Peppers Anchorage, Port Stephens is celebrating their 20th year and stunning restaurant refurbishment with ‘A Gourmet Celebration’ event on 5-7 October.  

The ‘A Gourmet Celebration’ event will entice food lovers to experience Peppers Anchorage’s ‘Gourmet Food Trail’ with a weekend full of the best locally sourced food and wine.

Priced from $960* per couple, the event package includes two nights accommodation in an Anchorage Room, full hot and cold buffet breakfast daily, a gourmet food hamper, a local food trail map for a self drive tour and a banquet of unique dining experiences and events.

The weekend culinary event commences at 7pm on Friday 5 October with a ‘Canapés and Hops’ event in the resort’s Guest Lounge. Here, guests will sample an assortment of canapés and boutique beers from special guest local brewery, Murrays.

After a sumptuous breakfast the following morning at Merretts Restaurant, the resort’s newly refurbished restaurant, guests are encouraged to make good use of their regional food trail map and embark on a self drive tour to experience some of the regions fine fare.

On Saturday evening, guests will savour Peppers Anchorage’s signature degustation menu designed by Executive Chef Luke Carpenter and held on the boardwalk of the resort marina. The six-course ‘Peppers In Season Degustation Dinner’ with feature an array of fresh local seafood, matched with wines by special guest host Nick Stock*.

To complete their ultimate foodie weekend away, guests will enjoy a ‘Produce Market Breakfast’ at Merretts Restaurant on Sunday morning. Local produce suppliers will showcase their home-grown goods on stalls filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and cuts of meat. Chef Carpenter will host the breakfast, providing suggestions for incorporating the produce into recipes.

Event only tickets are also available. Tickets to the ‘Canapés and Hops’ event on 5 October are $50 per person, tickets to the six-course ‘In Season Degustation Dinner’ on 6 October are $150 per person and tickets to the ‘Produce Market Breakfast’ are $30 per person.

For guests who can’t make the weekend event, Peppers Anchorage also has seasonal ‘Gourmet Food Trail Packages’ which allow guests to embark on a Port Stephens culinary journey at their leisure. For more information on the resort’s winter and summer ‘Gourmet Food Trail Packages’ visit www.peppers.com.au/anchorage/packages.

Peppers Anchorage is a boutique resort located at the idyllic coastal village of Port Stephens, an easy two and a half hour drive from Sydney. The resort offer luxury accommodation and superb guest facilities such as an onsite day spa, high acclaimed Merretts restaurant and the nautical Captains Bar.

Call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au/food.  

Prior to Merretts Restaurant, Chef Carpenter was Executive Chef at Peppers Clearwater Resort in Christchurch New Zealand and has travelled the world working in fine dining restaurants such as Glen Eagles, an exclusive Skibo Castle in Scotland, and the private Loch Lomond Golf Club. This extensive career history has provided him insight into the wide-ranging palettes of diners from around the globe. At Merretts Restaurant, Chef Carpenter has designed a vibrant menu for diners to savour which is inspired from the plentiful local produce from the surrounding Port Stephens and the Hunter Valley regions. His ever-changing seasonal menu ensures diners experience only the freshest produce year-round.

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.

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: www.peppers.com.au.

*Subject to availability. Minimum two night stay applies.

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