Food & Wine

A festival of the ‘Best of Days’ this weekend celebrates local food

Contributor 3 July 2019
Bermagui local Tim Northam will play at this Saturday's Saturnalia dinner in Cobargo, pictured here at Figtree's autumn event in Tilba. Photo: Figtree Food Company Facebook.

Bermagui local Tim Northam will play at this Saturday’s Saturnalia dinner in Cobargo, pictured here at Figtree’s autumn event in Tilba. Photo: Figtree Food Company Facebook.

Australians love to celebrate Christmas in July, particularly in the cooler regions where the frost snaps at the heels of the rose hips and brings on the sweet flavour of citrus and root vegetables.

Christmas in July has become such a popular event that it is almost now a tradition in its own right. And that’s not surprising – winter is the best time to enjoy traditional northern hemisphere Christmas traditions like roast dinners and puddings.

Celebrations of winter fare were once deeply connected to agricultural cycles known as ‘Saturnalia’. Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture and time ruled the world during the golden age, an era that was thought of by the Greeks and Romans as birthing the origins of humanity.

Pagan traditions celebrating winter food were once known as a festival of  ‘the best of days’.

Much of the produce from South East NSW is at its best in winter, when flavours are concentrated into a delicious depth that is every chef’s delight.

Figtree Food Company will take to Cobargo Hall this Saturday (July 6) to present a seasonal banquet of the best winter fare available from the Sapphire Coast and Eurobodalla.

The food will be hand selected by Figtree’s Sydney Royal medalist chef Richard Lawson, who has designed a banquet menu based around the best food on offer this winter.

The menu will also involve Figtree’s hand made chocolate, also a Sydney Royal medalist based on free trade, single origin, spice driven chocolate.

The event will be complemented by live music by Bermagui local Tim Northam and Honey with Rich and Liz, as well as special guests the Cobargo Nightsprites, who will bring a special touch of magic to the evening. Tickets – $38 per person.

Saturnalia feasts were originally two-day events, so the Figtree team have broadened out the local celebration to include an event on Sunday afternoon (July 7) from 1 pm – Return to Your Bliss. Live ethereal piano music will be played to a small audience, who will lie comfortably enshrined in warm blankets as the music infuses their ears, taking the listener deep underground to visit the winter space of their soul. Tickets – $15 per person.

Tickets and more info via the Figtree Food Company website.

Words by Figtree Food Company.

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