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Top 11 Australian Food Festivals

Top 11 Australian Food Festivals

In addition to sunbathing and surfing, these culinary events should be on your calendar for trip Down Under

The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival will take place May 16-19.

"Aussie-Aussie-Aussie! Oi-oi-oi!" What’s that sound, you ask? That’s the unmistakable sound of the patriotic Australian chant that’s been stuck in your head ever since you watched the Australian Open on your TV set back in January. Why is it stuck in your head? Because your subconscious is telling you to visit the land of Oz to experience all the culinary delights that it has to offer.

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Traveling to Australia is not always about baking in the sun on the stunning beaches, surfing the big waves, or cuddling friendly wildlife. While that’s all good stuff and should be experienced while you’re there, the food and wine in Australia is internationally renowned as some of the best in the world. Festivals that revolve around local produce are scheduled the year-round, so you’re sure to find something that will strike your fancy.

In 2013, there are a multitude of food and wine festivals to attend while in Australia. Depending on your tastes (or cooking skills), you can sample local wines in Victoria, take a cooking class on the gorgeous Margaret River, taste Australia’s best truffle dishes, or take in a beer can boat race — yes you read right, boats made out of beer cans that race against each other! We’ve listed them here in order of popularity.


11 Traditions Only Australians Can Understand

Australia’s British heritage and multiculturalism mean that most of their traditions are adopted from far and wide however, there are a few customs and rituals that are purely Australian, and although they may seem ridiculous to non-Aussies, they are a part of their true blue identity.


1 . Taste of London

If you’re planning a summer trip to the capital, make sure you head to Taste of London to experience the biggest and longest running food festival in London. The festival is held every year and consists of five days of non-stop feasting, indulging and savoring delicious cuisines from the world’s leading food and drink brands. Sample signature dishes from London’s best restaurants, watch live demonstrations from Michelin star chefs or immerse yourself in a cooking masterclass. There are over 200 artisan food and drink stalls to explore where you can sample and shop the UK’s best wine, cheese, charcuterie and more.

Located in London’s Regent’s Park, it’s easily accessible by tube on the Bakerloo line. Tickets start from £17 with a variety of packages to choose from including standard entry and VIP passes.

When? 19-23 June


Ram Navami is a festival that is celebrated across India and also in many other countries of the world. The food prepared during Ram Navami as with other festivals has regional variations which are reflected in the myriad Ram Navami recipes that find expression in millions of homes across India.

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Here are some Ram Navami recipes that range from cool juices to sweets, and the preparation of Prasadam for offering to Lord Shri Ram during the festival.

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Panaka which is also known as Panakam, Kosambari, Neer Mor which is also known as Spice Butter Milk, Kharbuja Juice ( Must Melon Juice ) Belada Hannu Juice ( Wood Apple Juice ) and Sundal is offered to Lord Rama on Ram Navami DaySri Rama Navami Festival.

Panakam Recipe

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Panakam or Panaka is a cool juice sweetened with jaggery that is offered to the Lord and then served to family and guests.

Lemon Juice or Nimbe Hannina Panaka Recipe

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Another summer cooler that is served to family and visitors after offering to Lord Shri Ram.

Kosambari Recipe

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A traditional dish that is prepared during festivals is Kosambari which consists of soaked lentils garnished with coriander, chillies, raw mangoes, etc.

Spiced Butter Milk Recipe | Neer Mor Recipe

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Ram Navami is noted for its variety of cool juices and other coolers like buttermilk, etc.

Kala Chana Sundal Recipe

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A healthy and tasty recipe that is a part of the Ram Navami recipes is a preparation made from boiled Black Gram.

Belada Hannu Juice | Wood Apple Juice Recipe

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A fruit that usually is relegated to oblivion throughout the year suddenly finds itself in great demand during Ram Navami. Juice is made from this humble fruit.

Kharbuja Juice | Must Melon Juice Recipe

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Another fruit juice that is much in vogue during Ram Navami is a juice made from Musk Melon.

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If you are looking for Ram Navami recipes specific to South India, you are sure to find what you are looking for here.

