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...
How two social entrepreneurs came to purchase Binalong’s iconic Old Produce Store
Community
After travelling more than 75,000 kilometres around Australia working with communities on topics ranging from entrepreneurship to gender equality, Mikhara Ramsing and Elise Stephenson were looking for a change of pace when Elise's work sent her to Canberra. Having spent the last few years in rural Australia, the couple shunned the idea of living in the nation's capital and looked...
EAT Festival returns bigger and better as a ‘true foodie event’ on the Sapphire Coast
What's On
While the Sapphire Coast is already a food-lovers paradise, the EAT Festival in March will showcase its delicious range of produce and treats to one and all. "The countryside around the Sapphire Coast is lush, green and natural, so all the produce that comes from our region is beautiful," EAT Festival committee member Natalie Godward said. "It's about as fresh...
‘It’s our dream’: Broulee Brewhouse brings new popular hangout area to the Eurobodalla
Food & Wine
What started as an idea from two mates has turned into a popular destination as two families come together to solve an issue in the Eurobodalla Shire - the lack of spots to hang out and have a drink. Mark Brain and Rodney Quinton would regularly play tennis and the main conversation afterwards was that there was nowhere for them...
Swap-and-go coffee cup scheme spreading across the region
News
It's the sustainable swap-and-go coffee cup system already available in the ACT and Snowy Monaro, and quickly spreading across the Capital Region. Green Caffeen launched in Queanbeyan on Friday 28 January and the Eurobodalla, Snowy Valleys and Wingecarribee local government areas are set to follow later this year. A South Coast start-up, Green Caffeen uses recycled plastic to make reusable...
Nabiha’s cooking up kindness from her Wagga cafe
Food & Wine
In the well-lit eatery, its counter covered high with culinary delights, three assistants appear. One, an apron-clad petite lady, comes forward. Welcome to Nabiha Koriaty’s Kitchen in Wagga Wagga. From a family-sized table covered in coloured cloth and plastic, Nabiha looks up with smiling eyes and begins to retell her story – one of hard work, love and devotion. Born...
Street dining arrives in Queanbeyan’s CBD
Food & Wine
Queanbeyan's Crawford Street has become the new home for outdoor dining in the region. The 'Crawford Street Activation' is a Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council-run initiative, which kicked off on Thursday (20 January). The Council has placed cable-drum tables and colourful seating along the street. The idea is to encourage the community to enjoy outdoor dining and meeting places in the Queanbeyan...
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