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PROVIDER'S PROFILE - MAGGIE & KATE

KATRINE TAYLOR MAGGIEKATE

KATRINE TAYLOR WHAT’S YOUR THING? Good food, it makes me happy.

LOCATION: 4/403 Warrenheip Street Buninyong, Vic 335
HOURS: Mon-Fri 7am-3pm & Sat 8am-1pm
PHONE: 5341 2208
EMAIL:
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MAGGIE & KATE STORY
Katrine Taylor has always wanted her own cafe, so with young children she started off with a coffee van instead. She has since made the transition to her own cafe located in Buninyong. The opportunity came in May 2016 when the cafe formerly known as the Figleaf in Warrenheip Street became available for sale. Katrine was born in Buninyong and returned to live there with her family over three years ago, the cafe was perfect for her vision of Maggie & Kate.

The name Maggie and Kate is a reference to Katrine and her Mum and treasured memories of learning to bake. Maggie & Kate is a sweet little cafe where you will be served fabulous coffee and fresh baked classics such as yo yos, jam drops, shortbread, slices, biscuits, muffins and cakes all made on the premises. Maggie & Kate also serve a tasty range of breakfasts and lunches featuring local, quality produce.

Katrine Shopfront

In the first few months Katrine made many subtle changes to the decor, spending weekends painting, introducing new lighting, chairs and signage. She has a busy stream of customers ordering coffee, snacks, breakfast and lunch to go, and many more are now taking time to sit down and enjoy the fresh flavours in a cosy, comfortable setting.

NEW DIRECTIONS FOR MAGGIE & KATE
Katrine has introduced a menu with a style of food she has always wanted to offer. Baking in house traditional recipes from her Mum and Grandmother. It’s the place you can go to to enjoy great coffee and cake at a reasonable price.
Katrine’s introducing lot’s of new baked classics along with her staples to cater for her regular customers. Her goal is to make everything fresh in house.

Muesli Square

FOODIE INSPIRATION
Katrine’s baking inspiration comes from her treasured collection of cookbooks, she inherited a portion of her grandmother’s and all of her mothers. It was from these Katrine developed her love of baking and is encouraging her kids to use them as she did when she was younger.

Breakfast Muffin

Katrine values quality local produce and uses the best at Maggie & Kate including Basilio Sourdough, Inglenook Milk, Country Style Smallgoods ham, bacon and salami, eggs from Idyll Farm, Warnambool Cheese and Grounded Pleasures fine drinking chocolate assortments.

Drinks Menu

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING?
Without hesitation Katrine loves butter and good eggs.
Her favourite comfort treat is a Maggie & Kates ham and cheese toastie, with thick cut Basilio Hi Top slices, Warnambool Cheese and Sebastian’s ham.

Toastie

TELL US ABOUT THE COFFEE?
Katrine admits she loves her coffee strong paired with Inglenook milk. They do a bustling trade in Allpress Coffee, who are based in Collingwood. They supply excellent fresh coffee and Katrine and her staff have all been trained at Allpress to ensure they have mastered the craft of serving excellent coffee.
Given their busy trade of early morning Geelong commuters every morning they must be adept baristas.

Allpress Coffee

WHAT OTHER BALLARAT FOODIES INSPIRE YOU?
Katrine loves the pizzas from Trevor’s Pizza a few doors down from Maggie & Kate in Warrenheip Street Buninyong and dines at Meigas Spanish Restaurant in Armstrong street Ballarat as often as she can, referring to Jose’s food as ‘Amazing!’.

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PRODUCER'S PROFILE - THE POMEGRANATE TREE

Glenda Maes

GLENDA MAES WHAT’S YOUR THING? Seasonal fruit cordials.

PHONE: 0431 602 631

EMAIL:

WEBSITE: http://www.pomegranatetree.com.au

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THE POMEGRANATE TREE STORY

Glenda Maes has an extensive background in food. She is a food and technology teacher, co-author of 5 editions of Food, People & Technology for secondary schools, has worked as a catering officer at the Alfred Hospital, as a free lance home economist and a food demonstrator at the Prahran Market. Creating her own business The Pomegranate Tree was a wonderful happenstance, the result of an abundance of lemons a few years ago. Glenda’s lemon trees were loaded and she was determined to make something delicious. Glenda the food technologist researched and refined her recipe until she came up with a delightful lemon cordial. This was the beginning of Glenda’s quest to experiment with new seasonal flavour combinations to create a range of seriously exotic cordial flavours.

In 2013 Glenda made bottles of lemon, orange and raspberry cordial as gifts for guests at her daughter’s wedding and received overwhelming feedback that she should sell them. By now realising she needed to create a business The Pomegranate Tree was born, the inspiration to name her business was a dedication to the memory of Glenda’s mother in law, Iris Davis who had a grand old pomegranate tree on her property in Dimboola, the tree that introduced Glenda to the wonders of the pomegranate fruit. Glenda's son Nathan Davis a graphic designer, created The Pomegrante Tree branding, packaging and website. So elegant and contemporary.

Three years on Glenda has developed a range of seasonal cordials made from exotic blends of spices and local fruits, flowers and herbs. She picks as much of her ingredients as she can and is often out foraging with fellow minded foodies in the Ballarat area. What Glenda can’t pick herself or obtain from gifted bounties from friends, she sources from local quality growers such as Yendon Tomatoes for basil and strawberries, Buninyong Blueberry Farm for blueberries and Wilsons for quality fruit assortments. She also has a secret local berry grower who supplies her with raspberries, boysenberries and loganberries.

Pomegranate Tree Colection 1

Pomegranate Tree Colection 2

NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE POMEGRANATE TREE

Constantly experimenting with new flavours. Glenda’s background in food technology has armed her with the knowledge and skills to blend interesting new flavours such as Lime & Black Pepper and Blueberry & Cinnamon. Her curiosity to blend new combinations has also resulted in some strange results, a Peach Melba blend with peaches and raspberries did not turn out to her satisfaction, nor did her blend of Cumquat & Ginger. Her latest cordial flavour for this year, Tangello, Lime & Ginger passes with flying colours.

FOODIE INSPIRATION

Glenda’s inspiration to take up teaching food technology was her school teacher during 1968-70 at Sebastopol College, Cathy McCallum, nee Nicholls. Many years later they would teach together at Boronia Heights College and remain lifelong friends. Glenda, originally from Ballarat spent the majority of her working career in Melbourne, she returned to Ballarat in 2009 after 34 years and is an inspiration to the Ballarat Food community. Glenda loves people, when she’s not experimenting with flavours, she’s teaching students in Ballarat about food and she’s also a celebrant for weddings and funerals.

pomegranate soda

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO WITH YOUR CORDIALS

Glenda’s favourite flavours are Grapefruit & Passionfruit and Lime & Black Pepper mixed with soda water and sometimes with a splash of vodka. Glenda has designed her range of cordials for special occasions, they are delicious with cocktails and perfect for non alcoholic drinkers. She also uses her cordials in marinades and salad dressings with vinegar to add interesting flavours to her dishes.

