It’s all cheesy grins at Prahran Market as the 5th Say Cheese Festival is confirmed…


Prahran Market has confirmed that it will once again showcase the very best in local, Australian and International cheeses with its annual Say Cheese Festival, to be held on Sunday 28th October.

From specialist ranges at the Market’s delicatessens to cheese inspired creations from eateries such as Maker & Monger and Wilson & Market, there will be something for everyone and visitors will not be able to resist!


Visitors can meet the farmer, enjoy iconic Melbourne cheese dishes and immerse themselves in Australia’s world famous dairy industry. There will be cheese and wine pairings, DJ beats and the kids can get involved in some fun and educational cheesy experiences.



What:              Prahran Market’s Say Cheese Festival – the best local and Australian cheese to enjoy on its own or in specially created dishes, meet the farmer and the cheese maker, cheese and wine pairing as well as kids fun and educational experiences.

When:             Sunday 28th October, 10am – 4pm

Where:            Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra

Who:               The best cheese producers and sellers

Why:               Because there is nothing better than endless amounts of cheese!

Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra, 3141

**Information and Images Courtesy of Prahran Market – Leanne Baker


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David’s Celebrates 20 Years

From humble beginnings selling tea out of barrels on Cecil Place in Prahran, Shanghai-born David Zhou went on to open a quaint herbal teashop that soon became David’s restaurant in 1998. David’s expanded their menu quickly, introducing Long Jing green tea sautéed shrimps and tonic soups laced with goji berries and ginseng.

Much like the Chinese proverb: if you polish a metal bar long enough it becomes a needle, the experience had at David’s has continually been finessed to keep Zhou’s vision of Shanghai cuisine alive and thriving.

To celebrate the 20-year milestone, David’s will be hosting 20 Years of David’s, a special two-part event series that kicks off with a party on Wednesday 12th September.


This first party features a grand feast of 100kg of seafood, 100 bottles of wine, with of course100 guests. Queensland King prawns, crispy soft-shell crabs, Pacific oysters and flavoursome Spring Bay mussels will be served with wine flowing from Yering Station and live music.

The second party celebrates a new era of dining: Two Decades of Decadence will take place on Wednesday 17th October with a special nine-course degustation that pays homage to signature dishes from the past, present and future.

Guests will be re-acquainted with double boiled duck tonic soup and 8-treasure duck wrapped in sticky rice: two dishes that have been unseen from David’s menu for years. The ever-popular Shanghai sticky pork belly will also be on offer, as well as other exciting new dishes that will be making their culinary debut.

Founder and owner David Zhou’s philosophy is simple: “David’s was inspired by family; our wholesome fare combines traditional dishes with contemporary tastes. Our food shares my journey from Shanghai to Melbourne. It’s my family’s story. Recipes of dishes cooked by my grandmother and mother were passed down. These dishes are replicated at David’s; when you dine here, we want you to feel at home.”


Image: Childhood photos including Zhou’s Mother – a renowned operatic actress at the time

The first renovation highlighted the 1930’s grandeur of the Shanghai fine dining era. Well-known dishes like the 8 Treasure Duck and Signature Pork Knuckle became local favourites at the time. A complete revamp in 2012 by Hecker Guthrie saw photos of Zhou’s childhood highlighted on the white-painted timber walls. The effect is reminiscent of a Shanghai river house; revealing its heritage in the abundance of light by day, transforming into a bustling hot spot by night.

David’s is a contemporary restaurant that challenges Cantonese-dominated Chinese cuisine with their unique adaptation of Shanghainese country food.

Inspired by Zhou’s hometown Zhouzhuang, a water village in which his family’s recipes originated, David’s continues to put tradition on the table through innovation and a refusal to follow trends.

20 Years of David’s Series

100kg Seafood. 100 Bottles. 100 Guests.
Wednesday 12th September, 7pm
$98 per person

Two Decades of Decadence more details to come
Wednesday 17th October, 7pm
Nine-course degustation

**Information and Images Courtesy of David’s/Supplied by Zilla & Brook – Leigh-Anne Ramirez

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Winemakers of Rutherglen – Tastes of Two Regions in Canberra 

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The Winemakers of Rutherglen will be hitting the road in August to showcase the region’s fine wine and produce at Tastes of Two Regions on Sunday 12 August 2018 at Pialligo Estate in Canberra.

