Local organisations in the news


The Darebin Fruit Squad featured in The Age.

If you would like to support the Darebin Fruit Squad, one way to do it is to buy one of their t-shirts. (posted April 5 2023)


Urban List has published a list of the best vanilla slices in Victoria. These sorts of lists often seem rather arbitrary but in this case the list includes the best vanilla slice that I have ever tasted, namely those from Briar Hill Traditional Bakehouse. They also highlight Le Croissant in Camberwell. (posted February 8 2023)
What’s the best gin in Australia? Well, according to recent World Gin Awards, the answer is Hillmartin Distillery’s rare dry gin. Hillmartin Distillery are a father daughter duo (Gavin and Amy Shaw) who are based in Plenty. Amongst other places, you can buy their gin at Eltham Farmers’ Market (on the 1st or 3rd Sundays) and at Nillumbik Cellars (in Diamond Creek). Congratulations Gavin and Amy! (posted February 1 2023)

Where can you get the best panettone in the southern hemisphere? The answer is Eltham, at the Old Evropa bakery in Eltham Village. And that’s official: Tatiana Coluccio, from Old Evropa, has just won ‘Best Panettone Extra European 2022’ in the ‘Panettone World Cup’ (aka Coppa del Mondo del Panettone). In other words, Tatiana makes the best panettone outside of Europe!

Note: panettone is an Italian sweet bread which includes raisins and citrus. (posted November 16 2022)

Open Food Network recently interviewed Lee Tozzi, Food Systems Officer at the Merri-bek City Council (formerly the City of Moreland), about why it is important to focus on food systems, the benefits of including the community in this process and how Open Food Network has been able to help them connect with, and empower, Merri-bek residents. (posted November 2 2022)
The Fermentary is a shop in Fitzroy North where they make and sell a wide variety of fermented products. Read their recent interview with Melbourne Farmers’ Markets. (posted August 31 2022)
Buttons Mira, from The Mushroomery in Alphington, was recently interviewed by Alice Zaslavsky on ABC Melbourne’s Saturday Breakfast show. Listen to the 10 minute interview. (posted May 11 2022)
Newsletter reader Michelle Edwards, and the Community Compost Group that she oversees at Rushall Community Garden in North Fitzroy, have won the 2021 Community Initiative of the Year in the City of Yarra. “The Community Compost Group provides a shared composting solution for those in our community who don’t have space or the capacity for a compost bin of their own. The local community drop off vegetable food scraps to the Community Compost Hub located in Rushall Garden, North Fitzroy. Michelle Edwards leads a small group of volunteers to manage this popular community compost bin system, helping to turn food waste into useable compost.Read more. (posted October 6 2021)

Panton Hill Vineyard & Winery is now famous!: As you presumably know, Leo recently bought a winery on Neighbours. What you might not know, however, is that the winery that he ‘bought’ is Panton Hill Vineyard & Winery. This is the same winery that Chloe and Pierce, also from Neighbours, got married at in 2019 – watch this behind-the-scenes video from the wedding. (posted October 6 2021)
Collingwood Children Farm’s veggie patch: this article in The Age is entitled In a corner of Collingwood, the future of farming is being rewritten. (posted April 21 2021)
Sprout magazine is a quarterly magazine which “celebrates local food and producers“. Its most recent edition (Autumn) features Joes Market Garden in Coburg. “The farm produces a wide variety of vegetables, available at the farm gate or in boxes online, including kale, broad beans, lettuces, chicory, Lebanese cucumber, zucchini, radishes and salad mix. However, the farm has become so much more than the delicious food it produces with workshops, a popular volunteers’ program, and events such as Emily’s Weed Dating, (a sort of gardening speed dating) now touted as a ‘thing to do’ in Melbourne.Read more on Facebook. (posted April 21 2021)
Yoko Nakazawa, from Cooking With Koji in Preston, was recently interviewed by the ABC on Japanese fermentation and the magic of ‘koji’. (posted April 14 2021)
The winner of Open Gardens Victoria’s recent productive patch competition was newsletter contributor Jian Liu, who lives in Camberwell. “Boldly, the garden utilises aquaponics and, by recycling household waste, the Liu’s have developed a ‘closed system’ for nutrient collection and soil improvement.Read more. (posted March 24 2021)
The 2020 Northern Business Achievement Awards were recently announced and they include four food organisations from North East Melbourne:

