My top 5 things about Taste Port Douglas 2016
TropicNow's resident culinary writer FNQ Foodie spent the weekend at Taste Port Douglas, and absolutely loved it.
As the sunset on Sunday sank off in the distance, so began my countdown to next year’s Taste Port Douglas.
This year's event was so much more than just a display of cooking demonstrations - it was a celebration of food and most importantly Tropical North Queensland Produce.
Each chef who took part in Taste was hand-selected by Spencer and Reina Patrick, whose love of food is something incredible.
And that passion was obviously part of what the chef’s do up on stage, and whether it was hosting dinners, doing demonstrations or industry talks, the entire weekend of events all had one thing in common: a shared love of good food.
With so many different things to see and do here is my Top 5 from what was an exceptional weekend.
5. The Location
Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas provided the perfect backdrop for this event, with the sun shining and a sweet cool breeze it was enough for you to want to have a siesta under a palm tree after all that food.
4. The Lineup
The lineup of talent this year was something special, with the likes of locals such as Nick Holloway (NuNu Palm Cove) Spencer Patrick (Harrisons Port Douglas) and Cairns very own pastry queen Mel Day (Pullman Cairns International).
They were joined by the likes of Colin Fassnidge, Ben O’Donoghue, Cameron Matthews, Alastair McLeod, Matt Golinski, Alla Wolf-Tasker plus many more. The talent this year would match any festival of its kind in the country.
3. The Big Taste Dinners
With five dinners to choose from over two nights right around Port Douglas, these were a sure-fire hit, matching food with wines and chefs with such a passion and flair for food. What's not to like?
2. The Harry Hawker Street Food Party
As the sun settled, the music kicked off and the aroma of food hit you as you walked down the driveway, a foodies heaven with some of the best street food going around.
1. The food
Alright, this may be a little obvious but seriously, the food was so damn bloody good.
There were food vendors everywhere with the likes of Apex Milk Bar, Taco Loco Mobile Cantina, Providore Wood Fired Pizza’s (and Cannoli), Harrisons Port Douglas, Bucci Port Douglas, Smokin Hot-Q and Mt Uncle Distillery.
There was so so so so much to choose from, with the likes of Adam D’Sylvia, Cameron Matthews and Ben Williamson also cooking some awesome signature dishes.
Well done to the organisers. I absolutely cannot wait for next year's event!