A day in the Hunter Valley and Hayman Island

I didn’t have to pack my cossie or take any suncream, but I did have the opportunity to experience the fabulous food of the Executive Chef of Hayman Island , Glenn Bacon in the Hunter Valley last Friday.

As part of the June Hunter Valley Food and Wine Month, award-winning restaurant Esca Bimbadgen hosted ‘Hayman in the Hunter’ and treated myself and thirty travel agents, a taste of what to expect at Hayman Island when it reopens in August.

Executive Chef, Glenn Bacon of Hayman, was issued a challenge to create a menu featuring regional Hunter Valley produce, a world away from the local produce and seafood available from Chef Bacon’s tropical home. Chef Bacon unveiled a reconcepted and renamed ‘Fontaine’ restaurant in August. Fontaine will offer a beautiful setting including stunning dining platforms over the Hayman Swan Pond. The new menu will feature contemporary Australian cuisine inspired by the finest locally sourced produce.

In his preparation to delight Esca Bimbadgen diners, Glenn Bacon said, “The menu I have selected is a sneak preview of Hayman’s Fontaine restaurant concept, with a regional twist showcasing local Hunter Valley cuisine, paired with delectable Bimbadgen wines. I know it will be a winner, and a real celebration of a marriage between two incredible Australian destinations.”

Two great Australians are being brought together to recreate a stunning garden landscape which, for so long, has provided an incredible backdrop to one of the top tourist playgrounds in the world. Hayman, Australia’s idyllic island destination in the Great Barrier Reef, has engaged award-winning landscape designer, horticulturalist, and personality, Jamie Durie, to rejuvenate and refresh the beautiful garden surrounds of the acclaimed resort.

All the travel agents I met were really excited about the reopening, and it was great to hear that Hayman Island is heavily booked when they reopen in August. No doubt Chef Bacon’s reputation, for offering some of the best food in Australia in stunning locations at Hayman Island, has attributed to this.

Maureen de Groot

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