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Be inspired this October – food and wine  around Australia and beyond


Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Are you feeling creative in the kitchen? Looking for some food, wine and travel inspiration?

Then we have some great ideas for you this month – and for those lucky enough to be in or visiting Western Australia, some extra special treats including 10 free double passes to the ultimate foodie (and wine) experience in one of the world's best wine regions: Margaret River!

It’s worth hopping on a plane just for this one – believe me, I wish I were going myself. Love some feedback from anyone lucky enough to make it!

But if you can’t get to WA, there’s plenty more to enjoy below, so kick back, relax and catch up with our food and wine latest.

Food news and reviews – Heston and caviar

Heston Blumenthal at home
Bring 'Britain's most creative chef' into your kitchen 
With The Fat Duck consistently ranked in the top three restaurants in the world and a seemingly limitless budget for culinary exploration, Heston now brings us Heston Blumenthal at home. It's our fave cookbook of the year (so far!) and it's on my 'desert island' list »

Sparkle up your seasonal entertaining! Yarra Valley Caviar recently won gold medals for all three of its fresh fish products at the 2012 Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. An outstanding achievement given it only launched its Rainbow Trout on the market recently »

Be on the lookout next month for our Top 12 food and cookbooks of the past year – great inspiration for your Christmas shopping, or to treat yourself.  Who will be in it?!

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Food travels – Japan

Zenbu Zen by Jane Lawson
Finding food, culture and balance in Kyoto
Buy Jane Lawson's gorgeous Zenbu Zen not just for the sixty recipes and exquisite photographs, but to relax, to savour, and to dream... and one day hope that if you have not done so already, you may visit Kyoto and enjoy its cuisine and beauty »


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Food and wine events

Margaret River Gourmet Escape, 22-25 Nov
One for the foodie bucket list
Join Heston Blumenthal and Rene Redzepi in person, plus wine guru Lisa Perotti-Brown, chef Matt Moran and over 20 other international and local food and wine experts for the ultimate in culinary adventures – the fabulous Margaret River Gourmet Escape, 22-25 Nov »

Capturing Flora: 300 years of Australian botanical art
Who could pass by the most comprehensive exhibition of Australian botanical art ever held in this country? Now on at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, this remarkable and important exhibition is highly recommended and not to be missed – 25 Sept-2 Dec »
More tempting food & wine events around the country:

PS: Like some music with your wine? Sirromet (Qld) has some great lineups this summer including Kasey Chambers on the 18th Nov »

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Event organisers and marketers, don't forget you can list your food and wine events on our calendar FREE. Simply go to and enter your event details.


Fabulous food and wine prizes

Boyton's Feathertop Winery
The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is the ultimate foodie experience where you can mingle with the world's best and tantalise your tastebuds at the Gourmet Village. 

It's worth booking a holiday for this one! We have 10 double passes to give away and one could be yours » 
Relax with a superb winery getaway for two courtesy of Boynton's Feathertop in Victoria (pictured above), or one of four half cases of their superb wine. With a spa bath and spectacular views, the king apartment that could be yours is perfect for wining & unwinding »
Or relax even more with a good book and the scent of lavender wafting through the air.  Bridestowe Lavender Estate in northern Tasmania has provided three gorgeous gift packs including the novel The Lavender Keeper. Enter now to win »
And don't forget our other fabulous prizes, including some excellent wines to enjoy in time for Christmas:
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Touring Tasmania? Wine and cheese for RACT members

Save up to 15% at Josef Chromy
Stock your cellar with fine wines, add delicious, award-winning cheese to your fridge or catch up with friends for some pre-festive dining. Packing your RACT* card means you can enjoy it that little bit more!
The sensational new cellar door and restaurant at Josef Chromy are ready to welcome you for some wine tasting and dining delights. Stock up and save 15% on your wines or take time out with family & friends and save 10% in the restaurant »
Add flair and flavour to your next cheese platter with the amazing tastes of Ashgove Cheese's Wild Wasabi, Bush Pepper and Lavender and more traditional style cheddars.They'll taste even better with a 10% discount at the Farm Shop! »
* also offered to visiting members of other affiliated auto clubs (eg RAA, RACQ, NRMA etc)


Visiting regional Victoria? Spring savings for RACV members

Save 10% at Oakridge Wines

There are so many reasons to visit Victoria's glorious wine regions: naturally the wine, the superb food and a friendly welcome are just the start – plus, for RACV* members there's that extra special pricing:

Fresh with a purity of flavour and balance, the hand-crafted wines at Oakridge capture the spirit of the Yarra Valley. Taste them at the cellar door then save 10% on your wine buys. Enjoy exceptional cuisine in the restaurant and save 10% here too »

The stunning views of the Victorian Alps  match the wines produced by Silent Range Estate. Take a walk through the vines, wander through the winery, chat to the winemaker then choose your wines at the cellar door, with your 15% discount of course! »

*Discounts also apply to other travelling auto club members (eg RACT, NRMA, RAA etc)

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Out and about in Queensland? Enjoy chocolate and wine for RACQ members

Save 10% with Mayfield Chocolates

The festive season is not quite on the doorstep yet so it's a great time for RACQ* members to start test-driving some food and wine gifts...well that's our excuse anyway for getting into these delectable chocolates and wonderful wines!

Mayfield Chocolates produces a luscious array of taste sensations featuring native Australian ingredients like Kakadu plum, Tasmanian leatherwood honey and lemon myrtle which would make a delicious gift. Save 10% at both Spring Hill and Mt Tambourine shops »

Riversands Wines, on the banks of the Balonne River in St George, serves up a bush story in every bottle of wine, from explorers to a woman in a wash tub! Enjoy the wine, the stories and the relaxing garden plus you'll save 15% on the wines you buy »

*Member of RACT, RACV or other auto club? Great news, these discounts apply to you too!

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Wine, food, fun and fashion

Fashion at the Melbourne cup

The Spring Carnival is underway, and once again it’s nearly time for the Melbourne Cup. So frock up, and have a fun time if you are going or having a lunch!

Good luck if you're having a flutter, and hope you enjoy some great wines, too.

See you again just after the Cup in early November, with our food and wine suggestions for the silly season and Christmas/New Year.