Freaky fish dishes for Good Friday

By
Casey Warrener
Added
12 April, 2017

As part of the MFWF we checked out Rootstock, a sustainable drinks festival featuring vibrant wines, sour beers and super-fresh seafood. The menu got us inspired for Good Friday, so ahead we’ve shared a feast of creative fish dishes to dine out on this weekend.

The brainchild of Mike Bennie, Giorgio de Maria and James Hird, Rootstock is a Sydney-based festival centred on natural wines. Its funky line-up of textural wines and sour beers offer a great opportunity for intrepid drinkers to try something different. The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival put on a small-scale version of the event as part of this year's programme, which included a mean menu of seafood dishes from the likes of Duncan Welgemoed of Africola, David Moyle of Longsong and Aaron Turner of IGNI. Ahead, we’ve shared the dishes and wines to inspire your own seafood feast this weekend. 


1. Wapengo oysters and wild mushrooms

Try: Baked oysters Taranto style
Pair with: Two Metre Tom sour beer (this creation from winemaker-turned-brewer Ashley Huntington is fermented with wine lees)


2. Light and fluffy pizza bases topped with grilled cuttlefish, yoghurt, marjoram, chilli and lemon

Try: Grilled cuttlefish with a side of focaccia and herby yoghurt
Pair with: 2016 Jauma McLaren Vale Semillon Chenin


3. Mussels with lovage and celery

Try: Mussels with lovage, celery and cream
Pair with: 2016 Latta What A Melon


4. Sardines argodolce (sweet and sour) with pepperberries and herbs

Try: Sardine Siciliane agrodolce
Pair with: 2016 Lucy Margaux Nebbiolo Rose


5. Scorpion fish cacciucco (a stew native to Tuscany and Liguria in Italy), combining a spiced-tomato broth with fresh, flaky fish and chewy grains

Try: Italian fish soup
Pair with: 2016 Gentle Folk Vin de Sofa

For more fresh ways with fish, take a look at this vibrant seafood menu from Sicily complete with wine matches.
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