Tickets on sale for the Warrnambool Food and Wine Festival

Renowned television chef and media personality Matt Preston will share his views on the regional dining movement when he speaks at the inaugural Warrnambool Food and Wine Festival dinner later this year.

Tickets for the November event are now on sale and organiser Brenton Banner said the festival would showcase regional produce, beers and wines.

Delight: Celebrity chef Matt Preston is the special guest at the inaugural Warrnambool Food and Festival to be held in November. Tickets are now available.

Delight: Celebrity chef Matt Preston is the special guest at the inaugural Warrnambool Food and Festival to be held in November. Tickets are now available.

Preston will be joined by author and chef Matt Wilkinson of Pope Joan in East Brunswick who will answer questions from attendees.

“They’ll listen to Matt (Preston) talk about the regional food movement and where regional food dining is going, what he thinks about it,” Mr Banner said.

He said Preston would also talk about his life in the spotlight and the MasterChef phenomenon.

The dinner will be held in the public dining room at the Warrnambool Racecourse on November 3.

The $250 ticket includes food and wine with dinner by Mr Banner, who is the owner and chef of Pickled Pig. The festival will also feature various local chefs and showcase south-west restaurants. 

“I wanted to get the other restaurants in town to try something new and promote their restaurants to new customers,” he said.

“It’s not just about what I’m doing here. I want to bring people together. It’s not promotion for Pickled Pig, I want everyone to come together, to get to know each other and for customers to try different things.” 

He said another aim of the event was to raise the profile of local restaurants so people were aware of their different offerings which would encourage them to visit other local restaurants.

Mr Banner said champagne and canapes would be served in the old grandstand with live music by Brady James, followed by seated mains and dessert downstairs.

Beverages from Geelong’s Heroes Vineyard wine and beer from Pig and Sows Brewery in Port Campbell will also be on offer and are included in the ticket price.

Mr Banner said tickets were limited and encouraged people to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from the Warrnambool Food and Wine Festival Facebook page.