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Mango recipes

Nothing says summer like mangoes. Go beyond the criss-cross cuts - bake a mango-filled meringue loaf with lime mascarpone, start off the day with a sweet coconut quinoa pudding with sticky mango, or toss it through a spicy warm weather Thai salad.

Chilled recipes for summer

When the mercury is rising, step away from the oven. These recipes are either raw, chilled or frozen and will cool you down in a snap.

Shark Bay Wild Scampi Caviar

Bright blue scampi roe is popping up on menus across Australia. Here's why it's so special.

Dark chocolate delice, salted-caramel ganache and chocolate sorbet

"The delice from Source Dining is a winner. May I have the recipe?" Rebecca Ward, Fitzroy, Vic REQUEST A RECIPE To request a recipe, email fareexchange@bauer-media.com.au or send us a message via Facebook. Please include the restaurant's name and address, as well as your name and address. Please note that because of the volume of requests we receive, we can only publish a selection in the magazine.

Summer feta recipes

Whether in a fresh salad or seasonal seafood dish, feta's creamy tang can be used to add interest to a variety of summer dishes.

Koh Loy Sriracha Sauce, David Thompson's favourite hot sauce

When the master of Thai food pinpoints anything as his favourite, we sit up and listen.

Paul Carmichael's great cake

"Great cake, also known in Barbados as black cake or rum cake, is a variation of British Christmas cake that's smashed with rum and falernum syrup," says Momofuku Seiobo chef Paul Carmichael. "This festive cake varies from household to household but they all have two things in common: tons of dried fruit and rum. It's a cake that should be started at least a month out so the fruit can marinate in the booze. Start this recipe up to five weeks ahead to macerate the fruit and baste the cake."

Gifts under $100 at our pop-up Christmas Boutique

Whether it's a hand-thrown pasta bowl, a bottle of vodka made from sheep's whey or a completely stylish denim apron, our pop-up Christmas Boutique in collaboration with gift shop Sorry Thanks I Love You has got you covered in the $100 and under budget this Christmas.

What not to miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2016

Urban Dairy: Cowgirl Creamery

Urban Dairy: Cowgirl Creamery

Spoiler alert: there's a whole new section dedicated to cheese.

Say a big hello to autumn. In most parts of the world, it's a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. In Victoria it heralds the altogether less mellow excitement of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Ten days of thinking about food, talking about food and - the best part of all - eating food. And, when it comes to festival highlights, let's not forget the wine.

Fromage a Trois
In the case of Fromage a Trois, let's not forget the cider. In the lush grounds of Werribee Park Mansion, a mini cheese and wine festival features a whole bunch of boutique cider-producers getting together with artisan cheesemakers. Cider and cheese? Yes please. Plus, a whole spit-roasted pig glazed with apple cider makes perfect sense.
Tickets $35 pre-sale, $40 on event day, from 10.30am, Sunday 6 March, Werribee Park Mansion, K Road, Werribee South

The Tasting Room - Oregon vs Victoria Pinot Noir
The trilby-wearers of wine, Victoria's pinot noir producers, will be put through their paces by their Oregon counterparts in the Tasting Room. In this cool-climate smackdown, you'll be able to taste wine from America's burgeoning northwest region alongside Victorian heroes such as Bindi, Bass Phillip and Curly Flat. Competition will be fierce, but it's not all about a fight to the death: there will be plenty of stories about winemaking from both sides of the Pacific woven into the action. Better red than dead, we say.
Tickets, $45, from 12.15pm, Saturday 5 March, Glasshouse, Olympic Blv, Olympic Park

All the Snacks
This version of Perfect Match banishes Dexter the robot and welcomes Matt Skinner to adjudicate the sweet union of food and wine. The event will feature rising-star chef Analiese Gregory and irascible wine fellow and GT contributor Mike Bennie talking about - yes, you guessed it - snack and drink matching, all inspired by their recent trip to Japan.
Tickets $85, from 12.15pm, Sunday 6 March, Glasshouse, Olympic Blv, Olympic Park 

Duck: From Beak to Tail
The spirit of Fergus Henderson may very well be present at this event. Respect the whole quacker at a duck dégustation at Docklands restaurant Chiara, with matched wines from TarraWarra Estate.
Tickets $95, from 6.30pm, Wednesday 9 March, Chiara, 705 Collins St, Docklands

Big Gay Ice Cream
Last, but by no means least, get your lips around a Salty Pimp - a vanilla soft-serve topped with dulce de leche, sprinkled with sea salt and dipped in chocolate. It's the signature offering of New York's cultish Big Gay Ice Cream, a food truck (now joined by three shops and a book) that first revved its engine in 2009. Big Gay Ice Cream's Douglas Quint and Bryan Petroff will be the kings of the Ice Creamery at The Urban Dairy, this year's festival hub, which is an ode to the mammalian output that keeps us in milk, cheese and Salty Pimps. Just say moo.
Free admission, from 11am, 4-6 March, Queensbridge Sq, Southbank 

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, 4-13 March, melbournefoodandwine.com.au

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