Thursday, June 8, 2023


Food & Beverages

A spirited festival celebrates far north’s top tipples with “vintage circus”

Far North Queensland’s Festival of Spirits is back from midday on Saturday 10 June 2023 at Hemingway’s Brewery in Cairns with a shaken and stirred “vintage circus” styled celebration showcasing the region’s local craft distilleries and top tipples. Promising colour, fun and a heady mix of entertainment, Festival of Spirits will highlight the region’s delicious array of gins, whiskies, rums and more...

Vegetable icecream – clever consumption or crime against frozen dessert?: Hort Innovation

Humble vegetables ignited hot debate this week when icecream featuring pumpkin and cauliflower was served to more than 3000 people at the nation’s annual Hort Connections event in Adelaide. The two bespoke gelato flavours - cauliflower-vanilla bean and pumpkin-ginger bread - are harmonious savoury-meets-sweet flavour combinations.

Multi-billion-dollar potential in tourism and agriculture ‘merger’: Bettison

South Australia’s tourism industry is well positioned to target the nation’s $17.4 billion Agricultural Tourism market – leveraging its reputation for premium produce to attract more visitors ... The State Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission is launching the South Australian Agritourism Sector Plan 2025 ... A number of demand-driving agritourism experiences already exist in South Australia, including pick-your-own experiences at Beerenberg Farm...

Don’t try this at home – blades fly as Casino’s best boners put on a display

It was about speed and presentation (that’s where the parsley comes in) in the Great Boning Wars that took place on the back of a truck in the middle of roundabout turned cattle ring in Walker St, Casino. It was Beef Week Saturday, May 27, and the art of de-boning meat was a spectator sport.

Colin Fassnidge, Analiese Gregory, Jake Kellie and others announced in Truffle Kerfuffle program

The wait is finally over. Truffle Kerfuffle has unveiled a delectable program and an incredible line up of chefs and culinary talent for Western Australia’s most decadent food festival held in the heart of Australian truffle country, Manjimup, from 23 to 25 June 2023.

The rebirth of 48 Main

48  Main bar and music venue is the kind of place where everyone knows your name ... And that vision, brought to life by the late Steve McMahon, holds a very special place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. Now, the beloved bar is back with just the right people at the helm.

Nailed it!

Kevin Moloney. So anticipation built when news broke that a new food offer was to open in the same building as its antecedents ... We also learned the restaurant would be called Franco’s, so we started Googling to check the pedigree of the new kid on our food block.

Village eatery is surprise win for Best Homemade Cafe in the world

A small village cafe has had international recognition. A luxury online publication in United Kingdom has released its annual restaurant awards featuring restaurants and cafes from around the world. And Bonalbo’s Powick’s Pantry has won the Best Local Homemade Cafe 2023.

On tonight’s menu: saving the planet

Produce from local family farms direct to your door. Australia’s leading regenerative agriculture and food company, Dirty Clean Food, is calling on consumers to eat like their future depends on it ... Dirty Clean Food connects customers with local regenerative farmers creating a win-win transaction for both. 

International Food Fair a roaring success

CWA Narrandera Evening Branch was delighted with the huge success of its International Food Fair at the Marie Bashir Park on Saturday ... "It was fabulous to see so many people there, enjoying the entertainment, purchasing food and items from the stalls and the children having fun with the activities/amusements": branch spokesperson Josie Marks.

World’s best surfers savour a taste of Margaret River at the Western Australia Margaret River Pro

Over 220 kilograms of Margaret River Produce has been enjoyed by the world’s best surfers and the World Surf League crew during the opening days of the Western Australia Margaret River Pro. Margaret River Produce, the newly formed brand of the Margaret River Producers Association, manned a tasting station that featured over 25 producers and local farmers, all from within a 50-kilometre radius of the competition site, Surfers Point.

