Here’s cheers to Grong Grong and the locals who bought their own pub
Community
The noise was deafening at the other end of the Royal Hotel's phone. The bloke who answered didn't work there. He'd just come in for a beverage and had been roped in to refill the drinks fridge because business was so brisk. The Grong Grong hotel, built in 1875,  was doing a roaring trade on Australia Day, thanks to a...
Bodalla Dairy Shed ice cream brings flavours of the bush to the milk bar
Food & Wine
In the late 1800s, the South Coast town of Bodalla was at the forefront of Australia's dairy industry but when Sandra McCuaig’s family moved there in 1989 all the factories had closed and milk from local farms was sent away to be processed at inland facilities. In 2008, Sandra decided it was time to revive the local dairy industry and...
Murrumbateman Vineyards take stock of damage after freak hail storm
News
The hail storm that passed over Canberra last week (4 January), wreaked havoc in Belconnen and left thousands of households without power. But as it left the suburbs and travelled north, the storm continued to cause damage, which will have long-lasting effects on some vineyards in the Murrumbateman region. Sarah Collingwood from Four Winds Vineyard says the storm lasted only...
2021 Year in Review: A dozen food and wine stories to sink your teeth into
Food & Wine
2021 may have been the year of the air fryer but, when it comes to food and wine, it seems the palates of About Regional readers are far more sophisticated. From a food-lovers guide to Bungendore, to truffles, cider and sweet treats, we had it all. Pour yourself something cold and enjoy a taste of a dozen of our favourites from...
Ahoy, me hearties! Seafood towers and all-day cocktails are hidden treasures at Corrigans Cove
Food & Wine
Driving over the new Batemans Bay bridge for the first time and looking out over the Clyde River, I had a hankering for some fresh, fat local oysters. The South Coast is renowned for its fresh seafood and Sydney Rock Oysters are by far my fav. So when I pre-ordered the seafood tower for my husband and I the day...
Oysters still on the menu for Christmas but New Year’s looking doubtful
News
South Coast oysters are still on the menu for Christmas but continuing wet weather could see them in short supply for the New Year. Oyster farmers in Merimbula and Batemans Bay say they have enough oysters to get through to Christmas Day, but if rain keeps falling they may be unable to harvest enough for the wider holiday period. Recent...
Dalton’s Royal Hotel to reopen after a two-year break between drinks
Community
What is a country town without its pub? While all country towns have their own unique makeup, there is one thing that unites them all - a love of their local. In the Southern Tablelands community of Dalton, the town has been without a pub for the better part of two years. That is all set to change this Saturday...
New Gundaroo pub operators looking to Create for something special
Food & Wine
It's been a challenging year for all the hospitality businesses of the region, but for the Gundaroo Colonial Inn, these challenges have been intensified. Having to manoeuvre through the pressures of the pandemic, partnered with an extended dispute between owner and publican which saw the pub's closure, and you get the makings of an extra challenging year for the village...
River Cottage’s Paul West back on our screens in a new role
Food & Wine
Ever since Paul West burst onto our television screens back in 2013, people have been fascinated by the sort of life he lived and the local produce he surrounded himself with on River Cottage Australia. The farm in Central Tilba was the stuff of dreams for many people wistfully thinking of a simpler life in a stunning location. Even though...
Recipe for Success: a zucchini and ricotta galette just perfect for summer entertaining
Food & Wine
Don't be put off by making your own pastry in this summery zucchini and ricotta galette. It is super simple. I have been making this for years and often serve it at events as we can easily make all the components in advance to cook on-site and serve. It is perfect for vegetarians, as an entree or part of a...
Gourmet Coast Trail launches website to show diversity of delicious Far South Coast produce
Food & Wine
Is the NSW Far South Coast one of the best food and wine producing regions in Australia? Well, with the help of a new website you can find out for yourself. The Gourmet Coast Trail aims to help visitors find local flavours and people who are passionate about food that provide exceptional culinary experiences in the region. The marketing collaboration covers...
Meet Stuart Whitelaw, Moruya’s ‘River’ man
Arts & Culture
There are people who talk of their grand aspirations to make the world a better place, and then there are those who quietly work on projects that become catalysts for significant change. Eurobodalla architect Stuart Whitelaw is the latter. Stuart's modesty hides the significance of his collaborative work that has resulted in a quiet food revolution, with the growth of...
End of an era in Yass as Yazzbar founders moving on
Community
After nearly eight years of serving local food and beverages to local people, Yazzbar owners Harvey Walsh and Penny Carlisle have officially moved on from the Yass business, handing it over to longtime manager Deb Hamilton. Original planning would've seen Ms Hamilton purchase the business earlier, however with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the bar's temporary closure in 2020 and 2021,...
Country cook shares her recipe for success – and the perfect scone
Food & Wine
Kay Walmsley knows her onions - and her cuts of lamb, vegetables and almost everything else off the farm. She can also probably survive on what she has in her freezer for as long as she needs to - three weeks is the record so far. At 82, Kay is a true-blue country cook. She is more at ease cooking...
Farm gates open to cherry season in the Hilltops
Food & Wine
Get your nibble on because the gates are about to open on cherry season in the Hilltops Region. In a year of plentiful rain, mild weather and astonishing growth, just the drive through the South West Slopes to Young will fill thy cup of natural wonders. Out here, the crops are so thick and lush the farmers are actually smiling...
Two wineries among many local finalists in 2021 NSW Tourism Awards
Food & Wine
In early February 2022, while looking over voluminous Sydney Harbour from Luna Park, there will likely be a watershed moment for the owners of two southern NSW wineries as finalists at the 2021 NSW Tourism Awards. The setting will be in stark contrast to two years prior for Courabyra Wines and Cupitt’s Estate, when both wineries faced a very different...
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