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New food and wine tours for Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

There are three new ways to explore Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula with exceptional food and wine tours launched by Green Olive at Red Hill and The Private Tour Guide. The tours include ‘Meet the Farmer and Chef’, ‘The Chefs Secrets’ and ‘The Farmers Lunch’ and combine tours to local wineries, strawberry farms and cooking classes with optional activities like visiting  the Peninsula’s hot springs. Tours start from A$260 (approximately £154) per person. www.greenolive.com.au

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Above & Beyond, the award-winning Chinese restaurant on the 28th floor of Hotel ICON in Kowloon, Hong Kong is serving up a Cantonese-inspired afternoon tea.

The Dim Sum Afternoon Tea, devised by Executive Chef Joseph Tse, starts with a Sweetened Almond Cream with Lotus Seeds and Lily Bulbs to invigorate the palate, then seven dim sum specialties take centre stage including a Crispy-fried Puff stuffed with Prawns; Pork Dumpling with Halibut and Black Mushroom; Mushroom Dumpling with Pumpkin; Crispy Taro Cake; Crab Meat Puff; Baked Goose Liver and Pineapple Puff; and Smoked Duck Breast delicately layered in a Steamed Bun.

A selection of melt-in-the-mouth sweet treats hand crafted by Executive Pastry Chef, Danny Ho, follows, including a Chestnut Crème Brûlée; Raspberry Lemon Cheese Ball; Blueberry Tea with Chocolate Brownie ; Sesame Tuille and several other temptations.

Dim Sum Afternoon Tea will be served every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday between 3:00pm to 5:30pm, priced £39 per couple and accompanied by a choice of tea or brewed coffee. Reservations: www.hotel-icon.com.

From 1 October to 11 November, The Channel Island of Guernsey will hold its 15th annual Tennerfest, which will see restaurants in Guernsey and its sister island Sark offer all inclusive menus starting from £10, with savings of almost 50%. This gives the islands’ restaurants the chance to promote their quality gastronomic product and local specialities for fantastic value prices.

All Tennerfest participants offer innovative menus focusing on local produce, freshly caught fish and Guernsey specialties such as Guernsey Gâche, a fruit loaf often served with Guernsey butter; the traditional ‘bean jar’, a one pot meal cooked overnight and made of beans, pork belly and onions; Gâche Méléé, which is similar to an apple cake; crab patties, Guernsey cheese and locally brewed beer.

With inflation, the ‘tenner’ of 15 years ago means that menus start at £10 but there are also fixed price menus at £12.50, £15, £17.50 and £20. Menus will be available from late September at www.tennerfest.com; also visit www.visitguernsey.com

The Arundel Food Festival, takes place 19 and Sunday 20 October, with other events throughout the town and surrounding countryside from 21 - 27 October. The Festival is a community-led celebration of local food and drink. Its aims include building a more sustainable community by means of reconnecting with the local landscape - its farmers and food producers; promoting locally produced, seasonal food and drink and encouraging people to shop locally. Activities include food tastings, cookery demonstrations, brewery visits and family fun events. www.arundelfoodfestival.org.uk

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Friday 4 October sees central London transformed into a vibrant and bustling taste of Malaysia, as the sights, flavours and sounds of this truly unique country take over Trafalgar Square for the fourth annual Malaysia Night.

The much anticipated free entry event celebrates the unique cultural destination of Malaysia and gives Londoners and visitors to the city the chance to experience the very best of Malaysian food, and immerse themselves in the destination.

Over 20 of the UK’s best Malaysian restaurants will showcase their authentic gastronomic delights for visitors, from well-known favourite dishes including Satay, Laksa, Nasi Goreng and Beef Rendang through to more unusual ones such as Apam Balik, a sweet fluffy pancake filled with peanuts, sugar and sweetcorn.

Visitors can also enjoy a series of live cooking demonstrations taking place throughout the event by well-known chefs including Ian Pengelly of Pan Chai, to show Brits that cooking with Malaysian food is an easy and tasty option.

