Specialty Masterclass

Free to attend, and first come first served, each masterclass deep dives into globally trending products that consumers are craving and menu’s and shelves should be capitalising on. Taste, learn and boost your bottom line!


Pickles Pickles Pickles

Shamus Jones (USA), Brooklyn Brine Co

11am & 3pm daily

All the way from Brooklyn, New York, join Shamus as he takes you on a journey through pickles – rated by Uber Eats Australia as the hottest food trend for 2018.

In this masterclass you’ll learn:

  • Pickle tasting – sample a range of pickles as Shamus talks you through the complexities
  • Flavour profiles and top trends coming out of North America
  • High margin ways to work with pickles that you may not have on your menu
  • The Brooklyn Brine story, still hand made with a global presence


Discovering the ‘Secret Sauce’

Jason Poole (USA), Preservation & Co

12pm daily

Sacramento ‘Brine Boss’ Jason Poole leads this session on the power of the perfect BBQ sauce. Having created an international brand, which still handles every jar from start to finish, Jason will share insights including:

  • Taste & learn through a range of sauces from Preservation & Co including Bloody Mary BBQ, Blackberry Fig BBQ and more
  • Insight into trending BBQ sauce styles and how they’re being used in the USA
  • Weird and wonderful ways to utilise them
  • Flavour experimentation – how does Jason and the team come up with these complex, winning flavours?


Drive new revenues with ‘non-alcoholic’ 

Georgia Van Tiel, Seedlip

1pm daily

Served in some of the world’s best cocktail bars, Michelin starred restaurants and luxury hotels; Seedlip has fast claimed its position as the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. In this session Georgia Van Tiel will take you through a tasting journey and share insight into:

  • The complex tastes of the garden and spice varieties
  • Global trends in the fast growing non-alcoholic category
  • Ways to sell and serve non-alcoholic beverages to boost the bottom line
  • A Seedlip story – from humble beginnings to worldwide distribution


Extra virgin olive oil discovery and mastery

Jayne Bentivoglio, Rylstone Olive Press

2pm daily

As one of the most decorated producers in the country, with national and international awards, co-principal and sommelier Jayne Bentivoglio will take participants on an educational tasting journey through extra virgin olive oils including:

  • Flavour profiles and pairing key notes to choose and create the perfect dish
  • Taste and learn to differentiate a range of award winning extra virgin olive oils
  • The use case for EVOO’s, health benefits and ways you can use them in your business
  • From hatted chefs to home cooks, the Rylstone success story