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Samaria Farm rosewater distillation workshop… the ambrosial rosewater of the damask rose…

North East Victoria has many wonderful hidden treasures, but visiting the ambrosial damask rose gardens of Samaria Farm just out of Benalla for a Rosewater Distillation Workshop, would have to be the most special of treasures and a sensational day out. Rosewater is one of those fragrant ingredients that has always had a place in [...]

2019-11-13T03:41:50+00:00November 13th, 2019|

Cape Byron Distillery… macadamia nuts and gin… match made in Gin heaven

With Easter holidays just around the corner, I thought I might put forth a suggestion for some adult entertainment of the gin kind… I love discovering what a region has to offer, and love even more when that discovery involves gin. I admit it. I love gin. I know I am not alone, so I [...]

2019-04-12T11:26:48+00:00April 12th, 2019|

Hinterland Farm To Fork Experience – a great day of food and beer with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours

I love a good food tour. I also love a good brewery tour. Combine the two and you have the Hinterland Farm to Fork Experience by Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours, and you really do have the best of both worlds. Happy days! While I won’t give too much away about the actual tour – [...]

2019-04-12T11:32:36+00:00March 28th, 2019|

Honouring traditional artisan sourdough baking – Ten Acres – best bread ever!

I grew up eating sourdough, and sourdough rye. It was pretty much the only type of bread we ate in my family. In my early school years I used to squirm every time I opened my lunchbox. Other kids got sliced Tip Top white bread with vegemite or honey, maybe even with hundreds and thousands [...]

2018-10-04T22:00:14+00:00October 4th, 2018|

Lord Byron Distillery… A ‘spiritual’ journey with provenance – Byron Bay’s newest distillery

Lord Byron Distillery is one of those distillery stories I aspire to… We often reflect on provenance when it comes to our food. Who grows it, the ethics of animal husbandry, organic, chemical free, the passions, etc. But when it comes to what we drink, we stop short. We might be concerned with how pure [...]

2018-09-20T08:28:49+00:00September 20th, 2018|

FAN – Food Agribusiness Network Social Media Workshop – Sophie Hansen visits Kandanga Farm Store

I have to say, I really enjoyed yesterday’s FAN (Food Agribusiness Network) Workshop with the wonderfully insightful Sophie Hansen at Kandanga Farm Store / Kandanga Kitchen. Sophie Hansen led a workshop on photography and food styling for social media, in specific, Instagram. Sophie is the lovely individual behind Local is Lovely and My Open Kitchen, [...]

2018-06-15T04:06:06+00:00June 14th, 2018|

Red Hill Brewery… annual hop harvest on the Mornington Peninsula

Hops. I wonder who it was that first made the connection that resulted in this humble herb’s flower becoming the primary ingredient of beer. Living on the Sunshine Coast, hops is not something that is grown readily – it is more suited to the colder, less humid climates – so there are not too many [...]

2018-05-14T09:18:10+00:00May 1st, 2018|

Lychee Divine… sensational lychee liqueurs from the Fraser Coast

Regional Foodie visits the home of Lychee Divine; lychee growers and producers of some sensational lychee liqueurs and wines, produced on the Fraser Coast. The Sunshine Coast boasts many wonderful tropical fruits, and a favourite of mine, would have to be the lychee. It is a pretty little fruit. A bright red armour-like shell protects [...]

2018-03-21T03:30:36+00:00March 20th, 2018|