WINE lovers, foodies and just about anyone with a taste for the finer things in life have descended on the Hyatt Regency Coolum for one of the year’s most widely anticipated events – A Taste of Coolum.
Held every year at the resort since 2006, the three-day festival features a succession of wine and food celebrations and provides a chance for guests to mingle with some of the most respected names in the Australian wine industry.
This year’s festival got under way on Friday night with a champagne degustation dinner hosted by champagne supremo Bernadette O’Shea and featuring a five-course meal at Eliza’s restaurant, with matching champagnes from some of the finest French houses including Ruinart, Mumm, Billecart, Louis Roederer and Philipponnat.
The action turned to the golf course yesterday for the Winemakers’ Golf Tournament – one of the most convivial tournaments staged on the Australian PGA Championship course.
Players gathered for a four-ball ambrose competition, with wine-tasting stations, entertainment and prizes at each hole.
Last night, a large crowd was expected to turn out for A Night in Italy.
The resort’s Village Square was transformed into a lively Italian piazza and the Tri Nations Dinner took place at Eliza’s restaurant.
It was hosted by charismatic winemaker Geoff Merrill.
The festival continues today with Chefs Alfresco – the key tasting event of the weekend.
It is expected to attract well
over 1500 people.
Also, the Sparkling Garden will provide a chance to sample some of the best sparkling wines from around Australia and overseas.
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