Cordial Collection 1

THE SEASONAL CORDIAL RANGE

LEMON
STRAWBERRY & BASIL
BLOOD ORANGE & STAR ANISE
BLUEBERRY & CINNAMON
BOYSENBERRY & ANISEED
ELDERFLOWER & LEMON
GRAPEFRUIT & PASSIONFRUIT
LIME & BLACK PEPPER
LOGANBERRY & VANILLA
MANDARIN & POMEGRANATE
ORANGE & KAFFIR LIME
ORANGE & RASPBERRY
TANGELO, LIME & GINGER

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STOCKISTS

Kitteltey’s at the Gallery in Lydiard Street, The Turret in Sturt Street and Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E 102 Stawell Street Ballarat.

LOCAL MARKETS

The Creswick Artisan Market, held on the first Saturday of every month 9am - 2pm Creswick RSL Hall, 60 Albert Street, Creswick.
The Ballan Farmers Market, held on the second Saturday of every month 9am-1pm The Mill Cottage, 96 Inglis Street Ballan.
The Lal Lal Festival 30th October 2016.

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PRODUCER'S PROFILE - BASILIO SOURDOUGH

Ballaratfood Georgio Basilio

GEORGIO BASILIO WHAT'S YOUR THING? Traditional Sourdough

PHONE: 0457 347 185

EMAIL: 

WEBSITE: www.basiliosourdough.com.au

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SOCIAL MEDIA 

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

Basilio Giant Loaf

THE BASIL SOURDOUGH STORY

Georgio Basilio, born in Italy, a classically trained chef has worked in restaurants in Italy, France, Switzerland England and Australia. 25 years on Georgio began his quest to perfect the art of sourdough at Redbeard Bakery in Trentham where he became senior baker. 

In 2010, driven by the lack of real bread available in the area, Georgio brought his traditional bread making skills to Ballarat, establishing Basilio Sourdough. Six years on Georgio has set the standard for quality sourdough in Australia. He uses organic and biodynamic produce where possible and supports our local producers using their best quality ingredients. What Georgio creates is a variety of sourdough loaves like no other available in the region, all of his loaves are hand made using time honoured methods he has learned and skills he has honed since embarking on his artful process.

Basilio SourDough

SIX YEARS ON FROM THE INCEPTION OF BASILIO SOURDOUGH

Georgio is still doing things as he has from the beginning, the method is still the same, although he does concede his skills have improved over the years. "Time is the essence." He delivers an exceptional range of sourdough products and also manages to create new and interesting varieties depending on the season and impulse.

Georgio bakes for delivery on three days a week Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. He takes the entire week's orders every Saturday, cutoff 5pm, to ensure he can produce every loaf for the time the process requires.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT?

Georgio has no favourites, and fair enough, when they are all so good who can choose one? He does admit to being partial like to a rye sourdough toastie with corned beef, sauerkraut, gruyere, mustard and pickles.

 

THE BASILIO SOURDOUGH RANGE

Basilio Range

WHOLEMEAL 750g
WHOLEMEAL SLICE

Wholemeal 750g

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Organic Wheat Flour
  • Organic Stoneground Wheat Flour
  • Biodynamic Stoneground Wholegrain Rye Flour
  • Filtered Water
  • Natural Pink Lake Salt
  • Natural Leaven (Flour and Water)
  • Sesame Seeds

 

HI TIN 1kg
HI TIN SLICE

Hi Tin 1kg

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Wheat Flour
  • Organic Stoneground Wheat Flour
  • Filtered Water
  • Natural Pink Lake Salt
  • Natural Leaven (Flour and Water)
  • May contain traces of nuts and seeds

 

BATARD LOAF
BATARD SLICE

Batard 650g

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Organic Wheat Flour
  • Organic Stoneground Wheat Flour
  • Biodynamic Stoneground Wholegrain Rye Flour
  • Filtered Water, Natural Pink Lake Salt
  • Natural Leaven (Flour and Water)

 

RYE LOAF
RYE SLICE

Rye 800g

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Biodynamic Stoneground Wholegrain Rye Flour
  • Filtered Water
  • Natural Pink lake Salt
  • Natural Leaven (Flour and Water)

 

CIABATTA
CIABATTA SLICE

Ciabatta 550g

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Organic Wheat Flour
  • Organic Stoneground Wheat Flour
  • Filtered Water
  • Natural Pink Lake Salt
  • Natural Leaven (Flour and Water)
  • May contain traces of nuts and seeds

 

OLIVE CIABATTA
OLIVE CIABATTA SLICE

Olive Ciabatta 550g

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Organic and Biodynamic Sifted Wheat Flour
  • Organic semolina
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Pink Lake Salt
  • Filtered Water
  • Organic Kalamata Olives
  • Garlic
  • Thyme

 

GRAIN AND SEEDS LOAF
GRAIN AND SEEDS SLICE

Grain & Seeds 650g

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Organic Wheat Flour
  • Organic Stoneground Wheat Flour
  • Biodynamic Stoneground Wholegrain Rye Flour
  • Filtered Water, Natural Pink Lake Salt
  • Natural Leaven (Flour and Water)
  • Linseeds
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Sprouted Rye Grain
  • Sprouted Wheat Grain
  • May contain traces of nuts and seeds

 

FRUIT AND SPICE LOAF
FRUIT AND SPICE SLICE

Fruit & Spice 700g

 

INGREDIENTS

  • Organic Wheat Flour
  • Organic Stoneground Wheat Flour
  • Filtered Water, Natural Pink Lake Salt
  • Natural Leaven (Flour and Water)
  • Sun Muscats
  • Sultanas
  • Currants
  • Apricots
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Ginger
  • May contain traces of nuts and seeds

 

WHERE TO BUY BASILIO SOURDOUGH?

Bread lovers across the region can buy Basilio Sourdough from a variety of outlets.

MARKETS: The Lakeside Farmers Markets in the second and fourth Saturday of each month, Creswick Market on the third Saturday of each month and Saltbush Sundays at Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E every Sunday.

Basilio Market Bread Basket

STOCKISTS: 
Ballarat: Campana's Stockade cellar, Cnr Mair & Armstrong Streets, Kittelty's At The Gallery Lydiard Street, Ryan's IGA Cnr Sturt & Pleasant Streets, and Wilsons, Coltmans Plaza Lucas.
Buninyong: Foodworks 310 Learmonth Street and Espresso Depot 315 Learmonth Street.
Creswick: Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese 71a Albert Street.
Clunes: The Clunes Greengrocer, 46 Fraser Street.
Daylesford: Tonna Fruit and Vegetables, 141 Vincent Street.

Basilio Porridge Loaf

CHEFS IN THE REGION FEATURING BASILIO ON THEIR MENUS:

The Unicorn 127 Sturt Street, Red Peppa 34 Sturt Street Ballarat
Vegas & Rose 96 Humffray Street North, Oscar's Hotel 18 Doveton Street South Ballarat
Open Pantry 22 Main Road Ballarat
Golden Point Cafe 611 Main Road Ballarat
North Ballarat Sports Club Creswick Road Ballarat
Ballarat Provedore 9379 Western Highway Warrenheip
Quality Inn: The Menzies Humffray Street Ballarat
Saltbush Kitchen 102 Stawell Street Ballarat
Kittelty's At The Gallery Lydiard Street Ballarat
Maggie & Kate 4/403 Warrenheip Street Buninyong
Red Nonna 3 Howe Street Daylesford
Blue Bean love 115 Main Road Daylesford
321 Learmonth 321 High Street Learmonth
Belvedere Social 82 Vincent Street Daylesford
Bread & Circus Provedore 53 Fraser Street Clunes
Frank & Connie's Main Street Hepburn Springs

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BALLARAT FOOD WINTER HIGHLIGHTS

Grounded Pleasures Ballarat FoodGrounded Pleasures Pure Drinking Chocolate pleasure

As winter comes to a close and the days brighten and draw longer we look back at what seemed like an especially cold and wet winter in Ballarat. Although we may have been hibernating for a good portion of the season there were some tasty developments taking place in the Ballarat Food scene.

