An Appetite for Excellence – Bermagui’s Young Restaurateur of the Year Finalist
Food & Wine
Hannah Abraham took the reins of her first restaurant, Il Passaggio, on April Fool's Day in 2017. At the age of twenty-seven, with the support of her family and outgoing owners Honor and Tim Northam, she felt ready to take up the challenge. And it would seem that her hard work has paid dividends, being nominated as one of the finalists for...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Take pleasure in your chooks
Community
Add up all the world’s cats and dogs, cows and pigs and there would still be more chickens. Toss in every rat on earth and the chook still rules. More than 20 billion chickens live on our planet, three for every human alive, and numbers are increasing. Chooks are popping up in more and more backyards, schools and nursing homes......
Warming Winter breakfasts on clever coastal menus
Food & Wine
Many of us crave different foods throughout the seasons. In winter my heart sings at the thought of slow-cooked baked beans, or long-time stirred oats and porridge smothered with maple syrup or honey and loaded with healthy fruits, seeds, nuts and milk. Some of Bega Valley's cafes have been very clever and created heart-warming winter menus to keep us healthy...
The best cheese toasties in the Bega Valley, memories are made of this!
Food & Wine
What makes the perfect toasted cheese sandwich? It's a big question with many possible responses. It has much to do with the bread used, but then is there's the butter applied to the outside pre and post-toasting. How dark and how flat. How much cheese and is it melted through? Then there is the smoky crunch of cheese that has...
Merimbula cafe embraces the messy unpredictability of parenthood
Business
It's telling that after spending an hour or so in Merimbula's parent-and-child friendly cafe and activity space, The Daisy Lounge, I walk out without paying for my coffee and croissant. Owners Deanna and Brendan Reynolds are so at ease in the space and its open, relaxed atmosphere that I feel I'm in a friend's home. A mop and dustpan and...
Perisher chef returns to where he fell in order to stand again
Community
"In Taiwan, we say stand up from where you are falling," says Shen Lo. It's taken three years, but Shen, 28, has recently returned to where he fell during a serious snowboarding accident in 2016 to reclaim the life which was interrupted. The 2019 ski season brings Shen back to Perisher and a job as a chef at The Sundeck Hotel....
Truffling with your tastebuds in a winter feast for the senses
Food & Wine
It's -4.8 C, and our young pup, some sort of poodle/labrador rearrangement of genes, is confused: her water bowl is behaving strangely. While she ponders her canine physics problem, I’m looking out at the vast whiteness of a deep June frost and can’t get truffles out of my head. While we have a few trees with spore on their roots,...
Lunch options at Festival of Open Minds. Feed your mind and body!
What's On
Audience feedback from the Festival of Open Minds last year revolved around food. "You have fed my mind but what about my tummy?" was the sentiment expressed by many of the 350 people who attended. Bega was unprepared for that many people at lunchtime. This year, side by side with building a fantastic program of speakers, we have been working on...
A festival of the ‘Best of Days’ this weekend celebrates local food
Food & Wine
Australians love to celebrate Christmas in July, particularly in the cooler regions where the frost snaps at the heels of the rose hips and brings on the sweet flavour of citrus and root vegetables. Christmas in July has become such a popular event that it is almost now a tradition in its own right. And that’s not surprising - winter is the best...
Award-winning Nick O’Leary in expansive mood with plans to double size of winery
Food & Wine
Nick O’Leary has produced some of the very best cool climate wines across the Canberra region, winning multiple awards along the way. What’s more rewarding to Nick, well beyond the trophies and accolades, is the support from restaurants, independent liquor stores and individual wine lovers. “We wouldn’t be here today without them,” says Nick. Situated in the picturesque Hall Valley,...
Three bakers and a bright bird spark up Harden
Community
A blue and gold macaw called Esmay and Campos coffee surprise weary travellers in Jackson’s brick-paved courtyard at Harden. For people who live in small towns and villages west of Canberra, the bigger surprise is three bakers under one roof. In 2013 Trent Jackson, a carpenter from Yass who switched trades to become a baker, joined his wife Nicole in...
Boutique vineyard and home for sale in the heart of Bega Valley
Property
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning your own vineyard among rolling green hills then a property for sale for $699,000 in the heart of the Bega Valley could make all your wishes come true. Featured on River Cottage Australia, as well as local and Canberra region marketing campaigns, the 25-acre property at 46 Terlich Road, Verona, comes with a renovated...
ANU research: An extra burger meal a day eats the brain away
Health & Wellbeing
The average person eats many more calories than they did 50 years ago - equivalent to an extra fast-food burger meal every day – and this is having devastating results for our brains as well as our waistlines, according to an Australian National University health expert. Professor Nicolas Cherbuin, the lead author of new research published in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology,...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Protecting your girls from predators
Community
Chickens are such important critters in our lives, which makes dealing with predators a priority. It’s up to you to protect your chickens and it all starts with physical chicken coop security. But who are the predators? Snakes, goannas, quolls, hawks and eagles are common but no hunter is as efficient a killer as the fox. Foxes are stealthy, tricky,...
Bungendore’s Christophe Gregoire, President of Escoffier Association
Food & Wine
Christophe Gregoire from Les Tres Bon Restaurant in Bungendore has been honoured with the position of President of Escoffier Association Australia at a ceremony in Singapore. In a prestigious ceremony at The Fullerton Hotel, Mr Gregoire was among fellow chefs including eleven presidents from eleven different Escoffier delegations in the Asia - Pacific region. The chefs were tasked with preparing...
Could this be Batemans Bay’s answer to Moruya’s SAGE Market?
Business
Nelligen has been a humble start for self-taught farmer Jess O'Shea whose dream is to replicate Moruya's SAGE Market in Batemans Bay. Jess started growing veggies at her mum’s old farm in Termeil and needed somewhere to sell them, but couldn't make it down to Moruya every week so she decided to start her own market. "SAGE have a really...
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