Next weekend a beautiful ice skating rink, surrounded by 30 tonnes of real snow from the Snowy Mountains, will grace the forecourt of St Mary's cathedral. Along with the snow and ice there will be a bevy of great restaurants serving up classic winter dishes such as a delcicious cassoulet from Becasse. Hot mugs of mulled wine and other warming beverages will also be available.
Entry is free of charge. The festival is open from 5pm to 10pm on Thursday, midday to 10pm on Friday, 10am to 10pm on Saturday and 10am to 8pm on Sunday.
For more information visit www.winterfestival.com.au
Crossing the Food Desert
As New York attempts to tackle the so-called food deserts (areas in New York named for the lack of fresh food and propensity of fast-food outlets) 1,000 permits have been issued for “green-umbrella carts” enabling them to sell fresh fruit and vegetables in the streets. Research has demonstrated that greater access to fresh fruit and vegetables, the higher the consumption.
To read the full article in the New York Times, click here.
Taste of London
For the opportunity to sample some of London’s best restaurants for a tiny fraction of the price, or to see LifeStyle FOOD’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cook up a feast in the Taste Theatre, get down to Regent’s Park, London. 18-21 June 2009.
For more information visit the Taste of London website.
Food Inc. a movie about the state of food production and consumption in the USA has just been released. The movie features interviews from culinary investigators such as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation). No word yet as to when it will be released in Australia but for those keen to have a sneak peak, and it’s well worth it, the preview is available here.