  • Blue Pear Pantry from North Warrandyte (Best Start-Up or Microbusiness).
  • Floridia Cheese from Thomastown (Business of the Year).
  • Moon Rabbit cafe from Preston (Philanthropy and Community Service Award).
  • Mocopan Coffee from Preston (Workplace Diversity Award). (posted January 26 2021)

Each year for the last 43 years, The Victorian Schools Garden Program (VSGP) has given out awards to a variety of schools for their gardens. Their 2020 awards were recently announced and they include:

  • Diamond Creek Primary School: Best Edible Garden among primary & special schools with less than 280 pupils.
  • Oxley Christian College, Chirnside Park: Best Edible Garden among P-9, P-12 and all secondary schools.

To be in the running to win an award, a school has to apply. From the awards page, it appears that the applications for 2021 will probably open at the beginning on March. (posted January 13 2021)

12th February newsletter, we talked about how Choco’s Hut (the honesty box sales part of Weeping Grevillea Nursery in Kangaroo Ground) was celebrating its 25th birthday. A month later and the Warrandyte Diary has an article about it. (posted March 18 2020)
Kings of Kangaroo Ground featured in the December edition of the Warrandyte Diary. (posted January 8 2020)
Gardening Australia had a feature on Kevin Heinze GROW in Doncaster. Watch the video. (posted October 16 2019)
Kevin Heinze GROW, in Doncaster, featured in a 5(!) page spread in the latest issue of Gardening Australia magazine. (posted September 18 2019)             
Lawrence Chang, Managing Director of Eltham-based Organic Times has been interviewed by The Fashion Advocate. Organic Times make Certified Organic chocolate & other products and Lawrence discusses various aspects of their organic and sustainability philosophy. (posted September 4 2019)
The Australian recently published a list of its hot 50 restaurants for 2019. 3 of the 50 are in North East Melbourne: Carlton Wine Room in Carlton, Etta in Brunswick East, and Greasy Zoes in Hurstbridge. The images to the right are what The Australian said about each of the restaurants. (posted August 28 2019)
Imbue Distillery, from Research, have featured in The Leader newspaper. (posted August 14 2019)
AVS Organic Foods, from Watsonia North, make a variety of vegan products including non-dairy cheese and cream, sauces, pies, black salt and pet treats. Its owner, Melissa Murphy-Webster, has been interviewed by Melbourne’s North Food Group. (posted August 7 2019)
Home Compost Doctors featured in PIP magazine. See the article on the right. Apart from anything else, you will learn what a Yuba Electric Boda Boda Step Through is! If you live in postcode 3081, you can receive free advice from Home Compost Doctors on how to set up and improve your composting system. Contact newsletter reader Mikoto Araki by phone (0421 654934) or email. (posted March 6 2019)
Emily Connors, from CERES Joe’s Market Garden, has been interviewed by The Age. (posted February 20 2019)
Ben Moore, from Ben’s Bees (Blackburn North), has been interviewed about various aspects of pure honey. Watch the video (5 minutes). (posted February 20 2019)
The food garden at Murundaka in Heidelberg Heights was the subject of an article in The Age. (posted January 30 2019)
Deb Graham, from Blue Pear Pantry in North Warrandyte, featured in the November edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted November 14 2018)
Around 200 people turned up for the official opening of Macleod Organic Community Garden on 30th September. Speeches from Costa Georgiadis, as well as Robin and Paul Gale-Baker. Freshly made pizza. Garden tours. Lots of friends. Beautiful, sunny day. See Paul and Costa in the picture right. If you want to see more photos, view their ‘official’ photo album. Also, Watch Costa’s speech (37 minutes). (posted October 31 2018)
Robin Gale-Baker given 2018 Victorian Senior of the Year Healthy and Active Living Award. Robin was nominated for her leadership in the establishment of Sustainable Macleod, the Macleod Vegie Swap and the Macleod Organic Community Garden. The picture shows Robin receiving her award from Governor Linda Dessau. Read Robin’s citation on the Seniors Online Victoria website. Well done, Robin! (posted October 31 2018)
