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Great Gourmet Weekends in Australia

Great_Gourmet_Weekends"Let's take the weekend off and go somewhere! Eat some good food. Try out the wines!" Great idea, but where?

Australia is an amazing country. Every state has so much food and wine and stunning scenery, but it is not always easy to see at a glance what is on offer. Finally this book Great Gourmet Weekends in Australia, brings to rich and glorious life some of this country's best food and wine destinations.

It's a gastronomic journey of discovery that covers everything from fine-dining restaurants, breezy cafes and up-market produce stores, to farm-gate stalls, cheese-making factories, olive groves, boutique breweries and cellar doors.

For every region, there's information on where to stay and where to stop for your next treat, along with interesting details about all things local - chefs, gourmet produce and wine-grape varietals. The beautiful maps and mouth-watering images will also have you yearning for a gourmet retreat.

As well as renowned gourmet regions such as the Hunter and Barossa valleys, the book covers areas like Sydney's nearby Hawkesbury with its colourful display of fresh produce; Victoria's north-east environs, where fortified wines are the heart and soul of Rutherglen; South Australia's Kangaroo Island with its eclectic output from honey and farmed marron to sheep's cheese and superb lamb; Western Australia's Swan Valley, home to restaurants like the Black Swan Winery & Restaurant serving up crowd-pleasing black pig cotelette; Queensland's Granite Belt, where a strong Italian culture guarantees many fine places for eating, drinking and making merry; and Tasmania's Southern Valleys, where the Huon Valley's chilly climate makes it perfect for pinot, but also for mushroom growing and some seriously fresh seafood.

Dishing up everything you need to plan a gastronomic holiday, this book offers luxury accommodation suggestions, a wealth of foodie destinations, insights into local chefs and gourmet produce businesses, a calendar of foodie festivals, beautiful maps and mouth-watering images. It's everything you'll need to get you to your destination in the nicest possible way.

Written by local travel and food writers* who are eager to showcase the best their state has to offer, this guide will ensure you make the most of your gourmet weekend away. It's a culinary sin of omission to leave home without it!

*Sally Hammond contributed the chapter on NSW as well as the Great Ocean Road section for Victoria.

Great Gourmet Weekends in Australia, Explore Australia, paperback, 2010, rrp $36.95.


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