Basilio Sourdough bread is now available from Ryans Pleasant Park IGA supermarket. We are so excited for Georgio and his team who are now supplying fresh baked authentic sourdough to the supermarket located on the corner of Sturt and Pleasant Streets. I have posted about the world of cheese available at this fantastic supermarket. Now they have my favourite bread to go with all the cheese. Basilio is currently delivering Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but be warned. Be early! I have been delighted and frustrated in equal measures, that bread moves fast.

Basilio IGA Ballarat FoodBasilio Sourdough now available at Ryans Pleasant Park IGA

Do not stress. The much lauded crunchy and substantial sourdough is also regularly available from Campana’s Stockade Cellars on the corner of Mair & Armstrong Streets, Kittelty’s at the Ballarat Art Gallery, Saltbush Sundays (Sundays at saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E.), Wilsons in Lucas and local fresh produce markets on a Saturday.

Farmgate Produce Basket CornucopiaSaltbush Sundays local farmgate produce 

For those of us who find it hard to make it to a farmers market on a Saturday you can get an assortment of local fresh produce between 9:30am and 4pm at Salt Bush Sundays, including Basilio, Yendon Tomatoes, Ballarat Mushrooms and Spring Creek Organic vegetables.

Country Style Smallgoods is now available from Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E. Brigid is stocking Sebastian’s best selling sliced bacon, ham and sausages for you to buy seven days a week. You can also order from the complete Country Style Smallgoods catalogue of exotic cured pieces and salamis online for pick up on Sundays at Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E.

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Country Style Smallgoods Sausages

This winter I finally met some of Ballarat’s social media foodies. Such a fun and diverse group of people who enjoy the great food in our region. Based on our mutual interest we have decided meet up on a semi regular basis to sample some of the excellent food Ballarat has to offer. We kicked off at Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E. where Brigid Corcoran took us on a tasty afternoon adventure with her delicious Bush Food Spices. You can check out on Brigid’s Bush spice range on her new website.

Balarat Foodies
Ballarat Foodies

We (The Ballarat Foodies ) followed up a few weeks later with a chocolicious afternoon at Kittelty’s sampling the decadent range from Grounded Pleasures. A huge thank you to Sophie and Craig McKenzie and Sara Kittelty for an educational afternoon that my tastebuds will never forget.

Grounded Pleasures Choc Cake Kitteltys
Sarah Kittelty's Grounded Pleasures chocolate and almond cake 

More winter highlights? The now entrenched flurry of gourmet pies being debuted each winter vying for Coopers Pie and Pale competition prize. This year awarded to the Mallow’s entry a Coopers stout slow braised beef and mustard pie served with stomp mash and apple witlof slaw.

Meigas Croquettes Ballarat Food
Meigas blood sausage croquettes

Armstrong Street has become the go to precinct for a quick and tasty repast. For my hearty winter fix I have been frequenting Meigas in the evenings for their sizzling garlic prawns and blood sausage croquettes with a glass of Spanish red. Whilst on a cold Ballarat day I find it hard to resist a warming bowl of dumpling soup at Saigon Vietnam Noodle House. If I am extra hungry I order a giant bowl of chicken pho.

Dumplng Soup Ballarat FoodSaigon Vietnam Noodle House dumpling soup 

A few new spots popping up this winter include The Local Cafe in Lydiard Street North, Il Piccolo Gelato in Sturt Street, Zambrero: Mexican with a Mission in Armstrong Street, High Tea and Jazz at Alexandria Tearooms is one to pop in the calendar and Ballarat’s latest addition Holy Smokes BBQ opening today in Sturt Street.

What Ballarat food have you been loving this winter?

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MASTERCHEF LOOKING FOR BALLARAT FOODIES

MasterChef Apply Now

Casting is underway for the next series of MasterChef Australia and we're helping to spread the word around Ballarat that applications are open!

Sometimes all it takes for someone to take the leap to apply is a word of encouragement from a friend or a colleague. The casting team of MasterChef Australia would absolutely love to have more contestants from the Ballarat region. They are aware the region is a fast developing foodie hub.

Could you or someone you know be Australia’s next MasterChef?

2017 APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Take a step towards your food dream!

Apply now and begin a life-changing journey

Applications Close: Friday 5th August 2016

MasterChef is a once in a life time experience, a window of opportunity not to be missed. You'll not only meet amazing people but also learn so much in such an incredibly short time if you love food and are passionate about food, apply now! You won't regret it. Reynold Poernomo (Season 7), KOI Dessert Bar

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BALLARAT FOODIE SUNDAYS

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People of Ballarat did you know that there’s a great place you can go to any time of the year seven days a week to enjoy a quiet moment or catch up with friends to enjoy great coffee and the most delicious food?

I’m talking about Saltbush Kitchen at M.A.D.E. Brigid Corcoran the creative dynamo behind Saltbush Kitchen has cultivated a truly unique offering of native bush flavoured food that is so good it’s attracting a lot of attention in Ballarat. Saltbush Kitchen is conveniently set in between the lush parkland of the Eureka gardens and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (aka M.A.D.E). It’s a tranquil spot with lots of natural light and space for the kids to with the playground and park all in viewing distance.

A growing number of Ballarat locals are discovering the good things going on at this unique cafe. Brigid is passionate about supporting quality local produce. She always has been. That’s why Saltbush Sundays is now a thing. Every Sunday you can come along and enjoy all the usual tasty menu offerings for breakfast, lunch, the freshly made cakes on offer or a local platter with a glass of wine. You can also pick up some local fresh produce farm gate style, including Basilio Sourdough, Yendon gourmet tomatoes, Ballarat mushrooms, Buninyong bush greens and Spring Creek Organics. If you place your order before 8pm on the previous Friday you can also pick up Country Style Smallgoods bacon, ham, sausages and salamis.

This Sunday 26 June Luke from Amherst Winery and Sebastian from Country Style Smallgoods will be offering tastings of wine and bbq cooked sausages and bacon between 11am and 2pm.

 

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MYSTERY MEAT LUNCH

Ryan Pearce FedUniRyan Pearce from Federation University's Commercial Cookery School.

The second year apprentice students at Federation University have been churning out some incredible local pork products from Western Plains Pork. Seven pigs became fourteen halves, then primal and sub primal cuts. Pigs head terrine, and finally some very tasty sausages. “We have utilised all parts of these great local pigs.” says Ryan Pearce. “Including the bones and trotters for stock and even the skin went into the sausage. We double mince the skin and we made these sausages with all the best techniques.”

Actually this sausage making activity is extra curricular and Ryan together with 4 students chose to stay late and partake in this clandestine sausage making class.

MYSTERY LUNCH Prospects

Lucky us though, as a result of this sausage making endeavour foodies will be able to book a table at Prospects Restaurant at Federation University’s SMB Campus on July the 8th 12pm -1:30pm (bookings call 53278017) as a part of The Mystery Meat Lunch. I can’t tell you the rest of the menu its still a secret. You can check out the events at Prospects Restaurant on the Federation University website.

