2017 Celebrity Chef - Janelle Bloom
We are excited to announce the festival's 2017 celebrity chef is JANELLE BLOOM, one of this country’s most-loved tv chefs! Janelle is one of the original chefs who inspire viewers daily on the high-rating tv show READY STEADY COOK.
Author, food writer & stylist. She believes good cooking begins with confidence and a little patience. Her recipes are foolproof, easy-to-follow and use seasonal ingredients that are readily available. What’s more, each one has to taste every bit as good as it looks.
Janelle will MC our cooking stage and our Master & Apprentice competition as well as perform 2 cooking demonstrations on the day.
2018 - WIN A Fabulous Foodie Holiday!
Every year the generous team at All Things Travel Lara donate an amazing travel prize to the festival. In 2018 the team are giving the winner of the prize the opportunity to dream up their own holiday. The winner will receive a travel voucher valued at $3,000! The voucher can be spent on accomodation, airfares, car hire tours and more! Dream big!
Master & Apprentice Cooking Competition
In our Master & Apprentice Cooking Competition leading local chefs team up with VET in School Culinary students from The Gordon. The chefs mentor and work with their student to compete against another Master & Apprentice team.
The Gordon VET in School Culinary students hail from local secondary collages, Sacred Heart and Northern Bay.
All Day Music
Enjoy the entertainment on our all-day music stage featuring the cool tunes of Rob Anderson, the popular Reed Street Band and introducing local soul singer Rach Brennan.
The Hamster of Lara
Do you make your own Jamon, prosciutto or other smallgoods?
The Lara Food and Wine Festival has an amateur competition for homemade Jamon, prosciutto and other smallgoods. Last year's competition attracted a large number of very high quality entries from far and wide.
The main prize, a perpetual trophy, honours the memory of Angel Cardoso, who for many years produced exceptional smallgoods from his home factory, all cured using the traditional methods of past times.