TEN leading culinary professionals and top restaurateurs from China are preparing to be dished up a taste of the capital as Canberra’s Pialligo Estate secures itself a seat at the global table.
This week, the group will attend a bespoke food and wine program at Pialligo Estate Academy, designed to inspire, educate and share a slice of the city’s unique offering with one of the world’s most influential markets.
From July 9-13, attendees will be guided through an array of hands-on educational experiences, from European inspired kitchen techniques, horticulture (farming) and vineyard lessons at the estate, to truffle and wine tasting at Mount Majura.
This is the first of four programs scheduled this year in which guests will participate in masterclasses at one of Canberra’s best culinary academies, Pialligo Estate Academy and Smokehouse.
Pialligo Estate Academy has been operating for 18-months and is the only registered provider in Canberra to offer the globally-recognised WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) qualifications. Academy Development Manager, Diana Ryan, said it had long been a vision of the brand to launch into the global market and this was a significant step to get the region of Canberra and Pialligo Estate recognized internationally.
“Our team is very excited to be hosting this unique program which has inspired a wealth of talent to see first-hand the diverse local produce and culinary skills our region has to offer.”
“We believe this to be the best hands-on culinary educational program in the region and know the results will speak for themselves.”
“This is the first (of four) bookings made through Creative Food Australia, and we will be tailoring the program each month to ensure a truly authentic, and unique offering for each group.”
Jing Zhao, manager of Creative Food Australia said, “Our guests are very much looking forward to visiting the wide-open spaces and fresh country air of Pialligo Estate (Canberra).
“I have no doubt that once word gets out in China about Pialligo Estate, we will be overwhelmed with interest in the opportunity to learn more about the Australian culinary culture from the incredible staff at Pialligo Estate Academy and the ‘award winning’ Smokehouse.”
For Mount Majura Vineyard, the opportunity to be included in the culinary program, and to collaborate with Pialligo Estate was something winemaker Frank van de Loo said was close to his heart.
“There are great synergies and significant respect between Mount Majura and Pialligo Estate. We are both truly authentic Canberra businesses providing great rural experiences just minutes from the city,” he said.
“This program is a great example of the things we can continue to do as the Majura Valley develops into Canberra’s culinary tourism destination.”
The Pialligo Estate Academy Culinary Experience program commences at 9:00am (AEST), Monday 9 July. Media seeking to speak with staff or guests of Pialligo Estate can arrange interviews by calling Academy Development Manager Diana Ryan direct, on +61 409 367 503.
Photographers are welcome to visit the Estate throughout the week however we encourage calling ahead to inform us of your intended visit to ensure minimal disruption to the program.