St Johns Riverside Community Garden, Heidelberg in The Leader. (posted August 29 2018)
Peppertree Place, Coburg in The Leader. (posted August 29 2018)
Farmer bale out in The Leader. (posted August 29 2018)
Sim Hanscamp, from veggie growers Spoke & Spade in Heidelberg West, has been interviewed in ReNew magazine. (posted July 18 2018)
The Inconvenience Store featured in the Guardian. (posted July 18 2018)
Blue Pear Pantry, who make savoury rolls and are from North Warrandyte, and PoppySmack, who make Asian sauces and are from Warrandyte, both featured in the May edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted May 23 2018)
Kellybrook Winery, who make wine, cider & beer and are from Wonga Park, featured in the May edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted May 23 2018)
The Darebin Fruit Squad, which is an initiative of the Darebin Information, Volunteer & Resource Service, featured on Gardening Australia last week. (posted April 4 2018)
Just Picked, from Yan Yean, and Eltham Farmers’ Market featured in the Leader newspaper. (posted April 4 2018)
Murundaka Cohousing Community won first place in the Giant Zucchini competition at the recent CERES Harvest Festival. Pictured is newsletter reader Mikoto Araki accepting the award. (posted April 4 2018)
Sim Hanscamp, from Spoke & Spade in Heidelberg West, featured in an ABC article on Melbourne’s urban farmers. The public housing community gardens operated by Cultivating Community were also discussed. (posted March 14 2018)
Tamil Feasts, who are based in Brunswick East and grow much of their food at Joe’s Market Garden, featured on the 9th February episode of Gardening Australia. In total, they are on for 12 minutes of the 60-minute program but, irritatingly, this is split across four segments (starting at the 1 minute, 32 minute, 45 minute and 55 minute marks). (posted March 7 2018)
Yarra Coffee, from Lilydale, won a silver medal in the ‘organic (expresso)’ category of the 2017 Golden Bean awards. Quists Coffee, from Research, won a bronze medal in the ‘milk based’ category. Readers with a good memory may remember that Quists were inducted into the Australian Coffee Roasters Hall of Fame in 2016. (posted November 29 2017)
Backyard Honey, from Surrey Hills, featured in the 16th October edition of the Whitehorse Leader. (posted November 1 2017)
Park Orchards Farmers’ Market and Wonga Park Farmers’ Market both featured in the October edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted November 1 2017)
Warrandyte Community Garden featured in the October edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted November 1 2017)
Mount Mary, from Lilydale, are James Halliday’s 2018 ‘Winery of the Year’. Dappled Wines, from Yarra Glen, are ‘Best New Winery of the Year’. Boat O’Craigo, who have a vineyard in Kangaroo Ground, are ‘Dark Horse of the Year’. (posted October 4 2017)
Deb Graham, from Blue Pear Pantry in North Warrandyte, has featured in the Leader.(posted October 4 2017)
Katrinia Forstner’s bee hotels have featured in the Leader. (posted October 4 2017)
There was an article in the Leader about the Links Community Group’s plan to build a community garden in Lalor. (posted September 13 2017)
PoppySmack, from Warrandyte, and Blue Pear Pantry, from North Warrandyte, and Asterisk Kitchen, from Ringwood, all featured in the August edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted August 16 2017)
The Really Really Free Market Preston featured in The Weekly Review. (posted August 9 2017)
Kings of Kangaroo Ground’s recent medal wins in China made it into the July edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted July 19 2017)
Hibi farm, in Heidelberg West, featured in the June edition of pip magazine. There is also a podcast interview with prime mover Maria Cameron. (posted June 28 2017)
Cath Lyons, aka Tiny Trowel has been interviewed on 89.9lightFM. Listen to her interview. (posted June 28 2017)
Warrandyte Food Swap featured in the May edition of the Warrandyte Diary. (posted May 24 2017)

