What’s Happening In The Highlands Food & Wine Scene
Ooooookay, to say we’re in crazy times is a bit of an understatement right now. But you know us! We are ALWAYS determined to stay positive and focus on how we can make a difference to our awesome region and our even awesome-er (is so a word!) businesses.
So this month, we chatted to the team at the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Association about ways we can support our local food and bevvie industry.
#SUPPORTINGLOCAL IN TIMES OF SOCIAL DISTANCING
Let’s look at simple practical ways we can still support local businesses. Think about the differnent local businesses and how you can utilise their services...
We have local retailers who are all set up online. So if you need to send a gift, or even something to yourself - think about our local online retailers first. Some options to start you off:
The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop
Their fab range of products are available online and can be delivered to anywhere in Australia. Click here to have a look!
Cuttaway Hill Survival Packs
Buy a premium selection of 6 bottles of Cuttaway Hill wines which includes free loo paper - like we said, crazy times! Order your survival pack online here.
Consider sourcing some ready-made meals to make life a little easier (and tasty!).
Flavours by Dee
Contact Dee for the latest list of markets where she will be at selling her curry pastes.
Black Hen Kitchen
Don’t want to leave the house? Contact these guys to get a moody winter salad, hearty stew or other seasonal menu options delivered to fill your fridge for a few days and feed the fam bam.
And here are a few other hints to help support local…
1. Need your daily coffee fix? Call ahead to your favourite café and place your order over the phone, so all you need to do is tap, grab and go - some cafes are even offering to meet you at your car window!
2. Order takeaway food - again call ahead, offer to pay over the phone so it truly is grab and go.
3. Order wine/beer/spirits online to be delivered to your door - all your local vineyards, distillers and breweries offer online ordering.
4. Visit a market to purchase your fresh fruit and veggies. Markets are open air, the produce being sold has been handled less and usually available from more local sources. Here's our guide to local markets (bookmark this one, it'll come in handy)!
5. Buy a veggie box from a local provider that can be delivered to your door. Here are some local options. (make sure you check in with them as everything is changing daily at the moment!)
6. Head to your local butcher, fruit & veggie store and bakery to stock up the pantry instead of the big supermarkets. Most of our smaller local retailers are supplied by local farmers so you'll be helping both the retailer AND the farmer. Perfect!
Let's celebrate the wins!
PepperGreen Estate’s 2018 Merlot was awarded a double gold medal at the prestigious “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards. Congrats guys!
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK // The Dairy Store at Robertson Cheese Factory
If you haven’t been out to The Robertson Cheese Factory lately, you need to get your skates on peeps! It is quite the foodie hub with a fab new Dairy Store, the newly refreshed Whey Café and organic gelato churned on site. The Dairy Store has a delicious selection of local and Australian cheese (we’re talking the reaaaaalllly good stuff you can’t get at the supermarket) and is stocked full of relishes, sauces and jams all made onsite too. Local deliciousness all under one roof.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Things are a little uncertain for the next couple of months but we’re super hopeful that all our fabulous events in the Highlands will be running sooner rather than later. So pop these dates in your diary and let’s cross our fingers!
JULY 4 // Bundanoon Winterfest Street Party
This is always such a fun night! The main street of Bundanoon shuts down and everyone comes out to par-tayyyy! Loads of food and drinks stalls with delicious goodies to feast on, fire pits to huddle around and chat with friends, and live music. Pop this one in your diary and follow Winterfest on Facebook for updates!
OCTOBER LONG WEEKEND // Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival
Watch this space, people! The team are working hard on this one and will be sharing awesome updates with us soon - word on the street is it's going to be bigger and better than ever!
For local foodie and wine businesses...
If you want to become a member of the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association, click here or if you would like to be kept up to date with what the association and all their members are up to, be sure to check back in here at The Fold - we’ll be updating this awesome page monthly. You can sign up for the Association’s newsletter here or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.