Gourmet Safaris May Newsletter 2024


Dear friends,

Hope you’re enjoying the abundance of autumn and all its produce and exploring some great cuisines and recipes.

We have news on some of our tours for the second half of this year as well as next year so you can come and enjoy some of the most beautiful places on earth with us.

Plus we have some of the best of Sydney and Melbourne to offer you in our August to December program.

Sydney banquets

We are delighted to offer a big Sicilian Sunday lunch in Haberfield during winter;


Big Sicilian Sunday Lunch 

Join us at Little Sicily in Haberfield for a big relaxed Sunday lunch Sicilian style with some of the best produce from local providores including stuffed artichokes, eggplant rolls, a brilliant pasta dish and porchetta plus a traditional dessert you’ll love.

Come and settle in to the new luxe dining room at Little Sicily where the food is fabulous, the welcomes warm and the wine superb. Sicilian wines from Amatos, Leichhardt. Book here – Sunday 18th August – $175pp 

A magnificent Farm to Table feast at what’s set to be one of the hottest venues in Sydney in Marrickville.

Spring Farm to Table Feast at 20 Chapel Street Marrickville

Join two of Sydney’s top chefs Corey Costello (ex Rockpool Head Chef) and David Allison (Stix Catering, Stix Farm) for a feast of the best produce of the season at a stylish new dining room in light industrial Marrickville – heaps of parking at weekends!

David grows organic vegetables at his Hawkesbury River Stix Farm and Corey has unique access to David Blackmore’s best wagyu.

Menu closer to the date but this event for food lovers, with matched wines, will sell out fast. Book here –  Sunday 10th November – $190pp

Sydney Safaris

We have spaces on the following safaris in the next six weeks and would love you to join us.

If you have a gift certificate we’d especially love you to use it. (My accountant would also be happy!)

Turkish Breakfast/Brunch Safari – Saturday 1 June – 9.30am – 12pm

Lebanese Walking Safari  – Saturday 15 June – 10am – 3pm

Marrickville Producers – Thursday 20 June – 9.15am – 4pm

Turkish Walking Safari  – Saturday 22 June – 10am – 3.30pm

Lebanese Walking Safari  – Saturday 6 July – 10am – 3.30pm

Many of our safaris scheduled until the end of the year are now on our website. We’ll have more to come.

New Zealand 2025

Our Central Otago tour is so popular that we are running two next year – one starting late February and one mid March.

The March date is full but we have a few spaces left in February (28 Feb – 6 March)…this is such a gorgeous way to explore in one of the most exquisite landscapes and food/wine destinations. We visit chef friends in private estates; immerse in some wild beautiful spaces, meet artists and walk through one of the area’s most exquisite gardens with its founder, enjoy a guided visit through the most charming local produce market, indulge in many glorious lunches and dinners including the private dining room at one of the World’s Top 50 restaurants.

Click here to learn more.

South Australia 2025

Eight days in Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and the Barossa to explore the best food and wine plus art and behind the scenes visits to some really unique places.

We travel in the best month for food and wine – 20th to 27th March. Each day is such an adventure. We are taking expressions of interest for this tour.

One of the best itineraries we’ve ever created – have a read and see what you think.

Tasmania November 2024

Just as few spaces left to explore with us in November this year.

Six days exploring the best of the clean, green island which is such a mecca for food lovers.

We stay on the waterfront at Sullivan’s Cove Hobart and explore each day, heading to Bruny Island, Huon Valley, New Norfolk and beyond.

Two guided visits through the best of the markets; Salamanca and the Sunday Farmer’s market…plus a whole day at Mona with lunch in one of their exquisite restaurants; lunch and a garden visit at the acclaimed The Agrarian Kitchen with founder Rodney Dunn.

The produce, plus top young chefs make Tasmania such a food lover’s dream…and we showcase cheese, chocolate, spirits, wine and inspiring people.

This is simply a wonderful trip.

We loved reading this comment from our guest Kate: “I just wanted to say what a simply superb time I had on the recent trip to Tasmania. It still makes me smile every time I think about any moment of that time & I think about it a lot. I was describing those 6 days to a friend last week & I said it was like someone picked you up out of your everyday life & with a puff of fairy dust, transported you to some bucolic idyll, all of a sudden you are in the middle of a great master’s rural painting, still life or lively tavern scene. Maeve, you have a great way of seeking out life’s magic, and what is even better you share that magic with us mortals!!”

Join me 16th to 21st November. Click here  for more information.

Travelling overseas

Best to you all.

I’m now overseas to lead two Sardinia and Corsica Safaris and would love you to follow along on Instagram ( https://www.instagram.com/maeveomeara/) and Facebook

Happy days

Maeve and Suzy

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