Taste of Two Regions sees North East Victoria’s Rutherglen and King Valley regions join forces for a one-day wine tasting event. Over the course of the day, wine lovers will be able to meet the winemakers, take their pick from more than 200 wines, and sample delicacies from 25 regional artisan producers.


Guests attend a dedicated session time (10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm) to ensure they get the best one-on-one time with their favourite wineries and producers. Outside of the wine tasting session times there is plenty more on offer including live music, masterclasses, warming winter food, and artisan coffee.

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Participating food producers include:

  • Boosey Creek Cheese – cheeses from one of Australia’s highest-awarded farmhouses
  • The Wicked Virgin Olives – fresh olives, olive oil and olive oil products
  • Walkabout Apiaries – cold-extracted honey and honey products
  • Milawa Cheese Co. – handmade cheeses from Victoria’s High Country

Festival attendees will also be able to sit down to dinner with the Winemakers of Rutherglen at an event on Saturday 11 August at the Boathouse Restaurant. The five-course degustation dinner, “Celebrating Craft: A dinner date with Rutherglen Winemakers,” will celebrate the curious and unique craft of winemaking and provide guests with a night of fine wine appreciation and perfectly matched local produce.

Tastes of Two Regions general admission tickets are available online now for $35 or can be purchased on the day for $40. Tickets to the Winemakers of Rutherglen degustation dinner are available online for $150 per person.

All tickets can be purchased at:

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Dates: Festival: Sunday 12 August | Degustation: Saturday 11 August 2018
Times: Festival: 10am-5pm with two sessions (10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm)

Degustation: 6:30pm-10pm
Tickets: Festival: $35 pre-purchased or $40 at the door | Degustation: $150 per person

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**Information and Images Courtesy of The Winemakers of Rutherglen/Supplied by LittleBIG Marketing – Jarryd Pentony

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Dinner at Lake Moodemere (Victoria)
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King Valley vineyard (Victoria)


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Australia’s best known Bavarian restaurants spice up National Chicken Wing Day

 Australia’s favourite Bavarian restaurants are turning up the heat for National Chicken Wing Day, with a line-up of spicy challenges, red-hot prizes and 10-cent wings all day long.


This National Chicken Wing Day on Sunday, 29 July, Munich Brauhaus, The Bavarian and The Bavarian Beerhaüs will host a fiery ghost pepper wing challenge, in celebration of these meaty little morsels.

Ghost pepper wings are smothered in a special haus-made sauce comprising of three different kinds of pepper: cayenne, habanero and the hottest of them all, ghost pepper.

Competing for a $200 restaurant voucher, contestants will eat one dangerously hot ghost pepper wing a minute, with the last person left standing crowned the Ghost Pepper Challenge champion. The challenge costs $20 to enter and kicks off at 3pm at all Bavarian locations.

Spectators can feast on a bountiful supply of chicken wings for just 10-cents each, while guests keen to taste a ghost pepper wing can try their hand at Wing Roulette ($20), which includes a basket of five saucy diablo wings with a surprise ghost pepper wing in the mix.

Diners can cool off with some fabulous brews on tap, including imported favourites Löwenbräu, Franziskaner, Stiegl and Hofbräu, as well as a large range of craft beers, all of which can be enjoyed from one of the Bavarian restaurants’ renowned 1-litre glass steins.

Munich Brauhaus, The Bavarian and The Bavarian Beerhaüs are located across NSW, Victoria and Queensland.

For more information and locations:

**Information and Images Courtesy of Bavarian Restaurants/Rockpool Dining Group – Georgie Meredith


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Parlour Lane Popcorn Company is poppin’ the lid on a brand new range of dynamic popcorn flavours that will be exclusively available at Event and BCC Cinemas, bringing a delicious new twist to the movie-going experience.

Inspired by the original Parlour Lane laneway hidden next to Sydney’s iconic State Theatre,  where one would find vendors selling fresh popcorn to hungry entertainment seekers, the Parlour Lane Popcorn Company’s new range of popcorn has perfected the moreish deliciousness of a bygone era, with exciting new twists to make any movie outing a drool-inducing experience.

