A stellar return of festival favourites will underpin the chef lineup this year. In addition, a fantastic group of new hospitality personalities will join in on the action, spicing up the vibrant and evolving culinary program. Delivering an array of masterclasses, signature dinners and highly memorable food and beverage experiences across the idyllic far North Queensland resort destination, the official list of culinary talent and beverage specialists for this year (2022) includes:
New South Wales
Aaron Ward – Shell House – Sydney
Anthony Puharich – Victor Churchill, TV presenter, Author
Colin Fassnidge – Kitchen Nightmares – Sydney
Manu Feildel – My Kitchen Rules – Sydney
Samantha Payne – Wine Consultant, Communicator and Sommelier
Alastair Macleod – TV Presenter & Chef – Queensland
Ben Williamson – Agnes, Bianca – Brisbane
Dominique Rizzo – Putia Food, Presenter, Author – Brisbane
Jake Nicolson – Blackbird, Donna Chang – Brisbane
Spencer Patrick – Harrisons – Port Douglas
David LeMire – MW Shaw + Smith – Adelaide
Massimo Mele – Grain of the Silos, Peppina – Tasmania
Adam D’Sylva – Lollo, Coda & Tonka – Melbourne
Adrian Richardson – Good Chef Bad Chef – Melbourne
Jerry Mai – Pho Nom – Melbourne
Raymond Capaldi – Industry Legend – Melbourne
Bente Grysbaek – Off the Grid Catering, Pope Joan – Melbourne
Shane Delia – Providoor, Maha – Melbourne
Since 2013, Co-Founders Reina and Spencer Patrick of Harrison’s (within the Sheraton Mirage) complex have been committed to championing and celebrating Australia’s culinary landscape, and in its sixth year, Taste Port Douglas continues to draw Australia’s most prominent hospitality personalities and talents to Tropical North Queensland.
‘It’s a great privilege to collaborate with Australia’s diverse and talented culinary community each year. They are the key ingredient to the festival’s reputation as one of Australia’s most celebrated and dynamic gourmet weekends of the year,’ says Spencer.
‘Culinary events of this scale contribute to skill-sharing and fostering interstate relationships in the hospitality community, providing unique opportunities to connect key players to the region’s suppliers, growers and producers and a hungry audience of local chefs, budding cooks and interstate and overseas travellers.’
Heading up the sourcing and engagement of drinks experts from across Australia, Renia Patrick explains: ‘For those thirsty for more drinks experiences, we have a flowing and diverse beverage program across the festival grounds with a talented list of local and Australian producers, growers, winemakers, merchants, distillers and craftspeople ready to pour and share their expert knowledge.’
Festival Key Events:
The Sheraton Festival Village: Gourmet Lawn on shores of Four Mile Beach
Day one celebrates a feast of pop-up food stalls with a host of guest chefs and local favourite eateries at the helm; while day two switches up to a coal-fired Fat Mango BBQ festival featuring six top chefs (Jake Nicholson, Ben Williamson, Jerry Mai, Aaron Ward, Bente Grysbaek) bringing their flame game to the grill and roving conversations with industry experts (Colin Fassnidge and legendary butcher Anthony Puharich) who will be there to answer you fire cooking questions on BBQ styles and philosophies.
Chef Collaboration Series
The highly anticipated Collaboration Series is a dynamic round-up of Australia’s most inspiring culinary talent working with the region’s most popular eateries and local legends. Joining forces with local haunts will be Manu Felidel, Colin Fassnidge, Adrian Richardson, Raymond Capaldi and Adam D’Sylva.
Sunset Sounds is an evening lineup of the region’s best drinks producers, DJs, performers and live entertainment. Sip and sway the night away to chilled-out house tunes and enjoy a grazing feast of chef-prepared snacks and stations
Early Starters with Dominique Rizzo
Early starters will enjoy pre-noon tipples and a taste of Sicily over a seaside long brunch hosted by Chef, Author and Presenter Dominque Rizzo.
Premium Drink Events
A robust new beverage program will elevate the festival, serving up sunset sipping soirees, barefoot bars, crafty pop-ups by local distillers and brewers and a long list of pairing, mixing, and tasting masterclasses presented by nationally esteemed drinks and industry experts, producers, makers and growers.
About Taste Port Douglas Co-Founder Spencer Patrick
With a career spanning more than 30 years, London-born, award-winning chef Spencer Patrick brings his culinary expertise and two decades of Michelin star experience as Founder and Director of Taste Port Douglas.
In the early years of his career, Patrick was part of the ambitious brigade working alongside esteemed chef Marco Pierre White to bring the Michelin Guide’s highest accolade to London’s The Restaurant in the mid-1990s. Over seven years, he also worked as Head Chef in Marco’s London restaurants Mirabelle (Mayfair) and Quo Vadis (Soho), retaining their Michelin Stars and The Cafe Royal (Piccadilly), where at the tender age of 26, he was the youngest chef in the UK awarded a Michelin star.
Arriving on the shores of Australia in 2005, Patrick worked with Raymond Capaldi at Fenix in Melbourne before making the journey to Port Douglas and opening Harrisons Restaurant in 2007. With a contemporary Australian approach to English classics and a distinct regional North Queensland influence, he quickly gained national acclaim securing a Chef’s Hat in Queensland’s Good Food Guide that is still maintained today.
Taste Port Douglas presented by the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, is one of Australia’s premier culinary events, showcasing the region’s best produce over a four-day, action-packed program of exceptional cooking, highly memorable dining experiences and the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s most talented chefs and producers across Australia.
From 11 – 14 August 2022, visitors to Taste Port Douglas will be able to feast on a diverse range of cuisines to satisfy any budget, with more than twenty leading food and drink focussed events to be spread across the weekend. With Four Mile Beach providing an idyllic festival backdrop, a mix of large and more intimate celebrations will be returning, including the famous and vibrant festival village, the highly-anticipated long sea-side luncheon, non-stop live cooking demonstrations, dedicated activities for junior foodies, an intimate cocktail-sipping soirée, gin-lovers masterclass and a premium chef-hosted golfing gourmet adventure.
Book your tickets to the Taste Port Douglas four-day program online at tasteportdouglas.com.au with special deals for pre-purchased General Admission tickets and VIP packages expected to sell out fast!
When: 11–14 August 2022
Where: Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia