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The hunt is on! Who will be Eurobodalla’s best latte artist?

Sharon Kelley5 November 2020
Man pouring frothed milk into latte.

Eurobodalla’s baristas will compete in the shire’s first Latte Art Championship in November. Photo: Supplied.

Eurobodalla Shire Council is on the hunt for the region’s best artistic barista at the inaugural Eurobodalla Latte Art Championship in Moruya on Thursday, 12 November, as part of the Taste Eurobodalla event running through November.

Council’s events coordinator, Tegan Benfield, said Taste Eurobodalla has all the right ingredients to get foodies and caffeine lovers integrating with the shire’s producers and providers.

Ms Benfield has invited both new and experienced baristas to free coffee cupping and latte art workshops at Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay. She said not everyone would be familiar with coffee cupping, which is a professional practice, but one anyone can try.

“Much like wine tasting, cupping involves deeply inhaling the coffee aroma followed by some loud slurping to spread it right to the back of the tongue,” said Ms Benfield. “Then you grade the coffee for mouthfeel, sweetness and acidity – it’s the perfect blend of learning and fun.

“Following the latte art workshops, baristas can hit us with their best shot at Eurobodalla’s first Latte Art Championship in Moruya on Thursday, 12 November.

“The new venture [Taste Eurobodalla] has even enticed River Cottage Australia host Paul West to front the camera and show off some of Eurobodalla’s freshest bites.

“We’ll be filming with chef Paul West to create a series of Taste Eurobodalla videos. It’s all about spreading the word about our shire’s potential as a foodie haven.”

Ms Benfield said the final weeks of Taste Eurobodalla would focus on local produce.

“We have local restaurants and cafes including a special menu item featuring produce from growers in our region,” she said. “Patrons who order these special dishes also go in the running to win great prizes.

To book into workshops or find out more, contact Tegan Benfield by email or call 0418 652 299.

A Foodie’s Guide to Eurobodalla’s Top Producers is available here.

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