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Tasmania’s pre-eminent gourmet food and wine event 23-25 June

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is set to take gourmet dining to new heights when it plays host to Tasmania’s premier culinary festival, ‘Tastings at the Top’, from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 June.

Having recently joined the Peppers luxury boutique portfolio, the idyllic wilderness retreat will provide a stunning backdrop to the gourmet extravaganza, now in its 18th year and rated one of Australia’s top food and wine experiences.

From degustation dinners to cooking demonstrations, fresh produce markets to wine and cheese tastings and decadent spa treatments at the Lodge’s spectacular Waldheim Day Spa, the event encompasses the very best the region has to offer.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is offering a special 3 night package encompassing all scheduled ‘Tastings at the Top’ events and including accommodation; full mountain breakfast each morning; two lunches; dinner each night including a five-course dinner on Saturday and a gala dinner with entertainment on the last night, matched wines as part of the Tastings program, and the opportunity to sample a wide variety of local produce while mingling with the providores – all for just $1695 per person twin share (all inclusive).

For bookings phone Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge on 1300 806 192 or email cradlemountain@peppers.com.au.  Further information and a full program of the ‘Tastings at the Top’ events is available at www.peppers.com.au

The event will be jointly hosted by Peter Bourne – widely known as ”The Wine Man” from Sydney and Australia’s foremost wine educator, long time wine retailer, industry consultant, hospitality trainer and regular wine writer - and Nick Haddow, the owner and artisan cheese maker from Bruny Island Cheese Co. Both Peter and Nick share an intimate knowledge and enthusiasm for Tasmanian produce which translates into a highly entertaining culinary experience.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is a world-class luxury hotel set at the entrance to the spectacular World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain Lake Saint Clair National Park, just over an hour’s drive from Devonport or two hours from Launceston. Now part of the exclusive Peppers Retreats network, it is surrounded by ancient towering forests, mountain scenery and clean, glacial lakes and offers a true taste of luxury and warm hospitality in unparalleled surroundings.

Peppers is Mantra Group’s luxury level brand of stylish accommodation. There are 26 Peppers properties in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, leisure destinations and metropolitan locations ranging from boutique retreats, deluxe resorts and chic CBD apartments with the first Peppers Resort in Fiji due to open late 2012. All offer a level of style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller. www.peppers.com.au