Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels across the country have unveiled an irresistible assortment of seasonal events, packages and gourmet offerings to entice food lovers to experience the ‘Peppers Gourmet Food Trail’.

Each event incorporates the expertise of their chefs and gives guests the opportunity to not only taste the finest locally sourced food and wine but to really experience the journey of produce, from the paddock to the plate.  

“We have some exceptional talent with our Chefs in the Peppers network and properties situated in some of the finest food and wine regions in Australia,” says National Food & Beverage Director, Scott Robertson.

“The Peppers Gourmet Food Trail is literally a very ‘organic’ program of events devised by our Chefs out in the network who work with the produce and develop menus with wines to complement on a daily basis,” says Scott.

From degustation dinners hosted by celebrated wine critic Nick Stock* to farmers markets, hampers and take home gifts, the following culinary calendar of Winter Gourmet Food Trail events is sure to tantalise the tastes of all…  

14 & 15 July, Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa, Gold Coast Hinterland QLD
Peppers Ruffles Lodge & Spa in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is holding an irresistible ‘Nourishing the 5 Senses’ event on 14 and 15 July. Priced from $774.50* per person twin share, the Nourishing the 5 Senses event package includes an indulgent three-course candlelit dinner at Ruffles Restaurant featuring Chef Steve Houghton’s signature winter menu, sunset canapés and wine tasting, a long Sunday six-course ‘In Season’ winter degustation lunch, breakfast daily, a fresh fruit basket on arrival, two nights luxury accommodation in a Garden Villa or Chums Spa Villa and a Vanilla Bean Body Polish and warming winter Honey and Cocoa Body Wrap at the retreat’s Ruffles Day Spa. Call 07 5546 7411.

19 July or 18 August, Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island QLD
Peppers Blue on Blue Resort at Magnetic Island is inviting discerning diners to indulge in a ‘Starry Starry Night’ degustation celebration of the succulent seafoods and rainforest fruits of the tropical gourmet trail on 19 July or 18 August. Priced at $120* per person, the six-course food and wine degustation menu is not to be missed and includes ferry transfers from Townsville to Magnetic Island. Both events will be held at the resort’s Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar where renowned Executive Chef Rodney Smith will partner with wine consultant Glenn Gilmore to serve an outstanding menu featuring the finest local produce. Call 07 4758 2407.  

10 & 11 August, Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove QLD
Award-winning wine critic Nick Stock will be featuring at Peppers Beach Club & Spa’s ‘In Season in the Tropics’ event on 10 and 11 August. The gourmet weekend includes two tickets to the resort’s opening Champagne, Canapés & Fashion event by their formal pool, entry to their farmers market the following morning, two tickets to Saturday night’s five-course ‘In Season’ degustation dinner hosted by Nick Stock and designed by Peppers Beach Club & Spa Executive Chef Vanessa Grace, two nights’ accommodation, a welcome tasting plate of fresh regional produce, Taste of the Tropics breakfast each morning and a Taste of the Tropics gift bag – all for just $1074* per couple. Call 07 4059 9275.

10 & 11 August, Peppers Salt Resort & Spa, Kingscliff NSW
Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in the plentiful volcanic region of Northern New South Wales is inviting foodies to unearth some firsthand knowledge of a remarkable gourmet trail with one of its best known exponents, Chef Reuben Radonich. Join Reuben for a banquet of unique dining experiences including a two-course dinner at Season restaurant, a local food trail and wine tasting event hosted by Chef Radonich which includes a two-course lunch, a five-course degustation dinner with matching wines at Season and a local produce hamper and tasting plate in room on arrival. From $988* per couple, the two day ‘Riches of the Volcanic Trail’ event also includes two nights’ accommodation in a One Bedroom Suite with daily full buffet breakfast, full use of resort leisure facilities and unlimited in-room movies. Call 02 6674 7777.

17 & 18 August, Peppers Manor House & Peppers Craigieburn, Southern Highlands NSW
Peppers in the Southern Highlands is celebrating their fine local produce and cool climate wines with an exclusive ‘In Season in the Southern Highlands’ two-day culinary event on 17 and 18 August. From an evening of grazing delights with local producers at Peppers Craigieburn to an indulgent five-course Peppers ‘In Season’ degustation dinner at Peppers Manor House hosted by Nick Stock and prepared by Executive Chefs, Twan Wyers of Peppers Manor House and Warrick Brook of Peppers Craigieburn, the event encompasses the very best the region has to offer. Priced from $750* per couple, In Season in the Southern Highlands also includes two nights’ accommodation at either Peppers Manor House or Peppers Craigieburn and a local produce Peppers travel bag to take home. To book at Peppers Manor House call 02 4860 3111 or at Peppers Craigieburn call 02 4862 8000.

14 & 15 September, Peppers Coral Coast Resort, Airlie Beach QLD
Meet the passionate locals behind the gourmet scene of the Whitsundays and taste the tropical trail at the source at Peppers Coral Coast Resort’s ‘Eat Love Cook’ event on 14 and 15 September. Priced from $711* per couple in a One Bedroom Apartment, the two-day event includes two tickets to the Peppers ‘In Season’ degustation dinner hosted wine critic Nick Stock and Tides Restaurant & Bar Executive Chef Gregory Devine, an intimate cooking class with Chef Devine, a Queensland boutique cheese plate with matching wine on arrival, a la carte breakfast daily and a late check-out. Call 07 4962 5100.
A selection of degustation dinners and gourmet offerings are also available to be purchased individually. For more information visit  

For travellers who can’t make an event, a range of specially crafted Gourmet Food Trail packages allow guests to embark on a Peppers culinary journey at their leisure with decadent hampers, exquisite meals and personalised tours.

For more information on Peppers Gourmet Food Trail events and packages or tips and recipes for those looking to create a gourmet fair at home visit  

Peppers Retreats, Resorts & Hotels is Mantra Group's luxury accommodation brand. There are 28 Peppers properties in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, resort destinations and metropolitan locations with the first Peppers in Fiji due to open in 2012. All offer a level of style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller:

Nick Stock is one of Australia's most respected and prolific wine critics. He is a regular contributor to Gourmet Traveller and Gourmet Traveller WINE; editor of The Age/SMH Good Wine Guide, and was awarded Best Drinks Journalist at the 2007 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards. His deep involvement in wine stretches well beyond wine writing to wine show judging, educating, public speaking, radio and television broadcasting and winemaking. He engages all, from the most sophisticated and involved collector right through to the enthusiast and novice wine drinker, with his savvy, informed and engaging style.

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