Taste of Balingup – Summer long table

WA’s top chefs set to descend on Balingup in a celebration of local farmers and community
February 7th sees the Summer Long Table return to Balingup for a 3rd year. Organiser, Katrina Lane says, “it’s the biggest year yet”. The evening will bring together some of WA’s top chefs, farmers and producers in a celebration of local food, as well as the farmers and families that produce it.
Over 8 courses (and matching drinks), the likes of David Coomer (Pata Negra / Xarcuteria), Sam Ward (el PUBLICO), Joel Valvasori-Pereza (Lalla Rookh) and Guy Jeffreys (Millbrook Winery), will delight diners as they collaborate with the regions best producers. Tom Van de Griendt of Newy’s Vegie Patch in Kirup is growing special tomato varieties for David Coomer, while Tom Wilde of Cambray Sheep Cheese is producing a small batch ricotta for Guy Jeffreys and Sam Ward. Just two examples of the collaborative spirit behind the event.
Organiser, Ms Lane (Taste of Balingup / Kate Lane Local Food / Food Land Culture) is well known for her work connecting farmers, producers, chefs and communities. She comments:
“Working alongside producers and farmers that are delivering some of the very best produce in the State, I wanted to introduce our best chefs to it. Over the years, the mutual respect shown and the enduring relationships that have been forged have surpassed my every expectation.”
“I come from a long line of farmers. My great grandparents were farmers in the town I was born and I had the good fortune to grow up knowing the life they knew. Seeing today’s farmers appreciated for what they do by those who cook what they grow and produce makes me very very happy.”
MC for the evening, Max Veenhuyzen (The Sunday Times / Gourmet Traveller, WA Editor) comments:
“For those that put a premium on good food, good drinks, good companionship and the good karma that comes from celebrating and supporting the hard-working West Australians that work the land, this is going to be one of 2015’s great nights. Saturday February 7 can’t come soon enough.”
“The Summer Long Table has become one of the most essential events on the dining calendar. The focus on the farmers. The gorgeous Balingup Town Hall. The way organiser and Taste of Balingup owner Katrina Lane engages her local community. The feel-good, kumbaya spirit of the whole thing, from the P&F ladies moonlighting as wait staff to the entire dining room singing happy birthday to some poor winemaker. The heavyweight line-up of chefs on the bill. The focus on the farmers. The very good food. The very good wine. These are just some of the reasons why I love this dinner – and Balingup.”
Tickets are $160 per person (drinks and food) / Available at www.tasteofbalingup.com.au
Full line up:
Presented by Katrina Lane with Max Veenhuyzen (Gourmet Traveller / The Sunday Times) as MC.
Chefs: David Coomer (Pata Negra), Joel Valvasori-Pereza (Lalla Rookh), Sam Ward (el PUBLICO), Paul Iskov (Fervor Food), Guy Jeffreys (Millbrook Winery), Mitch Mitchell (Beersine), Sophie Budd (Taste Budds Cooking Studio), Anthony Georgeff (Man That Cooks), Valerio Fantinelli (Flour and Fire Catering).
Producers: Bannister Downs Dairy, Blackwood Valley Beef, Cackleberries Eggs, Cambray Sheep Cheese, Emu Park Lamb, Killara Pork, Newy’s Vegie Patch, Omega Organic Walnuts, Rokewood Olive Grove
For interview / image / information requests please contact:
Sarah Hewer: sarah@offshootcreative.com.au / 0478 637632

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