Food & Wine Picks for November

As the weather warms up, so too does the festival season! See below for our picks of the yummy events happening in November:


WHAT: Bitter & Twisted Beer Festival
WHEN: 4th & 5th November 2017
6-18 John St
East Maitland 2323

Hunter Valley

WHAT: Melbourne Cup
WHEN: Tuesday 7th November 2017
WHERE: Esca Bimbadgen
MORE INFO: Bookings Essential

WHAT: Sculpture in the Vineyards
WHEN: Saturday 28th October – Sunday 3rd December 2017
WHERE: Wollombi


WHAT: EatSummer Twilight Food Market
WHEN: Saturday 18th November 2017
WHERE: Moore Park

WHAT: American Thanksgiving Feast
WHEN: Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th November 2017
WHERE: VictorsFood

WHAT: Taste Orange @ Lane Cove
WHEN: Sunday 5th November 2017
WHERE: Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview

Southern Highlands

WHAT: Not Your Average Wine Dinner
WHEN: Saturday 10th November 2017
WHERE: Artemis Wines

WHAT: Sparkling Spring
WHEN: Sunday 19th November 2017
WHERE: The Loch Berrima

Travel Tips – Florence Italy

During 2013 & 2014 Ruth spent 4 months travelling around the beautiful country of Italy. It is without a doubt her favourite place to visit, with everything from food, wine, art history and more. The first rule of thumb for anyone when they arrive in a new city is to WALK. Spend a day or two walking around the city centre & visiting gardens & galleries.


View from our Airbnb overlooking the Arno & Ponte Vecchio

Must see:

– Ponte Vecchio
– Basilica di Santa Maria Novella
– The Duomo
– Best view in Florence from Giardino Bardini
– Uffizi Gallery (birth of Venus is absolutely breathtaking)
– Hire a car/join a tour & drive through Chianti wine region
Chianti – plenty of wineries to see, make sure you visit:
Casa Sola for some really delicious wine & just down the road is San Donato, a little village that has the best pizzeria in Italy, Palazzo PretorioMake sure you order one of the Italian beers on the menu to go with your pizza.

Venue Spotlight – Anchorage Port Stephens

Make your next event memorable by selecting an experience where luxury meets the sea. By the pristine white sands of arguably the world’s most beautiful port, give your delegates an event they’ll cherish for years to come at Anchorage. Located half an hour from Newcastle airport or 2.5 hrs from Sydney, your guests can enjoy the finest cuisine in the region, breezy terraces and event spaces, and once-in-a-lifetime local experiences.

Conference Capacity: 160
Number of Accommodation Rooms: 80
Features: 2 Pools, Various Areas for team building activities, Private Marina

“I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU  to you for the fabulous 2 day conference you pulled together for my team here at McDonald’s. I am still receiving great feedback on the event.

I know many of my request were “out of the ordinary” as far as conferences go but you truly excelled & delivered.

Your attention to detail & execution on everything was amazing from organising the external suppliers (photo booth, Christmas decorations, Pinnacle Events) to liaising with our cocktail team – Sweet & Chilli, ensuring the catering was perfect (big thanks to Chef Michael too) even right down to the personal room drops I needed early on day one – you truly are an asset to The Anchorage.

Another person who deserves thanks is Anya – she was amazing and her hard work didn’t go unnoticed.

I look forward to talking with you again soon for the team to come back in 2018 – I hope you will be there to work with us again.”

  • McDonald’s Australia, 2017


“I would like to extend my thanks to you both and the resort team as our group thoroughly enjoyed the stay, the service and accommodation. It is such a beautiful resort and a lovely place to have our leadership workshop.

The bottle of bubbles, cheese platters and card from Ali the GM in the room just added that final touch to a wonderful stay. The food was sensational, Day Spa exquisite and the conference room service was fabulous with Anya helping us on the day.

We enjoyed it so much so that the team who hadn’t stayed at the resort will be visiting soon with their families and we will look to make the workshop an annual event and hopefully stay an extra night the next time”.