Featuring six indulgent flavours, Parlour Lane is sure to have a snack suited to any appetite or inclination:

  • Spicy Nacho: Ignite the fire within with this tastebud tickler!
  • Sweet & Salty: Enjoy the simple pleasures in life with this perfect mix of salty and sweet.
  • Salt & Vinegar: So salty, so sour, so epically delicious.
  • Salted Caramel: Creamy decadence with a hint of salty goodness – giving you the complete crunch.
  • Chocolatey: There’s no such thing as too much chocolate. Fact.
  • New York Mix: Bring together cheese and creamy caramel – a match made in gourmet heaven!

To celebrate the launch, Event Cinemas have joined forces with the true blue taste-masters at VEGEMITE for a limited edition VEGEMITE & Cheese flavoured popcorn. This MITEY tasty flavour will be available under the Parlour Lane Popcorn Company brand for a strictly limited time only.


Since the inception of the cinema-going experience, popcorn has played a major part in the multi-sensory bliss of seeing a movie in theatres. Parlour Lane Popcorn Company is excited to team up with Event and BCC Cinemas to exclusively stock the flavour range.

Parlour Lane Popcorn will be available from Thursday 19 July at Event and BCC Cinemas across Australia.

Visit Parlour Lane Popcorn Company at or on Facebook #ParlourLane

Parlour Lane Popcorn Locations:


Beverly Hills
Bondi Junction
Castle Hill
Coffs Harbour
George Street
Top Ryde City


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Brisbane City Myer Centre
Cairns Central
Cairns City
Cairns Earlville
Cairns Smithfield
Garden City Mt Gravatt
Mackay City
Mackay Mount Pleasant
Maroochydore Sunshine Plaza
North Lakes
Pacific Fair
Rockhampton North
Toowoomba Grand Central
Toowoomba Strand
Townsville Central
Townsville City



About Event Cinemas
Event Cinemas is the ultimate experience for movie-goers, entertainment precincts that offer state-of-the-art cinema with quality food and beverage: from bars and cafes with extensive wines and highly trained baristas, to Scoop Alley – our self-service candy bar.  The dining experience at Event Cinemas is far from being just about popcorn.  Then there’s our big movie experience – Vmax, with big seats, big sound and a huge 20 metre digital screen, guaranteeing maximum impact.  And Gold Class, the finest in luxury cinema, with every seat, literally, the best seat in the house.

**Information and Images Courtesy of Parlour Lane Popcorn Company/Supplied by Cardinal Spin – Matt Fraser

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Packed to Perfection by Peter Rowland

‘It’s a cinch…….mere clicks to delicious food, prepared fresh daily and delivered directly to your door.”

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Get ready Melbourne, you’re in for a treat. On 24th July, iconic Melbourne caterers, Peter Rowland launches its new online corporate catering service.

Packed by Peter Rowland – delivering delicious boxes of delicacies direct to Melbourne’s CBD and surrounds with the unwavering style and elegance we have grown to know and love from this 56 year respected business.

From boardroom lunches to breakfast brainstorms in the workplace, or birthday celebrations to baby showers at home, Packed by Peter Rowland dishes up a flexible catering solution for modern entertainers, who may be short on time, but remain big on impact.  With just 24 hours’ notice, Packed by Peter Rowland delivers thoughtfully curated boxes of fresh food daily that can be selected by category: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Extras (think everything from house-made muffins to nutritious salads and artisan cheese selections).

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Remaining true to Peter Rowland’s commitment to using the best seasonal produce and supporting local farmers wherever possible, Packed by Peter Rowland offerings are delivered in smart boxes which can be served as they are or transferred to platters. And catering to foodies of all types is as fuss – free as the web- based ordering process itself, with options such as apple & cinnamon bircher muesli or vegan wraps and salads for the health enthusiasts, perfectly balanced by decadent tarts, Nutella lamingtons and brownie platters for those that enjoy the ‘sweeter’ things in life.

And of course, it goes without saying that Peter Rowland’s famed chicken sandwiches will be an integral and no doubt highly sought-after part of this perfect catering package created under the careful guidance of Group Executive Head Chef, Matthew Haigh.