SUZI What did the local chefs make?

RYAN Classic English pork sausages and Southern American bbq style with  paprika, cayenne, mace and molasses.

SUZI What did you pop this great pork sausage mix into Ryan?

RYAN Natural intestines castings

SUZI Which rule the sausage world!

For now the sausages are air drying in the cool room and I must say they look amazing. I wish that opportunities to partake in local produce breakdowns and secret lunches had been part of the curriculum all those years ago when I was an apprentice at William Angliss Institute in Melbourne.

I do remember having the opportunity to go to the abattoir and I also remember taking a sickie that day, but hey at the time I was a 21 year old vegetarian with a peace love and mung beans attitude and purple Doc Martens. I’ll definitely be making up for all those meat free years on July 8. Nowadays I only practice #meatfreemonday and #farinaceousfriday.

Book a table and support the future of food in our region and these talented cooking students. Remember every time you say no to a parma you are giving a young chef the opportunity to learn to cook something amazing!

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THE JIG IS UP

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Dear lovers of local produce,

We wish to tell you all that the Jiggety Jig market will not continue in it’s current form. We have had a lot of good times over the last 12 months .

We have had some spectacular events and some low key ones. We have had the pleasure of showcasing a lot of the best produce being grown and produced in the region for a year. We have gained a following of locals who know the benefits of Ballarat’s fresh local produce. With sadness we will not be able to offer you the goods you have come to expect on the third Saturday of the month.

Jiggety-Jig relies on people coming to buy what our producers make. Producers spend their day at the market after they spend a week preparing. If they are unable to sell enough produce to the people of Ballarat they have to go elsewhere to sell it. That’s the reality. 

So to all our loyal Jiggers and producers we wish to say “Watch this space”. We are currently re-jigging the format of our fresh market food hub. You will not find us at the Showgrounds every third Saturday as of June 2016 but you will soon find us again rest assured. We will be back in a format that this regional town can support. As a community we owe it to the producers to show that we do care where our food comes from.

We are “morphing the jig” and we will be back. We hope to be in a position to announce the new jig adventures to you all soon.

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FAIR PRICES FOR FAIR FOOD

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We need to talk about what we eat. How it’s produced, where and why. We bang on about it all the time “Support local food.” Why do we do this? Our health and livelihoods depend on it.

In the past few weeks the future of our dairy farmers have been cast in doubt as they face drastic cuts in milk payments. A variety of factors impacting current market conditions have been quoted as reasons why the previous milk prices are now deemed unacceptable. It will force many farmers out of the industry. 

There’s not a lot you can buy with $2 today, but you can buy 2 litres of milk for $2 at a couple of major supermarket chains. Dairy farmers are telling us it costs more than that to produce it. Seems reasonable to me, it’s a lot of product for $2. 

I’d rather pay more for my milk than see our dairy farmers go out of business. Supermarkets have decided to use milk as a loss leader in order to obtain market share from their competitors. Supermarket executives might not deem where and how milk is produced as a matter of concern but I do. So I’d rather pay a bit more for my milk. 

When you think about all the processed food products for sale in a standard supermarket, hundreds if not thousands of them, few retail for under $2. If you think you can’t afford to pay more for milk perhaps have a look at what else is in your basket, maybe you could sacrifice a pack of biscuits to support a dairy farmer.

We have been receiving messages from people asking how they can support local dairy farmers and what could they do to help the dairy farmer's current plight. A few things actually.

Rachel Peterkin from Inglenook Dairy sums it up perfectly. We just need people to support local! Not just their milk purchases for home but also support local cafes, eateries, suppliers and markets that are passionate about local produce and care about what they serve their customers and the local food trail.

For anyone interested in trying the delicious Inglenook Dairy milk and cream and supporting a great local dairy producer we will be taking orders from now until 11am Saturday 21st May. You can pick up your Inglenook orders from the Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market this Saturday between 10am and 1pm. You can text your order through on  0407 054 224 or leave your order in the comments below.

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You can also sign the petition Barnaby Joyce: dairy farmers like my family are being destroyed - please step in urgently, on change.org, by Chloe Scott. Currently the petition has over 120,000 signatures.

If you have more ideas about how we can support our local producers, feel free to add your suggestions in the comments below. Its an important discussion we need to have and sharing our ideas helps us to make informed choices about our health and well being.  

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Hi Kristie. You certainly can your order is confirmed. See you tomorrow at the Jiggety-Jig.
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BALLARAT FOOD JIGGETY-JIGGERS PART ONE

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This month we celebrated Taste Ballarat 2016 at the Rural Lifestyle Expo at the Ballarat Showgrounds. It was a day some of the finest producers of the region came together to show the quality produce this region has to offer. For the winners of the Artisan Pantry and Paddock to Plate 2016 awards check out this blogpost.

As Suzi and I strolled through the Taste Ballarat Marquee we were thrilled to see so many regular Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market stall holders. We were chuffed. We created the Jiggety-Jig to offer the freshest, highest quality local food produced in our region to the people of Ballarat every third Saturday of the month. It was the only weekend of the month that producers were unable to sell their fresh produce to the town.

This Saturday is our 11th Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market. We have a band of regular stallholders who faithfully come to the Showgrounds to provide their tasty awesomeness to a loyal base of locals who appreciate the effort it takes to deliver truly good fresh food as an alternative to the industrial supermarket food options.

Thank you to everyone who has come along to buy some excellent food and for anyone who is yet to check out the Jiggety-Jig here’s a few of our regular producers who are making food that you need to eat.

Ballaratfood Pauline Basilio
Pauline Basilio and her lovely daughter.

BASILIO SOURDOUGH
Basilio Sourdough is a traditional sourdough bakery based in Ballarat run by master bread maker Georgio Basilio and his wife Pauline. Georgio, winner of 2016 Ballarat Food Artisan Pantry award uses traditional time intensive techniques to create REAL sourdough in a variety of loaves including high tin, ciabatta, wholemeal, wholegrain, batard, olive bread and fruit loaf. Baked fresh and delivered to the Jiggety-Jig still warm, you would be well advised to buy a couple of loaves as it will keep well all week.

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Nat & Jono from Brooklands Freerange Farm

BROOKLANDS FREERANGE FARM
Nat and Jono from Brooklands Free Range Farm are two beautiful and busy people from Balampied. You may know Nat from her other fabulous business from Rub A Dub natural skin care products, you will see her at quality markets in our region. Jono and Nats run an ethical and sustainable free range farm in Blampied raising rare breed Berkshire pigs, British White cattle and Finn Sheep. Their ethical meat range attracts a regular loyal base which includes a lot of Ballarat chefs who come to Jiggety for Brooklands beef, pork and lamb.

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Sebastian Jurcan from Country Style Smallgoods

COUNTRY STYLE SMALLGOODS
Sebastian Jurcan from Country Style Smallgoods. Sebastian developed his unique charcuterie skills at Istra and in recent times has established his own business in Bald Hills where he creates the best sausages, salamis, ham and bacon in the region. Once you have tried his sausages you will struggle to go back to supermarket sausages again.

