The Treasure of Trout Farming

From pond to pan in 10 minutes, trout-farm fishing offers one of the freshest dining experiences around. In partnership with Visit Ballarat, we find out how it’s done. “We’ve been doing paddock to plate since before it was trendy,” says Jan Jones. Jones and her …

Sher Wagyu takes paddock to plate up a level

THE most successful paddock to plate stories seem to evolve from a willingness to step outside comfort zones and react quickly to changing forces. Certainly that is the case with one of the country’s leading beef brands, Sher Wagyu, produced by Victorians Nick and Vicki …

Out of Towners: Daylesford

Need a change of pace? With natural mineral springs and excellent farm-to-table fare, Daylesford has plenty to offer those looking to spend a weekend in low gear. Once you’ve dipped your toe in the waters of Spa Country, it’s easy to see why the region …

At home with the lady of Lake House, Alla Wolf-Tasker

The lady of Lake House, Alla Wolf-Tasker, rarely has time to reflect upon its still, wide waters from her eyrie in the Daylesford hills. It was only four years ago that Alla and husband Allan moved off-site from the stunning waterfront hotel and restaurant that …

A Celebration of the Seasons at Belvedere Social

Local, informal, seasonal, convivial. This description of Belvedere Social may be nothing new under the Australian sun, but this recent opening in Daylesford, Victoria, has a vibrant and fresh approach which gives new meaning to farm-to-table. The mastermind behind Belvedere is Bernard Glaude, a wine …

Broadsheet: Lake House Restaurant

After acquiring some prime real estate skirting Daylesford’s tranquil lake in 1979, Alla and Allan Wolf-Tasker set about clearing the swampy surrounds to build their restaurant. Now the stringybarks and Russian silver birches Alla planted as seedlings now tower overhead. The award-winning restaurant has since …

Festival-goers on cloud nine

On a perfect weekend for the Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Festival, visitors turned out in great numbers to visit the winegrowers and producers of the region. With many new visitors drawn to the region for the festival and regular, devoted fans turning out, the …

Retreating to luxury at Lake House, Daylesford

Five-star hotels have long had top-tier accommodation that sits loftily above the average guestroom inventory. Frequently, these multi-roomed chambers fit categories such as Executive Suite or Junior Suite, the latter always suggesting (at least to me) that there would be Beatrix Potter wallpaper and rubber …

delicious. Produce Awards 2015

Article by: taste.com.au Pull out the party hats and light the birthday candles – it’s time to celebrate ten years of the delicious. Produce Awards! It’s been a decade of unearthing some of Australia’s most innovative produce and celebrating the growers, farmers, chefs, farmers’ markets and …

Chook and cheese as early-birds run with a delicious success

As records go, it’s no biggie. But when management consultants-turned-chook-farmers Bruce and Roz Burton last night claimed a prestigious delicious magazine Produce Award, it was a record-breaking achievement. The awards — the pinnacle event for Australia’s small-scale and artisan food producers — have never had …

Daylesford weekend getaway: where to eat and drink

From pub counter food to two-hatted fare, Daylesford adds up to a delicious stay. The Daylesford area has always had great pull power thanks to its burbling, fizzing, healing mineral waters which may be pumped up from the depths to drink or bathed in at …

delicious. Produce Awards 2015 – Finalists revealed

Single-origin sourdough, farmed seaweed, Australian quinoa, raw milk cheese… this is not a futuristic food fantasy, this is Australia, right here, right now. While innovation plays an important role in the evolution of our food culture, it’s the high-quality ingredients, ethically and sustainably produced, that …