Horticulturalist sees hops in a new light after disappointing harvest
Community
Step into Ensemble and Co on the main street of Crookwell right now and you’ll be greeted by the delightfully fruity fragrance of hop vines hanging on the wall. The four-metre-long green tousled vines, displaying autumnal coloured hop cones have been capturing the attention of passersby since they arrived, says store owner Billie Willis. They’re the result of a relatively...
Plan to build world’s largest beer bottle in Goulburn sunk by brewery
Food & Wine
In 2014, Macarthur Grange Brewery was on the brink of building a brewery in Goulburn – and the world's largest beer bottle at the city's entrance. The 30-metre high bottle would knock out Denmark's 25-metre beer bottle and "make a statement" alongside Goulburn's Big Merino, Macarthur Grange Brewery director Anton Szpitalak told ABC at the time. It was a larger-than-life idea that even the company's...
Got a nose for truffles? Then head to the South Coast’s gourmet food trail
Food & Wine
It's rare that you can strike gold on the South Coast but for those prepared to go on a bit of a hunt, opportunities abound thanks to a new venture announced ahead of the launch of an initiative promoting the region's quality and diverse producers. And while gold nuggets might still be rare, culinary gold - in the form of...
Fresh food films boost regional producers across the South East
Food & Wine
How do you keep regional tourism dollars rolling in and support local producers when nobody can leave home for months at a time? It's been a major challenge for many growers and makers across Southern NSW as COVID-19 gripped the community, stifled the market and prevented regional producers from attending international trade fairs and networking events. Some lateral thinking has resulted...
Wynlen’s productive Braidwood plot proves fresh is best
Food & Wine
Helen Lynch from Wynlen House at Braidwood reckons there would hardly be a soul in town who hasn't eaten one of their Brussels sprouts. Together with her partner Bronwyn Richards, the pair produce an astonishing four tonnes of food each year from their 1000sqm block in the middle of town, a true urban farm and a buzzing hive of productivity....
Batlow farmer reshapes his apple-growing future
Food & Wine
Batlow apple farmers Ralph and Judy Wilson have emerged from the wreckage of 2020 knee-deep in one of the best seasons they’ve experienced in years. Among the last of the smaller growers in the Batlow region, they’ve been farming apples for nearly 40 years on a block that has produced apples for more than a century. Ralph says the milder...
Notes from the Kitchen Garden: silverbeet, spinach and what to do with your green tomatoes
Food & Wine
The autumn season is continuing to be wet and cool following a summer that was also wet and cool. This means many of our favourite summer vegetables are taking their time to ripen. This is particularly the case for tomatoes. Certainly, vine ripened tomatoes taste the best but the weather this summer and the cool, wet start to autumn most...
Hot in the Snowy Mountain Region: forget fast food, make Rose’s Restaurant your roadtrip pit-stop!     
Food & Wine
Several weeks ago, heading home on a Deane’s bus, I noticed a beautiful olive grove just past Cooma. “Oh, it’s not just olives,” the bus driver told me. “The Nassar family grows everything on that farm for their Lebanese restaurant in town.” Paddock-to-plate, farm-to-fork, whatever you call it, the Nassar family are doing it at Rose’s Restaurant. “Mention that phrase to my dad,” owner Tony Nassar laughs, “and he’ll say, ‘we Phoenicians have been doing paddock-to-plate for 6000 years!’ "Dad has always run a seasonal garden, using traditional techniques passed on from his great grandfather. In summer, our restaurant gets nearly 100...
Oysters off the Easter menu for many after devastating floods
Food & Wine
Hot cross buns, chocolate and fresh seafood are traditional Easter staples around the region but this year's flooding rain has taken oysters off the menu for many. After surviving drought, bushfires and COVID-19, oyster leases in waterways along the NSW coast have been devastated by flooding with the northern rivers and Far South Coast hardest hit. Infrastructure has been destroyed and...
Taralga’s Tangled Vine Cafe rises from the ashes
Food & Wine
The popular Tangled Vine Cafe in the historic Taralga village nestled in the NSW Southern Tablelands, is set to reopen later this year as a bakery after a devastating fire in August 2020. The blaze started when a deep fryer in the kitchen caught fire and spread to the cafe’s ceiling. The damage meant the business which is well-known for...
Foodies in for a treat at Narooma Oyster Festival 2021
What's On
Mouths will be watering at the news the Narooma Oyster Festival is returning on 30 April to 1 May 2021 with a top line-up of chefs, oyster farmers and producers. The festival has attracted thousands of people each year and will be held in the Wagonga Inlet, Narooma and celebrates NSW South Coast oysters and the region’s natural quality produce,...
Hot in the country: Boorowa’s new chic cafe and wine bar
Food & Wine
If ever there was a breath of fresh air in Boorowa, it's the opening of The Marsden St General cafe and pantry, and The Absolutely Superb Bibliothèque and Occasional Wine Bar. These two new businesses are reinventing what was once a bush town reliant on groceries, fuel and rural supplies. Bright and chic, The Marsden St General is a contemporary cafe...
Everything happens for a riesling: Canberra District Wine Industry celebrating 50 years
Food & Wine
The Canberra District Wine Industry is about to raise a toast to 50 years since the first plantings of vines and subsequent production of wine within the region with a host of events during Canberra Wine Week in March. Local wine lovers and viticulturists will also be celebrating a bumper harvest following the less than bumper crop from last season when grapes were...
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