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Matt Haigh – Group Executive Head Chef

‘Packed by Peter Rowland is a natural extension of the business’s mantra of being ‘innovative, cutting edge and remaining on the front foot,’ says Haigh. ‘I envisage marrying quality seasonal produce, key ingredients and our collective expertise with technique to maximise flavours. We want our food to create lingering memories,’ he adds.

Founded in 1962 by Peter Rowland (OAM), Peter Rowland is the exclusive caterer for some of Melbourne’s most prestigious major events, and includes this city’s who’s who in the business world as some of its most loyal and valued clientele. With a very modern company tagline of #peterlikestoparty, Packed by Peter Rowland is merely another contemporary offering from a business exuding quality, style and panache in Melbourne’s internationally renowned culinary scene.

You are just a few clicks away from catering perfection

**Information and Images Courtesy of Peter Rowland/Supplied by Helen Reizer HRPR

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Emma Yee – CEO

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Collins Quarter is bringing a taste of spring from the Yarra Valley with a special five course tasting menu paired with Four Pillars gin cocktails and Rob Dolan wines. Three Quarter Time will take place on Saturday 25 August at Melbourne’s iconic gastro pub, Collins Quarter.


Head chef Luke Headon will serve up a delicious five course menu, including sweet pea and wild garlic tartlet with pickled pine mushrooms; brioche doughnut with duck liver parfait; asparagus with elderflower, burnt gem, horseradish and ‘before the season’ consommé; duck with kumquat and myrtle; and goats cheese with honeycomb beetroot and lavender.

Each course will be paired with a cocktail made with a craft gin from Healesville’s Four Pillars or a fine wine from South Warrandyte’s Rob Dolan. Diners can expect a taste of the newly released, limited edition Bloody Shiraz Gin, as well as the 2017 White Label Pinot Gris and other pairings.

Head chef Luke Headon said: “We’re celebrating the start of spring with this special event, while showcasing world-class suppliers who are right on our doorstep. The dishes presented on the menu reflect the everyday ethos at Collins Quarter, where local, seasonal produce is used for creative dishes in an accessible fine dining atmosphere.”

Tickets are priced at $125pp and includes five courses plus matched beverages. Online bookings can be made here:

Three Quarter Time is the first of a series of special events to celebrate the upcoming seasons and quality local produce, hosted by head chef Luke Headon.

Three Quarter Time @ Collins Quarter

Seatings available from 6:30pm-8:30pm

86 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000

**Information and Images Courtesy of Collins Quarter/Zilla & Brook – Deveta Patel

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Media Preview at Bar Patrón by Rockpool – World Tequila Day – 24 July 2018

Article by Andrew Kemp

Images Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group & Andrew Kemp

The Australia Times News welcomes Sydney writer, Andrew Kemp, to the team. Andrew’s first culinary adventure was to attend a Media Preview this week, at Bar Patrón By Rockpool. During the evening a memorable Set Menu and Tequila Flight were served ahead of World Tequila Day 24th July 2018.


It’s hard to imagine a more desirable location in Sydney to sip on a perfectly clear margarita and relish some fresh Mexican staples, than Bar Patrón by Rockpool, in Circular Quay. The sublime view over Sydney Harbour Bridge served as backdrop to our preview tasting of the treat that awaits tequila lovers this coming Tuesday, 24 July. To celebrate World Tequila Day, Bar Patrón is complementing its popular set menu with a flight of 3 tequilas of your choice from their exclusive Barrel Select Series. These range from a spicy-sweet 7-month old Reposado, aged in Hungarian oak casks, to a smooth 23-month old, bourbon-cask aged Añejo.

The set menu kicked off with salsas and corn chips, accompanied by a generous bowl of made-to-order guacamole. A zesty tuna salad delivered freshness on the palate, with the addition of peanuts adding a pleasant twist. I matched the starters with a Paloma cocktail, picking up just a hint of cinnamon.

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Paloma cocktail – Credit: A. Kemp

The mains arrived as a variety of tacos and tortillas, with my pick of the tacos being the fried flathead and the grilled pork, paired with pineapple and green salsa. The tortillas with fragrant, beer-marinated skirt steak were the highlight of the mains – even Head Chef Pamela Valdés declared it her favourite dish on the menu! In contrast to the hearty steak, the superbly cooked fish tortilla and the zucchini flower enchiladas provided a more delicate counterpoint.

