Sunday, April 21, 2024

Dianne Bortoletto

Articles from Dianne

Mandurah named finalist in the International City Nation Place Awards

Mandurah, Western Australia’s largest regional city, has been named a finalist in the 9th annual international City Nation Place Awards alongside Fiji, Cape Town, Iceland, London, Switzerland, and others. The only Australian city named in the category for Best Communication Strategy – Tourism, Mandurah is one of eleven finalists in recognition for its outstanding 'BIG reasons to visit Mandurah this summer' campaign in 2022/23.
Dianne Bortoletto is a freelance writer based in Western Australia. She wishes she could surf, pretends to keep fit, an ex-chocoholic, a people watcher, a traveller and shamelessly addicted to proper Italian coffee.

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.

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. 

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.

Fashion show of handcrafted textiles debuts at Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster Art in the Park

Prepare to be stunned by the Boonkaj Fashion Parade, taking place at the Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster, Art In The Park, on Sunday 21 May. The Boonkaj Collection celebrates the “emerging or coming out” of designs by five textile artists from the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts in Kununurra, Western Australia.

Margaret River’s Gralyn Estate scoops a trio of national awards

Gralyn Estate has added to its trophy room winning the 2021 ANZ Boutique Wine Show for their Gralyn Estate Artizan Rare Muscat NV, the 11th trophy win for the storied wine. Adding to that, Gralyn Estate was awarded a double gold medal at the Global Fine Wine Challenge and a score of 95 Points and Gold at the Melbourne Royal Wine Awards, further cementing Gralyn Estate as a preeminent name in Australian fortified winemaking.

Regional WA salon a finalist in prestigious national awards

Regional Western Australian based salon, Cinco Hair Boutique, is a national finalist for Salon of the Year at the prestigious Australian Hair Fashion Awards ... Cinco, established in 2018 by Busselton local Kendall Drake, is listed amongst some heavy hitters in the hairdressing world. Drake, 30, says she is very proud to be named a finalist for the most prestigious of all awards, Salon of the Year.

World first: BiØfil opens up Nullarbor for EVs with chip oil generator

Now electric vehicles can cross the Nullarbor Plain thanks to BiØfil, a world-first EV fast charging system that is fully off-grid, self-contained and powered by used chip (vegetable) oil from roadhouse deep fryers. On Sunday 16 January 2022, BiØfil was installed at the Caiguna Roadhouse, approximately 370 km east of Norseman and 370 km west of the South Australian border, making it one of the most remote EV fast charging stations on the planet.

Program announced for 21st Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster

Block your diaries, book your trip and get your tickets to the hottest festival in Australia, the Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster held 13 to 22 May 2022 in Kununurra in Western Australia’s East Kimberley. A highlight of the ten-day festival is the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience headlined by Australian rock legend Ian Moss along with Sheppard, Baker Boy and King Stingray held on Saturday 14 May at the Muster Hub, on the banks of Lake Kununurra and walking distance to town.

Five ways to use black truffle at home

Life is short, so eat truffles. If you're currently in lockdown or as free as a bird, you can enjoy freshly harvested black truffles in the comfort of your own home. Located in the heart of Australian truffle country in Manjimup in Western Australia's south west, Australian Truffle Traders ships nuggets of 'black gold' to some of the world's best restaurants, and you can enjoy them too.

Margaret River’s new toasty fireside experience

You've heard of toasting marshmallows over the fire, but have you tried nougat? Bettenay’s in Margaret River has launched a new winter experience, Toasty Tastings by the Fire that includes a guided tasting of four estate wines, a nougat-inspired liqueur and toasting French-style nougat over an open fire.

Ord Valley Muster celebrates 20 years

Over 12,000 event attendees celebrated the return of the nine-day Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster held in Kununurra, Western Australia ... New events added to the program this year included Art in the Park featuring 40 local artists, Storytelling Night around a fire by Miriwoong elder David Newry, and the free family-friendly event, Party in the Park to close the festival ... The nation’s most remote party was headlined by one of Australia’s most successful female artists, Jessica Mauboy, who last performed at the Muster as an up-and-coming 16 year old in 2006.

20th Ord Valley Muster on this month

The 20th Ord Valley Muster, from 21 to 29 May 2021, features an outstanding line-up of over 30 events across nine exciting days including two nights of side splitting comedy, a real county rodeo, fringe shows, cultural experiences and performances, a traditional Corroboree, a secret suppers series, Art in the Park, music, early morning bliss with floating yoga boats and a family-friendly closing party that includes a diamond dig.

The Wine Adventurer – new WA wine tourism guide

The first of its kind in Australia, a new online and interactive wine tourism guide called The Wine Adventurer has been published designed to inspire and inform international and domestic visitors to help them plan their trips into WA’s wine regions. Eight wine regions are featured in the e-brochure that includes each region’s unique wine tourism experiences and hero wine varieties.


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