J.B. Shackleton’s, a local marmalade maker from Wonga Park, won Double Gold medal for the best traditional marmalade in the 2017 World’s Original Marmalade Competition in the UK! Their winning marmalade was “Luxury Grapefruit Marmalade with a hint of Honey”. In addition, they won silver medals for their Tahiti Lime and Orange marmalades, and a bronze medal for their Tangelo marmalade.

Following the awards, Lachlan Shackleton-Fergus was interviewed in the April edition of the Warrandyte Diary. (posted April 12 2017)

The founders of Yarra Valley Crop Swap were interviewed in the 7th April edition of The Leader. (posted April 12 2017)
An interview with Ian and Leanne Neeland, the founders of Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen, was published in the 10th April edition of The Age. (posted April 12 2017)

Celebrities visit Yarra Valley Poultry in Eltham

Who: Karen and Ros from My Kitchen Rules (and also Diamond Creek).
Where: Yarra Valley Poultry, Eltham.
When: Wednesday, 5th April. (posted April 12 2017)

Newsletter reader and landscaper Paul Morland displayed his Four R’s designed and built garden in the Achievable Garden category at The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. He won 3rd prize. (posted April 5 2017)
Newsletter reader and artist Felicity Gordon featured in the 28th March edition of the Leader for her compost house made up of 61 plants, 50 of them edible. The house is part of a new exhibition in Ivanhoe on water and climate change. (posted March 29 2017) (posted March 29 2017)
Melbourne’s best pizza 2017: Good Food have announced their 10 best pizza restaurants of 2017. Half are from North East Melbourne: A Boy Named Sue (St Andrews), Kaprica (Carlton), Lazerpig (Collingwood), Lievita (Northcote) and Postino (Balwyn). (posted March 22 2017)
Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, was interviewed by Clare Bowditch on ABC Melbourne earlier this week on the subject of compost. Click here to listen to the interview (13 minutes). Earlier this month, she was also interviewed on 3WBC on on a variety of subjects (chickens, growing veggies, etc) – click here to listen (36 minutes). (posted March 22 2017)
That’s Amore Cheese and Montifiore Cheese both featured in the 14th December Whittlesea edition of The Leader. (posted January 4 2017)
Shillinglaw Cafe and Restaurant featured in the 14th December Nillumbik edition of The Leader. (posted January 4 2017)
The Seeds Communal Garden food swap in Brunswick featured in 5th December Moreland edition of the Leader. (posted January 11 2017)

Who says milk bars are dead? Not the two brothers who own Weidlich Food Store. (posted December 14 2016)

The cafe is located in Eltham North and I paid it a visit over the Christmas period. The food I chose (modestly called a spinach and ricotta roll but actually a lot more complicated and exotic than that) and the drink (a banana smoothie) were both yummy, the ambience was good and the service was excellent (and they have free wifi). But the reason for mentioning the cafe again is that there are two interesting ideas underlying its development which have potential wider applicability. The first idea is the placement of a cafe in a housing area rather than in a shopping centre – for a number of people, it will therefore be their closest cafe. The second idea is the potential over time for developing the place into something of a community hub. Arguably, The Third Place Cafe in Wollert is trying to do something similar. Taffy’s on Looker in Montmorency is another cafe in a residential area that was previously a milk bar. (posted January 4 2017)

