A food-lover’s guide to Braidwood
Food & Wine
The small town of Braidwood in the NSW Southern Tablelands, less than an hour’s drive from Canberra, is not just a pretty face. A burgeoning food scene has cool cafes and eclectic restaurants sitting side by side with producers of everything from honey and black garlic to mountain pepper-flavoured pastas. We checked out some of Braidwood’s gourmet highlights. Breakfast at...
Business registrations open for Dine & Discover NSW scheme
Business
Remember those $100 worth of vouchers to boost businesses affected by COVID-19 shutdowns? The program is set to be rolled out from March 2021, but registrations are now open to eligible businesses to take part in the NSW Government's economic stimulus program, Dine & Discover NSW. Under the program, every NSW resident aged 18 and above will receive four $25 vouchers...
Territory’s tinnies voted best in Australia
Food & Wine
BentSpoke Brewing has taken out the top spot on the GABS Hottest 100 list of Australian craft beers with its crowd favourite Crankshaft American IPA, and rounded off the top 10 with Barley Griffin pale ale. In total, the Canberra brewery managed to get four of its beers in the top 20 and five in the countdown. BentSpoke co-founder and...
The hunt for truffles ripens in Snowy Mountains and Bega Valley
Food & Wine
Australia is predicted to become the second-largest global producer of truffles within 10 years, and growers located in NSW's cooler climates are establishing truffières (truffle orchards) in preparation. Olivier Kapetanakos and his partner planted 400 trees, mostly French oaks and some hazelnuts, on two hectares on their farm stay, Avonside Alpine Estate, near Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains, in 2020. They...
Finding fiano: the new buzz grape variety that’s delivering for a changing climate
Food & Wine
The glasses were clinking in the Whisky Lounge at Jugiong’s Sir George Hotel but they were not malt-filled tumblers. Instead, this atmospheric setting was the venue for a recent wine industry seminar focused on the latest buzz alternative white grape variety – fiano (pronounced fee-ah-noh). A native of Campania, a region near Naples in southern Italy (where it is formally known...
Filmmaker Geoff Burton toasts to retirement among Canberra’s vines
Food & Wine
In film and television, Geoff Burton’s name is synonymous with more than 50 feature films including The Sum of Us (1994), starring Russell Crowe, and The Year My Voice Broke (1987), shot in Braidwood, plus hundreds of TV dramas and documentaries such as The Cowra Breakout (1984) and Bangkok Hilton (1989). However, ask people in the Canberra wine region who Geoff...
Meet the makers: Whey to go! Cheesemaking for beginners in Bungendore
Food & Wine
The thought of attending a three-hour class involving a lot of stretching would normally have me running screaming for the hills. But it’s a new year, and I’ve resolved to work on overcoming my pathological fear of exercise and also to learn a few new things. I seem to have found the perfect combination of the two with a cheesemaking...
Queanbeyan cafe cracks top award in first year of business
Food & Wine
Opening a cafe in the heart of Queanbeyan amid bushfires and a pandemic proved to be a mere speed bump after the booming eatery was last month named the best cafe at the Canberra Region Local Business Awards. Thirty 4 cafe and restaurant was named the best by a panel of independent judges who visited 26 other cafes in Canberra and rated them on...
A food-lover’s guide to Bungendore
Food & Wine
Just half an hour’s drive east of Canberra, the pretty town of Bungendore has morphed into a gourmet food destination without us even knowing it. From cooking classes and cellar door experiences to authentic French food and pub grub that’s a cut above your usual fare, Bungendore has all the ingredients for the perfect gourmet getaway. Follow our itinerary for...
Jugiong: the jewel of the South West Slopes
Food & Wine
John Philip Sheahan was onto a good thing when he built a pub in Jugiong in 1845. Intended to meet the needs of travellers on the track between Sydney and Melbourne, he’d be pretty chuffed, maybe a bit agape, to see The Sir George today. There are few people far and wide who haven’t heard of The Sir George. The...
Holiday Eats: Fish Tribe in Kiama Downs
Food & Wine
With international travel off the table, Kiama on the South Coast of NSW has become a vacation hotspot. A new addition for foodies in the area is Fish Tribe, offering the freshest seafood to satisfy holiday fish and chip cravings. Located in the scenic town of Kiama Downs on Johnson Street’s rapidly growing ‘eat street’, Fish Tribe offers locals and...
A dozen stories that made your mouth water in 2020
Food & Wine
If there's one thing we can justifiably be proud of, it's our region's amazing produce. Fine wine, fine dining, home-grown goodness and fresh, fabulous seafood – the capital region is famous for it all. We've put together a dozen of your favourite food and wine stories from 2020. It's not hard to guess what hot beverage came in as number one....
Best festive mince pies rated – would your nan’s make the list?
Food & Wine
Here at Region Media, we're spoilt for choice when it comes to home-baked cooking. Group editor Genevieve Jacobs is a dab hand in the delectable pastries department, supplying an array of baked delights at our weekly all-staff meeting. But a new (festive) benchmark has been set by our social media coordinator Etta McEwan who brought in the best fruit mince pies...
New Narooma plan to rock the oyster world
Food & Wine
Tourists and locals have long known that Narooma rocks, now the NSW South Coast town is planning to take that message to the rest of Australia. A new tourism brand, Narooma Rocks, was launched last week by the company that delivers the town’s flagship event, Narooma Oyster Festival. The company plans to build on the success of the annual oyster...
Moruya’s market is overflowing with produce, but where are the buyers?
Community
They survived the bushfires and the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic – even running an e-market that allowed locals to order fresh produce to their door. However, Moruya’s SAGE Farmers Market is missing the usual flurry of customers this November, leaving organisers scratching their heads. Stuart Whitelaw, one of the market's founders, says this lull couldn't have come at a worse...
Cherries in high demand as visitors swarm to Hilltops
Food & Wine
Of the countless things to do with cherries, the one thing people are finding hard to do right now in the Hilltops region is pick 'em. As the hills come alive to bucket bearing swarms of visitors, producers faced with the vagaries of the season are now finding it hard to keep up supply with demand. In a season where...
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