Sabudana Kheer Recipe

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Sabudana or Sago is a favourite ingredient for fasting recipes and Sabudana Kheer is also a cool and healthy recipe.

Rice Payasam Recipe

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Payasam or Kheer or Payasa is a must during any festival and Rice Payasam is a nice, quick and easy recipe for Ram Navami.

Pasi Paruppu Payasam | Moong Dal Payasam Recipe

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Another popular payasam during festivals is the one made from lentils, specifically Moong Dal.

Sooji Halwa Recipe

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A quick and easy sweet dish – a popular sweet recipe that can be made quickly and can also be offered as Prasadam is Sooji Ka Halwa.

Puran Poli Recipe

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Puran Poli in Maharashtra and Obattu in Karnataka which is also known as Holige in Karnataka are a must during festivals and taste great too.

Kayi Holige | Naariyal Puran Poli Recipe

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Holige is similar to Puran Poli and Obattu and comes in different versions, this is the recipe that uses grated coconut for filling.

Coconut Ladoo Recipe

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Coconut is an integral part of South Indian cuisine and finds its way in most if not all dishes, check out this Coconut Laddoo recipe.

Coconut Barfi Recipe

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If you prefer Barfi to Ladoo and yet want your share of coconut, then the Coconut Barfi recipe is just for you.

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If you are fasting during Ram Navami, then here are some recipes specifically for fasting.

Poha Recipe

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A simple yet tasty and light dish is Poha which again has its variants. Here is a Poha recipe that is suitable for those fasting.

Upma Recipe

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Upma is a favourite South Indian breakfast made from semolina (Sooji) and is great as a fasting recipe too.

Sabudana Khichadi Recipe

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Sabudana Khichadi with origins in Maharashtra is another favourite fasting recipe.

Sabudana Vada Recipe

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If you want to have your Sabudana crispy and crunchy, the Sabudana Vada is just for you.

Sabudana Thalipeeth Recipe

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Sabudana made into the shape of roti and cooked is Sabudana Thalipeeth.

Sabudana Tikki Recipe

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Forget Alu Tikki, here is the crunchy Sabudana Tikki recipe, a great snack for those on a fast.

Rajgira Paratha Recipe

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You are fasting, but you need your Paratha, then Rajgira Paratha is sure to save the day.

Samvat Rice Khichdi Recipe

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You need not miss your quota of rice when you have Samvat rice, so fast and enjoy your Khichdi too!

Kuttu Ki Khichdi Recipe

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For Khichdi lovers, Kuttu Ki Khichdi is a great option while fasting.

Aloo ki Kadhi Recipe

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Aloo Ki Kadhi is a side dish that makes for a good fasting recipe.

Aloo Tikki Recipe Recipe

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The quintessential Aloo Tikki also figures in the list of Ram Navami recipes for those fasting during the festival.

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We hope these specially curated Ram Navami recipes stand you in good stead for Ram Navami Festival and also other auspicious festivals that involve fasting. Please do let us know how you find them through our comments section. In the meanwhile best wishes for a great festive season.

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Snow-flower Pizza (V & GF)

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ (8-ounce) package DOLE® Mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ medium DOLE® Russet Potato, very thinly sliced
  • ½ medium DOLE® White Onion, chopped
  • 2 cups small DOLE® Cauliflower florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 box (12 ounces) frozen gluten free cauliflower pizza crusts (2 crusts)
  • 1 cup fat free ricotta cheese
  • 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 cup DOLE® Organic Baby Spinach & Arugula
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. ADJUST oven rack to upper position preheat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. TOSS mushrooms, potato, onion, cauliflower, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl spread on prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until potatoes are just tender.
  3. SPREAD crusts with cheese top with roasted vegetables, garlic and 2 tablespoons basil.
  4. BAKE pizzas directly on oven rack 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crisp top with spinach & arugula and remaining 1 tablespoons basil. Cut each pizza into 6 slices sprinkle with crushed red pepper, if desired.

