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BALLARAT FOOD WINTER HIGHLIGHTS

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As winter comes to a close and the days brighten and draw longer we look back at what seemed like an especially cold and wet winter in Ballarat. Although we may have been hibernating for a good portion of the season there were some tasty developments taking place in the Ballarat Food scene.

Basilio Sourdough bread is now available from Ryans Pleasant Park IGA supermarket. We are so excited for Georgio and his team who are now supplying fresh baked authentic sourdough to the supermarket located on the corner of Sturt and Pleasant Streets. I have posted about the world of cheese available at this fantastic supermarket. Now they have my favourite bread to go with all the cheese. Basilio is currently delivering Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but be warned. Be early! I have been delighted and frustrated in equal measures, that bread moves fast.

Basilio IGA Ballarat FoodBasilio Sourdough now available at Ryans Pleasant Park IGA

Do not stress. The much lauded crunchy and substantial sourdough is also regularly available from Campana’s Stockade Cellars on the corner of Mair & Armstrong Streets, Kittelty’s at the Ballarat Art Gallery, Saltbush Sundays (Sundays at saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E.), Wilsons in Lucas and local fresh produce markets on a Saturday.

Farmgate Produce Basket CornucopiaSaltbush Sundays local farmgate produce 

For those of us who find it hard to make it to a farmers market on a Saturday you can get an assortment of local fresh produce between 9:30am and 4pm at Salt Bush Sundays, including Basilio, Yendon Tomatoes, Ballarat Mushrooms and Spring Creek Organic vegetables.

Country Style Smallgoods is now available from Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E. Brigid is stocking Sebastian’s best selling sliced bacon, ham and sausages for you to buy seven days a week. You can also order from the complete Country Style Smallgoods catalogue of exotic cured pieces and salamis online for pick up on Sundays at Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E.

Country Style Sausages Ballarat Food
Country Style Smallgoods Sausages

This winter I finally met some of Ballarat’s social media foodies. Such a fun and diverse group of people who enjoy the great food in our region. Based on our mutual interest we have decided meet up on a semi regular basis to sample some of the excellent food Ballarat has to offer. We kicked off at Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E. where Brigid Corcoran took us on a tasty afternoon adventure with her delicious Bush Food Spices. You can check out on Brigid’s Bush spice range on her new website.

Balarat Foodies
Ballarat Foodies

We (The Ballarat Foodies ) followed up a few weeks later with a chocolicious afternoon at Kittelty’s sampling the decadent range from Grounded Pleasures. A huge thank you to Sophie and Craig McKenzie and Sara Kittelty for an educational afternoon that my tastebuds will never forget.

Grounded Pleasures Choc Cake Kitteltys
Sarah Kittelty's Grounded Pleasures chocolate and almond cake 

More winter highlights? The now entrenched flurry of gourmet pies being debuted each winter vying for Coopers Pie and Pale competition prize. This year awarded to the Mallow’s entry a Coopers stout slow braised beef and mustard pie served with stomp mash and apple witlof slaw.

Meigas Croquettes Ballarat Food
Meigas blood sausage croquettes

Armstrong Street has become the go to precinct for a quick and tasty repast. For my hearty winter fix I have been frequenting Meigas in the evenings for their sizzling garlic prawns and blood sausage croquettes with a glass of Spanish red. Whilst on a cold Ballarat day I find it hard to resist a warming bowl of dumpling soup at Saigon Vietnam Noodle House. If I am extra hungry I order a giant bowl of chicken pho.

Dumplng Soup Ballarat FoodSaigon Vietnam Noodle House dumpling soup 

A few new spots popping up this winter include The Local Cafe in Lydiard Street North, Il Piccolo Gelato in Sturt Street, Zambrero: Mexican with a Mission in Armstrong Street, High Tea and Jazz at Alexandria Tearooms is one to pop in the calendar and Ballarat’s latest addition Holy Smokes BBQ opening today in Sturt Street.

What Ballarat food have you been loving this winter?

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017