Friday, April 30, 2010

Mansfield’s Chefs, Wines and Kitchen Star at Upper Goulburn Long Lunch

The Tf's were lucky enough to catch up with Susan Kinloch, the Upper Goulburn Winegrowers event orgniser still glowing about the success of the Upper Goulburn Long Lunch in Mansfield on the 24th April.

Susan was full of praise ( and slightly exhusted after such a huge effort ) and had this to say:

"Local wine and food operators came together as one to showcase the region’s best at the Upper Goulburn Long Lunch. The lunch was held at the Mansfield Showground’s Edward Harris Pavilion on Anzac Day.
134 guests assembled for pre-luncheon wines from local winemakers and delicious canapés prepared by Michael Nelson from the Deck on High. Bamboo baskets filled with a selection of Thai influenced gourmet appetizers had guests wanting for more.

The Pavilion was decked out magnificently to receive guests to a sit-down three course luncheon, matched expertly with the right wines from the region. A fully equipped Crawford Kitchen was on site and the show began.

Christian Bergmoser from the Magnolia Country House, served up his Layered roulade of Buxton salmon carpaccio, smoked trout fillet, smoked salmon and trout pate, rolled with a mosaic of vegetables, and served with an Asian inspired soy dressing, paired of with
Delatite Riesling 2008 & Kinloch Rose 2009.

Marcus van Clute from Crawford Kitchens tempted diners with his alternate drop, giving guests the opportunity to switch or share - Wild rabbit wrapped in prosciutto stuffed with raisins, sage and chestnuts on braised Savoy cabbage, or Wet roast suckling of lamb baked artichokes, herb gnocchi and parmigiano-reggiano.
The wines chosen to pair off with these dishes were the Murrindindi Family Reserve Chardonnay 2008 & Mt Samaria Shiraz 2008.

Conversations were lively, local gal Carmen Fraser entertained and requests for more wine were a plenty!

Mansfield Produce Store’s Megan Knapp served up the final dish which was Poached pear with mascarpone and pistachio praline, with a sparkling infused zabayon, matched with Ros Ritchie Late-harvested Riesling 2009.

Just superb!

Master of Ceremonies, Malcolm Kinloch then invited chefs and winemakers to talk about their respective dishes and wines, invited questions from the floor, more wine, more lively conversation and sadly the afternoon came to an end."

Susan wants to remind us all about this wonderful region.

"The Upper Goulburn Wine region is diverse in its geography as it spans north of the Yarra Valley stretching from Glenburn to Mansfield-Mt Buller, along the Melba and Maroondah highway and from Tallarook and Yea to Eildon along the Goulburn River.
The region includes regional towns of Yea, Alexandra, Eildon and Mansfield.
The region is rich in natural beauty of lakes and river systems and is recognised as the major gateway to Victoria’s high country.
This is truly cool climate viticulture, setting the Upper Goulburn apart from most others in Victoria."

Well done Susan!! Please make sure you look out for nexts years event, there has been some healthy interest already through the Upper Goulburn Wine Growers Facebook page already!!

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