Braidwood Bakery moving to new home after 89 years
Food & Wine
After 89 years, Braidwood Bakery is set to move from its home at 99 Wallace Street to a new, larger building down the road later this year. Bakery owner Keith Woodman said he's waiting on council approval to start construction and hopes to have the new bakery ready in time for Christmas. Currently, the new site at 87-91 Lascelles Street is...
Oyster fest champ ‘Doody’ Dennis shaping a sustainable seafood industry
Food & Wine
Narooma Oyster Festival champion Gerard 'Doody' Dennis has been given a pearler of an opportunity to help shape the future of Australia's sustainable seafood industry by taking part in a national leadership program. The Batemans Bay resident is one of 18 aspiring leaders from the Australian seafood sector chosen to participate in this year’s National Seafood Industry Leadership Program. A key member...
Paul West rolls up his sleeves for Sapphire Coast’s pie month
Food & Wine
Get your napkins ready! It's time to celebrate the humble pie! And for the first time, Pie Time is branching out beyond the Southern Highlands to include Bungendore, Pambula, Braidwood, Bermagui, Merimbula and Kiama. Given a meat pie has become a road trip must-have, pie makers and bakers throughout the region have been busy creating unique and mouth-watering pies to tempt...
Three winter festivals to celebrate the best that west of the mountains has to offer
What's On
As winter descends on the Snowy Mountains, people are being asked to grab their warmest beanies and head west to take a bite out of the best the Snowy Valleys has to offer. Three festivals focused on food, wine and music have been arranged for the winter months of June, July and August to help buoy towns so heavily impacted...
A caffeine hit for a downright good cause in Yass
Food & Wine
It's no surprise that Aussies are fiends for caffeine. In fact, some people would even go as far to suggest we are downright snobs about what's in our coffee cup. But how many of us ever sit down and think about where a good brew comes from? When Yass locals Daniel and Toni Neuhaus set off to travel the world and...
South Coast farmers’ markets boom as customers flock to buy local, sustainable produce
Community
Farmers' markets are becoming an increasingly common place for NSW South Coast locals to buy their fresh produce, with both Moruya and Bega's weekly events reporting increases in trade. A recent economic impact study by SAGE Farmers Market in Moruya claims it received a 28 per cent jump in sales in five years, and delivered a combined economic benefit to...
Hot in the country: discover The Baker at Sutton
Food & Wine
Sutton’s bakery is not big on self-promotion.  In fact, a quick Google search can leave you wondering, "Who is The Baker at Sutton?" While its website is like a baker’s Pinterest board, revealing photo after photo of perfectly baked sourdoughs, Danish pastries oozing with boysenberries, and cakes you want to stick a fork into, there’s nothing about its people. So...
The Institutions: Queanbeyan’s Melita Coffee Lounge still going strong after 33 years
Food & Wine
The unassuming cafe on Queanbeyan’s busiest street wouldn’t win any awards for its décor. Beige walls completely unadulterated by pictures, a smattering of bare wooden tables and chairs lining its periphery, and a drinks fridge and a small display of cakes and slices at the service counter are pretty much the shape of things as you step inside Melita Coffee...
Meet the Makers: Try the seasonal Winemaker’s Sail at Yarrh Wines
Food & Wine
The Canberra District is fast becoming a significant wine region in Australia, with more than 140 vineyards producing an exceptional line up of wine varieties. Many people are aware of the bigger names, but there are a growing number of hidden gems among more than 30 cellar doors in the region. One of them is Yarrh Wines. Yarrh Wines is...
Robyn Rowe is retiring, but will her delightful chocolate business live on?
Food & Wine
The name Robyn Rowe Chocolates will evoke sweet memories for anyone who has lived in Canberra and the Yass Valley since 2012. Chocolate lovers of all ages spend weekends and school holidays there with one question in mind: "Which will it be today – hazelnut praline, a honey log, Clonakilla muscat mousse or peppermint, perhaps?" However, another question springs to mind...
How local wineries made the most from smoke-tainted vintage
Food & Wine
While wineries in the region have just harvested the grapes for their 2021 vintages, the effects of smoke from the 2019-20 bushfires are still lingering (in a good way) for a handful of local winemakers who banded together to make the most of what could have been a bad batch. Through the smoke, they have risen, with wineries such as The...
Crunchy or chewy? Childhood memories and the great Anzac biscuit dilemma
Food & Wine
Food and memories go hand in hand: Easter eggs, the Christmas ham, the Sunday roast and at the end of April, the Anzac biscuit. Made with ingredients that sit in most kitchen cupboards (including the perennial tin of golden syrup, used for no other reason), Anzacs are redolent of home and the simple joys of life: oats and butter, golden...
Horticulturalist sees hops in a new light after disappointing harvest
Community
Step into Ensemble and Co on the main street of Crookwell right now and you’ll be greeted by the delightfully fruity fragrance of hop vines hanging on the wall. The four-metre-long green tousled vines, displaying autumnal coloured hop cones have been capturing the attention of passersby since they arrived, says store owner Billie Willis. They’re the result of a relatively...
Plan to build world’s largest beer bottle in Goulburn sunk by brewery
Food & Wine
In 2014, Macarthur Grange Brewery was on the brink of building a brewery in Goulburn – and the world's largest beer bottle at the city's entrance. The 30-metre high bottle would knock out Denmark's 25-metre beer bottle and "make a statement" alongside Goulburn's Big Merino, Macarthur Grange Brewery director Anton Szpitalak told ABC at the time. It was a larger-than-life idea that even the company's...
Got a nose for truffles? Then head to the South Coast’s gourmet food trail
Food & Wine
It's rare that you can strike gold on the South Coast but for those prepared to go on a bit of a hunt, opportunities abound thanks to a new venture announced ahead of the launch of an initiative promoting the region's quality and diverse producers. And while gold nuggets might still be rare, culinary gold - in the form of...
Fresh food films boost regional producers across the South East
Food & Wine
How do you keep regional tourism dollars rolling in and support local producers when nobody can leave home for months at a time? It's been a major challenge for many growers and makers across Southern NSW as COVID-19 gripped the community, stifled the market and prevented regional producers from attending international trade fairs and networking events. Some lateral thinking has resulted...
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