Resilience the key to Lake George Winery thriving despite a tough year
Food & Wine
The devastating bushfires during Christmas in 2019 may not have threatened the Lake George Winery directly, but smoke affected 80 per cent of their crop, making it unusable for winemaking. Undeterred, owners Sarah and Anthony McDougall put the smoke-affected grapes to good use, feeding sugar gliders and other native animals, and supplying buckets of grapes to the Canberra's National Zoo...
Regional grape crops irreparably damaged from recent summer of smoke
News
Any hopes of a 2020 vintage from Tumbarumba, Hilltops, Gundagai or Canberra appearing on a shop shelf near you have just about gone up in smoke in the past two months. As vignerons endured extreme drought, fires became their next nemesis, particularly for those close to Canberra and Tumbarumba. Those who survived the flames were faced with another formidable foe...
Yes Cheese: self-sufficient cheesemaker comes into her own
Food & Wine
Amateur beekeepers, home bread bakers and champion cheesemakers are drawing on their self-sufficiency expertise during a time of supermarket rationing and an unexpected spike in the hours we are spending at home and in the kitchen. And when the current crisis passes and we can all meet again, you might like to do so over a block of blue with...
Canberra distilleries get into the spirit of sanitiser
Community
Canberra's distilleries are literally getting into the spirit of the times by turning their products into ethanol for use as hand sanitiser by health services workers at the frontline of the COVID-19 virus. Tim Reardon from The Canberra Distillery told Region Media his production line is now 100 per cent ethanol (pure alcohol). On Friday (27 March), his staff were busy...
From Batemans Bay to Eden, eateries deliver hearty community health and happiness
Food & Wine
The 'world as we know it' is no longer, and continues to morph every day. With many of us self-isolating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and recent announcements by Federal and State Governments enforcing social distancing, many of our local eateries have closed their doors indefinitely. However, some businesses are thinking outside the box. Hoping to maintain staff and trade,...
Celebrity chefs travel the South Coast to lend their help and share smiles
Community
A cheer went up as three recognisable blokes were spotted heading down the hill on foot towards Eastwoods in Bermagui last Wednesday evening. Hundreds of locals had set up at tables and on rugs, arriving at Eastwood's Cafe by foot, bike, car and golf buggy from 5:00 in the afternoon, groups of friends celebrating together. Kelly Eastwood came straight from...
South Coast Food Festival highlights bounty and heals hearts
Community
Smiles abounded at Merimbula’s Fishpen Cove. The Annual ‘Festival of the Small Dish’ EAT Merimbula was packed with hungry people by 10:30 am with more streaming in along the beautiful lakeside promenades, perusing the dozens of stalls. At 10:01 am exactly, the Town Crier began, an oyster punt skippered by Captain Sponge floated past loaded with impressive Taiko Drummers complete with...
Merimbula pulls out all the stops for EAT and new craft beer fest
What's On
Autumn events along the South Coast have taken on new importance this year after businesses lost essential holiday revenue during a long and destructive fire season. The South Coast needs you to show up and help get our local communities back on their feet - and they'll make it worth your while! From 6 to 8 March, EAT Merimbula, an...
‘Tough times’: Consumers urged to support local growers
Community
While the smoke has cleared and the rain has finally come, that is not the end of the problems for our farmers. Supply has become a big issue for fruit and vegetable producers. ARC Organics proprietor Claire Stewart said there is simply not enough stock to meet demand at present. "The drought was hitting the supply of fruit and vegetables...
Smoke, hail and heat hit 2020 vintage but winemakers see glass half full
News
The ACT and NSW wine industries are expecting an economic hit in the hundreds of millions of dollars after a season of bushfires and smoke taint, record temperatures and a devastating hail storm, but the industry has stressed that they are still open for business. Executive officer of the NSW Wine Industry Association Angus Barnes told Region Media that the...
Seven crazy good coffee stops from Mogo to Narooma
Food & Wine
Jack and the Beanstore 2 Tomakin Rd, Mogo @jackandthebeanstore Poor old Mogo took a beating during the recent bushfires and a visit will certainly help lift local spirits. Just off the highway at 2 Tomakin Rd is a cute little retro Viscount caravan from 1963 serving good things like coffee created by friendly baristas from locally roasted beans. Mogo pies,...
Blessed are the cheese makers, and the Tilba dairy queen will show you the whey
Food & Wine
Erica Dibden and her husband Nic run Tilba Real Dairy, deep in the green-hearted hills of Tilba, NSW. Erica, with her passion for nutrition and food provenance, has developed an intensive cheese-making workshop, which she runs in the kitchen of her farm's homestead, precisely where she taught herself these skills many years ago. As a wife and mother, Erica has...
Tumbarumba fires up for festival with Kate Ceberano
What's On
If you like music, wine, food and a shady spot by the creek, there’s never been a better time to head to the hills to support fire-affected communities than the weekend of February 21 and 22. Yes, the mountains are calling and Tumbarumba is your destination where, for two days of the year, music lulls up to 5000 visitors into...
Anxious wait for winemakers to see if smoke has impacted harvest
Food & Wine
With bushfire smoke regularly choking Canberra, there are concerns the flow-on could affect this year's wine harvest from vineyards in the capital region. When vineyards and grapes are exposed to high levels of smoke, wines can be left with a smoky, burnt or ashy taste known as 'smoke taint', according to the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). Ken Helm from...
Oyster bounty from South Coast waters unlikely to be affected by ash
Food & Wine
A layer of black ash from bushfires has settled on the far south coast, coating cars, gardens, streets, homes. It has been floating ominously on the surface of our oceans and settling slowly onto the seafloor. But it's not as bad as it looks. News from the NSW Food Authority's Shellfish Program, and feedback from many growers on our South...
New owner of Moruya Icecream Parlour keeps a cool head through fires
Community
Summer is usually peak business time for the South Coast of NSW, but the bushfire emergency has turned the region into a virtual war zone. One man has stepped into the fray and was quick to turn his hand to help out Moruya residents and emergency personnel. Shawn Gehrig moved from North Queensland arriving in Moruya on 20th December, having...
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