In October I was honoured to headline Port Macquarie’s ‘Tastings on Hastings’ event. Working with their enthusiastic, excited tourism department was a pleasure and I was looking forward to the festival for months.
Tastings on Hastings was a wonderful local event and I was intrigued to see what I would find in the growing Aussie town of Port Macquarie – prior to the festival I’d only ever driven through the area once.
Immediately I was impressed, the people I met in attendance at the Locavore Dinner, at the festival, and cooking around me in the The Fig’s kitchen and on the demo stage absolutely beamed with pride in their hometown’s produce. And they have every right to – the Port Macquarie produce blew me away with its quality, the flavours were exceptional and the variety and quality from the area is magnificent.
Tastings on Hastings has been going on for 12 years and I have to send a huge thank you to Necia Waghorn for her wonderful organisational skills – you put on an incredible event. I wish I’d had more time to really sink my teeth in (pun intended) and explore the area.
Another huge thanks to Will, head chef of The Fig Restaurant, for all his hard work and the management for their welcoming hospitality.
The little culinary gem of Port Macquarie is only about 4 hours from Sydney and believe me, this coastal getaway needs to be on any foodie’s radar – it’s the place to go for NSW produce and gourmet cuisine. There are some truly creative restaurants and talented hospitality professionals calling Port Macquarie home and I look forward to returning and seeing what they come up with.