GET INVOLVED: The Falcon on Pacific Street is one of seven Newcastle East venues involved in Saturday’s Forage all-day dining event. Picture: Simone De Peak

Attention foodies:Newcastle East is the place to be this Saturday, October 20.

Forage is an all-day dining event that celebratesfood and community.Seven businesses are involved, all offering arange of culinaryexperiences:from building your own pancake masterpiece atCirque toa long, lazy Italian-inspired lunch at Vault 73.

Bocados will be offering a one-off, authentic range of tapas with matching winesfor a special lunch. Other venues are offering later afternoon and dinner options.Tickets range from $18 to $150 per person.

There is also an Underground Epicurean foodtrail which includes four courses and matching wines at different venues and costs just $99 per person.

Moor will host a three-course Turkishbanquet featuring a belly-dancing performance and a beverage package–phone4023 7096 for details. The banquet will kick off a monthly theme night at Moor which will run until March.

The Falcon will be serving some seriously tempting Applewood smoked pork ribs and Reserve will design a tasting menu for the occasion. And at Restaurant Mason,award-winning chef Chris Thornton will talk guests through a special five-course taster dinner menu with matching wines.

Forage has been organised by Newcastle Now Business ImprovementAssociation in collaboration with Revitalising Newcastle and in consultation withrestaurateurs.

Newcastle Now executive manager Richard Christian said Forage was not only acelebration of the East End, which is known for its exceptional food, it wasalso an opportunity for people to meet the hard-working men and womenbehind the counter.

“Diners can move between venues oropt to linger with friends and enjoy a leisurely meal,” he said.

Bocados chef Raul Cabrera said Forage was as an ideal way to welcome peopleback to the city after the light rail construction period:“Food brings peopletogether and we’re lucky to have so many fantastic choices in the East End.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.stickytickets成都楼凤.au and search for Forage.

We GatherYou can do as little or as much as you like at We Gather.A ticket includes a picnic hamper. The rest is up to you.

The fun and informative foodand lifestyle event is being held at The Forest Cottage at Martinsville on October 27, 10am to 2pm. Take part in a fermentation workshop withMaggie from Fresh Fusion Gourmet, or a floral arranging class withElissa from Wandering Flora. Two Pop’s Honey beekeepers will tell you the truth about honey and nutritionist Jo Kate willshow you how easy it is to design a healthy meal plan.

There will be a handful of market and food stalls on site and plenty of fun activities for the kids like feeding the piglets, lawn games, sketching anda miniature Forest Cottage to play in. All of this against a stunningWatagans backdrop.Tickets are on sale now through www.stickytickets成都楼凤.au

Cup DayMelbourne Cup is just around the corner and The Anchorage at Corlette has been in touch to say a $129 ticket will buy you lunchwith unlimited bubbles at The Galley Kitchen. For$249 you get all that plus an overnight stay (based on twin share) and a sparkling wine breakfast.

Shoal Bay Country Club also has celebrations planned on Tuesday, November 6. Arosé bar will be offering frosécocktails, there will be live entertainment in the courtyard from 3.30pm and best-dressed prizes up for grabs.

Jamaican veganChef Jamie Thomas of Winnie’s Jamaican is celebrating World Vegan Day by serving a 100 per cent vegan menu from November 1 to 3. Thomas and his young family are not “vegan” but enjoy the food so much they eat vegan most nights of the week –by choice. He wants to open people’s minds and mouths to the variety of tasty vegan food just waiting to be cooked.

Not sure what you will order? Think deep-fried avocado with black beans, tomato, chilli and lime; burgers including the Voodoo with Southern style fried oyster mushroom, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing and iceberg lettuce; and a BBQ Plate with grilled jerk tofu and pineapple skewers, jerk sausages, smoked jackfruit, grilled corn, Boston style baked beans, thick bread and butter.

Scotties feastAshleigh Hays will be cooking up a Middle Eastern storm at Newcastle East favourite Scottieson October 23 from 6pm. Vegan options are, as always, available. Email [email protected]成都楼凤 to book your seat. Also, Scotties has a new menu waiting to be unveiled –just in time for summer.

Bubbly BreakfastTickets are still available to Bubbly Breakfast at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley on Sunday, October 28. Now in its 13th year, it is Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation’s major annual fundraising event.

This year’s theme is Lets Flamingle which will incorporate a live, on-stage hypnosis session by breast cancer survivor Genevive Burke.She used to mediate divorce settlements however following her diagnosis and treatmentshetrained as a hypnotherapist.

“I had such a massive fear and phobia of needles that I decided to get hypnotised before I started my treatment. I sailed through chemo and twoblood transfusions, even gave myself injections,” she said.“I decided to become a hypnotherapist myself so I could cure other people’s phobias.”

Tickets to Bubbly Breakfast are $88 at www.stickytickets成都楼凤.au and include breakfast and unlimited Peterson House pink bubbles.