Tastes Of The Gold Coast Program Announced - Eat, Drink, Create & Celebrate

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11 August, 2010


Gold Coast … prepare to eat, drink, create & celebrate

Tastes of the Gold Coast 2010 program announced at Breakfast in Bed launch

Start with a black tie evening with sand between your toes, slowly mix through a little truffle, carefully create tantilising



then taste, source a couple of kids and add them to

the kitchen,

and finish with a dash of Tedder. Stir.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Tastes of the Gold Coast 2010!

Tastes of the Gold Coast 2010, the festival that unites the wonderful food producers, chefs, restaurants, wine and

beverage makers of the Gold Coast and its Hinterland will take over the region from Thursday 26 August to Sunday 5

September.  The program was launched this morning at Jupiter’s Casino at a Breakfast in Bed event!

In its seventh year and boasting an 11-day program, Gold Coast will celebrate its love affair with food by putting on a

heady mix of dinners, lunches, breakfasts,

cooking classes for the young and young at heart, markets, cocktail trails

and even a European fiesta, and this year, under creative production company Strut & Fret, the festival has a theatrical

flair that will tantalise, and titillate.

Strut &

Fret Creative


Scott Maidment said the festival would draw

inspiration from the region’s vibrant

character. “There is no better backdrop than the stunning Gold Coast, a region that has the very best produce, seafood,

wines and brews; a region that celebrates dining and that embraces innovation. It is on this canvas that Tastes of the

Gold Coast will create colour each day from August 26 to September 5,” he said. 

“We promise a plate for every palate, and for every palate, a plate!” 

The festival boasts a number of inaugural events this year including the Black Tie and Barefoot on the Beach cocktail

party at Gold Coast Arts Centre where the finest food will be served while guests are entertained by handpicked

performers and guest artist Katie Noonan; as well as the 9-course degustation event, 3 Chefs do Lunch, also at Arts

Centre with leading chefs Simon Grigalius, Paul Smart and Brian Meade working their culinary magic. 

Also new to the event is the Little Truffle DIY Mystery Box, where Ambassador Chef Daniel Ridgeway has selected 10

key ingredients – all fabulous local produce – for people at home to create a recipe and enter their dishes online. “The

DIY Mystery Box is a way all Gold Coasters can actively

take part in Tastes

of the Gold Coast, and in doing so

potentially create a culinary masterpiece while supporting local produce,” said Maidment.  

Tastes on Tedder will run from August 26 to 29, showcasing the famous avenue’s finest cuisine. Festival goers will be

able to sample tasting plates of signature dishes at all participating restaurants, for under $15 per plate, and can stay in

one venue all night, or wander and graze. 

The Cocktail Trail

is another experience-based event, created after the famous Tamborine Mountain Distillery joined

forces with some of the Gold Coast’s best mixologists to create stunning cocktails especially for Tastes of the Gold

Coast.  Participating bars include Breakers Bar at the Sheraton Mirage Resort, EAST 88 and Alto Cucina & Bar both at

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The festival sees the return of the fabulous EUROFEST, a fiesta of food, culture, colour and traditional music which will

see Surfers Paradise transformed into a mini-Europe, on Saturday September 4 in Neil Shannon Park. 

Tastes of the Gold Coast will finish on Sunday September 5 with Kids in the Kitchen, a kids culinary fest at Chevron

island, to celebrate Father‘s Day and also allow the littlies to be part of the festival action. Children can make an edible

Father’s Day card for Dad, cook him up a storm for breakfast and play, play, play!! And it’s all free!!

For the serious foodies, the recently opened Little Truffle Dining Room will on September 1 host an exclusive five-

course degustation dinner, created by chef and owner, Daniel Ridgeway, with of course, a glass of French champagne

on arrival. 

The festival’s late night venue EAST 88 at Broadbeach will welcome festival goers with a sumptuous chocolate dessert

or a specially created cocktail , as well as great music and a great festival atmosphere. 


Overarching Tastes of the Gold Coast is Taste Buds, a program of smaller events and celebrations hosted by some of

the Gold Coast’s leading restaurants and bars including Bellakai, Kouzina, O!Fish, Rendezvous and more. 

Tastes of Gold Coast food and wine festival is a joint initiative of the Gold Coast City Council and Gold Coast Tourism.


Tastes of the Gold  Coast 2010


Thursday 26 August to Sunday 5 September


Gold Coast, Queensland


Tastes of the Gold Coast 2010 - Your Menu...


Tastes of Tedder


August 26th-29



6pm – 10pm


Tedder Ave

Festival goers can sample tasting plates of signature dishes of participating restaurants matched with wine for under

$15 per plate. Lve music will roam the streets on the Thursday night.


Barefoot and Black Tie (enter via Stage Door...)


Thurs Sept 2


7.30pm – 10.30pm


Stage Door, Gold Coast Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Step through stage door at the Arts Centre, slip your shoes off and immerse your toes into the oasis. Sip champagne

and enjoy the finest food as we entertain you with the best handpicked performers, featuring guest artist Katie Noonan.

Strictly Black Tie only!  Tickets: $135pp and bookings on 07 5588 4000. 


3 Chefs Do Lunch


Sept 4




135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise

Simon Grigalius (MYLK - My Little Kitchen), Brian Meade (The Arts Centre Gold Coast), and Paul Smart (Room 81

Sofitel Broadbeach) create a magnificent degustation menu.

Each will prepare three courses live on stage as they

discuss their cooking techniques. Tickets are $120.00 each with bookings on 07 5588 4000. 

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September 4



11am – 7pm


Neil Shannon Park, Surfers Paradise

Eurofest is back! A fantastic fiesta of food, culture, colour and traditional music that will see Surfers Paradise

transformed into a mini Europe for the day, celebrating all the things that make Europe such an assault on your senses

the culture, the flavours and the sounds!


Kids in The Kitchen


September 5th


10am – 12pm


Chevron Island

Kids, come and cook up a storm for Dad on Fathers Day! Bring the whole family for a breakfast picnic on Chevron


and make an edible Fathers Day card for Dad and win some great prizes for the best design. There will be

music, face painting and potato sack races. FREE! BYO picnic. 


Little Truffle Decadent Degustation Dinner


September 1st




Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach

Especially for the festival, head chef and Tastes of Gold Coast Ambassador Daniel Ridgeway, will serve up an

amazing degustation menu, showcasing his new restaurant and his signature dishes. $125 per person and bookings

on 5526 5033


East 88


Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights - August 26-28 Sept 2-4


From 8pm

Where:  1/88 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Satisfy the sweet tooth with a sumptuous chocolate dessert or cocktail at East, the late night festival venue. 

Entry: FREE


Cocktail Trail


August 26 – September 5

Tamborine Mountain Distillery has

joined forces with some of the Gold Coast’s best mixologists to create stunning

cocktails especially for the festival. Try one, try them all! Follow the trail and discover these liquid gold treats! 

See www.tastesofgoldcoast.com.au for Trail venues. 

For further information, imagery or interviews, please contact:

Kath Rose and Associates on 07 3357 9054, 0416 291493 or email kath@kathrose.com

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