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food and wine weeks

Dave, Snowy and Al compare notes over the Pinetrees BBQ

We are serious about food and wine, and have always provided recipes, advice on cooking techniques and wine tastings to enthusiastic 'foodie' guests. Sometimes this doesn't satisfy the need to cook, eat and drink, so from 23-27 October 2017, we're hosting our Food and Wine Weeks. In 2018 we'll be hosting Food and Wine Weeks from 21-25 May 2018 and 22-26 October 2018.

During our Food and Wine Weeks, our Executive Chef Alasdair Nicolson (see his amazing recipes in the Lord Howe Island Cookbook), or visiting celebrity chef, will host a 2 hour cooking master class every day. He'll cover a range of topics and reveal some professional secrets to help you take your home cooking to a new level. Why watch Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein or Nigella Lawson, when you can experience similar demonstrations live? The best part, though, is that you get to taste everything he prepares, which can be up to 20 exceptional dishes over 5 days.

In the evening, we'll convene on the waterfront deck or cozy library for selected wine tastings. Each day we'll taste a range of James Halliday's favourite wines and explore variations in style and character from different Australian wine regions. Read the review of our inaugural Food and Wine Week with Warren Farrugia. You should also read the feature article in the Sydney Morning Herald about our week with Peter Kuruvita in 2013, and watch the video of our Food and Wine Week by film-maker Andy Lloyd.

Our Food and Wine Weeks include:

  • 2 hour cooking master classes every afternoon (Mon-Fri)

  • wine tastings every evening (Mon-Fri)

  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • full breakfasts

  • lunches (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch)

  • afternoon teas

  • 4 or 5 course dinners

  • use of all lodge facilities

  • island airport transfers

Prices start from $2460.00 (per person, twin share in a Palm Room), excluding airfares. In other words, cooking classes and wine tastings are FREE for Pinetrees guests. To enjoy the full week you're best to arrive the weekend prior and plan to depart no earlier than the following Saturday. Please contact us for further details or to make a booking. 

Snowy teaching a class on Lord Howe IslandTasting Tom Kime's food on Lord Howe IslandChef Al at workPeter Kuruvita and Paul Brown on Lord Howe IslandTom Kime and his fansTom Kime teaching on Lord Howe IslandPeter Kuruvita in full swingTom Kime on Lord Howe Island

Currency

All rates are in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST.

Inclusions

Our 'All Inclusive' rate includes island airport transfers, afternoon cooking demonstrations (Mon-Fri), evening wine tastings (Mon-Fri), use of lodge facilities and all meals - full breakfast, lunch (either at Pinetrees, gourmet BBQ hamper or packed lunch), afternoon tea and 4 or 5 course dinner. Our 'Bed & Breakfast' rate includes island airport transfers, afternoon cooking demonstrations (Mon-Fri), evening wine tastings (Mon-Fri), use of lodge facilities, full breakfast, afternoon tea, 4 or 5 course dinner on the night of arrival and evening transport to local restaurants. All rates excludes drinks, airfares and other applicable levies and taxes.

Bed & Breakfast rate

There are no cooking or self catering facilities at Pinetrees, so all 'Bed and Breakfast' guests should have lunch and dinner at local cafes and restaurants.  'Bed and Breakfast' guests are welcome to book for lunch or dinner at Pinetrees by 9am on the day, although seats are not guaranteed due to high demand. The 'Bed and Breakfast' rate is not available for stays in our 3 Bedroom Cottage, 4 Bedroom Cottage or Garden Cottages. The 'Bed and Breakfast' rate is not available for stays between 19 December to 28 April (inclusive). All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on an ''All Inclusive' rate or 'Bed & Breakfast' rate). Pinetrees will not accept bookings with mixed rates within one room.

Airfares

Pinetrees Travel provides the best available airfares to Lord Howe Island and takes care of the flight bookings for almost all of our guests. Pinetrees Travel does not charge any booking fees to assist guests with flight bookings. Qantaslink is the only airline to service Lord Howe Island and has connections from 750 global destinations as part of the One World Alliance. International travellers can sometimes include flights to and from Lord Howe as a part of their international tickets to Australia.

Travel insurance

As travel to or from Lord Howe Island can be cancelled or delayed due to unforeseen circumstances we highly recommend travel insurance for all guests. As flights to and from Lord Howe Island can sometimes be cancelled or delayed due to weather, it is important that you purchase travel insurance that covers the cost of additional accommodation or lost accommodation due to weather. Our preferred travel insurance provider is Aussietravelcover.  You can read their full FSG, PDS and Policy Wording HERE All Pinetrees guests receive a 20% discount off their Travel Insurance premiums when issuing a policy via this exclusive LINK

Check-in & check-out

Check-in time is 3pm and check-out time is 10am. Early check-ins and late check-outs are sometimes available, please check with Pinetrees staff on the day.

Packages

Packages and special offers can't be combined. We'll always find the best package or offer for guest requirements.  All guests in each room must book the same rate (i.e all guests must be on a 'All Inclusive' rate or 'Bed & Breakfast' rate).

Sole Use

Sole use of rooms is permitted, excluding when booking the 'Bed and Breakfast' rate and stays between 20 December to 20 January, please contact us for sole use rates and availability.

Additional children and adults in rooms

When sharing with 2 adults and subject to space for a cot and/or bedding: a) children under 5 are free of charge; b) children aged 5 to 14 are charged 65% of the adult tariff; c) all other guests aged 15 and over are charged 75% of the adult tariff. As part of Lord Howe's World Heritage listing Pinetrees is licensed for 75 guests each night, all people aged 5 and over are considered a guest.

Rates for children

Children under 5 are free of charge when sharing with 2 adults or one adult paying the sole use rate (subject to space for a cot and/or bedding). Children aged 5 to 14 are charged 65% of the adult tariff when sharing with 2 adults or one adult paying the sole use rate (subject to space for a cot and/or bedding). All children aged 5-14 must share with another child, two adults or one adult paying the sole use rate.

Rate Changes

Pinetrees Lodge reserves the right to alter rates and conditions without notice.

Deposits/Payments

A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of $250 per guest is required to confirm a reservation. Lord Howe Island airfares are due 7 days from booking (connecting flights may be due at time of booking).  Full/final payment is required 45 days prior to arrival.  If a booking is made within 45 days of arrival the full payment due date is advised at time of booking.

Cancellations

If a booking is cancelled prior to 45 days before arrival all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable to alternative travel dates. If cancelled 45-15 days before arrival a cancellation fee of 25% of the total tariff will be charged. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for cancellations within 14 days before arrival. A cancellation fee of 100% of the total tariff will be charged for no show on the day of arrival. There are no refunds for early departures. There are no refunds for missed nights due to delayed arrivals resulting from delayed/cancelled/disrupted travel plans. Specific cancellation conditions apply to special interest groups, big family groups and to bookings in December and January. These are advised at the time of booking. Cancelled flights are subject to Qantas' cancellation conditions, some airfares are non-refundable and some airfares are refundable with a $99 cancellation fee, we recommend booking refundable airfares.

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