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Daniel Armeni from Tarna Valley Farm

TARNA VALLEY FARM
This year’s Nature’s Cargo Paddock to Plate award winner for a business under two years, here’s Daniel pictured receiving his award. Mandy and Daniel Armeni from Tarna Valley Farm in Cape Clear raise rare breed pigs in a free range natural environment. These guys are producing some of the best quality pork in the region. Those in the know use Tarna Valley Pork including Country Style Smallgoods and Catfish Thai.

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Mel and John Davey from the preservers Pot.

THE PRESERVERS POT
Mel and John Davey from The Preservers Pot are producing the best fruit based products in Ballarat. Based in Smythesdale the Preserver’s Pot create a delectable range of seasonal artisan preserves, jams, syrups and sauces, handmade and preservative free. If you are looking for something special to add to your Basilio bread or to accompany a special platter or meat dishes Mel and John will have something seasonal made from local vegetables and fruit forages including wild blackberry syrup, melon and pineapple jam and fig jam.

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John Elford from Yendon Tomatoes.

YENDON GOURMET TOMATOES
John Elford from Yendon Gourmet Tomatoes has been growing tomatoes for 15 years in Yendon, just a few minutes east of Ballarat. His range includes tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers, capsicum, basil and strawberries. John took out this year’s 2016 Nature’s Cargo Paddock to Plate award for a business over 2 years. He has perfected his produce using hydroponic techniques and the flavour of his tomatoes have to be tasted to be believed. Yendon tomatoes are the freshest you can buy in Ballarat.

These are a handful of some of the regular Jigetty-Jiggers - more to come.

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TASTE BALLARAT 2016

Yendon Truss TomatoesAward winning Yendon tomatoes

I knew we were going to have a wonderful time at Taste Ballarat at the Rural Lifestyle Expo the moment I walked into the giant marquee. In a setting made for celebrations, we gathered together our regions finest quality producers to share a day filled with food, food and more food. Who could not have a good time in a big white marquee filled with beautiful light, lots of smiling faces and AMAZING produce?

Sultana ClustersSultana Girl gourmet sultana clusters

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Suzi Fitzpatrick shows us how to prepare Tarna Valley pork

The Taste Ballarat Marquee was emcee’d by wonder-chef duo Suzi Fitzpatrick and Simon Beaton with special guest The Weekly Times’ Jeremy Vincent. Suzi and Simon are true supporters of the real food movement in Ballarat. They focus on quality food, ethical and sustainable practices and they strengthen the community by supporting our local producers. They shared with us their extensive knowledge regarding the quality aspects of the food in our region and how to prepare it.

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Jeremy Vincent, Daniel Armeni and Simon Beaton

The guys responsible for some of the best meat in our region were on hand to share with us their mad skills and passion for real food. Tarna Valley’s Daniel Armeni on the knives breaking down a carcass, Brooklands Free Range Farm’s Jono and Salt Kitchen’s Mick Nunn on the mic giving us the lowdown on all things meat and Sebastian Jurcan at the BBQ sizzling his freshly made sausages lured locals into the marquee in record numbers.

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Jeremy Vincent, Simon Beaton, Mick Nunn, Jono, Sebastian Jurcan and Daniel Armeni (in the foreground) 

Following the meat frenzy it was time to hone our techniques as we were shown how to make a tasty tomato passata and truly great gnocchi by some of our best chefs and most experienced Italian cooks from the Italian Society. The winner of the Gnocchi Off competition was announced, Liam Downes from Craig’s Hotel took out the prize, although it was not an easy task for the judges to decide with so many tasty contenders. The Junior Tomato competition was awarded to the Madden sisters with their pork passata submission.

Passata Demo

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Judging the gnocchi

To complete one of the tastiest days in recent memory we announced our Artisan Pantry and Paddock to Plate Awards. So without further ado here are the winners for 2016.

Artisan Pantry Award:  Basilio Sourdough

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Pauline Basilio from Basilio Sourdough accepting the 2016 Artisan Pantry Award

Paddock to Plate Awards Business over 2 years: 1st Yendon Tomatoes 

P2P John Yendon TomatoesJohn Elford from Yendon Tomatoes accepting the Paddock to Plate Award from Graham Wilkie from Natures Cargo 

Paddock to Plate Awards Business over 2 years: 2nd  Country Style Smallgoods

P2P Sebastian CSSSebastian Jurcan from Country Style Smallgoods accepting the Paddock to Plate Second Place Award from Graham Wilkie from Natures Cargo

Paddock to Plate Awards Business over 2 years: 3rd  Basilio Sourdough bread

P2P Pauline BasilioPauline Basilio from Basilio Sourdough accepting the Paddock to Plate Third Place Award from Graham Wilkie from Natures Cargo

Paddock to Plate Awards Business under 2 years:  1st Tarna Valley Farm

P2P Brian Daniel Tarna ValleyDaniel Armeni from Tarna Valley Pork accepting the Paddock to Plate Award from Graham Wilkie from Natures Cargo

Paddock to Plate Awards Business over 2 years: 2nd Sultana Girl

P2P Erin Sultana Girl 01Erin Jonasson THE Sultana Girl accepting the Paddock to Plate Second Place Award from Graham Wilkie from Natures Cargo

Paddock to Plate Awards Business over 2 years: 3rd  Harmony Garlic

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Brian Woodstock accepting the Paddock to Plate Award from Graham Wilkie from Natures Cargo

Congratulations to everyone who submitted the their produce for this year’s event. It was all of such fantastic quality. It thrills us to see how quickly the Ballarat region has become renowned for it's exceptional produce.

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BALLARAT COMMUNITY GARDEN HARVEST FESTIVAL 2016

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Harvest Festival 2016, Sunday 20th March 11am - 3pm at the Ballarat Community Garden on the corner of Queen Street and Dyte Parade Ballarat East. Free entry and lots of delicious food and local entertainment.

It’s a great opportunity for local gardeners and food enthusiasts to swap advice and find out what food we can grow successfully in the Ballarat area. 

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Come along and try some of the delicious pizzas being made by Ballarat Food members Basilio’s Sourdough’s Georgio Basilio and chef extraordinaire(s) Andy Beyerle and Suzi Fitzpatrick. The lush pizza toppings are donated by the Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market Stall holders, including Country Style Smallgoods, Granite Hill Produce and Enbom Honey. All proceeds go to the Ballarat Community garden.

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THE BALLARAT RURAL LIFESTYLE EXPO 2016

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Save the date Saturday April 2nd 2016 The Rural Lifestyle Expo is on again at the Ballarat Showgrounds from 9:30am to 5pm. This is the fifth Rural Lifestyle Expo event which is set to showcase a variety of lifestyle activities from the region.

The event is a great chance to check out a variety of unique and interesting breeds of animals, over 50 demonstrations and seminars, new technology, sustainable energy, garden zones, fibre and fashion and food artisans and vignerons.

The Rural Lifestyle Expo is a fantastic opportunity for food producers, chefs, cooks, artisans and anyone with a food business to share your product and skills to an audience looking to sample some of the quality foodie activities taking place in our region. Featured below are some of the food businesses at last year's expo.

enbom honeyAngela Enbom from Enbom Honey

gorae applesThe Gorae Organics team with their organic apples

charisma boysThe Charisma team with their awesome coffee

saltbush kitchenSaltbush Kitchen

organic juiceOrganic Juice

zandcoandboysZ and Co Freerange Farms

Applications are now being accepted for food artisan stalls showcasing everything from bread, pastries and baked goods, pigs, cows, poultry, lamb, game, water creatures, yabbies, eels, trout, fruit, vegetables, spices, herbs, edible flowers, condiments, preserves, coffee, chocolate, chocolate, olives, oil and honey. So don’t delay secure your place in this amazing expo showcasing the best of all things edible in Ballarat and surrounds.

