• Lake Macquarie City Council

Masterchef’s Steph De Sousa to shine in Feast For the Senses 2020

Masterchef finalist Steph De Sousa will showcase her extraordinary culinary skills next month as the third annual Feast For the Senses gets underway in Rathmines.

The exclusive over-18s evening on Saturday 28 November will feature a three-course meal in the newly revamped Rathmines Theatre, live entertainment and organic wines by Tamburlaine Wines.

The meat-free menu, designed and cooked by De Sousa, will showcase delicious, seasonal ingredients, sustainably farmed and locally sourced, in keeping with the event’s core themes.

“I’m really excited to show guests that you don’t need meat to create an amazing menu,” De Sousa said.

Feast For the Senses has sold out each year since launching in 2018 as part of the Living Smart Festival.

While this year’s Living Smart Festival switched to an online program due to COVID-19, Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said health guidelines meant it was still possible to host a Feast event.

“We’ve moved from Speers Point Park to Rathmines Theatre to ensure a COVID-safe evening,” Ms Hemsley said.

“Current health guidelines stipulate a maximum of 30 people for outdoor events like this, whereas shifting it indoors with a comprehensive COVID-19 plan means we can accommodate more people.”

De Sousa, who starred in the kitchen at last year’s Feast For the Senses, is also the front-and-centre of Council’s Meat Free Challenge – a month-long initiative challenging Lake Mac families to eat less meat to improve health and help the environment.

“The aim isn’t necessarily to make vegetarians out of meat-eaters – it’s to tip the scales just a little bit away from having meat on your plate every night of the week,” De Sousa said.

Tickets for this year’s Feast are $65 per person, and include the three-course meal, a drink on arrival and live entertainment.

To maintain COVID-safe measures, seats and tables will be allocated based on ticket transactions, so groups are encouraged to buy tickets all at once to ensure they’re seated together.

Ms Hemsley said the event was expected to return to Speers Point Park in 2021. “This has been a challenging year for everyone, but we’re looking forward to hosting a fun and memorable evening in Rathmines,” she said.

Tickets are expected to sell out quickly and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com.au.

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