Next week I fear my popularity will hit rock bottom. I have decided it could be wise to take my umbrella on every outing, a handy shield to deflect flying pastry. As a judge in Ballarat’s Winterlude Pie Competition, I will be expecting at least one pie in the face. Honestly I’m not too worried about the wrath I’ll encounter as there are numerous pros who have been asked to partake in a feast of 28 local pies.
A thriving community requires fresh quality produce from a sustainable food supply. Land on the city fringe is still important to our economy and we are aware that it's our obligation to support our local producers. If we can all start to make an effort to supplement our regular grocery shop from local produce markets as a priority before filling the rest of our needs from the supermarket, we can reap the health benefits while supporting our region’s economy. It may take a some more effort and planning to create our meals from the local seasonal produce on offer, but it will provide a far more tasty and nutritious diet for our families.
If you love our local Inglenook Dairy milk you will be very excited to hear that we will be selling Inglenook Milk and Cream at the Jiggety Jig Market this Saturday 18th July, but you must preorder.
Country Style Smallgoods and Saltbush Kitchen are bringing local fresh produce to Ballarat. Farmgate Friday will commence this Friday July 17th, 3pm to 7pm. You can order your quality locally made smallgoods online at www.countrystylesmallgoods.com.au before 5:30pm this Thursday and pick them up the following afternoon at Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E. where there will be an offering of fresh vegies, local platters and wine.
It was a busy few weeks leading up to our very first Ballarat Food Jiggety Jig Indoor Farmers Market and we are thrilled that the local community came out in droves, on such a brisk winter morning in Ballarat, to show support for our local producers. Our resilient stall holders were pleased to be able to offer their fare in a sheltered setting on what turned out be the coldest morning so far this winter.
Local truffle growers Andres and Lynette Haas of Black Cat Truffles are busy preparing for an anticipated bumper season of winter truffles. On selected Tuesdays throughout June and July, the gates to the truffiere will be open to local chefs and apprentices for a truffle experience like no other.
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again, jiggety-jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun.
Home again, home again, market is done.
As a kid I loved jumping on my green sparkly Gove five speed, rounding up the neighbourhood gang and heading for the Milk Bar. We would pool our money and spend big time on cobbers, bullets and musk sticks, or if it was winter hot pies, dimmies or Chicko Rolls. I always put my hand up if we were low on bread or milk, another ride to the Milk Bar, I could spend the change and scoff something yummy before I got home. Alas Milk Bars are all but gone, as well as the one cent lollies. There is one place however that continues to tick the local one stop shop criteria - Eclectic Tastes. You can still pop your Gove in the bike rack, there are always dimmies on the menu. Margo has just perfected her pie entry for the Pale and Pie Comp, you can grab a Litre of Inglenook milk and even order a loaf of Basilio sourdough.
It's been a fantastic year for Goldfields Farmhouse, the 2015 Paddock to Plate winner for a business over 2 years. They offer a variety of cheeses to enjoy with all our seasonal dishes. We have been loving the entire range from their firm and mild Lasseter's Reef to their stronger flavoured Buangor Blue, so we thought it timely to catch up with Nadia Keene from Goldfields Farmhouse to tell us what's tantalising her tastebuds this season.
I’ve been sitting in a sugar coma for the last hour, kind of catatonic, I have to write this week’s, In the Kitchen and after devouring twelve of the most exquisite little cupcakes I have ever seen (no, I did not eat them on my own) I just don’t know how to do these pop art cake favours justice. You are all going to have to go to The Little Cupcake at 223 Eureka St and try your own beautiful box set of delectable delights.
In the prime of autumn we celebrated the best of the region's produce at the Rural Lifestyle Expo at The Ballarat Showgrounds. The variety of quality produce being grown and made in the Ballarat area is astonishing and thanks to Natures Cargo's Graham Wilkie the hard work and dedication of producers dedicated to creating quality fare is being acknowledged and their businesses supported.
The Taste Ballarat Food Pavilion at the Ballarat Rural Lifestyle Expo on Saturday 11 April 2015 was a hub of Ballarat's finest growers and producers. We were entertained with some classic Taste Ballarat events and were introduced to a community discussion of a fair food system and how we all play a vital role in the future of our food supply.
The Taste Ballarat Produce Dinner 2015, the third incarnation of an event created by Andy Beyerle, based on the local produce grown in our region’s backyards and gardens, was held at the Lydiard Wine Bar Friday night. The spirit of celebrating and sharing local food grown and produced in our region was a tribute to everyone involved. The energy and passion of growers, producers, chefs, hospitality professionals and lovers of quality ethical food ensured that the event was a tasty success. It was epic.
We are excited to report that the Federation University's Commercial Cookery students are about to embark on their amazing mystery lunches for 2015. Tomorrow's first Mystery Lunch is themed around poultry.
Anticipation is growing as I check and recheck my lists for this year’s Weekly Times Rural Lifestyle Expo, not just because there will be many beautiful things to see like fat piggies, belted Galloways and kooky looking chooks but because as you all know I love to eat great food.
Ballarat Food is super pleased to annouce that the Australian documentary Fair Food will be screening this Saturday April 11 at midday and at 2pm in the Food Pavillion at the Weekly Times Rural Lifestyle Festival at the Ballarat Showgrounds, on the corner of Creswick Road and Howitt Street Wendouree. For anybody curious about our food system in Australia and the issues impacting it, you really must see Fair Food. A Q&A discussion panel will follow the 2pm screening.