UNCOVER some of Newcastle's best-kept culinary secrets with an Epicurean Excursion.
The brainchild of Neroli Foster, who is also behind Underground Epicureans, the excursions guide foodies (or newbies) through the best new cafes, restaurants and bars in our harbour city.
The excursions will take you on a moveable feast of a four-course lunch that travels to a new cafe, restaurant or bar for each new course.
Along the way, you will get some special attention from the owners who will share their stories and secrets, as well as their delicious culinary creations.
"They are designed to show locals and visitors that our city is beginning to come alive again," Foster said.
"Newcastle's food scene is about to take the stage. Our food is local, our chefs are hatted, our coffee is spiralling to new heights of flavour. Almost every week, there is somewhere new to try.
"I love how the city is changing and how it seems to have an energy of creativity where people are inspired to launch a dream or try something new. I want to share these stories as part of the excursion."
The first route takes in Newcastle East and is dubbed the East Feast Excursion, but Foster plans to add more extensive excursions to the inner city and suburbs in the coming months.
Excursions are held on Friday between 11.45am and 2pm. Tickets are $90, which includes a four-course lunch and drinks. Bookings and more information at epicureans.com.au/excursions.
Paleo tour at Panthers
NEWCASTLE chiropractor Dr Bryce Fleming will join Pete Evans and Luke Hines at the Newcastle leg of the Learn to Cook the Paleo Way tour at Newcastle Panthers in March.
The tour will teach attendees the art of fermentation, the skills to cook on a budget, make healthy and delicious bone broths, and prepare family food and kids' lunches.
Catch the tour at Newcastle Panthers on March 17.
Tickets start from $97 plus booking fees. They include free access to the Paleo Way online program (normal price $99) - a 10-week program designed to teach you what to eat and how to cook it with delicious and simple recipes, how to reward your body with Paleo-tailored fitness coaching and how to enrich your mind learning all about the science behind the Paleo Way.
Tickets at earthevents.com.au.
Market's new location
HEAD along to Civic Park on Saturday for the much-loved Olive Tree Market's first event in the heart of Newcastle.
The art, craft, design, fashion, music and gourmet produce market is moving to the eastern end of Civic Park, close to the art gallery, cultural centre and the hustle and bustle of Darby Street. Saturday's market will include 150 stall holders and sell everything from illustrations to ceramics, printmaking, photography and jewellery, as well as fashion, painting, contemporary design, homewares and more.
Foodies will love gourmet chocolates from Cocoa Nib, delicious cookies from Sugar Jones, oils and olives from Riverflats Estate, nougat from Nougat Limar, jams from Aunty Eva's Jams, organic muesli from The Muesli Man and more.
The Olive Tree Market runs from 9am to 3pm on Saturday at Civic Park.