FUNCTIONAL BEVERAGE INDUSTRY SET TO STAR AT NATURALLY GOOD 29 – 30 APRIL

NATURALLY GOOD – SYDNEY 2018

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Naturally Good Expo 29 – 30 April 2018

Where: ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Naturally Good returns to Sydney in less than 2 weeks and is slated to be the biggest event to date. The largest expo for healthy retailers, brands, and practitioners in the Southern Hemisphere, Naturally Good is recognised as Asia Pacific’s go-to event for sourcing the latest healthy, natural and organic food, beverage, beauty and home living products. The vast range of complementary medicines, vitamins, and supplements has also seen the show continue to grow and evolve since its inception in 2015.

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There’s no doubt that Australia’s functional beverage industry has continued to grow. With mindful and health conscious consumers dominating the market – the industry is opting for natural and functional products that deliver specific health benefits.

In a thriving and somewhat ’trendy’ market, health-related beverages are now coming in all shapes and forms – from healthy (and colourful) lattes, through to new and innovative kombucha offerings, something that will be evident across the Naturally Good Expo in Sydney this April.

Nutra Organics are one to watch as leaders in the industry with their range of superfood chai infusions. The infusions are used to make lattes with certified organic ingredients and new products include their Velvet Latte (pink beetroot chai latte), Mermaid Latte (blue butterfly pea flower), and a Golden Latte (turmeric manuka honey chai).

Golden Grind are also making their mark on the industry with their unique offerings, with majority of their products being first to market and totally unique formulations. Golden Grind will be releasing a number of exciting new products at Naturally Good – including their Turmeric Hot Chocolate.

Across the Kombucha space is Cool Cool Beverages, who have created Australia’s first bottled nitro cold brew. Also ones to watch are Herbal Fix – an Australian manufacturer of 6 natural, functional beverages, which have each been scientifically prepared with a unique combination of organic herbs, vitamins & minerals. 

The 2018 Naturally Good Expo is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet – naturally.

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*Information & Images Courtesy of Naturally Good/Evil Twin PR

Connie Lambeth

The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

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THE COUNTRY’S SWEETEST EVENT RETURNS, UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

CAKE BAKE & SWEETS SHOW Sydney – 23rd to 25th November/Melbourne – 30th November to 2nd December 2018      In possibly the most delicious news in more than a … Read more

MEKONG RETURNS WITH SELL-OUT CRAFT BEER AND CURRY SERIES

BREWS AND CHEWS ‘PART TIW’ –

MEKONG ON KENSINGTON STREET – SYDNEY

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It’s a classic combo like no other: rich and fragrant curries paired with the crisp, hoppy goodness of a cold beer. After the sell-out success of the first series, Mekong on Kensington Street launches round two of their Craft Beer and Curry Series, featuring Chef Tiw’s award-winning Indochine cuisine and collaborations with Sauce Brewery, Lord Nelson, Willie the Boatman and 4 Pines.

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The events will take place monthly from February to June and consist of five shared courses and five paired beers. Brewers will be on hand on the night to chat through the selected beers, tasting notes and why they’ve been matched.

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Each event will hero a selection of regional culinary delights, from the country’s that border the Mekong River, with cuisine from Cambodia, Vietnam, Northern Thailand and Myanmar. Think unexpected pairings like dark beer and charcoal pudding, spicy dishes with hoppy pale ale.

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“Indian curries have long been paired with Indian Pale Ale due to the hoppy nature of the beer,” Chef Tiw said. “But the reality is, there are so many beer styles that can complement a curry and we want to highlight some of best in this Craft Beer and Curry Series.”

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Tickets are on sale now at $95 per person. Book your ticket online before they sell-out: https://tickets.myguestlist.com/v25a57f7992ba51/craft-/beer-curry-part-2-brew-tiw/

What: Craft Beer and Curry Series

Where: Mekong on Kensington Street, 2/14 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008

When: Thursday 22 February, 22 March, 24 May and 21 June 2018 at 6:30pm

Tickets: $95

https://tickets.myguestlist.com/v25a57f7992ba51/craft-beer-curry-part-2-brew-tiw/

Website: https://www.mekong-restaurant.com.au

**Information & Images Courtesy of Mekong/Cardinal Spin – Matt Fraser

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Connie Lambeth

The Australia Times News

Editor GOURMET – Food/Wine/Events

theaustraliatimes.com/news

literallyconnie@gmail.com

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Smooth Festival of Chocolate in the Rocks

The Rocks Sydney – Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th August 2017

10am to 6pm daily

The sweet cravings of chocolate lovers everywhere will be thoroughly tested this weekend at Smooth Festival of Chocolate in the Rocks! Chocolate indulgences will include gelato, popsicles, doughnuts, brownies, cheesecake, double choc cookie ice cream sandwiches, tiramisu, doughnuts, profiteroles, chocolatey desserts, nutella and salted caramel temptations, plus more treats at every turn! Then there’s the double choc cookie ice cream sandwiches…and the must try ‘smooth Chocolate Ale’, a collaboration by Endeavour Beer and Sydney Chocolate, crafted exclusively for the fest. 

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Exhibitors:

This year’s line-up includes amazing offerings from Black Star Pastry, Gelato Messina, Serendipity Ice Cream, Jasper & Myrtle, The Profiterole Project, The Dessert House, Dessert Jars by Rocco, The Vogue Café, Piazza D’Oro.

For the full exhibitor list, regularly updated: https://www.smooth.com.au/events/smooth-festival-chocolate-exhibitors

Highlights at this year’s festival include:

The Lindt Lounge, Cooking Demonstrations, The Baci Chocolatier’s Quarters featuring: a Pop Up Baci Chocolate Shop and over 10 artisan chocolatiers, Mr Black Espresso Martini Bar, The smooth Star’s Stage, The smooth Relaxation Station, Zumbo Ski Lodge, The Cellarmasters Touring Cellar Door, the ”Bone Shaker” moving chocolate masterpiece, and The Sydney Props Specialist Jungle Laneway.

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Information & Images Courtesy of: Smooth Festival of Chocolate in the Rocks

www.smooth.com.au/smooth/festival-of-chocolate/

**Read Natalie Salvo’s article – 2016 Fest:

https://theaustraliatimes.com/magazine/gourmet/issue/411/#40

Connie Lambeth – The Australia Times Gourmet News – Food/Wine/Hospitality/Events

Email: literallyconnie@gmail.com

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