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...
Danny’s 20 years of dining supremacy
Community
In the late 1980s when restaurants flourished in Goulburn, one in particular made such a splash it’s still talked about today. The city’s crisp autumn air crackled with excitement when Danny’s Brasserie opened. George Stamatellis, his three sons, Chris, Paul and Phillip, and their uncle, Dennis, were betting everything on their new venture opposite the Goulburn Town Hall. The Paragon...
Canberra winemakers escape frost damage but aren’t clear of danger yet
News
Grapes in the Canberra District wine region appear to have escaped damage from frost on the morning of Monday, 28 September. However, winemakers aren't clear of the danger zone yet, with more frosts predicted to come in October. Ken Helm, from Helm Wines in Murrumbateman, said he watched the temperature drop to zero at 5 am and was in the...
The good oil helping to reinvigorate a Yass landmark
Community
Charlie de la Barre de Nanteuil and his wife Julia are standing in the grand ballroom of their new home, contemplating the future. With its dark wooden floors, Georgian green walls and sweeping balcony with ornate wrought iron railings, the elegant space conjures up a bygone era. And well it might. Charlie and Julia are the new custodians of The...
Clementine Restaurant in Yass offered for sale as owners focus on bakery
Food & Wine
Clementine Restaurant in Yass, an hour's drive from Canberra, is for sale with owners Brooke Sainsbery and Adam Bantock pursing their new venture, a bakery. If someone had told Brooke and Adam five years ago that one day they'd own a bakery, they would have laughed and said they were too busy opening a restaurant, but the COVID-19 pandemic gave...
Have these Crookwell farmers unearthed the state’s best spuds?
Food & Wine
Garry Kadwell and Wentworth Hill have been on a three-year mission to grow the best-tasting spuds and their recent win is encouraging. The Andean Sunrise Potato they planted in the potato growing region of Crookwell about 15 years ago was a gold medallist in the Delicious Harvey Norman Produce Awards announced on 20 August. It was also the only single...
Fireside Festival to reinvigorate wineries in Canberra District
What's On
Canberra District wineries crushed by drought, bushfires and COVID-19 are hopeful the upcoming Fireside Festival, from 14-31 August, will deliver a much-needed boost for business. The festival will go ahead despite COVID-19 restrictions, with limited capacity at events and visitors required to book beforehand. Events open to large gatherings, such as the Fireside tasting market, have been cancelled. Vineyards, cellar...
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