  • NEC Australia, 2017


Contact Mitchell or Kristie at the Anchorage to discuss your next conference:
Email: Mitchell or Kristie
Phone: 02 4984 2555

Take 5 With Pinnacle – Will

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Pinnacle Team Events facilitator tick then you have come to the right place! Each month we will be taking 5 minutes to chat with each of our facilitators about their lives both inside and outside of work.

Will Mason – Pinnacle Team Events Director

What I love about being a Pinnacle Facilitator:
Meeting new people and working in a different environment every day.

My favourite Pinnacle team event to facilitate:
Easy – Tikes on Bikes. Being there to witness a group donate bikes to underprivileged kids and help a company make such a big impact on some deserving kids is really heart-warming.

Most embarrassing moment as a Pinnacle facilitator:
I can’t deal Blackjack….. my maths is too slow!

My favourite hobbies are:
Mountain Biking, Kayaking and adventure races.

What I’m listening to at the moment:
Podcast –  Casefile: True Crime

What was the last book you read?:
On the Trail of Genghis Khan

Favourite holiday?:
I’m easily pleased – as long as my wife and two girls are there I’m happy!

Have you ever had a nickname?:
Several – Bilby, Bill, Wonder Boy, Maso, Willo

I am frightened by _____ :
Scary movies….. I just can’t do horror films!

Favourite movie of all time:
Life is Beautiful

First concert I went to:
Hmmmm …. Perhaps Homebake Festival

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?:
I do love skiing and mountain biking so a pad in the French Alps would be pretty sweet.

What makes you angry:
Voice to text answering services

What makes you laugh the most:
My kids

What song would you sing at karaoke night?:
Ice Ice Baby

Food & Wine Picks for October

Although the German’s kick off Oktoberfest celebrations in September, you will find that the Australian version tends to land more towards the end of October. Steins of beer, pork knuckle & giant pretzels – what’s not to love! Continue reading for the when & where to celebrate Oktoberfest in NSW:


Oktoberfest In The Gardens

When: 28 October 2017, 1pm-9pm

Where: The Domain, Sydney CBD

The hugely popular Oktoberfest In The Gardens comes to Sydney every year. When it arrives, it brings with it all the best German beers, ciders and wines, as well as food stalls, performers, entertainment and competitions across various stages from afternoon to night. With a complimentary drink and commemorative event stein, there’s no better place to celebrate Oktoberfest. Get in quick as Oktoberfest In The Gardens is usually a sell-out event.

For more information and tickets: Oktoberfest in the Gardens


Munich Brauhaus

When: 16 September – 28 October 2017

Where: Munich Brauhaus, Cnr Playfair & Argyle St, The Rocks

In true Munich Brauhaus style, a slew of competitions and activities also come with the celebration including pork knuckle championships and a dogs of Oktoberfest competition. For the dedicated, you’ll also have the chance to become an Oktober-Boss. To achieve this accolade, you’ll have to take up four hard-to-resist challenges which includes eating a pretzel, drinking four 1 litres steins, eating a schnitzel and chowing down on a pork knuckle. You have six weeks to complete this and when you do, you’ll receive bragging rights, a commemorative T-shirt, limited edition stein and invite to the closing party.

For more information: Munich Brauhaus


Blue Mountains:

The Carrington

When: 28 October 2016

Where: The Carrington, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba, Blue Mountains

For one day and one day only, the historic grounds of The Carrington in the Blue Mountains is transformed into a family-friendly Munich-inspired festival. As a bonus, the local Katoomba Brewing Company’s specially brewed Oktoberfest Lager will be available. As will a jumping castle for the kiddies.

For more information: The Carrington



Friday, 20 October, 2017 at 5pm – 11pm
Saturday, 21 October, 2017 at 10am – 11pm
Sunday, 22 October, 2017 at 10am – 6pm

Where: The German Club, 636A Northcliffe Dr, Kembla Grange, NSW 2526, Australia

The Wollongong Oktoberfest is an annual event run by volunteers to promote German Culture throughout the Illawarra. This will be the 28th Oktoberfest and is the largest Regional Oktoberfest in Australia. 3 days of fun filled entertainment of music, arts and dance. Experience a taste of European culture with a great selection of European food and beverages.

For more information: Ticketbo

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