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Here at REVEL, we live to create experiences that people love and learn from. We’re the ones behind events such as Pinot Palooza, MOULD - A Cheese Festival, Bread & Circus, Sake Matsuri and more.

We bring together an alliance of the best wineries, cheese, food and drinks folks we know in a festival environment.

This podcast is all about is all about the people who make these events what they are.

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    • Society & Culture

Here at REVEL, we live to create experiences that people love and learn from. We’re the ones behind events such as Pinot Palooza, MOULD - A Cheese Festival, Bread & Circus, Sake Matsuri and more.

We bring together an alliance of the best wineries, cheese, food and drinks folks we know in a festival environment.

This podcast is all about is all about the people who make these events what they are.

    EAT SLEEP EVENT REPEAT #2: A New Zealand Perspective

    EAT SLEEP EVENT REPEAT #2: A New Zealand Perspective

    There is no denying that the affects of COVID-19 are proving both dramatic and widespread across all industries, and particularly so for those that specialise in bringing people together.

    Open to all members of the broader events community, the second version of this forum is a chance to hear from key food and drinks event producers about how they are managing the short and longterm challenges of the current COVID-19 situation.

    Joining us for our second discussion, will be producers from some of New Zealand's iconic events including Wellington on a Plate, Beervana, Winetopia and Pinot Palooza (REVEL).

    You’ll also hear from Pinot Noir 2021 co-chair, Penelope Naish, who’ll not only discuss their event, but touch on how COVID-19 is effecting regional events, especially North Canterbury.

    This ongoing series, the aim of this forum is to create an alliance of like-minded global event producers from the food and drinks space, and provide a space where members can communicate and collaborate – sharing their experiences, challenges, insights and ideas around the current situation while and creating a vision for how things might look in the future.

    If you're an event producer, venue operator, promoter, supplier or from a related industry, we welcome you to join us to gain the kind of insights that you need right now and to ensure your voice is heard. As part the registration process, we’ll invite you to pose a question to our panel.

    "There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about." – Margaret J. Wheatley

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    SPEAKERS IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE

    Dan Sims (CEO/Founder REVEL Global)
    Sarah Meikle (Chief Executive Wellington Culinary Events Trust)
    Rob Elliot (Director Lemongrass Productions)
    Penelope Naish (Owner Black Estate Winery and co-chair of Pinot 2021)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    REVEL ALLIANCE #1: Rebecca Hopkins, A Balanced Glass

    REVEL ALLIANCE #1: Rebecca Hopkins, A Balanced Glass

    Today’s episode is an interview with all round bloody legend, Rebecca Hopkins. A brilliant wine communicator, strategist, speaker, moderator, host, and writer she boasts an incredible career in the wine business in both Australia and the US.

    Now, Vice-President of Communications at Folio Fine Wine Partners (a full service sales and marketing agency owned by the Michael Mondavi Family), in March 2018, she founded and launched “A Balanced Glass” - on online platform providing education and resources to industry colleagues to help support and maintain health and wellbeing while working in the beverage alcohol industry.

    This interview was recorded in June 2019 at Donum winery in the Sonoma Valley as we (REVEL) were there catching up and meeting a bunch of amazing wine folk in the region as we looked to bring Pinot Palooza to the USA.

    Despite being recorded last year, there is a lot here and much to reflect on especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

    In the coming weeks, we’ll be interviewing more and more from the wine world and beyond and share their stories here.

    Thanks so much for listening!

    Key Links

    Rebecca Hopkins LinkedIn
    A Balanced Glass Website
    Instagram: @abalancedglass
    LinkedIn: A Balanced Glass
    Pinot Palooza - Sonoma Tour 

    • 22 min
    BREAD & CIRCUS #1: In Conversation with Sandor Katz

    BREAD & CIRCUS #1: In Conversation with Sandor Katz

    Dubbed by the New York Times as “one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene,” award-winning American author, DIY food activist, self-described “fermentation revivalist” Sandor Katz is the unofficial global godfather of the fermentation movement.

    As part of his broader Australian "Ferment yourself Wild" tour in 2020, Sandor joined Bread & Circus for a very special in conversation event, co-presented by REVEL and Sharon Flynn, Founder and CEO of The Fermentary, who welcomed the audiences and introduced the event.

    The event was hosted by Melbourne food writer, author, food literacy advocate and Culinary Correspondent for ABC News Breakfast and ABC Radio, Alice Zaslavsky (aka @AliceinFrames). A leader of the vegetable vanguard movement and long-time Sandorkraut devotee, Alice always brings bucket-loads of her inimitable charm and passion to any event.

