Possum on barbie novel, but no match for goat meat’s popularity
Food & Wine
When a ringtrail possum arrived in his regular order of processed game meat, Fyshwick butcher Matthew Hicks thought it was an accident. “I was going to send it back, but thought, I will write it out on the board, and it sold,” he says. Although resembling skinned cats, whole possums are finding buyers according to the Unique Meats butcher, who...
Rock on – Clyde River Oyster Shed spans four generations
Food & Wine
Winter is oyster time and growers in the South East are busy. If you missed the Narooma Oyster Festival, there's still plenty of the delicious salt-water bivalve molluscs on offer along the Far South Coast. The Festival, held last weekend, was not only a peak marketing event for the expanding industry, but also a good opportunity for growers from different estuaries...
Chook Chat with Cheryl Nelson – the joys of deep litter in your hen house
Community
Deep litter in a chicken coop develops its own biome (bacterial culture), which acts to reduce insect pests, diseases like coccidiosis and unwanted moulds. The biome helps to decompose manure which reduces the amount of maintenance. Here are the steps to clean the coop and make a healthy, natural deep litter on the floor... Step One Make a sweet smelling,...
Bega’s Café Evolve serving up sustainability as FOGO trial rolls out to local cafes
Business
Café Evolve in the main street of Bega, serves coffee and hearty meals, opening up at the cock’s crow most mornings for locals out, about and on the town. Serving Wild Rye’s locally roasted coffee, using Tilba Milk and an abundance of seasonal produce, the busy café spills over into Candelo Books next door and hums and bustles with town...
TEDx Sydney back in Bega on May 24, get your tickets here and now
What's On
Over the last two years, TEDx Sydney has found a home in the hearts and minds of the Bega Valley. For a third consecutive year About Regional and the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre are partnering to bring this day of ideas and conversation to Bega for a unique day of thinking and inspiration. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading...
“We knew Bermagui was the place for Boneless to be born” – Tenzin & Emily
Food & Wine
You're lucky to catch Tenzin Butt and his partner Emily King, they haven't really stopped for a breath since they opened Boneless Vegetarian Café in Bermagui on March 20. Their eatery is a bright and colourful space where the old Corky's stood, high on the main street looking over the beautiful sapphire sea towards Guluga mountain. I couldn't believe my...
Crank up the dirigible, don your petticoat or top hat, and be in Nimmitabel this weekend for Steampunk@Altitude
Arts & Culture
Here's an invitation to peregrinate on your infernal device to the altitudinous non-metropolis for ministrations in analogue technologies and petticoats… What is a Steampunk I hear you ask? It is a blend of the Victorian era and technology with a dash of science fiction and fantasy. Think of airships (dirigibles), goggles, jet packs, corsets, top hats, parasols, combined with imagination,...
Narooma Oyster Festival highlights five elements of flavour this weekend
Food & Wine
In its 12th year, the Narooma Oyster Festival this weekend (May 3-4) celebrates Australia's developing relationship with oysters, this year focusing on the idea that not all oysters taste the same. Long-time Narooma Oyster Festival supporter and Sydney Royal Aquaculture chair of judges John Susman says that “the flavour and texture of an oyster reflect the estuary where it’s cultivated."...
Local Table #3 – the cost of good food isn’t about price. It’s about value!
Opinion
When it comes to eating according to our values, there are a number of assumptions we have to challenge around the reasons we give for defaulting to the supermarket option. We tell ourselves we’d like to eat locally grown, or eat from our own garden, or buy direct from a farmer, but almost immediately the excuses why we can’t start...
Capital kitchen: Anzac biscuits recipe
Food & Wine
Both Australia and New Zealand share the tradition of Anzac biscuits. During World War I the women left at home made biscuits to send to the soldiers overseas. These were called soldiers’ biscuits at first, but became known as Anzac biscuits after the Gallipoli landing in 1915. Anzac biscuit recipes are similar to much older recipes for rolled oat biscuits....
Candelo Village Festival this weekend – ‘fat for your soul’ as winter looms
Arts & Culture
Before we plunge into the cold, long, dark days of winter comes some 'fat for your soul' that will see you through - the Candelo Village Festival this weekend. There is a spark about the community and environment of Candelo, southwest of Bega, that ensures good times, but not just the 'good times' you see talked about in all festival...
The scenic route: Jindabyne to Cooma
Community
Set against the backdrop of undulating hills, pristine lakes and vast expanses of land, the drive between the Snowy Mountain gateway towns of Cooma and Jindabyne is a potent reminder of the natural beauty that's hiding in plain sight in the High Country. The quickest way to drive between Cooma and Jindabyne is via Kosciusko Road. This trip extends for...
Lake Light Sculpture and much more this weekend in the Snowy Mountains
What's On
Lake Light Sculpture, Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne, April 19 to 22 Lake Light Sculpture is an inspiring outdoor sculpture event set amidst the stunning foreshore of Lake Jindabyne and the Snowy Mountains. Sculptures are displayed in an evocative setting on the water edge, a living studio for artworks but as night falls the real magic happens. Illumination has, since the festival’s...
Tilba Easter Festival celebrates a rich and colourful community
Arts & Culture
Tilba is famous for many things, this tiny town of 400 people packs a punch. European settlers moved in during the 1850's, the unique character of that time still lives, Tilba is the only town in Australia to be fully heritage declared by the National Trust. The farming influence that flowed from those pioneers still inspires people like Nic and...
Four Winds – doing what the Opera House can’t this weekend
Arts & Culture
Easter on the Far South Coast has a sound. It's not just the cranking of the Batemans Bay Bridge going up and down, the Bell Miner birds of Tathra or the shouts of a fisherman reeling one in at Snug Cove, its the sound of world-class musicians gathered in the bush at Bermagui. Four Winds takes flight on Good Friday,...
Smart Farms Grant success for Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters
Business
Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters has been a big winner through the Smart Farms Small Grants program with $194,812 on its way to grow the business and strengthen ecosystems. Made up of oyster farmers from Wapengo, Merimbula, Pambula, and Wonboyn, Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters aims to ensure the protection of the environment and the sustainability of the oyster industry. The funding will...
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