The Spicers star promises to shine even more brightly in the New Year, for the retreat will be holding a Flavours of Summer – Gourmet Festival from January 8 to 28.

The Spicers Retreats Hidden Valley, about an hour’s drive west of Brisbane, delivered on delicious gourmet food, fine wines, elegant cottages, and spectacular views at their recent preview weekend.

Over the past four years under the direction of General Manager Andrea Martin, whose genial husband Ash is Executive Chef, Spicers has become a shining star among Queensland’s retreats.

Besides providing impeccable services amid a relaxed, easy-going  atmosphere, the resort, which is set on 12,000 acres of bush land,  has a wide range of facilities.

These feature the Homage restaurant, a guest library with bar and open fire places, meeting rooms, a colonial style barn, a wood fired oven and rotisserie, and a spa.

For those guests seeking outdoor activity there is a tennis court, a bocce arena, mountain bike trails, walking trails, an outdoor lap pool,  produce gardens with a smoke house and fermenting room, plus an animal nursery and wildlife research facility.

The Flavours of Summer Festival aims to demonstrate an alternative to spending summer on the beach, exhibiting the “incredible diversity of food experiences available in Queensland over summer”.

“The festival will include an amazing selection of quality food and beverages, many of which will be coming from our regional suppliers and farmers,” Andrea says.

“As well we will be showcasing our on-site produce and the traditional techniques and talent of the Homage kitchen team led by award-winning head chief Ash Martin.

“Along with the exceptional food and beverage experiences on offer, the festival will also allow guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in uniquely Australian summer activities.”

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