Light Up Cobargo – this Friday
Community
Cobargo's annual celebration of Christmas and community has a fresh vibrant feel. For many years 'Light Up Cobargo' has signalled a start to the festive season for residents and visitors, this year promises to be bigger than ever. The main street of Cobargo, north of Bega, will again come alive this Friday (December 6) with people browsing market stalls, dipping...
Gardening in dry times – tips from Perma-Queen Kathleen McCann
Community
Everything is so dry. We are now living (and some of our most beautiful plants and animals only just living!) in very difficult conditions in South East NSW. What can we do to help keep our plants alive and our vegetable gardens healthy and hearty? Here are a few go-to techniques and idea that have helped me ride out dry...
Cherry harvest is a sweet one on the South West Slopes
Food & Wine
Despite the gruelling drought conditions, South West Slopes cherry growers are revelling in a solid harvest with excellent quality fruit according to Young district growers. "We've been picking for the last two weeks and the fruit is beautiful," says Cath Mullany from Ballinaclash at Young. She and husband Peter run a pick-your-own orchard and farmgate shop, selling cherries and stonefruit throughout...
Far South Coast beaches awash with edible treasures
Food & Wine
It took just one sparkling morning of foraging on a Bingie beach to convince a group of local mums about the magic and power of seaweed. Seaweed enthusiast Stuart Whitelaw, a long-time gardener, author/teacher of TAFE permaculture courses and presenter for Sustainable Agriculture & Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE), hosted a hands-on workshop at his Bingie property. He shared foraging, harvesting, preparation...
New Moruya community garden ready to grow ‘Veggies for All’ even in drought
Community
Love gardening but don't want to water every day? Love eating fresh veggies but know that you'll forget to take care of the plants? The successful Veggies for All program run by Moruya's Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE)  has a solution to watering problems during hot, dry summers, installing fourteen new wicking garden beds in its new community garden. Wicking...
Heavy lifting starts for Canberra’s biltong boys
Food & Wine
For a brief moment, the four mates in their 20s thought they had bitten off more than they could chew. But the quartet behind local food phenomenon Barbell biltong stepped up for one another and pushed on, aided by older brothers and business advisers. Brothers Luke and Rory Rathbone, and their friends Tom Hutchison and Matt Laing met in a...
Oyster, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways: naked, full cup and busting fat
Food & Wine
Does everyone remember their first oyster or is it just me? One slurp and my senses opened with a loud heavenly refrain. Since then I have become a great advocate for excessive consumption of these absolutely natural, naked, undressed, freshly shucked molluscs at every given opportunity. The track I am on is not for the faint-hearted. Lost somewhere among the...
Worries ebb at every turn on this nourishing art trail from Bega to Bermagui
Arts & Culture
The tourist-roads and by-ways of the Bega Valley can reap many rewards. From Bega and then Tathra to Bermagui, weaving itself through coastal forest with occasional glimpses of sapphire seas, one might swoon at the pristine beauty. But this journey will also enrich you culturally and gastronomically. Day to day worries seem to dissipate at each bend in the road,...
Arc Organics puts the taste back in real food
Food & Wine
Ask Claire Stewart about the taste of organic food and you don't get an answer per se, you get a response akin to the feeling of eating the tastiest piece of fruit that you've ever eaten. That's why she started a business that delivers predominantly certified organic produce, as well as a small selection of biodynamic, locally grown and certified products....
Paul West back where River Cottage Australia started
News
Paul West has become a favourite son of the Far South Coast of New South Wales. The time and energy he brought to the region and its people as host of River Cottage Australia made him so. Filming on the TV series based at Tilba ended four years ago, having moved away Paul and his young family are back in...
Summer price rise for Bega Cheese suppliers but future not secure
News
Along with the water in our dams and rivers, Australia's milk pool is dwindling, leaving processors like Bega Cheese in the position of having to pay more in an increasingly competitive market. "The price for milk fluctuates throughout the year," explains fifth-generation Bega dairy farmer Rob Russell "so we usually get paid more over winter when it's considered harder to...
Avoid travel apathy! Connect to a local private tour guide
Business
Another bus, another monument, another sightseeing destination crammed with gawkers looking to selfie their way to a social media frenzy... yawn. The good news is, you don’t have to succumb to another boring fact recited by an underwhelming wannabe actor masquerading as a tour guide. Instead, you can use a private guide to avoid travel apathy – here are 7...
The story behind ‘Stitch’ playing in Bodalla & Tilba this weekend
Arts & Culture
It's an unlikely success story - a tale of two musicians from opposite ends of the spectrum who ended up next-door neighbours and before they knew it, had bonded over a shared love of sewing and banded together as the popular duo, 'Stitch'. "I moved from Melbourne to Tilba 18 months ago, looking to escape the city" Zoey Pepper explains...
Oktoberfest to stay on in Queanbeyan
News
Although numbers were slightly down due to adverse weather conditions over the weekend, Oktoberfest will stay on Queanbeyan soil for the next two years. Harmonie Club General Manager Paul Berger said the community and support from the NSW Government and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council have ensured the festival stays at the Queanbeyan Showgrounds after moving from Exhibition Park in Canberra. Despite a...
Taking up the reins of running the Lighthorse Hotel
Community
Karen Kemp needs to get out of the kitchen and back into marketing Murrumburrah’s Lighthorse Hotel which she has leased since late last year. On weekends when events like the recent Harden Picnic races are held, the hotel’s 12 rooms and restaurant are booked out. But to keep the momentum going, she desperately needs a second chef so she can...
Royal Hotel stakes its claim with Australia’s best steak title
Food & Wine
Queanbeyan's Royal Hotel can now stake a claim as having the best steak in Australia, after being crowned home of Australia’s best steak following a nationwide search for the best pub meals. The title comes after Yak Brewing scoured 1890 venues for the best pub meals across five categories including chicken parma, fish and chips, steak, burgers and pork ribs. Following a month-long...
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