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TASTE BALLARAT PRODUCE DINNER CHEF - THE FORGE'S MICK NUNN

TASTE BALLARAT PRODUCE DINNER CHEF - THE FORGE'S MICK NUNN

Michael Nunn head chef at Ballarat’s favourite Pizzeria The Forge will be preparing one of the eight courses at the Taste Ballarat Produce Dinner Friday April 10th. 

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COUNTRY STYLE SMALLGOODS OFFERING GOURMET FOOD DIRECT TO CUSTOMERS

COUNTRY STYLE SMALLGOODS OFFERING GOURMET FOOD DIRECT TO CUSTOMERS

Country Style Smallgoods’s Sebastian Jurcan has been one of Ballarat Food’s original and most enthusiastic supporters. It was not long ago that this maker of fine quality small goods arrived in the Ballarat region, armed with fine charcuterie skills from his many years at Istra in Musk, near Daylesford, and a dream to set up a local quality smallgoods outlet in our area. We knew he was going to be a good thing for the Ballarat food scene.

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TASTE BALLARAT PRODUCE DINNER TICKETS ARE NOW SELLING

TASTE BALLARAT PRODUCE DINNER TICKETS ARE NOW SELLING

Ballarat's local foodies have been quietly plotting and planning a very Ballarat produce dinner at the Lydiard Wine Bar Friday 10th 2015. 

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BALLARAT COMMUNITY GARDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL

BALLARAT COMMUNITY GARDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL

The 6th Annual Harvest Festival at the Ballarat Community Garden is on this Sunday March 15th 2015 11am to 3pm, on the corner of Queen Street and Dyte Parade, Ballarat. If you are interested in food - growing it, eating it, or want to learn more about gardening, come along to the Harvest Festival.

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AUTUMN HARVEST FESTIVAL

AUTUMN HARVEST FESTIVAL

Attention all foodies and producers! Ballarat Community Health’s Autumn Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 12 Lilburne Street, Lucas Town Centre, 10am - 3pm.

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CONGRATULATIONS CATFISH THAI

CONGRATULATIONS CATFISH THAI

Congratulations to Ballarat’s Best Restaurant - Catfish Thai for inclusion in Australia’s top 500 restaurants.

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LITTLE BIRD

LITTLE BIRD

After a period of mourning of the loss of a favourite Ballarat cafe -Bibo. We can now happily report the amazing location formerly known as Bibo has had a rebirth - Little Bird.

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BALLARAT BESTIES 2014

BALLARAT BESTIES 2014

Now before I announce the Bestie Awards for 2014 I need to give creds to the people I call the Village People. You must all remember The Village People, a group of amazing musicians who shared a passion and discoed their way into our hearts. Y.M.C.A. and You Can’t Stop the Music are you with me?

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Brad
Hey Suzi, great reveiw......however Mitchell Harris use my coffee (hellbilly roasting).
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 16:57
Edible Growable Share-able
Fantastic overview of the local food and bev scene - thank you! Just one little correction....the pop up tea house was run by mem... Read More
Sunday, 11 January 2015 11:57
Jodie Kaine
Thanks Edible Growable Shar-able. Chai Kana details added. Appreciate the feedback.
Sunday, 11 January 2015 13:23
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CHEF PROFILE: CHRISTOPHER HOWE

CHEF PROFILE: CHRISTOPHER HOWE

Photograph by Jayne Newgreen 

I sometimes wonder how much longer I can abstain from the restaurant scene. Lately I get seriously toey when I flick through a new cook book or magazine. I am becoming extremely critical when I dine out and think,” I’m sure I could have cooked that dish with a little more finesse.” I may need therapy because who would seriously want to spend 80 to 100 hours a week, smelling like animal entrails, deafened from exhaust fans and stamped with an assortment of burns, broken nails, calloused feet and lemon juice marinated finger injuries. Who would want to throw themselves into the hell fire of a booked out service on a 38 degrees day wearing a double breasted jacket with long sleeves and freshly ironed hound’s-tooth pants. ME. I want it all and spending a few hours with The Avoca Hotel's head chef Christopher Howe has just ignited my passion like a brulee torch on free range methane.