Thai and Irish ingredients create recipe for success

In eight short months an overgrown small acreage block on Breydon Road Hodgson Vale has been transformed into a lush Thai market garden brimming with all the ingredients for authentic Thai cooking ... Chilli Kanon now supplies seven Toowoomba outlets and restaurants with her delicious hand made curry pastes, oils and jams and is a regular at the Cobb & Co Farmer’s Markets ...

Goldies manager calls out TCA for forgetting about the Barkly

The Manager of the Goldfields Hotel was not a happy camper this week when a customer emailed him the latest Tourism Central Australia (TCA) Dining Guide publicised on its website to promote restaurants and cafés in the central NT region ... "The Barkly seems to be the Bermuda Triangle of the Territory – forget the Berrimah Line – it should be the Capricorn Line – everything north of Alice is forgotten about": Jason Groves.

Small bar proposed for Yanchep shopping centre

There is an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to comment on a proposal for a small bar at the Yanchep Central Shopping Centre. But before the bar proposed for the site previously occupied by the Full Flava café can be approved the City of Wanneroo needs to approve the proposed change of use to unlisted use (small bar) at tenancies 23 and 24, 1 Peony Blvd.

Local winery winning hearts at Harvest Festival

A slice of paradise nestled in Welshman’s Reef on Dja Dja Wurrung country is home to magical panoramas and a charming winery that’s perfect for families and their furry friends. Panacea Estate is a recent addition to the thriving wine industry in the region and celebrated its harvest season with a family-friendly festival over the weekend.

SA premium wine flying high with Korean Air: Champion, Bignell

South Korea’s flag carrier and largest airline, Korean Air, is taking South Australia’s premium wines to the air – now serving local drops on its flights. The deal secured by South Australia’s Department for Trade and Investment will see Dandelion Vineyards and Murdoch Hill Wines join Henschke as premium South Australia wine offerings on Korean Air flights.

Luv-A-Duck plans for growth

Luv-A-Duck was founded by the late Art Shoppee back in 1968, when he started out with just 20 ducklings. Today it grows and supplies 5 million ducks annually for food service and retail markets within Australia and overseas ... To support the growth plans, current Family Directors, Theresa Sfetkidis and Kim Shoppee-Lynch, are in the final phase of choosing a business partner, to take a major stake in the business.

Gingin says CEO disclosed previous dealings during earlier tender process

The Shire of Gingin says councillors were made aware when the Gingin council dealt with the Guilderton caravan park tender process that chief executive officer Aaron Cook had prior dealings with Belgravia Leisure’s WA state manager when Mr Cook was the Narrogin CEO.

Australia’s most responsible farmed seafood named at Sustainable Seafoods Awards 2023

The annual Sustainable Seafood Awards held by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in partnership with the Marine Stewardship Council were held ... at Melbourne Zoo, showcasing the Aussie heroes of responsible seafood farming and sustainable fishing practices in Australia ... The winners were a fantastic mix of organisations and individuals who have made significant contributions to responsible aquaculture, from retailers to producers and even an inspiring young person in the industry.

Coonawarra heralds a smashing 2023 vintage

The 2023 Coonawarra Vintage was declared open in smashing fashion on Thursday 16th March, with a crowd of over 60 people gathering at the iconic Coonawarra Siding to herald in the new season. The occasion was marked with a traditional grape stomp and bottle smash, to signify the new vintage and bid farewell to the season past.

Kialla Foods, MP want domestic regulation of organics industry

Quentin Kennedy, owner of the successful Greenmount organic food producer, Kialla Foods, believes the Federal Labor government’s decision to abandon domestic regulation of organics is handicapping his ability, and those of other Australian organic producers, to grow their export markets because lack of domestic regulation results in a dual system that is unworkable and costly.

The rise and fall of Nhill’s bread

John Williams. Bread has historically been intrinsically woven and responsible for large parts of how civilisations and cultures have grown and is relied on as a fundamental foodstuff. So, you don’t mess with bread. However, in Nhill during the amalgamation of two bakeries in 1967, there seemed to be a crisis that could have led to Nhillites "eating cake".

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