An authentic bustling Malaysian marketplace, offering ingredients such as sauces, spices and pastes for sale, gives Londoners the opportunity to recreate authentic tasting dishes at home.

Visit: www.malaysiakitchen.co.uk

VisitEngland – edible map

British Food Fortnight commences on 21 September and to celebrate, VisitEngland, in conjunction with Cakehead Loves (the cake company behind the edible hotel in Soho), is creating a giant edible cake map of England at London’s St Pancras Station, to highlight the range of food festivals around the country.

There’ll be a series of individual food-shaped cakes in the food festival locations – for example an oyster inspired cake would appear in Kent to locate the Whitstable Oyster Festival, and sweet corn on the Isle of Wight. www.visitengland.com

The fifth Brazilian Film Festival (27 September – 1 October, Odeon Covent Garden) returns to London offering a presentation of Brazilian culture off and on screen. The Brazilian Film Festival is London’s premiere platform for contemporary Brazilian cinema in the UK.

For the first time, the Brazilian Film Festival will also feature Brazilian Taste, a ‘taste’ festival where the public will be able to experience Brazil inspired dishes at a selection of partnering restaurants across London.

For example, Cabana, official supporter of the 5th London Brazilian Film Festival, is offering a sharing board called Road to Rio – a selection of iconic Brazilian tapas plus a free classic caipirinha with the purchase of a skewer or any main dish for guests who present their ticket (pre-dinner) or their ticket stub from the Brazilian Film Festival from 27September to 3 October. (Note: Cabana is open until 23.00 and will be closed on the evening of 1 October). Cabana is located at 7 Central St Giles Piazza, St Giles High St, London WC2H 8AB Tel. 020 7632 9630.

Participating restaurants include: The Lockhart www.lockhartlondon.com, Quantus Restaurant  www.quantus-london.com; Ivy’s Mess Hall  www.facebook.com/IvysMessHall; Canela www.canelacafe.com; Praia at Sushinho  www.sushinho.com; Oui Madame http://oui-madame.joopp.com; McQueen www.mcqueen-shoreditch.co.uk/; Cabana www.cabana-brasil.com; A Little of what you fancy www.alittleofwhatyoufancy.info and Lima www.limalondon.com

Tickets available at Odeon Covent Garden. Price £11 / Concessions £8. Cinefoot Screenings £5.

www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_times/s81/

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The iconic London hotel, The Dorchester is the setting for the opening scene of the new James Bond book written by internationally acclaimed best-selling author William Boyd, and the perfect place to read it, and enjoy a special breakfast, on publication day, Thursday 26 September. A book reading by William Boyd will be held on Saturday 28 September, when the author will also share his experiences of writing the book and sign copies for guests.

The breakfast, which Bond treats himself to on his 45th birthday in 1969, consists of “four eggs, scrambled with pepper sprinkled on top, half a dozen rashers of unsmoked bacon, well done, on the side and a long draught of strong black coffee”.   

From Thursday 26 September, guests quoting ‘Solo’ whilst making a breakfast reservation will receive a copy of the book or can choose to listen to the audio version on an iPod over breakfast. Restaurant guests also have the option of listening to hits from the 60s on an iPod, be given a copy of a national newspaper and the menu from 1969, and will be served their breakfast silver service in keeping with the 60s. Once a week, a table will be chosen at random to be charged the Grill Menu’s 1969 price, a sum just short of £2.

Martini master classes are also provided at The Bar at The Dorchester by expert alchemist bar manager Giuliano Morandin.

For ‘Breakfast with Bond’, available until 30 November 2013, book English Breakfast priced at £32 and quote ‘SOLO’ to receive a complimentary copy of the book. For tickets to the Saturday 28 September ‘Breakfast with Bond’ William Boyd reading priced at £69 per person, please quote ‘BOYD’. TheDorchester.com

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