Streaky Bay to host long table lunch

FRESH: Jonas and Tobin Woolford with some fresh abalone from Streaky Bay's coastal waters. Picture: Supplied
FRESH: Jonas and Tobin Woolford with some fresh abalone from Streaky Bay's coastal waters. Picture: Supplied

Streaky Bay is making waves in the food and wine industry by partnering with the National Wine Centre of Australia to create a unique dining experience later this month. 

'A Taste of Streaky Bay - Long Table Lunch on the Bay' will feature produce from the self-described 'food bowl' of the west coast, with abalone set to take the centre stage as one of the well known products from the area.

Streaky Bay is known for its abalone, whiting, blue swimmer crabs, oysters and prawns, but the event will also bring together local lamb, pork, and honey, as part of an ocean and paddock to plate theme.

The National Wine Centre's head chef will prepare the menu, with wine paired to each of the four courses by sommelier James Boden, along with a local medal-winning beer. 

The menu will include oysters, paired with an Adelaide Hills pinot noir, and a Peter Teakle Riesling; an abalone dish will be paired with a vermentino from the Clare Valley, and beef short rib will be paired with a sabernet sauvignon from the Coonawara, along with a lamb option paired with a shiraz from either the Barossa Valley or Boston Bay Wines.

The inaugural event hopes to attract people from all over the Eyre Peninsula and is also intended to give tourism a boost, showcasing what the town has to offer. 

Trudy McGowan, an organiser of the event, said Streaky Bay was unique because it was the only place on Eyre Peninsula where abalone was caught, processed and sold.

"We wanted to showcase as much of the area as possible and highlight what the region is known for," she said.

Ms McGowan said the menu would also highlight some of the lesser known but extremely high quality products like sea urchin, Haystacks Honey and Salty Eyre salt products.

"We wanted to create a unique event that promotes the area," she said. 

"The involvement of the National Wine Centre, who will be selecting wines to match the menu of local produce, is a rare and wonderful opportunity."

She said while the event was not included in the Tasting Australia program this year, organisers were hoping to tie it in next year.

The event will be held on Sunday, April 28 on the Streaky Bay jetty platform from noon to 5pm.

Tickets are online at eventtixx.com.au/streakybaylongtablelunch, or at Elders Real Estate Streaky Bay.