International accolades for North of Eden’s micro-distillery gin
Food & Wine
A Bega Valley micro-gin distillery has picked up an additional two international awards despite being impacted by a horror season of bushfires. In a rollercoaster year, North of Eden's small-batch gins, The Classic and The Connoisseur, have won a medal each from this year’s San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The Classic claimed silver and The Connoisseur took a bronze medal. The...
Three produce awards for Far South Coast oysters
Food & Wine
The state winners of the 2020 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards were announced on Monday, 18 May and three Far South Coast oyster producers are winners in the "sea" category. Mimosa Rock Oysters won for the first time – with The Boxer oyster – while Tathra Oysters were at it again with their 5 Year Old Bistro Grade, and Wapengo Rocks have won...
Pubs, clubs and outdoor facilities reopened, but caution urged
News
Pubs, clubs and outdoor facilities in the Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council have reopened today (15 May), albeit with limits of 10 people at a time. However, publicans are not expecting hordes of Canberrans crossing the border in search of a beer and pub meal. Following an increase in testing for COVID-19 and no new cases being recorded in the region, the...
If you bought the flour, making sourdough is the yeast you can do
Food & Wine
When COVID-19 hit, supermarket shelves were emptied of toilet paper, hand sanitiser, pasta and ... flour? Really? Flour? No one bakes these days. Not when you can pick up a loaf from the supermarket for $4. But it's not the real thing, so faced with some time working from home, I faced up to the challenge of sourdough -- proper...
New online marketplace gets local products in front of bigger audience
Business
In early March, on the long drive back to the Bega Valley from her seasonal job running an ecolodge on Christmas Island, which closed due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Jess Bray wondered how she could find opportunities in what appeared to be a bleak future. "One thing I love when I'm in the Bega Valley area is going to the...
Between a rock and a taste place – this year, take the Narooma Oyster Festival home
Food & Wine
For lovers of the NSW South Coast, the taste of freshly shucked oysters might be the most evocative taste. However, oyster aficionados from the across the state's southeast may have missed their fill because of the past summer's bushfires and now COVID-19 restrictions. With the Narooma Oyster Festival cancelled this year, oyster lovers are encouraged to enjoy their fill at...
Glass half full, winemaker takes tasting online
Food & Wine
Wine tasting in my trackies at home? You had me at merlot. One Canberra winemaker has decided to keep your glass half full and offer Australians the unique chance to taste wine online. When bushfire smoke blanketed the region during the past summer, Ironcutter Wine's 2020 Riesling and shiraz vintages had to be dumped so the company introduced mail-out tasting packs...
Borrowed Ground for veggie growers’ startup
Food & Wine
Ever dreamed of starting an earthy business on the coast? Well, this young couple are doing just that. Alex Chiswell and Eliza Cannon have leased – or 'borrowed ground' – four acres on the Moruya river-flats to start a small-scale market garden, Borrowed Ground, based on organic and regenerative principles. Their idea has firmly taken off with a Pozible crowdfunding...
The stars in southern tablelands’ crown
Food & Wine
The timing could not have been better for the Young district than a visit from Ed Halmagyi of Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens, whose food segment on the district aired nationwide on Good Friday night. If you didn’t live there you’d immediately want to be there as this showcase of some of the Hilltops’ finest produce was filmed, post rain,...
Grape expectations: South West Slopes winemakers step up in the face of adversity
Food & Wine
Never have 33 bottles of wine meant so much to so many on the NSW South West Slopes. But those 33 bottles of wine hold the hopes and dreams of dozens of winemakers from Tumbarumba, Canberra and Hilltops as they sit in London. Waiting. But if there was a person to wait for it’s got to be Jancis Robinson, the...
Corowa distillery turns to production of hand sanitiser to address community demand during COVID-19
Community
The Druce family of Ardlethan, in southwest NSW, are masters of innovation, and their Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory is a sweet and lasting reminder of that. During these times when the health of the nation is challenged due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of us are sitting in idle isolation, you’d be forgiven for turning to the immune...
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,...
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