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...
Moppity Vineyards toasts $5 million Barton Highway development
Food & Wine
A well-established wine producer in southern NSW has been given the green light to build a $5 million winery, cellar door, restaurant and warehouse at the gateway to Canberra’s wine region. Moppity Vineyards owns 395 acres of vineyards in Young and Tumbarumba, producing wines including shiraz, riesling, chardonnay and cabernet, but its grapes are processed by other wineries. Now the company hopes to...
French for a day: eating snails and driving a Peugeot
Motoring
I know this is cheesy, but I have a French car to test and will be taking it to a French restaurant. The car in question is the new Peugeot 508 GT Sportswagon and the restaurant is Le Tres Bon in Bungendore. Region Media's Genevieve Jacobs provided a snap-shot of the quaint town in her video tour a few weeks...
Ripe return for winemakers in Hilltops and Canberra during harvest
Food & Wine
Grape harvest may mean early starts and long nights in the vineyard, but that won't dampen the optimism of growers and winemakers in Hilltops and Canberra during the coming weeks. Vintage 2021 has officially commenced in both regions and many people are predicting bumper crops. It's a dramatic turnaround after drought and smoke from the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires dropped...
Visit Braidwood … and take home a gourmet souvenir
Food & Wine
Braidwood’s farming community and local producers make the most of the region's cool climate by offering a plethora of fresh produce and gourmet goods you won't find anywhere else. Looking for a gourmet souvenir to take home after you visit this gorgeous heritage-listed town? Here’s our pick of the bunch, and tips on where you can get your hands on...
Margaret’s brainchild guides visitors along a high country trail
Food & Wine
It’s the apple of Batlow’s eye, and there are high hopes a new self-guided High Country Cider, Wine and Food Trail will help clinch the Snowy Valley town’s spot on visitors' agendas in coming months. The freshly minted idea is the brainchild of one of Batlow's long-time residents, Margaret Sedgwick, and it comes in the form of a map currently...
Yes, Yass has a cheese competition and you can enter
Food & Wine
Cheese wouldn’t be the first thing people associate with Yass. Instead, the 30 or so wineries surrounding this regional NSW town are far more likely to spring to mind. Nevertheless, it’s hard to find a better pairing than cheese and wine, and there’s a growing group of Yass Valley cheesemakers coming into their own and warranting a local cheese competition....
Make Valentine’s Day perfectly romantic on the NSW South Coast
What's On
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and if you haven't thought of a romantic surprise yet, the NSW South Coast has a plethora of food, wine, tours, experiences and activities, and the region's hospitality venues and businesses, which suffered through a year of fires, floods and plague, are ready to make your day extra romantic. Why not start your day with...
Sue’s big plans to bring South Coast cheese factory back to life
Food & Wine
When Brigadier Sue Melotte considered her retirement, the ACT woman approached it with all the planning and precision that stood her in good stead as the Department of Defence Director General Logistics Systems. She knew whatever she chose would have to be a passion; a project that would challenge, but not consume her. "I'd been looking to buy something down the...
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