Visit the Rural Lifestyle website to download an general trade stall kit to apply.

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SUMMER JIGGETY JIG FEBRUARY 2016

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February’s Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market is on this Saturday at the Ballarat Showgrounds. This will be Market number 9 for the Jiggety team. Over the past 9 months we have built a local farmers market that is 100% locally made and locally supported. Our Database now has 45 excellent food business listed and at any one market you can come along and meet at least 20 amazing producers and chefs.

We are holding strong and sticking with our ethos “A SUPER MARKET NOT A SUPERMARKET”. At present we have many stallholders in the wings and hope that as The Jiggety-Jig Farmers Market becomes more and more popular we will offer shoppers a larger choice of produce. Our biggest goal is not to bring the market to the people but bringing the people to the market. We have thus far found it challenging cracking into the local scene in order for our local producers to obtain their share of the local food dollars.

This weekend join us and fill your pantry with high quality nutritional sound produce. Here’s a little peek at my shopping list.

Nitrate free ham, bacon, salami and sausages from County Style Smallgoods
Tarna Valley free range pork
Jono's Brookland Farm highland beef

jonoJono from Brooklands Free Range Farm

Ok that’s a roast and two nights cooking on the BBQ, breakfast on the weekends and ham sandwiches for the school lunches.

Of course if I’m cooking breakfast I’ll need some of Robin Hollow’s, Granite Hill free range chook and duck eggs. Granite Hills is in Waubra and will supply not only eggs but this season herbs; oregano, rosemary, mint, thyme, sage, Italian parsley and chives. She’ll also have carrots and sweet little vine ripened cherry tomatoes. That’s got to get the home chefs creating something remarkable.

I’ll be buying sexy Yendon tomatoes, strawberries, cucumbers, eggplants and sensational basil - that’s pesto for pasta night. Tick. Thai basil for curry night Check out the recipe from Damian Jones from Cat fish Thai, his green curry with Brooklands Farm pork recipe.

To finish filling my veg crisper I’ll be heading to my favourite stall holder. The wonderful Carmen from Mt Egerton produce, although Carmen’s veg isn’t certified organic, it’s as organic as you can get. Peter her hard working husband pulls all the veg from the ground the day before the market, while Carmen washes and bunches the produce on the back veranda. I am going to have a little brag on their behalf. I still have perfectly fresh kohlrabi and green beans in my fridge from a month ago. They are sealed in my old school Tupperware and fresher than a daisy. Try getting that mileage from your dodgy supermarket fare! From Carmen’s stall I will add purple carrots, iceberg lettuce, apple cucumber, beans, kohlrabi, peas, cauliflower, cabbage, radish and zucchini. That’s salads tick. Crudity for snacks and stir-fry tick tick.

Wine is high on my list and Sarah Cuthbertson always has a couple of table reds and bubbles put aside for me. Thank god for Michael Unwin!

michael unwin winesSarah from Michael Unwin Wines

Coffee beans freshly ground by the lovely local roasters from Enga coffee. Enga is a sensational organic locally roasted bean. Two types available and for all the health conscious people who are on the sugar-free wagon. You will love this coffee. When brewed correctly this coffee is never bitter and a large bag should keep you going til the next local market. (Also check out Stephs amazing knitting skills.)

I’m not on the sugar-free wagon this month given I ran out of Angela Enbom’s honey, I’ll be grabbing the big bucket this month. I’ve been reading up on how to reduce sugar cravings and honey is the way to go. Ange’s honey is local and her bees are never exposed to pesticides or chemicals on her permaculture holding in Dunnstown.

basilio breadBasilio Sourdough Bread

No one goes to the market and leaves without bread. Yes I’m skiting again but Ballarat has the best bread in Victoria. Giorgio Basilio’s hand crafted sourdough bread is out of this world. I only eat this bread. It is made from stoneground biodynamic flour, no sugar, no preservatives, each loaf is individually weighed, hand rolled, shaped and left to rise under the watchful eye of Giorgio himself. To bring this incredible high quality bread to our region Giorgio works every Friday from 10am to 3am. He then heads home for a kip while his bread elves label the loaves and pack them in crates. He returns with his wonderful family early every Saturday morning, delivers the bread throughout the region and brings his bread directly to us at all the local farmers markets. I often wonder how he can manage his rye (pardon the pun) smile on a Saturday morning.

So what am I going to pop on my bread? Apart from Sebastian’s ham and salami and Johns tomatoes and Ange’s honey? Yep I’m going to need sensational jam.

preserverspot girlsMel and her Mum from the Preserver's Pot

Mel from The Preserver’s Pot will be ticking that box. In fact it’s always a thrill cruising over to check out her seasonal preserves. I’m banking on apricots, berry and summer rhubarb conserves. Mel Davies uses age old preserving techniques in her home kitchen at Smythesdale. Mel will have created something amazing with all the locally foraged elderberries and I am always the first person to call dibs on her big 2 litre homemade tomato sauce bottle. White Wings has been a thing of the past in our house for a long time now and any Mum who wants to keep their kids away from preservatives, additives and the dirty white stuff should be queuing up to get their hands on this kid friendly tommy K .

Harmony Garlic is on the list and I will be buying up big time as Brian and Helen have so many amazing varieties of locally grown garlic, they not only have fresh garlic but garlic salt, garlic infused olive oil, confit and smoked garlic.

Harmony GarlicBrian from Harmony Garlic

Guess what after all that I’ll still have enough money for some treats. And I won’t be distracted by all the blah blah crap that vies for my attention at the super stores. Pink Muesli is attending Jiggety-Jig for the first time. Sensational handmade muesli that is soaked in naturally sweet beetroot juice and then dried. My kids love this and it is the number one breakfast at our place. The milk turns bright pink as soon as you pour it in and I’m sure the kids think they are eating magical fairy milk. A large bag lasts us a good three weeks and I know my kids have headed off with a great start to the day.

Marie Poppies KitchenMarie from Poppie Kitchen

More treats to be had for the puppy dogs in your family. Poppy’s kitchen homemade organic dog treats are available by the pail load and from the response of local pooches these treat must be pretty damn good. Marie is a wonderful addition to Jiggety and loves to share stories of her puppy and listens to the adventures of all our customers. In March we are planning to hold our first Pet Show. Doggies and pampered pups can vie for the Jiggety trophy and perhaps win a bucket of Poppies treats.

 Ballaratfood Esthers EatsMelanie & Jeff from Esther's Eats

Our hungry guests can look forward to the amazing American classics like the Piggy Wiggy hoagies Texas BLT and the pulled chicken with blue cheese dressing and slaw. Not to forget the garbage cookies and best pickles in town, made by my favourite food van Esther’s Eats. Coffee and sweet treats this month by Sweet Cake Love, served from the retro classic caravan Frankie. Dutch crepes by Kevin the pancake man who also makes one hell of a snow cone. And rest your feet while you dine in my new look outdoor food court, yep bunting, flowers for sale, colouring in for the kids, hula hoops, bubble blowing and even a silky bantam rooster to be won.

