Tathra Beach walk, breakie (and swim if you are brave!) for refugees this Saturday
Community
"I so easily feel helpless in the face of what seem like overwhelming global problems, but this is one small way I can contribute and know that my contribution will make a direct difference to individual families like mine," says Julia Stiles, one of the organisers of this Saturday's Tathra Winter Morning Walk. The beach walk, breakfast, and dip in the...
Bega distillery scoops two International Awards for 2019
Food & Wine
Just north of Eden lies the little town of Bega. Just north of Bega lies a little farm known as Stony Creek Farm, where a pair of very clever people have been distilling delicious crystal clear gin in their shed since October 2018: North of Eden Gin. Karen Touchie and Gavin Hughes called us late yesterday evening with a certain...
Cheers – to natural wine tasting that will have us all under its influence
Food & Wine
Yes it's a cruel thing I'm doing here, telling you about a fabulous wine event that has sold out, however there are a couple of great stories around the upcoming Nattie by Nature the main one being the marvelous concept of 'natural' winemaking. But there is also the enthusiasm and chutzpah of three hospitality friends, plotting and scheming good-times on the Sapphire...
Giiyong among a host of winners at Southern NSW Tourism Awards
Business
Some of the best and brightest tourism operators in Southern New South Wales have been acknowledged at the Regional Tourism Awards in Ulladulla this week. "These awards aren't only about recognising winners they are about developing our industry, encouraging excellence and improving our businesses," says Jo Spencer from the NSW Business Chamber. Finalists across the 10 categories included: Bangalay Luxury...
Truffles take over from politics (for now) for Liberal Fiona Kotvojs
Economy
Her party won government but not the seat of Eden-Monaro, leaving Fiona Kotvojs considering her future. She isn't ruling out another tilt at parliament, but for the time being, the Liberal candidate is exploring new opportunities on the family farm and continuing her aid work in the Pacific. "Whilst truffle production is established in other parts of Australia, including on...
An Appetite for Excellence – Bermagui’s Young Restaurateur of the Year Finalist
Food & Wine
Hannah Abraham took the reins of her first restaurant, Il Passaggio, on April Fool's Day in 2017. At the age of twenty-seven, with the support of her family and outgoing owners Honor and Tim Northam, she felt ready to take up the challenge. And it would seem that her hard work has paid dividends, being nominated as one of the finalists for...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – Take pleasure in your chooks
Community
Add up all the world’s cats and dogs, cows and pigs and there would still be more chickens. Toss in every rat on earth and the chook still rules. More than 20 billion chickens live on our planet, three for every human alive, and numbers are increasing. Chooks are popping up in more and more backyards, schools and nursing homes......
Warming Winter breakfasts on clever coastal menus
Food & Wine
Many of us crave different foods throughout the seasons. In winter my heart sings at the thought of slow-cooked baked beans, or long-time stirred oats and porridge smothered with maple syrup or honey and loaded with healthy fruits, seeds, nuts and milk. Some of Bega Valley's cafes have been very clever and created heart-warming winter menus to keep us healthy...
The best cheese toasties in the Bega Valley, memories are made of this!
Food & Wine
What makes the perfect toasted cheese sandwich? It's a big question with many possible responses. It has much to do with the bread used, but then is there's the butter applied to the outside pre and post-toasting. How dark and how flat. How much cheese and is it melted through? Then there is the smoky crunch of cheese that has...
Merimbula cafe embraces the messy unpredictability of parenthood
Business
It's telling that after spending an hour or so in Merimbula's parent-and-child friendly cafe and activity space, The Daisy Lounge, I walk out without paying for my coffee and croissant. Owners Deanna and Brendan Reynolds are so at ease in the space and its open, relaxed atmosphere that I feel I'm in a friend's home. A mop and dustpan and...
Perisher chef returns to where he fell in order to stand again
Community
"In Taiwan, we say stand up from where you are falling," says Shen Lo. It's taken three years, but Shen, 28, has recently returned to where he fell during a serious snowboarding accident in 2016 to reclaim the life which was interrupted. The 2019 ski season brings Shen back to Perisher and a job as a chef at The Sundeck Hotel....
Truffling with your tastebuds in a winter feast for the senses
Food & Wine
It's -4.8 C, and our young pup, some sort of poodle/labrador rearrangement of genes, is confused: her water bowl is behaving strangely. While she ponders her canine physics problem, I’m looking out at the vast whiteness of a deep June frost and can’t get truffles out of my head. While we have a few trees with spore on their roots,...
Lunch options at Festival of Open Minds. Feed your mind and body!
What's On
Audience feedback from the Festival of Open Minds last year revolved around food. "You have fed my mind but what about my tummy?" was the sentiment expressed by many of the 350 people who attended. Bega was unprepared for that many people at lunchtime. Not this year! Side by side with building a fantastic program of speakers, we have been...
A festival of the ‘Best of Days’ this weekend celebrates local food
Food & Wine
Australians love to celebrate Christmas in July, particularly in the cooler regions where the frost snaps at the heels of the rose hips and brings on the sweet flavour of citrus and root vegetables. Christmas in July has become such a popular event that it is almost now a tradition in its own right. And that’s not surprising - winter is the best...
Award-winning Nick O’Leary in expansive mood with plans to double size of winery
Food & Wine
Nick O’Leary has produced some of the very best cool climate wines across the Canberra region, winning multiple awards along the way. What’s more rewarding to Nick, well beyond the trophies and accolades, is the support from restaurants, independent liquor stores and individual wine lovers. “We wouldn’t be here today without them,” says Nick. Situated in the picturesque Hall Valley,...
Three bakers and a bright bird spark up Harden
Community
A blue and gold macaw called Esmay and Campos coffee surprise weary travellers in Jackson’s brick-paved courtyard at Harden. For people who live in small towns and villages west of Canberra, the bigger surprise is three bakers under one roof. In 2013 Trent Jackson, a carpenter from Yass who switched trades to become a baker, joined his wife Nicole in...
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