Lizard Island – Food and Wine Event with Shane Delia

When travel meets food and wine, magic happens and this is what you will get when visiting Lizard Island this September. 

Since reopening Lizard Island in June 2015, following a $50 million refurbishment, Executive Chef, Mark Jensen has been creating a strong profile for Lizard Island’s food and wine experiences.

This September the award-winning chef, restaurateur and author, Shane Delia will join Mark as they host the second Food and Wine Event on the island. Wines will be supplied by Penfolds and Yarra Valley producer, Levatine Hill Estate.  

The three-day itinerary allows guests to tailor their experiences.  At the very heart is the food and wine, here is a taste of what you will enjoy:

Day 1

  • Penfolds Wine Master Class
  • Dinner – Island Spice by Mark Jensen, with matching Penfolds wines  


Day 2

  • Master Class and luncheon – presented by Mark Jensen
  • Levantine Hill Estate Wine Master Class at sunset
  • Dinner – Spice Journey by Shane Delia, with matching Levantine Hill Estate wines


Day 3

  • Master Class and luncheon – presented by Shane Delia
  • Evening drinks on a Sunset Cruise
  • 6 course Degustation Dinner – by Mark Jensen and Shane Delia, with matching wines from Penfolds and Levantine Hill Estate


Shane Delia is best known as Chef and Owner of Maha Restaurant & Biggie Smalls. Shane is a presenter on Channel 9 Postcards, host of his own TV show, Shane Delia’s Spice Journey, author of Maha Middle Eastern Home Cooking & Spice Journey – Adventures in Middle Eastern Cooking, and a charity ambassador. Shane is based in Melbourne, Australia. His wife Maha, is the inspiration and namesake of his flagship restaurant. Together they have two children, daughter Jayda and son Jude.

“The opportunity to keep my spice journey evolving on Lizard Island will be exciting.  I look forward to working with Mark Jensen and the local produce of the region to bring some truly amazing flavours to life during the Master Class and dinner events,” said Shane Delia.

Mark Jensen knows and understands Lizard Island and the seasonal produce of tropical north Queensland better than most – as he is currently enjoying his second stint as Executive Chef for the island. Mark firmly believes that the local farmers, fishermen and producers in and around Cairns are his true partners in the kitchen working closely with each to create seasonally evolving dishes which showcase the region. 

“This is our second Food and Wine Event this year – and the spice theme just plays perfectly into my true culinary passion for complexities and varieties of the spices of South East Asia.  Working with Shane will be a highlight,” commented Mark Jensen.

Guests attending the Food and Wine Event will receive a signed copy of Shane Delia’s most recent book – Spice Journey and a selection of Maha spices as a take home gift.

If you are ready to join Shane Delia on this unmissable spice journey at Lizard Island, contact 1800 837 185 (from within Australia) or email

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