"I am not a glutton -
I am an explorer of food." Erma Bombeck (1927-1996)
And so it will be with Dark
Mofo’s Winter Feast, where there will be new territories to be discovered.
There will be sixty-five
stallholders to choose from when Winter Feast opens on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 Princes
Food and drink curator, Jo
Cook, promises to deliver an eclectic line up of some of the best Tasmania has
to offer. A few names from the big end of town will be there like Monty’s on
Montpelier, Frank and The Source Restaurant. The Winter Feast is an opportunity
to try a few of Hobart’s fancier establishments if they’ve been otherwise out
Jo’s included some of the
names you would have seen at MoMa, Mona’s summer market: Rough Rice with moles
and mescal, Chikko Café for Vietnamese street food and Black Mountain Ice-cream
topped with cider-poached pears.
There are also some
excellent local names too: Raspberry Fool for Gail Sellin’s dressed up comfort
food – arguably the best Australiana-sweets around; Rin and Kinoko Deli for
Japanese cuisine; Villino for some of Hobart’s best coffee; and Cygnet’s
phoenix-rising, The Red Velvet Lounge, for pate and pickles, quince shortcake
For the skeptic and
food-weary amongst us, there’s a few newer entries to whet your interest. Standouts
include Krumbies for gooey melted chocolate and marshmallow goodness; Urban
Bounty with free-range pies and sausage rolls; and Mint for Southeast Asian
They’ll be plenty of
locally produced beers, ciders and spirits too with McHenry’s, Captain Bligh’s,
Coal Valley Cider, and Mona will be there making their fabulous cocktails
Don’t feel overwhelmed with
the options. Follow This Girl’s lead. Review the program, short-list and
remember each stall will host a four-item menu only.
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Now just park all that
predominantly Tasmanian industry that will be showcased at Winter Feast to the
side for a moment. This Girl is most excited about is the Guest Chefs. Just
another one of the gifts the Dark Mofo gives us is also access to some
outstanding interstate chefs. Outside PW1 you will find a huge tent and cooking
area. Each night, Dark Mofo will host a different Chef who will work with some
of the best Tasmanian produce, and they’ve brought some big names:
Jake Kellie, formerly of
Aria (Sydney) and Fat Duck (London) will start things off.
My number one pick is Martin
Boetz on Thursday, 18 June. Martin is the man behind Longrain, Sydney and
Melbourne, the best Thai restaurants in the country. You’ll recognise me
because I’ll be the one waiting in line, banging my plate, singing ‘why are we
The Sean Moran from
Panaroma will inspire on Friday. I’m not going to miss him either.
Mike McEnearney, formerly
of Sydney’s Rockpool, one of the finest restaurants in that city will show his
stuff on Saturday, 20 June. I’m not going every night!
O Tama Carey, winner of
last year’s Time Out Sydney’s
Chef of the Year award and formerly of Berta will take the helm for the finale.
I’ll be there too.
Winter Feast is a ticketed
event; $10 or $20 entrance depending on the night. If you’re not quick, prepare
to queue. Enjoy Winter Feast over
five nights. Closing night is Sunday, 21 June 2015.
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