Price of abalone halves since 2019 as South Coast divers endure ‘perfect storm’ of events
News
Over the past two years the South Coast abalone industry has endured a "perfect storm" of setbacks that has bruised local divers, including a slash by half in the price of the prized seafood since late 2019. Abalone Association of NSW secretary and Far South Coast diver John Smythe said while there was still a lot of the industry's quota...
Success couldn’t be sweeter for Crookwell’s busy Queen Bee
Community
People always told Belinda Foley that she produced great honey. She knew it, too, but was happy to keep producing it quietly on her family's farm at Crookwell in the NSW Southern Tablelands. But then came the 2022 Sydney Royal Easter Show and, for the heck of it, Belinda entered some of her honey, beeswax candles and moulds. She now...
Cider the apple of Batlow’s eye as industry interest ripens
Food & Wine
Excitement is bubbling over in Batlow – the apple capital of the south – as a whole host of activity is about to bring bucketloads of visitors to the town. The past two years has thrown its worst at the mountain town, with Black Summer bushfires and COVID stripping it of tourists, but Australia’s love affair with cider beverages has...
Notes from the Kitchen Garden: cultivating crunchy carrots and perfect parsnips
Food & Wine
Mid-autumn and the weather is cooling. La Niña is persisting and will continue to influence our climate into late Autumn. Soil temperatures, however, are still quite warm so you can continue to plant the vegetables that will keep you going over winter. Carrot, parsnip, turnip and swede seeds can all be planted now, directly where you mean to grow them....
Bungendore butcher Sandy Tenkate snags his dream business in Cooma
Business
After 34 years behind the butcher's block, Sandy Tenkate's dream of owning his own business has finally come true. When the opportunity came up to purchase Monaro Meats in Cooma, Sandy jumped at the chance to make the move from Bungendore. After working for 11 years at Bungendore Country Butchery, he and his wife Tafline and their three young children...
Junee is choc-full as the online demand for Easter goodies grows
Food & Wine
As Australians brace for the inevitable deluge of chocolate this Easter, the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory team has been working overtime to deliver thousands of orders from across the country. Owner and operator Neil Druce says their online business has boomed in the past two years. "I think our postal orders went up 7000 per cent During COVID," he...
Daughter of Hilltops coffee family turns her hand to tea
Food & Wine
If you've lived in Young, Grenfell or anywhere in between, you’d be forgiven for assuming Sienna Capra would gulp her way through mountainous cups of coffee as she churned through her schoolwork during 2020 isolation. The Capra coffee brand Art of Espresso is synonymous with blends of coffee and an ultra-cool café of that name in Young. The Art 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...
When it comes to business, Meredith West is one smart cookie
Business
Meredith West reckons she has the recipe for success: go with your gut feeling, literally, when it comes to good business - and treat those who work with you as if they're family. And if you make something everyone loves, you're clearly a woman of taste. Meredith, who grew up on a farm outside Wagga, runs Dough Re Mi, a...
Clementine Bakery in Yass rises above the rest
Food & Wine
The outside world is discovering what Yass locals and visitors have known since 2020 when it comes to baked goods - Clementine Bakery rises well above the rest. Broadsheet, a national online cultural magazine, recently named Clementine's as one of the nine Best Regional Bakeries Worth Travelling For. "Visit for beautiful sourdough loaves, an outstanding sea salt and rosemary focaccia,...
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...
Celebrations as regional businesses take out NSW Tourism awards
Business
Several southern NSW businesses emerged from the 2021 NSW Tourism Awards bearing medals for their hard work and commitment, but the night was particularly significant for the Eden Visitor Information Centre. The Sapphire Coast centre was bestowed with the Judges’ Tourism Star Award alongside Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Simpson Cottage, which sits in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney. The special accolade acknowledged...
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...
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