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TERRA MADRE DAY HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL FOOD AT RISK OF DISAPPEARING

TERRA MADRE DAY HIGHLIGHTS LOCAL FOOD AT RISK OF DISAPPEARING

December 10 is Terra Madre Day an annual international celebration of local food. This year slowfood.com are asking us to use Terra Madre day to highlight local foods at risk of disappearing. 

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YUULONG LAVENDER ESTATE

YUULONG LAVENDER ESTATE

Lavender is abundant in our region and summer is the time to harvest the beautifully aromatic flowers. I have been intending to use this fabulous herb in some cooking for some time now and had been actively looking out for some of the edible variety around town to buy for some summer dishes.

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GOOD FOOD MONTH - THE GEORGE HOTEL BALCONY LUNCH

GOOD FOOD MONTH - THE GEORGE HOTEL BALCONY LUNCH
The question on everyone's lips? Are you full yet? Have you discovered Ballarat's best chef, tastiest tapas, sexiest venue or hottest jalapenos? If you are yet to step out to one of Ballarat's Good Food Month events prepare to be enticed.
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Hey Suzi. You have given good option for people to hangout with friends for superb meals. People wouldn't want to miss the excite... Read More
Monday, 30 March 2015 22:50
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CHEF PROFILE: LIAM DOWNES

CHEF PROFILE: LIAM DOWNES

NAME: Liam Downes

CURRENTLY COOKING AT: The Lane at The George

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BALLARAT GOOD FOOD MONTH

BALLARAT GOOD FOOD MONTH
This week while our region’s most passionate chefs and restaurateurs finalized the logistics of Good Food Month Ballarat. The team at Ballarat Food organized an impromptu photo shoot. The location, a most unlikely setting, behind the Not Quite Right supermarket in Howitt Street Wendouree. Some of the stars of Good Food Month gathered in front of an amazing wall of graffiti and shared a quick half hour together, as Jodie Kaine, our graphic and web designer snapped away.
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REVIEW: MITCHELL HARRIS CELLAR DOOR AND WINE BAR

REVIEW: MITCHELL HARRIS CELLAR DOOR AND WINE BAR

Mitchell Harris Wine Bar and Cellar Door in Doveton Street North has been a popular spot in the heart of Ballarat since early 2013, a recent visit to try their fare was a wonderful experience for the tastebuds. The wine offering available by the glass would have to be the best in Ballarat and more than enough for it's own comprehensive review. The excellent thing about this local wine bar is that there is more than wine to enjoy. 

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CHEF PROFILE: HEMANT KUMAR SINGH

CHEF PROFILE: HEMANT KUMAR SINGH

NAME: Hemant Kumar Singh

CURRENTLY COOKING AT: Curry Star Indian Restaurant

WEB: http://www.currystarindian.com.au/

SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/currystarballarat

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SPANISH AT PROSPECTS

SPANISH AT PROSPECTS
This Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th September, Prospects Restaurant at Federation University will be serving a menu based on a Spanish theme. Come check out our third year students turn on their Mediterranean flare. All guest can book a table and join us this Wednesday and Thursday night 6:30 - 9pm. Price is $33.50 per head, bookings essential.
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CHEF PROFILE: RYAN PEARCE

CHEF PROFILE: RYAN PEARCE

Name: Ryan Pearce

CURRENTLY COOKING AT: Federation University's Prospects Restaurant 

WEB: www.http://federation.edu.au/faculties-and-schools/industry-skills-centre/food/prospects-restaurant

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JAMAICAN CUISINE THE TASTIEST HISTORY LESSON IN TOWN

JAMAICAN CUISINE THE TASTIEST HISTORY LESSON IN TOWN
This Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th September, Prospects Restaurant at Federation University will be serving a menu based on a Jamaican theme. Menu is presented as a share style banquette meal ranging seven different courses of culturally traditional Jamaican classics. All guest can book a table and join us this Wednesday and Thursday night for a 3 course share style menu ranging seven different dishes with weird and colourful names but in the end downright tasty. Price is $33.50 per head, bookings essential.
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BALLARAT MAXIFOODS CAFE IS NOW SERVING FREE CHARISMA COFFEE

BALLARAT MAXIFOODS CAFE IS NOW SERVING FREE CHARISMA COFFEE
WOW! Ballarat is on a roll. Maxi Foods on the corner of Latrobe and Pleasant Streets is offering free coffee to their customers from their new cafe. I am putting the word out to everyone in the area to have a coffee and check out what's on offer very soon.
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