About Lucy Ridge

Lucy Ridge is a former chef, now turned writer. Lucy brings a passion for food, sustainability and community to her work. On weekends you can find her in the garden or at a gig.

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UPDATE: Falling Leaf Festival cancelled (but the show goes on for the comedians)
What's On
28 April, 3 pm: The Falling Leaf Festival in Tumut has been cancelled, although organisers have confirmed that the Comedy Gala on Friday night will proceed as planned. Late this afternoon, organisers made the announcement due to predicted inclement weather on Friday and Saturday. "We know this is really disappointing for the community and visitors, and after 12 months of...
Local grub, indie beers and the return of live music at Tumut River Brewing Co
Food & Wine
The tasty and creative brews at independent brewery Tumut River Brewing Co attract crowds region-wide. But they have another drawcard as one of the region’s favourite live music venues, luring musicians near and far to play in the brew shed. On Sunday 10 April the brewery is running Tumut River Tap Fest - a scaled-down version of their popular Tap Days festival with...
Join in the birthday celebrations as Thirsty Crow celebrates 11 years of murdering thirst in Wagga
Food & Wine
Wagga’s homegrown craft brewery Thirsty Crow turns 11 this year and they’re ready to celebrate in style. Thirsty Crow was started by Craig Wealands and his parents with the first beer brewed in late 2010 and the first tap beers poured in 2011. Their first beer – the Sporting Ale – is still a regular at their brewpub today, with...
Eat, drink, and be merry for a good cause at the Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival
Food & Wine
Lovers of food and wine rejoice! After a two-year hiatus, the Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival is making a triumphant return.  The Wollundry Wagga Wagga Rotary Club is once again organising the festival, which will feature a number of local food and wine stalls and beer from regional Riverina brewery Yenda Beers. The event will run from 4 pm...
Bodalla Dairy Shed ice cream brings flavours of the bush to the milk bar
Food & Wine
In the late 1800s, the South Coast town of Bodalla was at the forefront of Australia's dairy industry but when Sandra McCuaig’s family moved there in 1989 all the factories had closed and milk from local farms was sent away to be processed at inland facilities. In 2008, Sandra decided it was time to revive the local dairy industry and...
Murrumbateman Vineyards take stock of damage after freak hail storm
The hail storm that passed over Canberra last week (4 January), wreaked havoc in Belconnen and left thousands of households without power. But as it left the suburbs and travelled north, the storm continued to cause damage, which will have long-lasting effects on some vineyards in the Murrumbateman region. Sarah Collingwood from Four Winds Vineyard says the storm lasted only...
Freeze, don’t squeeze! A word of warning as coastal tick population booms
I recently took advantage of the (slightly) warmer weather and a free weekend to travel down to the South Coast. Despite a few showers and overcast skies, it was a lovely weekend that mostly involved sampling the culinary delights of the region – ice-cream at the Bodalla dairy, fish and chips from the wharf at Bermagui, and cheese from Tilba...
Dance away the pandemic blues with indie bands and brews in Tumut
What's On
The Tumut River Tap Days is a regional live music venue and independent craft brewery. They’ve become a destination for Canberrans to watch bands and try the different creative beers at the tap house.  This weekend they’re celebrating a return to normality after lockdown with a craft beer festival featuring original music from local acts, as well as food and...