April 2008

So what’s going down in April. First, Hunter Semillon & Seafood on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th April. We love our Hunter Valley Semillon (once called White Burgundy before the Frogs jumped on us) and this is a celebration of the wine that says Hunter the way Burgundy says, well, Burgundy. More than 150 Semillons will be looked at during the two days over 20 events involving everyone from Peter Howard to Justin North (Becasse), with Justin giving seafood cooking demonstrations at Tyrell’s Vineyard on the Saturday. Lunches, vertical tastings, all the fun of the fair — and if you can still say Semillon at the end of the weekend, you win a special prize: a case of Viognier. Just kidding.

A Slow Food Sydney event at the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences (SIMS) at Chowder Bay on April 30th promises to be more serious but still fun. The evening will be (in SIMS’ own words) “a presentation of the work of SIMS through scientific research. How the marine biologists and scientists are working to identify and eradicate imported alien species, restore overfished species and many other studies. We are also joined by Giselle Firme from Sustainable Seafoodies. This is an initiative by the Nature Conservation Council of NSW to promote sustainable seafood on the tables of Australian diners through information on your favourite seafood dishes, while helping seafood lovers with a conscience navigate the often muddy waters of sustainable seafood.”

And because it’s a Slow event, there’ll be a good supper afterwards. To book (it’s cheap), email Michelle Guberina on

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