The Festival features dozens of stalls operated by top names in food and wine, all dotted along Manly’s incomparable Ocean Beachfront, The Corso (Manly’s main pedestrian thoroughfare) and nearby Sydney Road - with roving entertainment, free kids’ events and other attractions throughout Manly.
The ‘Northern Beaches Hospitality Challenge’ competition between junior chefs aims to engage young people currently studying hospitality in Year 11 by offering students an insight into the world of cookery and assist them foster personal directions, interests and talents.
Competition judges will be 2012 Cleo ‘Bachelor of the Year’ and MasterChef heart-throb Hayden Quinn, NSW State Treasurer Mike Baird MP, ‘Ironman’ Guy Leech and world surfing champion Layne Beachley!
Picture: Massimo Mele – Executive Chef at Hugo’s
To help celebrate Seniors Week, Manly Meals On Wheels and Manly Library are teaming up to present a free taste testing of delicious, nutritious Meals on Wheels dinners and desserts in the Library Ground Floor Meeting Room, Market Place, Manly (just behind the Whistler Street Car Park) from 10:30am – 12:30pm, Monday 19 March 2012.
Details ► http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/council/news/news/meals-on-wheels-taste/
People walking to the right of the walkway have become a frustration, and it is not only overseas visitors - who are used to keeping to the right - that are breaking the unspoken rule.
Australians also walk on the “wrong” side, Mayor Jean Hay said, and she believed it was simply an erosion of “common sense and courtesy”...
The competition ‘runners up’ were Imogen Stephenson representing Davidson High School and Chef Peter Van Es of the Amora Hotel Jamison.
The Northern Beaches Hospitality Challenge featured six talented ‘up-and-coming’ student chefs, each paired with a leading Northern Beaches chef, all taking part in a 30 minute cooking challenge to produce a dish judged by a panel comprising Cleo ‘Bachelor of the Year’ Hayden Quinn, NSW State Treasurer Mike Baird MP, ‘Ironman’ Guy Leech, world surfing champion Layne Beachley and Mayor of Manly Jean Hay AM.
Details ► http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/council/news/media-releases/northern-beaches-hospitality-challenge-/
Picture: L-R Mike Baird, Layne Beachley, Jean Hay, Tahlia Bogg (Winner), Hassan M'Souli (Winner), Imogen Stephenson (Runner Up), Peter Van Es (Runner Up), Guy Leech, Hayden Quinn, Sophie Bleicher
One of Sydney’s largest community based food and wine festivals, the Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival attracts an estimated 30,000 patrons drawn by Manly’s landmark restaurants showcasing a range of international cuisine (from Asia to Europe and back again), and an exclusive range of wines from the more popular wine producing areas in New South Wales.
“However, with such large numbers of people attending the two-day event, literally tonnes of waste are generated,” said Mayor of Manly, Councillor Jean Hay.
“As Manly values its beautiful environment, our volunteers are greatly appreciated here in the Manly community for their vital role in reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill by promoting the festival message of ‘Great Taste Less Waste’.”
“The volunteer role does not involve collecting or handling waste, but simply informing people where and how best to dispose of their waste.”
The plates and cutlery to be used at the event this year will also be made from bamboo and sugar cane which will mean the organisers are able to minimise the environmental impact of the Festival by composting the plates and cutlery along with left-over food.
Last year, Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival volunteers, by directing people to use the correct bins, diverted a record 88 percent of the waste from landfill.
SENIORS WEEK - FULL PROGRAM:
Manly Council has published a free 24-page guide to this year’s NSW Seniors Week events in Manly and surrounding areas (Sunday 18 March to Sunday 25 March 2012), highlighting a wide array of special events and activities.
Details ► http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/whatson/seniors-week/
Details and pictures ► http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/kelly-slater-is-king-of-the-kids-at-manly-beach/
Manly Council staff will be busy with works in the following locations over coming days!...
● Gurney Crescent, Seaforth (Pickering Point) - construction of public jetty and floating pontoon
● Hilltop Crescent, Fairlight between Bellevue Street and Fairlight Street - road resealing works
● Keirle Park, Manly - turfing around the newly installed Half Pipe Ramp and installation of fence along the creek side of ramp
● Birkley Road, Fairlight - type of works: footpath restoration works
● Ernest Street, Balgowlah - drainage and footpath works
● Lewis Street, Balgowlah - drainage works
Details ► http://www.manly.nsw.gov.au/council/news/news/council-works-near-you-5-march/
THE longest-running union black-ban in NSW history was lifted on Thursday night, finally enabling Manly Council and the education department to settle on the million-dollar sale of the disused Seaforth TAFE site.
Details ► http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/union-ends-12-year-ban-for-seaforth-tafe-site/
Seven miles from Sydney...and a thousand miles from care
Manly was visited and named by Captain Arthur Phillip at the same time as Sydney, between 21st and 23rd January, 1788. Captain Arthur Phillip was impressed with the confident and manly behaviour of the Aboriginal people of the Cannalgal and Kayimai clans who waded out to his boat in North Harbour when he was exploring Port Jackson in January 1788. He gave the name Manly Cove to the place where they first met but its exact location is uncertain.
Manly remained isolated for many years. It was a long journey of 70 miles by road from Sydney - through Parramatta, Hunter's Hill, Lane Cove and Narrabeen. The other route involved crossing the water by punts at North Sydney and The Spit.
There was a very small population which was able to eke out a living from fishing or farming when Henry Gilbert Smith, the founder of the village, arrived in 1853.
In June 1855, Henry Gilbert Smith wrote to his brother in England "the amusement I derive in making my improvements in Manly is, no doubt, the cause of my greater enjoyment, in fact I never feel a dull day while there. I should long ere this have been with you if it had not been for this hobby of mine, in thinking I am doing good in forming a village or watering place for the inhabitant of Sydney".
He purchased large tracts of land with the vision of Manly, with its splendid ocean beach and sheltered sandy coves, becoming 'the favourite resort of the Colonists'. He initiated a ferry service, built hotels and donated land for schools and churches. He also built a camera obscura, a maze and a stone kangaroo to attract visitors. He laid out a grand plan for Manly but changed this later to a more pragmatic design with smaller blocks of land.
Manly Council was incorporated as a local government body on 6th January 1877.
Manly's development was slow but by 1880 it had become a thriving seaside resort.
For the whole story about this fascinating area, read the award-winning Seven Miles from Sydney: A History of Manly by Pauline Curby, published by Manly Council, 2001.
It is available at Manly Library, Manly Council Chambers, Art Gallery & Museum and local bookstores for $54.95 (including GST) for the softcover edition, $69.95 (including GST) for the 2nd edition hardcover.