Fried Flathead & Grilled Pork tacos
Fried Flathead & Grilled Pork tacos – Credit: Bar Patrón

We threw caution to the wind and rounded the evening out by sharing a delicious flan (with just a touch of tequila, of course!), and a portion of surprisingly light Tres Leches cake.

If it’s sheer hedonism you are after, opt for the “Millionaire’s Margarita” – a $100 extravagance, made tableside from Gran Patrón Burdeos tequila, 50+ year old Grand Marnier, nitrogen-frozen finger lime spheres, and a spritz of Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac. Topped with gold leaf, naturally!

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“Millionaire’s Margarita” – Credit: Bar Patrón

All in all – look no further for the ideal spot to celebrate World Tequila day. And trust me on the clarified margarita – it’s a winner.

The Set Menu, including a flight of 3 exclusive tequilas, will be available for $65pp on Tuesday, 24 July.

**Andrew was a guest of Rockpool Dining Group/Georgie Meredith

Credit: A. Kemp
Credit: A. Kemp

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Credit: A. Kemp
Charred & cheesy margarita

Buffalo mozzarella

Words and Images by Daria Kill-Smith

Feeling like a voyeur crashing a pantomime, I entered St Kilda’s 29th Apartment – a music, food and drink venue located at the beach end of Fitzroy Street. The funky late-night bar – a pastiche of art gallery cum New York City-styled apartment, modelled on the residence of the eccentric 1980’s St Kilda street walker, Katishe, was immediately welcoming; from the broody, subdued lighting, distinctively mismatched furniture, curiously oversized board games, and yes, even a strangely provocative *boudoir – only to be surpassed by the warmth of the greeting received from effervescent host Misty Rose. However the clincher was a steaming glass of spicy, sweet Mulled wine.  Meanwhile the boudoir would have to wait, with the temptation of 29th Apartment’s new Winter Menu yet to experience.

Buffalo mozzarella
Buffalo mozzarella

A spacious yet cosy booth by the window was the perfect vantage for people-watching, ahead of much anticipated tasting plates soon pumping out of the kitchen. First up was a generous slice of silky, cool Buffalo mozzarella atop peppery rocket, dancing with fragrant basil, sweet tomato and tangy balsamic. Delightfully sophisticated. Next came juicy Pear with Rocket and creamy pine nuts, leaving a luscious, buttery mouth-feel. Paper thin Margherita pizza slices completed the tasting – charred, cheesy, crispy. Full of flavour and perfect for a cold winter’s night.

Charred & Cheesy Margherita
Charred & Cheesy Margherita

People came and went, the clatter of giant Jenga tiles and Connect 4 discs occasionally ‘out-louded’ the crowd, but they were no match for the fun of the final event – a Churros Eating Competition!

If the sum of a rich inviting menu and extensively stocked bar isn’t enough of an incentive to visit 29th Apartment during winter and beyond, the decor alone, surely is.

*the boudoir was experienced the following night!

**Daria was a guest of Keti Kezunovic @29thapartment

29th Apartment

29 Fitzroy Street

St Kilda

(03) 8506 0765

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Tomorrow is French Fry Day and what’s better than French fries? French fries on pizza, of course!

The perfect way to celebrate tomorrow’s delicious date, Johnny Di Francesco, world’s best pizza chef and owner of the Gradi Group is serving up the Pizza Viennese.

While many see a hot chip pizza as the ultimate carb feast, the Pizza Viennese is actually a traditional pizza in Italy. Found throughout the country, the authentic Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza is topped with fries and wurstel sausage on a fior di latte base.

A family favourite in Naples, the Pizza Viennese was originally created as a way to encourage children to eat properly in public.

“If there’s one thing I love more than pizza, it’s a pizza with French fries on it,” says Johnny.

Available in all 400 Gradi restaurants, it’s the best way we can think to celebrate French Fry Day!

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**Information and Image Courtesy of Johnny Di Franceso – Gradi Group/Supplied by Evil Twin PR