Pro tip: To freeze pizzas, cool roasted vegetables and proceed through Step 3. Wrap pizzas with plastic wrap then foil and freeze up to 3 months. Bake pizzas from frozen at 425°F for 22 minutes or until crust is golden brown and crisp, and internal temperature reaches 165°F top with spinach & arugula.


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The creation of national dishes

ANZAC biscuits are perhaps one of our best-known national dishes.

With an increasingly reliable supply of eggs, butter, flour, sugar and the latest grocery items – from desiccated coconut in the 1890s to cornflakes in the 1930s – cookery books began to proliferate.Essentially rearrangements of Englishwoman Eliza Acton’s Modern Cookery for Private Families from half a century earlier, the books showed standard techniques for dealing with the empire’s ingredients.

Basic ways to treat the local specialty, cheap meat, included shepherd’s pie (mince covered in mashed potato) and Irish stew. The fanciest meal, reserved for midday on Sundays, was a baked dinner of lamb or beef and vegetables.

The books had lengthy sections on baking – often more than half of the recipes were puddings and cakes – which relied on the store cupboard’s flour, sugar, cocoa, desiccated coconut and flavouring and colouring essences. They were baked in iron
ranges, which used wood in rural areas and gas in large towns and cities.

An early craze for desiccated coconut showed up in lamingtons and other innovations around the year 1900. Other Antipodean classics, such as Anzac biscuits, pumpkin scones and Pavlova, came from this golden age of baking. In the 1930s came treats such as chocolate crackles and Yo Yos, reminiscent of Melting Moments but with custard powder.

I recently surveyed cookery competitions at local agricultural shows to see which of these classics are still popular. Show schedules accept many recipes from the United Kingdom, such as queen cakes, seed cake, Madeira, tennis cake, Swiss roll, and brandy snaps. Lamingtons are found at more than half the shows and Anzac biscuits at more than one show in three.

Jubilee cake remains a specialty of South Australia and Mildura, which is just up the Murray River in Victoria.

By the 1920s, each city had acquired its own cookbook bibles, containing much the same plain recipes and published, typically, by women’s groups connected with schools and churches. The books, and the cooking, didn’t change much until the late 1950s.


December 4 th : International Cookie Day

Cookie day is celebrated worldwide to pay tribute to the deliciously baked treats.

What started off as an American holiday has spread, so everyone has an excuse to consume cookies at any time of the day.

Hope you’ve had fun with our 2020 world food days calendar. Look out for the updated edition in January 2021. If you want to stock up on your favourite gourmet foods, and live in Australia, check out our online store. We offer free delivery in the Perth metro area.

What’s your favourite World Food Day? Let us know below!


Deep Fried Food Ideas & Sweet Carnival Treats

MINI UKRAINIAN DOUGHNUTS (CARNIVAL-STYLE)

A traditional yeast donut sweetened with cinnamon and sugar spices. This treat is a family recipe has been passed down for many generations.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN COTTON CANDY AT HOME

The most popular carnival food has to be cotton candy. This is a great recipe that can be made for your children at home anytime, any season.

COUNTY FAIR FUNNEL CAKES

On top of everyone’s state fair food list is funnel cakes. Who doesn’t love the deliciousness of a warm funnel cake. Enjoy these in the comfort of your own home.

BAKED DOUBLE CHOCOLATE DONUTS

Let me tell you, this is no basic donut recipe. Not only do these delicious treats contain expresso powder, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder but they’re also baked and require no deep frying.

EASY HOMEMADE CARAMEL APPLE RECIPE

Carmel apples are one of the most popular carnival foods for a reason. In this recipe, you will make your own caramel topping for all of those delicious apples.

FROZEN CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE ON A STICK

These sweet chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake on a stick treats are perfect for walking around, talking and observing all the sites, music, and festivities.

EASY EGG FREE BROWNIES RECIPE (DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE)

If you want to enjoy sweet tasting carnival treats but you happen to be on a gluten-free diet, then these egg free brownies will do the trick.

Not only are they low in calories (146 per square) but they’re also low in carbs (about 4 g. per square).

