NEWS: Tea Forté, Australian Brewery, Narooma Oyster Festival, Sydney Italian Wine Festival & More

This week’s news round up of what’s new, what’s on, what to drink with Australian Brewery craft beer, premium Tea Forté, wine and oyster festivals, OzHarvest and many more.

Tea Forté

Tea Forté

Tea Forté is a global luxury tea brand has made its entry into the Australian market. The brand brings together premium whole leaf teas, rough-cut herbs and flowers in a range that includes Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Bombay Chai, Jasmine Green and African Solstice and a collection of proprietary tea and herbal blends. The signature pyramid infuser and design-driven accessories deliver a delicious and luxuriant tea experience. The sophisticated Solstice Collection tea set seen above is made of porcelain with a sleek, ebony wooden tray and a contemporary square design. The lid has a hole which reveals the signature leaf. Available from or high end retailers.

Australian Brewery

From the outer Sydney suburb of Rouse Hill comes a range of craft beer exclusively in cans. Australian Brewery‘s range includes 6 beers and a cider. The Pale Ale is a cloudy brew, very fruity, with aromas and flavours reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc wine. The Pilsner is crisp with a touch of bitterness and a balanced malt profile while the Extra Hoppy Ale delights in a smack of hops to the palate with peppery citrus and spice and a biscuity body. The Apple Cider is made with locally sourced apples that are fermented just hours after pressing. You’ll find the range at Dan Murphys and in selected pubs and bottle shops.

Sydney Italian Wine Festival

The Sydney Italian Wine Festival by Gambero Rosso, the worlds leading authority on Italian wine is coming to Sydney to present the very best of Italian wine. The one day event will be hled on Monday 10th March 2014 at MCA Museum of Contemporary Art ‘Federation Hall’ and will include trade and media tasting, as well as a Wine Lovers (General Public) Tasting from 5pm to 8pm. Three seminars will be run by Marco Sabellico, Editor Gambero Rosso.

Hotel Centennial, Woollahra

Hotel Centennial in Woollahra is set to reopen in late March after an extensive makeover with Executive Chef, Justin North’s menu. The food will focus on classic, good value comfort food,  high-quality seasonal ingredients from dedicated Australian producers and simple techniques done well. Centennial Hotel, 88 Oxford Street, Woollahra NSW 2025

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Narooma Oyster Festival

Chefs from three of south coast NSW’s ‘hatted’ restaurants will headline this year’s Narooma Oyster Festival on 5-6 April. Huw Jones of Zanzibar Merimbula, Josh Tyler of Tyler’s Pantry Mogo and Dave Campbell of Wharf Rd Nowra will demonstrate some of their signature dishes at the Festival’s Naturally Gourmet Fair on Saturday 5 April. Check for details

Qantas and OzHarvest CEO CookOff

The CEO CookOff is back for the third year where 36 of Australia’s top chefs will unite with more than 120 business leaders on Monday, 17 February,from 5.30pm to 10.30pm at CarriageWorks, Eveleigh to cook for 1000 people in need. Anyone can support the cause by donating to their favourite CEO or chef. Every $1 donated means that OzHarvest can deliver the equivalent of two meals.

Bourbon St Mardi Gras at the Island Bar

The Bourbon Street Mardi Gras but with an Aussie twist returns this March at The Island Bar, running from Saturday March 8 to Sunday March 9, 2014. Food carts will serve Louisiana cuisine including soft shell crab Po’ boys, gumbo, and spicy Cajun chicken wings. For something sweet, delicious banana fritters with cinnamon sauce and warm banana crepes with vanilla cream cheese and pecans, will be prepared right in front of you. Saturday March 8 & Sunday March 9, from 12:30 until late.


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.