Meet a #Canberra Foodie: Andrew Barr (@ABarrMLA)

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In a recent post I opined about “what makes a foodie?” and concluded that it is usually someone who has a passion for good food and enjoying life. Foodies can be anyone from students, to food professionals to politicians! One person I have known for a long time through work and who I know to be very passionate about food and wine and entertainment in Canberra is Andrew Barr, who also happens to be the ACT Deputy Chief Minister. As a busy politician Andrew often doesn’t have the time to pursue all his passions and is often served food he hasn’t ordered, but he only ever seems to have good things to say about the food and entertainment scene in and around Canberra.

Here’s a photo of him recently enjoying a guest appearance next to a world-famous Italian Chef at Canberra’s Capital Region Farmer’s Market.

Andrew Barr

So Andrew, unlike previous foodies you probably don’t need to tell me much about yourself. Because you’re the Deputy Chief Minister I think you may be the first Canberra Foodie I have interviewed who has their own Wikipedia page and Personal Website with a very detailed bio!

Age?  41

Where do you live?  Dickson

How long have you been blogging?  7 years of social media addiction

Other hobbies?  travel, movies, sport, wine, music

Apple or Android?  Apple

Car/bus/bike?  Walking!

Favourite TV shows?  Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Alpha House, Looking and Betas

Favourite devices?  iPad and iPhone

Can we take a peek at your home screen?

Andrew Barr screen shot

Most-used app?  Music

Favourite social media?  Facebook

What’s the first thing online you check each morning?  Email and social

I hear you’re a bit of a local wine connoisseur. Which are your favourite Canberra wines?  Helm Riesling, Eden Road Canberra Shiraz, Ravensworth Shiraz Viognier and Mount Majura Riesling.

When you can find time to sample them, which are your favourite Canberra restaurants? Monster, Morks, Taze

I have to ask you a question about music where the answer is NOT The Rolling Stones! What are favourite albums of 2014 (so far)?  Turn Blue – The Black Keys and Built on Glass – Chet Faker

Recent book you recommend?  Barracuda – Christos Tsioklas

Favourite film of 2014 (so far)?  The Grand Budapest Hotel

Favourite food? 🙂 avocado

You can follow Andrew Barr on Twitter and on Facebook and also subscribe to email updates and news at his website

 

Here are some culinary highlights from our Deputy Chief Minister’s twitter feed:

And here is his recent announcement regarding the new “Westside” pop-up project in West basin, which will feature live entertainment, streetfood and pop-up bars. It’s scheduled to kick off at the same time as Floriade in just over a month!

4 thoughts on “Meet a #Canberra Foodie: Andrew Barr (@ABarrMLA)

    shenANNAgans said:
    August 21, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Well thats very cool Elias. Nice interview with Andrew. Love that he only ever seems to have good things to say about the food and entertainment scene in and around Canberra. I think this is also a key ingredient to being a passionate foodie, finding the good things and talking about that. 🙂 Quality faves in the wine department too, Im not much of Reisling fan, but Helms stuff is delightful!
    Hope you are well my friend. Happy Friday! Cheers.

      cbrfoodie responded:
      August 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you for the wonderful feedback my friend. Happy Friday! 🙂

    blondeinkaus said:
    August 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Great interview!

    Also can’t wait for the pop-up project in West basin! Bring it on!

    lizzygoodthings said:
    August 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful introduction to our Deputy Chief Minister. Love the pop up park initiative.Keep up the great work : )

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