HOMEMADE FRIED DOUGH ZEPPOLES RECIPE WITHOUT RICOTTA

Traditional Italian fair food. These fried dough balls are soft, fluffy, and covered in powdered sugar.

CHIPOTLE SWEET AND SALTY CARAMEL GLAZED POPCORN

This caramel carnival style treat is a fun snack to make for the kids. Also an enjoyable accompaniment to a great action flick or comedy.

EASY BAKED CHURROS

Our carnival food list would not be complete without us mentioning churros. This delicious treat is made from puff pastry dough.

BLUE COTTON CANDY ICE CREAM WITH CARAMEL CORN

Cotton candy and ice cream is a perfect marriage and is a perfect addition to our carnival inspired food list. The addition of caramel corn is a nice touch.

HONEY CARAMEL CORN RECIPE

There’s just something magical about eating caramel corn at a state fair, carnival, or festival. Enjoy this popular carnival food at home.

DEEP FRIED THANKSGIVING BITES

Do you enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers? Instead of just warming them up in the microwave, try transforming them into these amazing deep fried Thanksgiving bites.

MARDI GRAS KING CAKE

King cake is a tradition during the Mardi Gras season. There is just something so amazing about the cream cheese filling. And the colors! It’s like eating a delicious tye-dye shirt.

PEACH BOURBON BROWN SUGAR HAND PIES

This delicious pastry combines two of my favorite things. Peach and bourbon. Best of all, these hand pies are portable.

MONSTER HALLOWEEN POPCORN

I think most people love the Halloween season. The kids will love this creepy popcorn creation.


11 Classic Comfort Food Recipes to Cook at Home

Chicken-fried steak from Bevers Kitchen in Chappell Hill. Photo by Kevin Stillman.

As COVID-19 keeps Texans at home, there’s never been a better time to cook up comfort food. Expand your recipe repertoire with these hits from the Texas Highways archives. Some of these recipes are Texas classics like chicken-fried steak and chili, and some, like biscuits and gravy and pimento cheese, are Southern staples. Prepare a feast for yourself or consider hosting a digital dinner party where you and your pals cook and eat via video chat. No matter how you enjoy these dishes, they’re guaranteed to leave you satisfied and hungry for more culinary creations.

This recipe from Mattie’s in Austin is as classic as it gets, hailing from a 1965 cookbook by Mary Faulk Koock. Use it as a filling in jalapeño poppers or as a dip with crackers.

Typically eaten on New Year’s Day to bring luck, black-eyed peas don’t get much attention the rest of the year. Whip up this dish with rice or alongside meat for a filling dinner.

Indulge your sweet tooth with this pie recipe from Stockman’s Steakhouse in Crockett. A hint of grated nutmeg sets this buttermilk pie apart from others.

This recipe comes together in a snap and incorporates meat, carbs, and vegetables. Thankfully, Opa’s in Fredericksburg is offering curbside pick-up for its smoked sausage, which stars in this dish.

Many folks are using their extra free time to take on baking projects. This traditional Czech pastry is an excellent use for the extra yeast and flour you may have picked up at the store.

Fulfill your taco cravings with this recipe, which includes homemade pico de gallo. Pair with a margarita or ranch water for a virtual happy hour with your friends.

Tenderize a round steak until it’s as thin as possible, then dry fry to a golden brown. Once you master this meal, you can officially call yourself a True Texan.

Don’t worry, y’all, this recipe does not have beans in it. It comes from Texas Highways contributing photographer Eric. W. Pohl. He recommends simmering the stew in a Dutch oven for up to six hours for maximum flavor.

Soup is the ultimate comfort food, and this recipe adds a Tex-Mex twist. As a bonus, you can use the same toppings on this soup as you would on the chili dish above.

Bring a little Southern luxury to your breakfast. This recipe from Jacoby’s in Austin features fluffy, buttery biscuits smothered in pork-and-sage gravy.

Even though peach season hasn’t quite started yet, plan ahead for this classic summertime dessert. Chef Ross Burtwell of Fredericksburg’s Cabernet Grill recommends adding a scoop of lavender ice cream on top for some floral complexity.