Indulge your senses at Tastes of Central Geelong 2020 – it’s a month-long festival of food, flavours and fun. This year, it’s more important than ever to support local restaurants and cafes and the 2020 Tastes program has just been released showcasing the fantastic food on offer in Central Geelong during July.

You can enjoy Tastes from the comfort of your own home and learn tricks of the trade from local chefs, try exclusive recipes, dine at home or build your own menu items. Or you can make your way into Central Geelong to sample gourmet food and drink and participate in food themed activities and offers from restaurants and cafes who need your support.

There’s something for everyone at Tastes of Central Geelong and it’s a great way to help Central Geelong eateries get back on their feet.

Here’s a little selection to whet your appetite or you can view the full program at www.centralgeelong.com.au/tastes

PICK & MIX
At your own pace, discover the incredible food offering in Central Geelong. Pick and mix five participating venues throughout the Tastes festival to create your own tasting experience. Do it all in one day or take your time and pop in when it suits – different days or times – in July. Choose from Pick & Mix – Bite size (5 tastings valued at $5 each) for just $15 and receive over $25 in value or choose the Pick & Mix – Little Bigger (5 tastings valued at $10 each) for just $35.

CENTRAL GEELONG DESSERT WARS
Central Geelong Marketing has compiled a list of Central Geelong desserts you need to try. Try one or try them all and then vote for your favourite in the Central Geelong Dessert Wars.
Restaurants and cafes will be battling it out to be crowned Central Geelong’s favourite dessert in the People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice categories. You can help decide the People’s Choice award and just for voting, you’ll have the chance to win a $200 voucher to The Beach House Geelong. To cast your vote visit facebook.com/centralgeelongmarketing between 1 and 31 July. Terms and conditions apply.

LEARN & MASTER
Join a virtual food or beverage-related class or workshop from the comfort of your own kitchen. Learn the tricks of the trade and discover some handy tips to take you to the next level.

Join Little Green Corner host Madeleine Dobbins live on Instagram each Sunday at 2pm in July for a series of cooking classes. Pop aside 30 minutes on your Sunday afternoon to cook along with Madeleine as she takes you through something different each week.  Tune in via: Instagram @littlegreencorner

Experience a virtual tea tasting with four speciality green teas from China, Korea, Japan and Nepal. On 2 July, Sharyn Johnston, a world-renowned Tea Master, will take you through the origin, profile and taste of specialty green teas from four different producers and countries. She will explain how to best prepare each green tea. Sharyn will also discuss the health benefits which can be found in green tea. Participants will receive a small pack of each green tea prior to the event so they can join in by preparing and enjoying their own green tea during the presentation. This event will be delivered via Zoom presentation.
Bookings $25 (essential): www.australianteamasters.com.au/tocg2020

EATING OUT
Get out of the house with these dinners, high teas and tastings held inside Central Geelong venues. Strictly limited places, so get in early and book your place.

On Sunday 26 July, join Caruggi Italian Restaurant in Lt Malop St for ‘A Wine journey through Italy’ to discover Italy’s indigenous grape varieties with matching snacks. Let the experts at Caruggi take you through a range of wines while you sip and enjoy a lovely Sunday afternoon. At just $50 per person, bookings are essential.

The popular Empire Winter High Tea Series is returning for another year. Join Empire Grill for an afternoon of sweets, treats, bubbles and tea. Saturday 4,11 & 18 July, Cost $50. Bookings essential on 5223 2132

Eat Like a King (Maharajah Thali) - it’s a royal feast fit for a King. Let Dosa Hut in Ryrie St do all the work with their set menu feast featuring 15 delicious items all served on one big feasting plate. Sunday 4, 11, 18 & 25 July. Cost $24.95. Bookings essential on 52007444

DINE AT HOME
Bringing the traditional dining out experience into your home with a collection of dinner, lunch and afternoon tea packages and takeaway offers. Whether your due for a date night, celebrating a special occasion or just feel like treating yourself, you can order in a package or offer from participating venues to enjoy during Tastes.

Dine at Home packages and offers will be available to order from 1-31 July during businesses operating hours. A list of participating venues and packages will be available from 1 July at www.centralgeelong.com.au/dineathome and will include delicious items from BB Chicken with a Sharing Feast and Lunch Order, while Rook Sri Lankan Fusion are offering heat at home curry packs.

BUILD YOUR OWN
Take things into your own hands and get creative with a range of venues offering DIY kits or build your own menu items. Have your kit or item with the selected ingredients delivered to your door where you can become the chef to put it all together.

Build Your Own kits will be available to order from 1-31 July. A list of participating venues and kits will be available from 1 July at www.centralgeelong.com.au/buildyourown and will include Black Bull Tapas Bar & Restaurant DIY Tacos, Shinya Ramen Geelong’s DIY Japanese Ramen Kit, a DIY Southern Breakfast from Pistol Pete’s Food n Blues and the kids will enjoy a DIY Donut Decorating Kit from P&G Bakery.

Restaurants and cafes need your help to recover as they start to open their doors. There are lots of ways you can show your support – from participating in a Tastes event or offer, booking ahead of time, always giving plenty of notice if you need to cancel bookings, adding something extra to your order, following your favourites on social media and leaving your review and making sure you are following social distancing guidelines so everyone can stay safe.

For the full Tastes of Central Geelong program, to book into Tastes activities and for more information visit centralgeelong.com.au/tastes

Tastes of Central Geelong is an initiative of Central Geelong Marketing.