Southern taste draws chefs

Festival a world-class gastronomic event
Festival a world-class gastronomic event

The festival of world-class gastronomic entertainment, that takes place over a six-week period starting this month, focuses on the Great Southern region.

Faust, who will take part in the event for a third time, joins fellow chefs Anna Gare, Poh Ling Yeow and Stephanie Alexander in a line-up of more than 50 food and wine events to be held in the region, including the regions of Denmark, Albany, Frankland River, Mt Barker and the Porongurups.

The Iron Chef 2010 winner said he was again thrilled to be involved with the event and was looking forward to going back and enjoying the region.

‘Last year I loved working with some unique business that were owner-operated… Great Southern Distillery, Mrs Jones Cafe and The Lake House. It was great to see what they were producing and how passionate they are about what they do,’ he said.

This year, Faust will take part in a range of events, including the Bushfood Banquet and Food, Wine and Fun at the Lake House in Denmark, both of which will feature his take on the food and produce found in the region.

‘I’ll be cooking at a very special event with the Ongerup community and will be incorporating their local produce into a four- course luncheon which includes using their bush tucker,’ Faust said.

‘I’ve recently learned that the Ravensthorpe Radish is grown solely in the Great Southern region so I’m looking forward to incorporating that into my menu.

‘The other event I’ll be cooking at is a luncheon at the picturesque The Lake House, Denmark, and this will be my third year cooking there which I always enjoy.’

Faust said the event was an important one for the region.

‘It unites people within a region, as well as encouraging visitors from elsewhere to explore, learn and discover places they may not have otherwise visited,’ he said.

‘It gives local producers the chance to showcase their wares too, which is so important to the farming, hospitality and tourism industries.’

The Bushfood Banquet will be held at the Ongerup Community Resources Centre on March 15 and the Food, Wine and Fun event on March 16.

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