Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show 5-8 June 2009

by April@MyFoodTrail on June 10, 2009

in Food Events

Gordon Ramsay was the star attraction to the Good Food & Wine show this year and hubby and I made sure we booked our tickets early to get good seats to see him in the Celebrity Theatre. Normally tickets to the Celebrity Theatre are included in the price of your ticket but for Gordon’s show, it was an extra $20 on top of the admission price. We didn’t mind paying the extra just for the chance to see him for half an hour!

Gordon never stands still – he moves around a lot and has a lot of hand actions which makes getting a good photo of him a very difficult task!

The Celebrity Theatre sessions start off with a guy coming on stage to give away some prizes. I never win anything so I had no hope! Gordon came out on stage to a loud applause and people getting excited. He looks the same as he does on TV, not particularly handsome, but in real life he has a real charisma about him. He makes you sit up and take notice. Gordon also has a crude (but funny) sense of humour which I’m sure you have all heard about from the headlines the past few days.

During his show, he cooked everything fresh (none of that “here’s what we prepared earlier” rubbish) and got 4 volunteers up on stage to try each of his dishes. He cooked a fish and tomato chowder, glazed salmon with spinach and radish and a poached whole pear dessert. All his dishes were available for you to try at the Lindeman’s restaurant. Entrée (including a glass of wine) was $16, main (including a glass of wine) was $24 and dessert was $8. We were too full from trying all the free samples to have a proper lunch!

After the show Gordon was going to be signing copies of his cookbook. I didn’t love his cookbooks that much to want to line up to get them signed, so instead I waited at the front of the section where he was going to be so I could take photos! The photo above of the line was at the beginning – it got much more crowded later when Gordon actually arrived.

The Good Food & Wine show isn’t all about Gordon, but I didn’t take many other photos as I was too busy trying to sample all the wonderful food on offer! It got quite crowded and it was a struggle enough just to sample the food, let alone try to take some good photos. At some stores, the poor people behind the counter couldn’t get the samples out fast enough for all the hungry people! The prices of items for sale at the show are a bit cheaper than what you would buy at the supermarket and they might throw in a few other things with your purchase.

As part of your entry fee, you get a free copy of the latest BBC Australian Good Food magazine. I have never read it before and it is actually quite good. There are a lot of yummy looking recipes as well as chef’s stories. As a show special, they were offering yearly subscriptions for $39.95 and you also got a copy of Gordon’s Cooking for Friends cookbook for free. I am now kicking myself for not taking up that fabulous offer after reading the magazine! The subscription price offered inside the magazine is $49.95 and no free cookbook.

I really enjoyed this year’s Good Food & Wine show though we didn’t get around to the wine tasting section. We had a friend’s birthday dinner that night so we didn’t think it was appropriate to turn up already drunk! 🙂 We got to try a lot of food samples and went home with a number of freebies. I’ll be back next year!

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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SK June 11, 2009 at 6:30 pm

That's some nice pics! I got to meet Gordon last year when he was in Sydney. I was part of a long line . . and got a book and the ticket to his show signed.

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OohLookBel June 11, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Great pics of the notorious Mr Ramsay! Was the show worth it? The crowds always put me off! And I also like Good Food mag – some fairly easy recipes, and nice design.

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Julie June 12, 2009 at 12:17 am

awesome! can't wait till he comes to sydney 😀

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Maria@TheGourmetChallenge June 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

sounds like an interesting day out. I sat this one out this year. But it did sound exciting with all the scandal going on….I do love all the freebies! Bring more on I say!

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Rilsta June 13, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Hi SK: Thanks for stopping by my blog! Wow, that's great you got your ticket and book signed! I haven't got the patience to wait in queues!

Hi Belle: Thanks for stopping by my blog as well! Yes, Mr Ramsay has become a bit notorious these days hasn't he?! Even though the cooking show with Gordon was only half an hour, I think it was worth it. I enjoyed the rest of the show too.

Hi Julie: Thanks for stopping by my blog too! You'll have to make sure you start the day off early so you can avoid some of the crowds! Have a great time!

Hi Maria: I thought you would have gone but the Portugal festival looks like a good alternative.

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Forager June 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Ah that infamous Gordon event. Lucky you to have been there in person and experienced what all the fuss was about first hand! And yes, despite the mags insisting he's a chick magnet, I'm not sure what all the fuss is about..

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Rilsta June 18, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hi Forager: Thanks for visiting! When Gordon made those comments, I was kinda like, well what's new?! It's not like people didn't know he is a foul mouth!

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