Oyster farmers pray to stay afloat during Christmas
News
The thought of fresh Aussie oysters on the table at Christmas is a delicious image, however oyster farmers on the NSW South Coast need rain to hold off during the coming weeks if they are to satisfy the nation's insatiable hunger. It's been a long year for people on the Clyde River with bushfires, COVID-19 and rain impacting business. The...
New Gourmet Coast food trail will offer an authentic taste of the south
Food & Wine
Dreaming of Perigord truffles, a rich and creamy camembert or a Mediterranean-style seafood platter accompanied by a jaunty little Verdelho? The good news is that you don’t need to head to France, Spain or Portugal to satisfy your craving. All this, and much more, is available on our doorstep, and a new gourmet food trail will make it easier than...
Head to the Hilltops, it’s cherry season!
Food & Wine
In the Hilltops region, locals know that several things denote the start to cherry harvest. One is erratically parked cars. Another is hordes of disorientated people wandering the streets. And best of all is the proliferation of everything cherry in the town. Cherry pies. Cherry jams. Cherry wines. Cherry merchandise. Cherry ice-cream. A cherry festival. Pip the Cherry. Welcome to...
Mimosa Wines changes hands, but they’re keeping it in the family
Food & Wine
A lot has changed at Mimosa Wines since Gail and Glenn Butson bought 23o acres of coastal bushland midway along Tathra-Bermagui Road in the late 1970s. "It was a beef farm with a fibro shack on it back then," smiles Gail. Now Gail and Glenn are ready to sell up, but the sprawling property will stay in the family, with...
The hunt is on! Who will be Eurobodalla’s best latte artist?
Arts & Culture
Eurobodalla Shire Council is on the hunt for the region's best artistic barista at the inaugural Eurobodalla Latte Art Championship in Moruya on Thursday, 12 November, as part of the Taste Eurobodalla event running through November. Council’s events coordinator, Tegan Benfield, said Taste Eurobodalla has all the right ingredients to get foodies and caffeine lovers integrating with the shire’s producers...
Farmers land on their feet at Burrill’s new markets
What's On
Retired regional journalist Niree Creed is, with the help of Ulladulla Milton Lions Club, helping farmers in southeast NSW get back on their feet after a challenging year plagued by drought, bushfires, floods and an unprecedented pandemic. Niree fell in love with farming during her days as a reporter with ABC's half-hour regional television program, Cross Country. READ ALSO: SAS Australia...
Kameruka cheesemakers continue history at Niagara Lane
Community
The Bega Valley's iconic history of cheesemaking continues thanks in part to Kameruka cheesemakers Lisa Kremmer and Wayne White, whose small outfit is located on Niagara Lane, opposite the site of a historical cheese factory. "As far as we know, the Niagara Lane factory was one of three cheese factories in Kameruka and it operated into the 1960s and 1970s...
Great southern wines shine as trophies are handed out
Food & Wine
When drought, bushfire and then plague appeared like three horsemen of the apocalypse to the vignerons of the ACT and southern NSW earlier this year, who’d have imagined they’d be outshone by a fourth with a Midas touch. But last week – one that promised and delivered sunshine, warmth and, then, rainfall – a gathering of vintners and vignerons on...
Meet the Makers: black garlic producer John Pye
Food & Wine
John Pye is a man who hates waste. So after 15 years as a garlic farmer, faced with discarding the imperfect bulbs that would almost certainly be rejected by consumers, things were starting to grate. What to do with all that wasted produce became a preoccupation. At first, John experimented with smoked garlic, but without much of a market for...
Murrumbateman’s Yarrh Wines turns year around with new cellar door experience
Food & Wine
It has been a year of loss and isolation for Canberra region winegrowers but, like the vines themselves, green shoots of recovery are emerging. One of the region's most popular wine destinations, Yarrh Wines at Murrumbateman, took stock after the loss of the 2020 vintage to bushfire smoke and then during the COVID-19 restrictions to re-think its cellar door offering...
Hilltops wines strike gold in NSW Wine Awards
Food & Wine
It's a big week ahead for the makers and drinkers of Hilltops wine as attention turns to the International Convention Centre in Sydney to see who takes out trophies in the 2020 NSW Wine Awards. The Hilltops wine region is based around Boorowa, Harden and Young, just two hours northwest of Canberra and boasts around 20 vineyards producing cool-climate grapes...
Award-winning former Zanzibar team flex their mussels at Banksia Restaurant in Pambula
Food & Wine
With international travel off the menu for the foreseeable future, it’s hardly surprising that many of us are taking to the road to explore our own backyard. The time and money normally spent on foreign holidays is being funnelled back into the domestic economy – COVID-19 restrictions permitting – and it’s a shot in the arm for the beleaguered hospitality...
Everybody loves Raymond as iconic restaurant reopens
Food & Wine
At 75, Raymond Ng is not letting a natural disaster stop him doing what he loves – cooking up a storm for patrons in his iconic NSW South Coast restaurant. Raymond's Chinese Restaurant has been an institution in Batemans Bay for more than 30 years and its namesake is determined the firestorm that engulfed Malua Bay on New Year's Eve 2019...
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