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WINE WARS AND FOOD TRAIL EVENTS ON THE MENU AT PEPPERS

Peppers continues to showcase the bountiful food and wine regions in which they are located with a series of food and wine events throughout Autumn and Winter. 

Whether it’s the healthy competition between rival wineries in the national ‘Wine Wars’ series, or ‘Food Trail’ events encompassing local food producers, Peppers retreats and resorts are offering gourmet getaways from the Tropical North to the Hunter Valley wineries and cosy Southern Highlands gatherings.

All events are hosted (or refereed!) by celebrated wine critic, Nick Stock.

WINE WARS EVENTS:

GOLD COAST: Wine rivalry in the Soul of Surfers Paradise
There’s rivalry brewing in the heart of Surfers Paradise with a Wine Wars Dinner on 5 June at Soul Surfers Paradise (Managed by Peppers). Winemakers from William Downie estate in Victoria and Dalrymple winery in Tasmania go glass for glass in the hope of being the guests’ choice. The evening includes a welcome drink on arrival and a five-course degustation menu designed by award-winning Executive Chef Steve Szabo with two masked wines poured for three featured dishes. Accommodation rates start from $349 in a one bedroom ocean view apartment and parking is complimentary.  For bookings visit www.peppers.com.au/soul-surfers-paradise/news-and-events all or phone 07 5635 5746.

HUNTER VALLEY: Battle of the Valleys – Hunter vs Barossa
Peppers Guest House Hunter Valley will host a Wine Wars event on 14 June set to test the home town advantage when one of the Valley’s favourites - Brokenwood Wines –goes up against Barossa Valley giant, Yalumba.  The two will compete wine for wine over a five-course degustation menu encompassing the finest Hunter Valley produce and designed by the Chez Pok Restaurant team.  The Wine Wars event is priced at $120* per person and accommodation starts from $244* per night in a Vintage Room including full breakfast. For bookings visit www.peppers.com.au/food/wine-wars-brokenwood-vs-yalumba or phone 02 4993 8999.

PALM COVE, NORTH QUEENSLAND: Battle at the Beach
The tropical setting of Peppers Beach Club & Spa will transform in to a battle ground for the ‘Wine War’ event between winemakers from Wirra Wirra in South Australia’s McLaren Vale region and Vasse Felix from Margaret River in Western Australia on 27 June. For $149* per person, enjoy a great evening of entertainment for wine buffs and enthusiasts alike, with a three-course menu designed by renowned Executive Chef Thomas Ege, with two masked wines poured for entrée, main and dessert.  Rates start from $244* per night in a Spa Suite.  For bookings visit http://www.peppers.com.au/beach-club-spa/packages/gourmet-food-trail or phone 07 4059 9275.

FOOD TRAIL EVENTS:

TWEED COAST: A little Pepper and Salt
Indulge the senses with a gourmet stay at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in Kingscliff by the beach. From 2-4 May, enjoy the luxuries of a One Bedroom Suite per night from $499* and begin the gourmet experience on arrival with a regional tasting plate and hamper of delicious produce in your room and enjoy a two course dinner at your leisure on Friday night in Season Restaurant.  On Saturday join Executive Chef Martin Glutz and some favourite local suppliers for a food trail and wine tasting lunch event by the pool followed by a five-course degustation dinner with matched wines. Daily buffet breakfast, complimentary wi-fi, new release movies and a unique Food Trail Map of the region for self-drive discovery are also included. For bookings visit www.peppers.com.au/salt/packages/gourmet-food-trail or call 02 6674 7777.

PORT DOUGLAS, TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND: Gourmet escape for tastes of the tropics
Enjoy a luxury gourmet escape at Peppers Beach Club Port Douglas from 9-11 May which starts with a sunset cruise on Friday aboard the Lady Douglas with canapés and drinks all locally sourced.  On Saturday morning, a guided tour through the lush hinterland and waterways with visits to local food heroes will culminate in a lunch at the working cattle station, Wetherby Station; followed by a four-course regional degustation dinner with matched wines served in unique poolside surroundings at Peppers’ onsite restaurant, Sublime Bar & Grill, on Saturday evening.  The package also includes two nights in a Spa Suite and full daily breakfast plus a gourmet hamper of goodies. Priced from $449* per couple, per night, for a minimum two night stay. For bookings visit www.peppers.com.au/beach-club/packages/gourmet-food-trail or call 07 4087 1000.

HUNTER VALLEY: Pop-up cellar and gourmet BBQ
A country estate sets the scene for a romantic gourmet weekend in the Hunter Valley from 30 May to 1 June.  The weekend event at Peppers Guest House will start on Friday night with a Pop-Up Cellar Door, serving wines from the famous vines of the district with canapés served on the veranda and guest lounge.  Breakfast will follow on Saturday morning before a self-drive discovery using the complimentary Peppers Gourmet Food Trail map; followed by a gourmet BBQ in the afternoon courtesy of Chez Pok’s Executive Chef, teamed with matching local wines.  Accommodation in a Vintage Room is included, all from $382* per night for a minimum of two nights.  For bookings visit www.peppers.com.au/guest-house/packages/gourmet-food-trail or phone 02 4993 8999.