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2016 THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN BAKE OFF

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Are you a canny cake maker? Do you have a penchant for pastry? This is a call out to home bakers in the Ballarat region. The Great Australian Bake Off, a show on LifeStyle FOOD hosted by Maggie Beer and Matt Moran. The casting team are currently casting for the second series and are on the lookout for Australia's best home bakers.

Maggie and Matt Bake Off

The Great Australian Bake Off screens on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD and profiles 12 home baking enthusiasts who are put through a series of mouthwatering challenges. From biscuits to bread, pies to pavlovas are you ready to step into The Bake Off Shed, throw on your apron and have your bakes judged by the Baroness of the Barossa, Maggie Beer and culinary genius Matt Moran?

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The Great Australian Bake Off is seeking amateur bakers of all ages, both male and female, and from all walks of life to apply. If you’re a star baker in the making, apply here for the 2016 The Great Australian Bake Off. Applications close February 24.

We’d also love to showcase your baking output on the ballaratfood.com instagram gallery. Upload your images on instagram using #ballaratfood

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MEIGAS BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER

Ballaratfood Meigas MeatballsMeigas tapas; Spanish meatballs in almond sauce

In the short time Jose’ Fernandez has been serving his authentic Spanish fare in Ballarat, since September 2013, he has amassed a large following and we have been patiently waiting since late 2015 for the new Meigas establishment to open. We are thrilled that the wait is over and we are now able to enjoy tapas and a wide variety of Spanish beer and wine in a very stylish and relaxing setting located at 33 Armstrong Street north, Ballarat.

Ballaratfood Meigas dinersMeigas Spanish restaurant located in Armstrong Street north Ballarat

In what must have been an enormous undertaking, Jose’ and his team have completely refitted the location to create a truly Spanish Tapas Bar setting, replete with original wooden ceilings, exposed walls and cured meats hanging above the bar. One can dine at the tables or alternatively sit at the bar or at the bench in the window to enjoy a drink with tapas or coffee and churros.

Ballaratfood Meigas teamMeigas staff Darcy and Kloe-Jayne

Meigas Spanish restaurant is one of the highest rated Ballarat eateries on Zomato, currently rating 4.3 out of 5 with over 245 reviews. This is quite a feat. It speaks of a consistent quality offering, the likes of which you will not find anywhere else in Ballarat. In fact many diners make the trip regularly from Melbourne to dine at Meigas, its just so good.

Ballaratfood Meigas PotatoesSpanish potato tapas

Fans of the original Meigas menu will not be disappointed as all the traditional favourites are still on offer, the giant, crunchy and fresh brocadillos for lunch with your choice of filling from jamon, pork, chorizo, calamari…the list goes on. The tapas favourites include almond meatballs, mushrooms in sherry, tasty prawns, croquettes, paprika potatoes and the best quality cured meats, olives and aged cheeses you will find in our region. There’s plenty of meal sized options on the menu but Jose’s paella is a must for anyone planning a trip for dinner, but you must order your paella when you make your booking. You will understand why when you are served, it’s just so special.

Jose’ has a specials menu where he offers seasonal dishes and a variety of seafood dishes. He also supports the quality fine food producers of Ballarat including bread from Le Petit Patissier and a great variety of Country Style Smallgoods range. There’s also options for gluten free and vegan diets.

meigas gummysharkGummy shark tapas

The drinks menu is brilliant. It has evolved to an offering of delightful Spanish beers and wines. If you after something refreshing you can order Sangria by the glass, which I did. It was divine. The waiting staff are fantastic, knowledgable and efficient. A highlight always when we are served by Jose’, welcoming us with a big smile and some tasty morsels to try. This time it was three year aged jamon. The sweetest tasting jamon we ever tried. Of course we ordered a second plate.

ballaratfood jamonThree year aged jamon

After dining at Meigas many times I think about what exactly it is, that makes the Meigas dining experience so good. After all many of the key ingredients are staples, bread, meat, potatoes. I think it is the traditional time honoured techniques Jose’ uses to prepare the freshest and best quality food he can source. You can taste it. It’s a respectful approach to food with such full bodied flavour and delightful texture. And then there’s Pimenton. 

Ballaratfood PimentonA Spanish staple ingredient - pimenton

Quality paprika, or as the Spanish call it Pimenton, one of the essential ingredients in Spanish cooking. I bought a large tin from Jose’ (the supermarket offerings do not compare) I use it in most savoury dishes I prepare in my own kitchen. Thank you Jose’ for bringing your magical culinary powers to our fair city.

Meigas are open Tues-Wed 5pm-9pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-9pm & Sun 11am-3pm. It is highly recommended you call to make a booking to avoid disapointment, 5331 9444.
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PRODUCER PROFILE - THE PRESERVER'S POT

mel preserverspotMel Davey from The Preserver's Pot

WHAT’S YOUR THING? Traditional Handcrafted Preserves

PHONE 0409 414 825

EMAIL

WEBSITE www.thepreserverspot.com.au

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FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/thepreserverspot
INSTAGRAM www.instagram.com/thepreserverspot

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THE PRESERVER’S POT STORY

Mel Davey started making preserves about 20 years ago after spending time watching and helping her Auntie from Warrenheip make jam from homegrown plums and foraged blackberries.

Mel has a background in hospitality and has been making preserves to share with family and friends for a long time. John Davey, Mel's husband now joins Mel in their home based business. Together they have turned a hobby into a great business success.

No preservatives or additives are used, only traditional methods of preserving. Mel has been inspired by past generations. The Preservers Pot recipes are from family, friends and some new creations inspired by the seasonal produce.

Mel and John are great supporters of the locavore and slow food movement and they truly live the ethos that anything made with produce from your own backyard always tastes the best.

ballaratfood caulipicklesThe Preserver's Pot Cauliflower Mustard Pickles

WE HAVE MOVED IN DIRECTIONS

We held a workshop titled "Jam Making for Beginners" at The Diggers Club Garden of St. Erth in Blackwood. It was a great experience and was well attended by like-minded people wanting to share their love of preserving and learning new skills. We took our equipment and made Raspberry Jam and sent home a recipe and little sample jar with each person.

In 2014 we had a fantastic result with our entries in the Ballarat show. The Preservers Pot took out many awards with their locally made produce.

This year Mel and John are focusing on establishing their edible garden to supply home-grown produce for the Preservers Pot preserves.

ballaratfood saucesTomato and Worcestershire Sauces from The Preserver's Pot

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT?

The Preserver’s Pot create so many classic and interesting variations of jams, preserves, jellies, chutneys and pickles it’s hard to choose. It’s such a seasonal thing, there’s something for everybody’s pallette, sweet and savoury.

preserverspot assortmentDamson Fruit Cheese

JAMS apple & raspberry, apple & blackberry, apricot, spiced pear & blueberry, strawberry rhubarb & vanilla, banana, Mirabelle plum & pineapple and cherry vanilla
PRESERVES feijoa and fig
MARMALADES breakfast, Seville orange, cumquat and Ruby grapefruit
JELLIES quince, crab apple
FRUIT CHEESES & PASTES Damson fruit cheese, quince paste
CHUTNEY tomato, fruit and beetroot
PICKLES cauliflower mustard, sweet mustard and zucchini
RELISH red capsicum
SAUCE tomato and Worcestershire plum

preserverspot JohnandMelThe Preserver's Pot - John & Mel Davey

WHO CAN BUY YOUR PRODUCE?

