Preserving history proves a sweet reward for John Buckmaster
Community
You know you're a real local when they name a bridge after your family. But for John Buckmaster, 82, from Yass, there's arguably an even higher honour: being known as the region's best jam and preserve maker, with enough ribbons, rosettes, cards, certificates and sashes to wallpaper his house. It helps that the Buckmaster property, 'Chilton', also boasted one of...
Here’s cheers: Goulburn winery sells for $2.3m – and picks up gong
Business
Successful Sydney restaurateur John Gebran was looking for his "next best thing" when he came across Goulburn's boutique Kingsdale Wines. He had been looking at properties in wine country to the country's north and south, but hadn't found what he was after. "I had sold a few things and was looking for  something new - and I work on the...
Nostalgic nights at Jameson’s On the Pier
Food & Wine
In the 1990s, back when going out to a restaurant was something we took for granted, there was still something special about a night at Jameson's On the Pier. As the only truly waterfront restaurant in Batemans Bay, Jameson's was the place for celebrations - engagements, wedding anniversaries, birthdays and date nights were all marked by lunch or dinner literally...
A sweet surprise: Robyn Rowe retires but her chocolates and name will live on
Community
What's in a name? A lot, according to Yasmin Coe, who will retain the Robyn Rowe Chocolates name cherished for nearly two decades by Yass Valley residents. The chocolatier and her husband, former ACT Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, purchased the popular business, separate four-bedroom cottage and surrounding 9.6 hectares on Nanima Road in Murrumbateman in May 2021. Yasmin says the...
Fun with cooking? Just roast me now
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If it doesn't already say it in the Bible, it should: beware of "friends" bearing cookbooks. And if one of those cookbooks says Fun With Cooking, featuring a scowling child underneath, complete with a hair part that looks to have been dragged back by a heavy instrument - but with matching hair ribbons still in place - head for the hills....
Jane and Jay’s edible flowers are inspiring chefs, florists and cafes
Community
Peonies, dahlias, roses and geraniums – they're pretty to look at, but did you know they're also edible? Jane Penders and Jay Dryden are building a life from their edible-flower farm, Cloudland Flower Farm, near Gunning in the NSW Southern Tablelands and inspiring chefs, florists and cafes along the way. Jane is a full-time public servant who relishes the weekends when...
Famed country baker shares recipe for success
Community
There's a famed cookery competition that's not for the faint of heart - nor cold of oven. It's the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW's Rich Fruit Cake (RFC) competition - and if you score a Highly Commended in it, you're entitled to hang up your tea towel forever. Lesley Cox of Yass could, but everyone who has ever tasted anything...
Olive growers enjoy their moment in the sunshine as appetite for the good oil grows
Food & Wine
If you're looking for the good oil then look no further. In just 10 years Australian olive oil has transformed from a cottage industry to large agribusiness placing $1.5 million in growers' pockets. This transformation has come about, quite simply, by Australians buying Australian. However, Australians couldn't buy Australian olive oil without people such as David and John Hannaford of Hannaford...
BentSpoke goes where no brewery has gone before: space
Food & Wine
One small flight for a balloon, one giant leap for beer lovers everywhere. BentSpoke Brewing Co has recently gone where no brewery dared go before – to collect yeast from space to brew the aptly named Astro Beer. The out-of-this-world expedition was all thanks to a partnership between the Canberra brewery and Australian aerospace company SuperSky Engineering, and a National Science...
All steam ahead as North of Eden picks up bronze for The Commissioning Gin
Food & Wine
A popular Sapphire Coast distillery has another award to add to its list of achievements, this time for a gin crafted using oyster shells and made in collaboration with the navy. North of Eden was awarded a bronze medal at the 2021 International Wine and Spirits Competition for its bespoke The Commissioning Gin. It's another outstanding achievement for the micro-distillery...
Initiative uniting quality food and wine on Far South Coast given $315k boost
Business
An initiative that aims to make the NSW Far South Coast as recognisable as the Barossa Valley when it comes to the production of quality produce has been given a massive financial boost by state and federal governments. Launched in 2020, the Gourmet Coast Trail is a collective marketing initiative – primarily a website that promotes quality food businesses and experiences...
Gundaroo Colonial Inn closes for the first time in more than a century
News
Gundaroo Colonial Inn owner George Nicola has promised to reopen after the doors to the heritage pub closed this week (14 July) for the first time in more than a century. Aged in his late 60s, Mr Nicola has hired managers to run the Inn over the past few years but said it wasn't working out with current publican Chris...
Hot in the City: Pronto delivers a slice of Italy to Queanbeyan
Food & Wine
When it comes to food in Queanbeyan, most people think of good pub grub, and it’s true, there are some great pubs dishing up Australia's best pub-style food in a town that's quickly expanding and transforming. But Queanbeyan has a growing number of great and diverse restaurants, including its newest addition - a little slice of Italy known as Pronto....
Justin Hemmes set to bring city chic to Narooma
Food & Wine
When Justin Hemmes joined our 11 am interview via Facetime, I expected him to be sitting inside a flash Sydney office. Instead, he appeared at ease in a sunny room at his Glasshouse Rocks property in Narooma which he purchased in 2015. Some were surprised by the hotel billionaire's recent move onto the unspoilt coastal town's bar scene, but for...
Leeton entrepreneur acquires Royal Hotel and Clubhouse Hotel in Yass
News
The owner of Leeton Hotel in the Riverina has stepped out of the region and purchased the Clubhouse Hotel, Royal Hotel and Bottlemart in Yass, in the Southern Tablelands, for an undisclosed sum. Golden Crown Hotels, which also owns Yenda Hotel and Yanco Hotel in the Riverina, purchased the venues together and took over ownership on 22 June, 2021. The...
Merivale to open paddock-to-plate bistro pop-up at The Whale Inn in Narooma
Food & Wine
No more than three weeks into its ownership of The Whale Inn and Restaurant in Narooma and Merivale has revealed exciting plans for the coastal venue. Later this month, The Whale Inn will play host to an intimate paddock-to-plate bistro pop-up run by Moruya locals and chefs Elsa Marie and Julian May of Chez Dominique. 'Chez Dominique at The Whale'...
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