    ABOUT SANDOR KATZ
    Born in New York City and now based in rural Tennessee, Sandor (aka Sandorkraut) has been a fervent fellow of fermentation since long before it was a thing – try the 1980s.
    His early books Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements have become essential reading for anyone interested in fermentation, while his 2012 tome The Art of Fermentation – the most comprehensive guide to DIY home fermentation ever published – topped the New York Times bestseller list and took out the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Reference and Scholarship.
    In demand by fermentalists the world over, Sandor has presented countless workshops throughout the US, Europe, South America, Asia and beyond, where he shares his decades of wisdom to skilfully demystify the art of fermentation – empowering folks to harness the health-giving magic of this transformational culinary alchemy.

    WHAT IS BREAD & CIRCUS?
    Still used in political parlance today, the phrase “bread and circuses” has its roots in ancient Rome, where it was coined by a powerful and outspoken Roman satirical poet by the name of Juvenal. Not one to be fooled by populist propaganda, Juvenal called to attention the government’s frequent use of free food (“bread”) and entertainment (“circuses”) as a shady diversionary tactic designed to steer the public’s attention away from the government’s failures, shortcomings and controversies. Sneaky buggers.
    OK, but what’s all that got to do with fermentation? First of all, we’re not agents of some populist regime, and we’re certainly not here to pull any shady Roman stunts, we just want to fling a bit of poetry around to get you primed to take a delicious day-long journey through the wonderful world of fermentation – something the ancient Romans knew a thing or two about.

    ABOUT THE FERMENTARY
    The Fermentary is an award-winning local creator of authentic, slow-fermented vegetables, milk and water kefirs, mustards, miso, and other small-batch fermentation projects – whose wares you’ll find served at the likes of Cumulus Inc, The Lake House, Meatsmith and more. A passionate local advocate for the health benefits of fermented foods and drinks, Sharon is a regular speaker at some leading Australian food events and loves to share her passion through workshops and classes.

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    SPEAKERS in order of appearance

    Alice Zaslavsky: Host
    Sharon Flynn: The Fermentary
    Sandor Katz

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    KEY LINKS ….

    Bread & Circus - Culture Fermented
    The Fermentary
    Alice Zaslavsky

    • 1 hr 24 min
    EAT SLEEP EVENT REPEAT #1: A Virtual Forum for the Event Industry

    EAT SLEEP EVENT REPEAT #1: A Virtual Forum for the Event Industry

    There is no denying that the affects of COVID-19 are proving both dramatic and widespread across all industries, and particularly so for those that specialise in bringing people together.

    Open to all members of the broader events community, this forum was a chance to hear from key Australian food and drinks event producers about how they are managing the short and longterm challenges of the current COVID-19 situation.

    Joining us in this 2 hour long forum were producers from some of Australia’s most iconic events including Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, GABS Craft Beer & Cider Festival, Good Food & Wine Show, and us here at REVEL (the team behind Pinot Palooza, MOULD – A Cheese Festival and more). You’ll also hear insights from digital marketing specialists Bolster and PR and communications pros Common State; while chair of Wine Victoria, Angie Bradbury joined to provide updates on how Victoria's wine industry is faring and facing the challenge.

    Part one of an ongoing series, the aim of this forum is to create an alliance of like-minded Australian event producers from the food and drinks space, and provide a space where members can communicate and collaborate – sharing their experiences, challenges, insights and ideas around the current situation while and creating a vision for how things might look in the future.

    If you're an event producer, venue operator, promoter, supplier or from a related industry, we welcome you to join us to gain the kind of insights that you need right now and to ensure your voice is heard.

    ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb.

    As this was a webinar, please forgive some of the audio quality.

    If you do enjoy this podcast, we’d really appreciate it if you subscribed!

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    SPEAKERS in order of appearance
    Dan Sims: CEO Founder, REVEL Global
    Anthea Lucas: CEO, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
    Claire Back: Event Producer, Good Food & Wine Show
    Mike Bray: Managing Director, GABS
    Luke McKinnon: Director, Common State
    Anthony Zaccaria: Founder & Managing Director, Bolster
    Angie Bradbury: Chair Person, Wine Victoria & Bradbury & Co.

    KEY LINKS ….
    Bolster 2020 vision report: https://trends.blstr.co/
    GABS content Craig referenced: https://www.gabsfestival.com/a-beer-with-video-series
    The Conversation Hour episode Angie referenced: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/theconversationhour/the-conversation-hour/12077128
    Wine Victoria (EDM sign up on right): https://www.winevictoria.org.au/wine-victoria

    • 1 hr 35 min

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