The Preservers Pot has a large local following with many cafes and restaurants in the region stocking and serving The Preserver’s Pot produce.

The Preservers Pot is also a favourite produce offering at The Jiggety-Jig farmers market where Mel and John are always bringing new seasonal creations along to sell along with their classic favourites.

You can also enquire via the website www.the preserverspot.com.au

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KNIFE FORK SPOON

ballaratfood kfs buttermilk pancakesButtermilk pancakes, roasted Granny Smith apple, gingered maple, ANZAC crumble and marscarpone. 

The colourful foodie creations of Knife Fork Spoon first came to my attention last year on instagram, then again in November as a part of the Good Food Ballarat Month with a sweet evening event, Dessert after dark. It soon became my mission to find out more about the newly rebranded cafe Knife From Spoon, many may previously recall as the Harvest Foodstore and Cafe, located at 16 Lydiard Street Ballarat.

ballaratfood kylee laird churchKylee Laird-Church chef and owner of Knife Fork Spoon.

Kylee Laird-Church the chef owner of Knife Fork Spoon has an extensive culinary background. She commenced her chef training as a seventeen year old at the Mayfair Crest Hotel in Brisbane, she was one of two females in a brigade of one hundred. After developing her skills in Queensland Kylee relocated to Melbourne in 2000. She was completely ‘shell shocked’ at the amount and variety of fresh produce available in Victoria compared to Queensland, where most fresh produce (if you could call it that) came via Melbourne and two weeks of every year inaccessible roads ceased the supply of any fresh produce at all.

After six years in Melbourne Kylee headed north again to start her own cafe and catering businesses Betty Blue and a second business Lemon Tart. After a hectic decade of running two highly successful enterprises and raising small children Kylee and her husband have relocated their family to Ballarat and Knife Fork and Spoon came to life. Kylee and her family are loving their move to Ballarat. Stating, “I like the fact my kids get to see where our food comes from.” 

ballaratfood knifeforkspoonKnife Fork Spoon Kitchen & Espresso, 16 Lydiard Street Ballarat.

Six months on knife Fork Spoon is a hub of foodie activity. The tables are busy, so much so Kylee is planning to expand the layout to keep up with demand. The cafe attracts a mixed assortment of customers from locals to tourists who have already made it a destination on their itinerary due to the word of mouth spreading the message that this place offers unique and tasty dishes.

Kylee is always coming up with new combinations of flavours and ingredients to serve to her growing fan base. The menu at Knife Fork Spoon changes every month to cater for the local seasonal produce and as an outlet for Kylee’s creative output. Kyle is constantly thinking up new food combinations, she documents her ideas on Post-it notes then experiments to refine them for the public. I asked Kylie where she finds inspirations for some of the dishes and she is quick to respond that many creations start as a challenge for her husband. “He likes all sorts of weird combinations.” She is yet to create a dish he didn’t like.

ballaratfood kfs gingerbreadmanKnife fork Spoon gingerbread man.

Knife Fork Spoon caters to sweet and savoury fans. Some of the items on the latest menu include some classic dishes with some quirky twists:
Baby Peas - Spiced avocado, mint, Danish feta, soft poached egg, olive sourdough and caponata oil.
Cheesy Toast - Crispy bacon, smashed banana, fried eggs, sweet chilli agile and sour cream.
Pulled Pork - Apple slaw, coriander fried egg, pineapple and lime salsa, ciabatta and salted peanuts.
Smoked salmon - herb scramble, rye sourdough, lemon cream cheese, flying fish roe and fried capers.

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Caeser Eggs - bacon, spinach, soft poached, toast, Caeser aoli and shaved parmesan.

There’s an entire menu board of milkshakes, salted caramel, peanut butter and chocolate, oreo, white chocolate and raspberry, nutella, peppermint chic chip, and it’s changing regularly.

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#knifeforkspoonkitchen on instagram or facebook to find out what amazing fare Kylee has on offer.

2016 is set to be a busy year for Kylee and her husband. As they expand the floorspace in Knife Fork Spoon to cater for the growing base of regulars, Kylee will continue to do what she does best coming up with new menu additions on a regular basis. She also has plans underway to offer coffee and cakes via an enchanted caravan fleet. Her husband is currently managing the logistics of fitting out two caravans Belmont and Clementine the first additions to the fleet for early this year. Stay tuned Ballarat.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

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We would like to wish everyone a happy new year. It’s been a spectacularly busy year on the Ballarat food scene. We saw the arrival of some fabulous food enterprises. We also celebrated many classic Ballarat food businesses who continue to create beautiful food.

We are lucky enough to be a part of an exciting phase in local food production in the Ballarat region. We have more quality producers, makers, artisans, chefs and foodies in store for 2016. Stay tuned.

A big thank you to all the supporters of Ballarat food, too many to mention in this post. It is thanks to your generosity and hard work that have helped us to create the Ballarat Food network. A sharing community of like minded people, who work hard and create a level of excellence of which we are proud. We will continue to support each other as we celebrate the excellence of food and wine in our region in 2016.If you are member or participant in our Ballarat food network, please fee free to leave a comment on this very last post of 2015.

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PROVIDER PROFILE - JONATHON HAMILTON COPYWORX

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WHAT’S YOUR THING

Sustainable, quality and local printing and packaging solutions for food businesses.

NAME Jonathon Hamilton

ADDRESS 1101B La Trobe Street Ballarat, Vic 3356

CONTACT NUMBER 03 5379 9722

EMAIL

WEBSITE www.copyworx.com.au

SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook

COPYWORX STORY

Jonathan has a background in the Navy, maintaining helicopters and a few years ago settled in Ballarat and established Copyworx, Think Green, a printing solutions business in Daylesford. Now Jonathon has established a Ballarat business location at 1101B La Trobe Street Ballarat, specifically designed to service Ballarat food businesses with a large range of printing and packaging services specialising in glass packaging and labelling.

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WE HAVE MOVED IN NEW DIRECTIONS

Jonathon’s business was established with a print focus and after servicing a lot of customers who required food labelling he has been able to extend his offering to packaging also. Now many producers can have their labels designed and produced along with the a wide range of glass and plastic containers specifically tailored to their requirements. Previously many of Jonathon’s clients could only source their specific type of glass jars and containers from Melbourne at a competitive price, which added time and cost to the process.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCT?

Our label finishing system can produce labels on a continuous roll from 25mm to 208mm, digitally die-cut on eco friendly stock. Used in conjunction with our glass bottles and jars we create a high quality, sustainable form of packaging that our clients love.

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WHO CAN BUY YOUR SERVICES?

We cater to a variety customers from small batch producers to large scale business, we have a range of printing stock to suit all requirements and eco-solvent inks which are waterproof and non-hazardous.

We provide all sorts of products from business cards and labels to large format signs on aluminium composite, A frame signs and outdoor canvas banners. 

Anyone looking for quality glass packaging including preserving jars, cosmetic jars, wine bottles, oil bottles and sauce bottles.

Copyworx Oil Bottle

If you are not sure you can always come in to our showroom in La Trobe Street and discuss your product with Jonathon and his team to see what options they can provide to suit your budget. “We are a local business supporting other businesses in our region, we are flexible and can undertake small minimum runs and make changes without extra costs.”

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