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The last market for Spring this year was a bumper showcase of beautiful fresh local produce and what started as a cold, windy and overcast morning turned into a beautiful sunny day and people came from far and wide to taste some authentic local fare.

The stars of the show were the Eat Ballarat inspired gourmet creations of Georgio Basilio and Sebastian Jurcan. We were so excited when Georgio first shared with us his plans to create a roasted potato sourdough loaf for the event. Likewise Sebastian from Country Style Smallgoods using Saltbush Kitchen’s native pepperberry spice in a gourmet sausage creation to compliment Suzi Fitzpatrick’s onion thyme jus (gravy) and the crusty potato sourdough.

Interest in this tasty collaboration took us by surprise, only last week it was still an idea. Made swiftly by experienced makers using the freshest ingredients the night before they launched to the public.

Saturday morning crates of oven warm roast potato sourdough were delivered to the Ballarat Showgrounds pavilion and the sausages arrived in the back of the Country Style Smallgoods refrigerated trailer. Minutes after their arrival the snags were sizzling and the loaves were being snapped up whole by locals before we could get them sliced to serve with the sausages.

It was a sizzling sausage serving marathon, over three hours until we ran out of product, just after midday. It was at this moment I thought, “Drat!” I did not even get a chance to take a photograph of this tasty sensation that tempted people from far and wide.

Perhaps the roasted potato sourdough and pepperberry banger with onion thyme gravy will be remembered only by those who were there, who took the time to come and support our little foodie experiment. It’s enough to get us thinking about the December 19th Jiggety-Jig Farmer’s Market.

We are already brainstorming the next localised dish we can collaborate with producers to have ready for our Ballarat foodies next month. It will be the first market for summer a week before Christmas, it’s going to be tasty.

We welcome suggestions in the comments below about what you think would be a great food idea for the next Jiggety, we’re open to ideas as long as it’s fresh and local. Thankyou to everyone who has supported the Jiggety- Jig, it's a regular tribute to the amazing food in our area made possible by the people supporting Ballaratfood. 




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Save the Date Jiggety -Jig Saturday December 19th 9am-1pm at the Ballarat Showgrounds.

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The Ballarat Food Jiggety Jig Farmers market began in June 2015. Held on the third Saturday of every month at the Ballarat Showgrounds, in the Cattle Pavilion, Creswick Road entrance. The impetus to create this regular monthly market was twofold, to offer an outlet for local producers to sell their quality produce in the community where it is grown and produced and to give local families the chance to access some of the very best quality fresh produce at reasonable prices.

Ballarat families want to know more about the food they eat. Eating habits are changing across the country. Sales of processed, prepackaged foods are declining, sales of soft drink are falling. A lot of us are seeking more nutritionally balanced diets and we’re looking for fresh local, seasonal produce to make more tasty family meals from scratch. In doing this we are becoming more connected with our community.

The Jiggety-Jig Saturday November 21st is a part of the Good Food Ballarat Festival, a showcase of our region’s best quality produce. It’s all about the food. The local producers include; Basilio Sourdough, Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, Country Style Smallgoods, Tarna Valley Pork, Brooklands Free Range Farm, Enbom Honey, Yendon Tomatoes, The Gardenologist’s herbs and seedlings, The Preserver’s Pot, Mt Egerton Vegetable Produce, The Pomegranate Tree gourmet cordials, Granate Hills Produce duck eggs, chicken eggs and vegetables, Drewslie Muesli and biscuits, Enga Coffee, Red Rock Olives, Bean Me Up Coffee, Sultana Girl sultanas and oranges, Truffleberry Farm truffles and eggs, Michael Unwin Wines, Cornish Cream Fudge, Chaplin Apples, Sweet Cake Love, Kittelty’s Cakes, Tea Harvest and Fresh Flowers.

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To celebrate Good Food Ballarat Month we will be serving a tasty gourmet treat that will perfectly reflect the favourite flavours of Ballarat. Based on two key ingredients that are a perenial Ballarat favourite, potatoes and sausages.

We briefed local artisans Georgio Basilio from Basilio Sourdough and Sebastian Jurcan from Country Style Smallgoods to create a unique Ballarat variation of the humble sausage in bread. Inspired by Ballarat’s produce icon the potato, Georgio will be baking fresh potato sourdough loaves for the base. To a thick and crusty slice of Georgio’s potato bread we will add a gourmet pepperberry pork sausage made by Sebastian.

Inspired by the unique native flavours of Saltbush Kitchen’s most popular pepperberry spice mix, he will add this to his secret family recipe along with fresh free range pork from Tarna Valley to create succulent (nitrate and preservative free) sausages. Topped with onions caramelised in a thyme jus, or as we prefer to call it in Ballarat - gravy, made by our very own Ballarat chef Suzi Fitzpatrick. We are so excited to showcase traditional Ballarat fare infused with fresh native flavours, made from quality produce ethically grown in Ballarat. For $5 we think this will be a very tasty lunch for locals.

We will also be serving smaller Country Style Smallgoods chipolatas in slices of Basilio traditional sourdough bread with The Preserver’s Pot tomato sauce for $2. Guaranteed to please the kids and completely free of preservatives and nitrates. Come along to Jiggety-Jig check out the variety of great tasting food being made and grown in our own local food bowl. Meet the producers and find out why Jiggety-Jig is shopped by Ballarat’s best chefs. The quality is top notch and you will be surprised at how affordable it is to buy fresh local food. The event kicks off at 9am and entry is free.

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