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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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...