THE tastes – and people – of the region will find an international audience when a renowned food and wine personality films an episode of her new TV series here this week.
Lyndey Milan is flying into Armidale today to film Taste of Australia, her upcomings series about the food and wine of the country.
“I wanted to show Australia is not just a wide brown land of beaches and bums; there’s an awful lot more going on,” Ms Milan said.
While the schedule is yet to be finalised, filming locations will include Milly Hill Lamb and
Petersons Winery, both at Armidale, and Le Pruneau restaurant in Tamworth.
She hoped the series would highlight the uniqueness of the places she visited.
“I think what the point is, is that every area is intrinsically different from other areas,” Ms Milan said.
But it’s not just the culinary treasures of the region that will be on Ms Milan’s agenda – she is keen to showcase the people and character of the region, with plans to include this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival – and its linedancers – in the episode.
She said local pride was important, and despite her love of food and wine, it was the people she met that she liked just as much.
The locations were chosen through research and working with Destination NSW, with the aim to find good stories.
The series is likely to screen in Australia later this year and is also destined for markets across the world, including China, South East Asia and the UK.
Ms Milan is also this year’s Australia Day ambassador for Nundle, which she says she is really looking forward to.
Other areas to be featured in Taste of Australia include Albury, Orange, the Snowy Mountains, Port Macquarie, the Hunter Valley and the South Coast.