Paul Mullenburg, Allen Howard, Sue Howard, Paige McKay and David Howard at last year’s Lismore Wine & Food Fair.
Paul Mullenburg, Allen Howard, Sue Howard, Paige McKay and David Howard at last year’s Lismore Wine & Food Fair.

Eat, drink and be merry

If you've ever wondered what a pannacotta is, go along to the Lismore Wine & Food Fair next weekend and taste one for yourself.

The Left Bank Cafe's Rebekka Battista will be making a strawberry pannacotta as part of the food masterclass and described it as “a set cream desert”.

“For anybody who loves strawberries then this is the dish,” she told The Echo.

As well as being a chef and part-owner of the Left Bank, Rebekka is also the fundraising co-ordinator for Our Kids and all money raised from the Lismore Wine & Food Fair will go towards helping local kids in hospital and their families.

Tickets are $15, which allows you to sample a range of different food and wines from around Australia and New Zealand. There are also three masterclasses - a food one, a riesling one and a shiraz one. Advance bookings for the masterclasses are essential by calling Our Kids on 6620 2705.

Rebekka said as well as her strawberry pannacotta, Mayumi Alexander from Zen Sushi will be making beef pataki (a seared beef dish) as well as demonstrating various ways of making sushi. Sue Howard from Howards Delicatessen and Butchery will also be making pork and chicken terrine with cranberries.

There will also be displays from several local food producers and sellers including Lismore Foodworks (Menins), Howards Delicatessen, All About Fine Food from Casino, Ladybird, which makes pastes and relishes from macadamias, and Eltham's Queen of Hearts, which make chocolate clusters.

“We tried to pick local suppliers so people could easily get the products locally,” Rebekka said.

There will also be over 70 wines from around Australia and New Zealand.

“It's a real foodie and winey day,” Rebekka said.

Plus some live jazz from the Lismore Jazz Club.

This is the sixth year the event has been held and the third year it has been at Invercauld House in Goonellabah.

Rebekka said the event outgrew its home at the Left Bank and a couple of years ago it bucketed down and they needed to find a venue where it could be moved indoors if it rained.

Sponsored by The Northern Rivers Echo, the Lismore Wine & Food Fair is on next Sunday, September 20, from 12pm to 4pm with the riesling masterclass starting at 11.30am. Cheers and bon appetite!


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