By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
The bounty of nature and fine food of the Greater Blue Mountains region will be showcased in an episode of Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia on Sunday, May 25.
The long-awaited program has aired on 7TWO since March 16 and will continue until June 15.
Meanwhile, the Greater Blue Mountains episode will air at 1.30pm on Sunday, May 25.
Ms Milan’s filming visit to the region last year focused on the Slow Food movement and took in Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, Logan Brae Orchard, wagyu beef in the Megalong Valley, wild mushroom foraging in Oberon and Norman Lindsay Gallery.
Staying at the first hotel in Australia’s first tourist destination, The Carrington at Katoomba, the visit was arranged by Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) and the Greater Blue Mountains Food and Wine Development Advisory Group (F&WAG).
BMLOT chairman Daniel Myles said: “For a high profile TV food show presenter such as Lyndey Milan OAM to dedicate an entire episode to this region is testament to the quality and innovation of the food and wine being grown, manufactured and cooked here.’’
F&WAG aims to raise the profile of the Greater Blue Mountains as a major food and wine destination through the Plate Up Blue Mountains brand.
F&WAG chairwoman Pam Seaborn said: “The Greater Blue Mountains’ time as a foodie destination is now.
“The diversity of food product, the increasing use of local and regional produce and sustainable practices, the quality of chefs and range of venues offering differing dining experiences is stepping up to customer demand.’’
The food industry participation in community events such as the recent Leura Village Association’s Leura Harvest Festival also helped cement the good food message and gave punters a taste of the food from the region’s top chefs, Ms Seaborn said.
For just $7.50 at the Chefs’ Table stand, everyone could sample signature dishes cooked and personally served by Lee Kwiez from Darley’s, Lilianfels Resorts’ hatted restaurant; Jodie Van Der Velden from Josophan’s Fine Chocolates; Oliver Roberts from Vesta Restaurant, Blackheath; and Michael Bell from Fairmont Resort.
“We also have a wonderful band of rising chefs being trained by John Rankins and his team at TAFE Western Sydney Institute Blue Mountains campus, so the restaurants and cafes of this region will be in top form for many years to come.’’
The Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia series featuring the Greater Blue Mountains food scene has already been shown on demand during Qantas flights since late last year.
Taste of Australia will also be shown by LifeStyle FOOD later in the year. It has recently been screened in New Zealand on FoodTV and other international sales are underway.
A companion book has also been written and is expected to be released in October in time for Christmas. It will feature all the recipes, some stories and still photos from the TV series and additional recipes.