2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is Australia’s premier wine awards event. It celebrates excellence in Australian winemaking, showcasing the industry’s diversity and quality, giving Australian wine producers the opportunity to promote their fine wines to both industry and consumers. The RMWA is an essential benchmarking…

Bread that takes the cake

“If the sine qua non of a food ­destination is quality bread, then Kyneton, a thriving little town in central Victoria, has hit the big time.” FOUR of Australia’s best bakeries – from Bondi to Subiaco. 2. Piper Street Food Co, Kyneton, Victoria. If the sine qua non of a food ­destination is quality bread,…

Interview RubaDub + Nats + Jono

“Each animal has a story, each is loved and each has a purpose and a place. ” – Danielle White, The Countryphiles Overwhelmed by the soul-enriching passion behind this week’s wonderful story, it’s hard to know where to start. So, the beginning will just have to do. A few weeks back, I was blessed to share…

The Boy from Ballarat

“With two main wine labels under his management, Eastern Peake and Appellation Ballarat, Owen is a busy man.” – Kate Christensen, the wine project Photo credit: James Broadway I perch at a large wooden share table in the middle of the room, pick at some Holy Goat soft cheese, sip a local red and chat with…

Stars, Hats and the Joys of the Awards Season

Late winter is a busy time for media generated awards and as usual DMP members have been prominent in what might be called ‘awards season’.  It starts in with the delicious Produce Awards which, apart from being a great guide for consumers to excellence in Australia’s small scale agricultural and artisan product development, it is…

Meet The Milking Yard Farm

“The Milking Yard’s ethos is to offer produce “the way nature intended”, but clearly Bruce uses all the modern methods of research and breeding and some forms of intervention to reach that goal.” – Kirsty Simpson, Eat In Photo credit: Angela Miller You couldn’t ask for better luck. The sheep that Bruce Burton had kept to…

du Fermier Restaurant Review – Good Food

“Du Fermier takes quite a risk running such a pared back non-menu, but it doesn’t falter. It’s the added extras that help – the warm plates, the warm staff – but it’s the palpable connection with the kitchen that makes dinner here so memorable” – Larissa Dubecki, Good Food Photo credit: Simon Schluter It was a…

Boathouse revamp

“We want to make it a place where people are proud and happy to actually come” Photo credit: Julie Hough Go to the article LOCAL business operators Chris Malden and Wayne Cross are the new lessees of the Boat House Cafe on the shore of Lake Daylesford. Hepburn Shire Council granted Mr Cross and Mr…

Delicious Produce Awards 2014

Warialda Wins. We’re guessing there might be one or two sore heads amongst our DMP members this morning after attending the ABC delicious. Produce Awards 2014 Awards in Sydney last night. Warialda Belted Galloway, Sher Wagyu, McIvor Pork, as well as our Chair Alla Wolf Tasker, celebrated with some of Australia’s most renowned chefs and…

Warialda Beef building a brand from the ashes

“Moving from growers to marketers has been hard work, says Lizette Snaith, who now sells nearly 800kg of prime beef direct to consumers and chefs each week, but the rewards are slowly coming for this unique beef and its dedicated producers.” Go to the article GROWING up in Melbourne, Allen Snaith always wanted to be…

The Zielinski family are selling the sizzle

“And it is the aroma of slow-cooked pork roll with sweetcorn slaw, and the Saddleback sausages with caramelised onion, that lures customers to Marnie and Nick Zielinski’s Zed and Co stall at farmers’ markets.” Go to the article AS ANY foodie will tell you, it’s the nose that knows. And it is the aroma of…

Real good, unless it’s not real at all

“About 70 of us showed up on an ordinary sort of June day to Jonai Farm, Eganstown, home to local evangelists for ethical animal husbandry and preservation of rare breeds for the purpose of producing trustworthy food, Tammi and Stuart Jonas.” Go to the article SO, we went to the farm. We saw the pigs.…

Autumn’s feast for the senses

“Local wags reckon there are three seasons in central Victoria: February, March and Winter…” So begins Gaye Leago’s funny, touching account of the trials and tribulations of veggie growing here in the Daylesford Macedon region, Growing Concerns, our winner of the #dmpharvest The Lake House Food Writing Award 2014. Gaye’s story was picked from a…

Grange Bellinzona doors open for dining

FIRSTLY, Grange Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs is open for Friday and Saturday night dinner. Secondly, it’s fantastic. I mention the first part because, so far, everyone I have talked to has no idea the lovely Heritage Restaurant is open to the public. Everyone seems to have assumed it’s all about weddings and conferences. Including me.…