous7:57 pm

    In the past, my cocktail technique has always been about frocking up and batting eyelashes at the bartender while he whips up a cosmo.

    It would be great to have some sort of mixology skills and be the one asking 'shaken or stirred?'

    Cat

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  11. Ah cocktails. Usually my technique for making cocktails is to put ice in the blender and then throw in some spirits, maybe some juice, and then hope it comes out moderately drinkable. Sometimes it works, but other times... Apparently you need more than just tequila and old orange juice to make a margerita?

    I do have the occasional win, but usually it's more out of luck than of any real skill, which is why I really need to brush up on some skills. Because straight spirits are all well and good, but one day I'd like to sit on a deck, looking over the sunset, and sipping on a *cocktail*, not slushy Cointreau!

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  12. A cocktail night for me usually consists of me sitting round a bottle of OMNI BLUE poored in a fancy glass with an umbrella in in it. Lets just say my friends no longer jump at a cocktail party invite at my house :p

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  13. Congratulations to the ticket winners - James, Kathy and Kelly. Your tickets will be posted soon.

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