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John Crook 

York Australia, not York UK, nor York USA

Now that we have settled that, here’s how you can experience a very special  event,- a gourmet food and wine festival.  Set these 2011 dates in your travel diary.   June 25th and 26th. The festival are all-day affairs on both days,- ie 9.00am to 3.30pm in the century old anniversary York Town Hall with interactive cooking demos in the Masonic hall.   York is set on the Avon River. A pretty town which springs into life with its many temptations.  This is the first time in almost 20 years that I have had the door open into Western Australia.  One could not be seeking  a better event than the York festival to get the ball rolling.   I believe accommodation is plentiful, although filling fast.  For more information go visit www.yorkwa.org or telephone Tanya on 0429260537.   Entry is just $5 with children free. 

Seven days in South Africa

This is a real bargain. Costing a little over $100 a day the deal includes three nights accommodation with breakfasts at the Cadogan Hotel in Capetown.   There’s extensive sightseeing followed by  a spectacular scenic drive to the quaint village of Franschhoek with three more nights at the luxurious boutique property Country House. This is the stepping off point for Paarl and the Cape Dutch architecture and hisoric Stellenbosch.    The package costs $740 ($845 in September) and that includes accommodation with breakfast, airport transfers, transport and sightseeing. Get the full facts by contacting Bench International, – 1300 195 873 of visit www.benchinternational.com.au  
Cooking fish

Arguably, there is no better way to success in cooking fish than signing on for one of the cooking classes, in the July – October program, which is promoted by the Sydney Seafood School.  For all the details it is just a matter of calling (02) 9004 1122, or email sss@sydneyfishmarket.com.au or visiting www.sydneyfishmarket.com.au   It’s as easy as that.

I see where Mark Jensen, from the famous Red Lantern  Restaurant, is one of the chefs to be featured in this upcoming series. 
Explore Celtic Kerry

There’s a real saving on the cost of a relaxed guided walking and cultural holiday in Ireland.  Departures are scheduled on selected dates in September and October 2011 and now reduced from $2095 to $1795 per person twin share.  The tour is based in the kingdom of Country Kerry.  It includes all the splendours of this part of Ireland.  Seven nights ensuite hotel/guest house accommodation including experienced local tour guide, five packed lunches  six dinners, and seven breakfasts. You even get to do some Irish dance lessons.  Get the deal outlined for you by calling  1800 331 582.

Here’s an offer which is hard to resist.

If you are into Rugby, Cruiseco will fly you free from

Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane and have you join the luxury cruise liner Rhapsody of the Seas,  with part of an eight night cruise having you in Wellington for quarter finals 1 and 3, with transfers and your game tickets included,- and with free air to come home. There are other deals awaiting as well.  So, to get the information which will get you on your way, go visit www.cruising.com.au and get the names of Cruisco’s 200 cruise-specialist travel agencies Australia-wide. Full details are available on that website. 

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.  

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