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Win a Package for Cheesefest 2014

17/10/2014 | By

Well, it’s one of my favourite times of the year again and Cheesefest 2014 is just around the corner. This fabulous gathering of cheese, especially South Australian cheese, is now in it’s ninth year and, with the tirelessly dynamic and passionate Woodside Cheese Wrights Kris Lloyd at the helm, it is evolving into an ever more sophisticated South Australian  food celebration.

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Discover Adelaide & Win a Night for 2 at the Hilton Adelaide!

30/06/2014 | By

Some people seem to think there’s not much to do in Adelaide in the winter time and the cold weather certainly persuades lots of us to hunker down of an evening. But, with the help of Hilton Adelaide, I’d like to encourage you to poke your nose out the door and check out what is happening – even in the dead of winter – in Adelaide over the next month or two.

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New Competition – Win a KitchenAid Artisan 9 Speed Hand Mixer

21/03/2014 | By

Cast your mind back, dear, gentle, reader – if you  will – to the dim recesses of time. Actually, if you can just think back to my blog post of late last week that will do the trick. I posted a recipe for a deliciously quick Cheese Batter Bread which I whipped up with the new KitchenAid Artisan 9 Speed hand Mixer. Thanks to the lovely folk at KitchenAid Australia, I can offer one of you the chance to win one of these snappy little work-horses to play with in your own kitchen!

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Win an Australia Post Legends of Cooking Gift Pack

03/02/2014 | By

For a brief period in my childhood,and with the encouragement of my mother, I collected stamps. I’m not sure if children still do that these days and I know mine certainly have shown no interest in philately at all, but it kept me quiet and was a cheap hobby as family and friends were happy to save their stamps for me. As you can imagine, it wasn’t a particularly exciting collection as Australian stamps back then mostly just had a picture of the queen on them. Well, like so much in modern culture, stamp collecting has been “sexed up”, the queen has been ditched and Australia Post now looks to Australian legends to grace our mail.

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A Sneak Peek at Some Gorgeous Food & a Chance to Win a Double Weekend Pass to Gorgeous Festival

01/11/2013 | By

Gorgeous

In it’s third year and so no longer a new kid on the block, the wonderful Gorgeous Festival is back again on 22-23 November and it just keeps getting better and better. Debuting on South Australia’s picturesque Fleurieu Pensinsula back in 2011, Gorgeous was created by transplanted music lovers Alistair and Sally Cranney as an event to share their love of Australian music and showcase the outstanding local food and wine of the McLaren Vale region.

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Cheesefest 2013 – Win a Double Pass!

11/10/2013 | By

Cheesefest 2013

Whoosh. It’s happened again – that was the sound of the last twelve months of my life rushing by and, somehow, it’s almost time for Australia’s biggest gourmet cheese tasting event and one of my very favourite foodie weekends, Adelaide’s unique Cheesefest on 26 Oct – 27 Oct.  This festival is a huge credit to it’s creator, Adelaide’s dynamic Kris Lloyd, and South Australian food in general and one I think we can be very proud of.  As an indication of how much this feast has grown, the very first Cheesefest in 2005 attracted 900 cheese-lovers  and last year’s event enticed 10,000 to the shady surrounds of Rymill Park in the centre of the city. This year cheese-lovers will find 20 cheese makers from around the country presenting cheeses made from cows, sheep, goat and buffalo milk, 60 stalls with selections of cheese, wine, beers, cider and local foods and, for the first time, the Bone Health Foundation will be on site with Sammy Strongbones  in attendance to entertain and educate the kids.

Kris Lloyd

There are some notable new and exciting things happening with Cheesefest this year, including the opportunity to win two return tickets to Europe with Singapore Airlines, just by buying your Cheesefest tickets and also the opportunity to win the use of a luxury car for a weekend from Solitaire Motors.

For those who want to get to know the face behind their favourite cheese there will be free talks presented by the various cheese makers over the course of the weekend. These will run for about 15-20 minutes and will be on any aspect that the individual cheese makers choose, with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and learn a little more about their favourite food.

If you are looking to take your cheese experience to the next level there are a couple of very new and exciting treats. Firstly, for only $25 you can spend an hour in the Foodland Funky Fondue Lounge with a pot of fondue, a refreshing beverage and unlimited access to all of the dipping treats you can imagine. The fondue fun will run for three sessions on each day of Cheesefest, with cheese fondue for the first two sessions and chocolate from Cocolat for the final sessions. Alternatively, one for train-loving cheese enthusiasts and again for $25 for a whole hour, you can check in to the Indian Pacific Cheese Train. There you’ll find a real (but teensy) engine pulling carriages of various cheeses and accompaniments for you to select from.  These cheeses will be exclusive to the Cheese Train and not available for tasting elsewhere at Cheesefest.

fondue

If you really feel like treating yourself, you won’t be able to resist the Premium Pavillion Degustation Lunch on either the Saturday or Sunday – but be quick as the $95 tickets are limited. This five course feast will feature South Australian produce exquisitely prepared by either Kings Hotel chef Brendan Bell or the Elbow Room’s Nigel Rich and will feature a special cheese platter chosen by the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherall.

Kris Lloyd has kindly given me two free double passes to Cheesefest 2013 for two lucky readers to win – all you have to do to be in the running to win one of them is to tell me what you’ll be dunking in to your fondue at Cheesefest. Use the Rafflecopter link below to enter and check out the simple options for extra entries. It really couldn’t be any easier – see you at Cheesefest 2013!

Terms and Conditions

1.  This competition is open to Australian residents only and will be drawn on Saturday October 19, 2013.
2.   Log in to enter, using the entry form in the link below, and click on each task to view the instructions.
3.   The first task is mandatory and must be completed to enter the competition.  Subsequent tasks are optional, but will gain you more entries, thus more opportunity to be a winner.
4.   Make sure you record your entry to be counted.
5.   I have TWO double passes to Cheesefest 2013 to give away to 2 lucky readers.
6.   The lucky winner will be drawn at random.
7.   The winner will be notified by email and their name will be posted here.  They must reply within 48 hours or the competition will be redrawn.
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