THE City of Swan’s three-day Entwined in the Valley festival finished with a bang on Sunday at the signature Degustation Dinner event at Mandoon Estate.
About 150 guests were treated to an assortment of spectacular dishes and carefully matched wines and cider.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the night was a resounding success.
“The night was the perfect mix of fine dining and fun and I believe everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves, including Anna Polyviou, our headlining chef,” he said.
Anna Polyviou, also known as Sydney’s Punk Princess of Pastry, re-created her signature dish Anna’s Mess for the dinner, as well as another delicious summer inspired dessert.
The head pastry chef at Sydney’s exclusive Shangri La Hotel also spent a good part of her night entertaining the crowd by posing for photos, answering questions and sharing her love of the Swan Valley.
“It was my first time and I will definitely come back,” Polyviou said.
“I didn’t know much about Swan Valley at all but to actually see what is here, I would recommend everyone to come here.”
“The fact that you can’t get the wines anywhere else, you have to come here; it’s very exclusive.”
Polyviou enjoyed her time so much that she did not even make it into Perth city.
“I was supposed to go into Perth to see the bakeries, and I thought you know what? I am going to be back in January so I’m just going to hang out here,” she said.
“So we kept driving around and met the locals and it’s amazing; and it brings my passion back up.”
That passion was certainly on display last night, along with that of local food superstars Kiren Mainwaring of Co-Op Dining, Hadleigh Troy of Restaurant Amuse and Michael Hartnell of Mandoon Estate.
Polyviou also entertained the crowd at her master class, which took place on Saturday morning at Caversham House.
The group was taken through the 74 steps required to her Anna’s Mess, then five lucky attendees were randomly selected to smash one.
Palyviou then awarded the best smasher a Kenwood appliance.
“Everyone was smashing Anna’s Mess and the owner was freaking out,” she said.
“It was all on the walls, the ground, it was on people’s clothes; it was the best!”
A number of other events also took place over the weekend, including an Edgecombe Brothers asparagus master class, disgorging display at Harris Organic Wines, a chocolate and wine master class at Provedore, a comedy and beer night at Ironbark Brewery, a jazz concert at Riverbank Estate and live country music and boot scooting at the Houghton Hoedown.