Hot in the City: Pronto delivers a slice of Italy to Queanbeyan
Food & Wine
When it comes to food in Queanbeyan, most people think of good pub grub, and it’s true, there are some great pubs dishing up Australia's best pub-style food in a town that's quickly expanding and transforming. But Queanbeyan has a growing number of great and diverse restaurants, including its newest addition - a little slice of Italy known as Pronto....
Justin Hemmes set to bring city chic to Narooma
Food & Wine
When Justin Hemmes joined our 11 am interview via Facetime, I expected him to be sitting inside a flash Sydney office. Instead, he appeared at ease in a sunny room at his Glasshouse Rocks property in Narooma which he purchased in 2015. Some were surprised by the hotel billionaire's recent move onto the unspoilt coastal town's bar scene, but for...
Leeton entrepreneur acquires Royal Hotel and Clubhouse Hotel in Yass
News
The owner of Leeton Hotel in the Riverina has stepped out of the region and purchased the Clubhouse Hotel, Royal Hotel and Bottlemart in Yass, in the Southern Tablelands, for an undisclosed sum. Golden Crown Hotels, which also owns Yenda Hotel and Yanco Hotel in the Riverina, purchased the venues together and took over ownership on 22 June, 2021. The...
Merivale to open paddock-to-plate bistro pop-up at The Whale Inn in Narooma
Food & Wine
No more than three weeks into its ownership of The Whale Inn and Restaurant in Narooma and Merivale has revealed exciting plans for the coastal venue. Later this month, The Whale Inn will play host to an intimate paddock-to-plate bistro pop-up run by Moruya locals and chefs Elsa Marie and Julian May of Chez Dominique. 'Chez Dominique at The Whale'...
Braidwood Bakery moving to new home after 89 years
Food & Wine
After 89 years, Braidwood Bakery is set to move from its home at 99 Wallace Street to a new, larger building down the road later this year. Bakery owner Keith Woodman said he's waiting on council approval to start construction and hopes to have the new bakery ready in time for Christmas. Currently, the new site at 87-91 Lascelles Street is...
Oyster fest champ ‘Doody’ Dennis shaping a sustainable seafood industry
Food & Wine
Narooma Oyster Festival champion Gerard 'Doody' Dennis has been given a pearler of an opportunity to help shape the future of Australia's sustainable seafood industry by taking part in a national leadership program. The Batemans Bay resident is one of 18 aspiring leaders from the Australian seafood sector chosen to participate in this year’s National Seafood Industry Leadership Program. A key member...
Paul West rolls up his sleeves for Sapphire Coast’s pie month
Food & Wine
Get your napkins ready! It's time to celebrate the humble pie! And for the first time, Pie Time is branching out beyond the Southern Highlands to include Bungendore, Pambula, Braidwood, Bermagui, Merimbula and Kiama. Given a meat pie has become a road trip must-have, pie makers and bakers throughout the region have been busy creating unique and mouth-watering pies to tempt...
Three winter festivals to celebrate the best that west of the mountains has to offer
What's On
As winter descends on the Snowy Mountains, people are being asked to grab their warmest beanies and head west to take a bite out of the best the Snowy Valleys has to offer. Three festivals focused on food, wine and music have been arranged for the winter months of June, July and August to help buoy towns so heavily impacted...
A caffeine hit for a downright good cause in Yass
Food & Wine
It's no surprise that Aussies are fiends for caffeine. In fact, some people would even go as far to suggest we are downright snobs about what's in our coffee cup. But how many of us ever sit down and think about where a good brew comes from? When Yass locals Daniel and Toni Neuhaus set off to travel the world and...
South Coast farmers’ markets boom as customers flock to buy local, sustainable produce
Community
Farmers' markets are becoming an increasingly common place for NSW South Coast locals to buy their fresh produce, with both Moruya and Bega's weekly events reporting increases in trade. A recent economic impact study by SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya claims it received a 28 per cent jump in sales in five years, and delivered a combined economic benefit to...
Hot in the country: discover The Baker at Sutton
Food & Wine
Sutton’s bakery is not big on self-promotion.  In fact, a quick Google search can leave you wondering, "Who is The Baker at Sutton?" While its website is like a baker’s Pinterest board, revealing photo after photo of perfectly baked sourdoughs, Danish pastries oozing with boysenberries, and cakes you want to stick a fork into, there’s nothing about its people. So...
The Institutions: Queanbeyan’s Melita Coffee Lounge still going strong after 33 years
Food & Wine
The unassuming cafe on Queanbeyan’s busiest street wouldn’t win any awards for its décor. Beige walls completely unadulterated by pictures, a smattering of bare wooden tables and chairs lining its periphery, and a drinks fridge and a small display of cakes and slices at the service counter are pretty much the shape of things as you step inside Melita Coffee...
Meet the Makers: Try the seasonal Winemaker’s Sail at Yarrh Wines
Food & Wine
The Canberra District is fast becoming a significant wine region in Australia, with more than 140 vineyards producing an exceptional line up of wine varieties. Many people are aware of the bigger names, but there are a growing number of hidden gems among more than 30 cellar doors in the region. One of them is Yarrh Wines. Yarrh Wines is...
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