Congratulations to Alan, Greta and Robin: the 2016 Banyule and Darebin Sustainability Awards included three newsletter readers: Alan Leenaerts (Montmorency Sugar Glider Project), Greta Gillies (a Local Hero) and Robin Gale-Baker (also a Local Hero). (posted November 30 2016)
Newsletter reader Carol Woolcock’s garden featured in this month’s Permablitz re-visited. (posted November 30 2016)
Research-based Quists Coffee won a silver medal in the recent Golden Bean Coffee Roasters awards. They were also inducted into the Australian Coffee Roasters Hall of Fame. Congratulations Doris and Jim! (posted November 23 2016) quists
That’s Amore Cheese, from Thomastown, were in the 19th October edition of The Weekly Review. (posted November 2 2016) thats-amore-cheese
The facilitator of the Italian cooking workshop at Living & Learning Nillumbik at Panton Hill, Janice Mariani, was featured in the 19th October edition of The Weekly Review. (posted November 2 2016) italian-cooking
The Macleod Organic Community Garden was in the 26th October edition of The Weekly Review. (posted November 2 2016)
Pier Varel, owner of Pierross Pasticceria Italiana, was profiled in the 19th October edition of The Weekly Review. The best pizza I have ever had in Australia(!), but you can only buy it on Friday and Saturday evenings. (posted October 26 2016)
Top Hundred Acres were featured in the 11th October edition of The Leader. (posted October 12 2016) top-hundred-acres
Newsletter readers Robin Gale-Baker and Chris Newman were in the 28th September edition of the Leader. (posted October 5 2016) macleod
Time Out Food Awards 2016: several North East Melbourne places featured in the Time Out Food Awards 2016. Most notably, the Second Home cafe in Eltham won best cafe (i.e. the best cafe in the whole of Melbourne!). Jo Barrett, from Oakridge Winery in Coldstream, won the hot talent award. And three places in Fitzroy won awards (Mukka, Smith & Daughters and Jimmy Grants). (posted September 28 2016)
Newsletter reader Yuki Cameron was in the 21st September edition of The Weekly Review. (posted September 21 2016) yuki-cameron
Old Evropa was in the 14th September edition of The Weekly Review. (posted September 14 2016) old-evropa
Nature’s Harvest Hurstbridge in the 7th September edition of The Weekly Review. (posted September 14 2016) natures-harvest
Blue Pear Pantry in the September edition of The Warrandyte Diary. (posted September 14 2016) blue-pear-pantry
Newsletter readers Lucinda and Sean Flynn in the 31st August edition of The Weekly Review. (posted September 7 2016) going green
The Northcote and Reservoir food swaps were featured in the 19th July edition of The Leader. (posted August 24 2016) preston
Your local newsletter editor, Guy Palmer was in the 17th August edition of The Weekly Review. They actually missed out my best quote: “Pizza at Pierross: they make the well-known 400 Gradi restaurant in the CBD look like a bunch of amateurs.” (400 Gradi won the margherita pizza world championship in 2014) (posted August 17 2016) guy
Montmorency-based The Mushroom Shed was in the 3rd August edition of The Weekly Review. (posted August 10 2016) mushroom shed
Kangaroo Ground-based winery Kings of Kangaroo Ground was in the 3rd August edition of The Weekly Review. (posted August 10 2016) kings 2
On 8th August 2016, Frankie Spranger, from both Bee Rescue and Heidi Honey Hurstbridge, rescued a bee colony after a P-plater crashed his car through a wall in St Helena. Read the articles in The Age, The Herald Sun and The Leader. Which article has the best (or worst) pun? (posted August 10 2016) bees
Kangaroo Ground-based winery Kings of Kangaroo Ground featured in the August edition of Farm Magazine, which is part of the rural Weekly Times newspaper. (posted August 3 2016) kings
Yan Yean-based fruit and veggie grower Just Picked featured in the August edition of Farm Magazine, which is part of the rural Weekly Times newspaper. (posted August 3 2016) just picked
Behi Cakes, from Greensborough, featured in The Leader. (posted July 27 2016) behi cakes
2 local breweries in the Weekly Review’s top 10 Melbourne pubs and breweries: 3 Ravens from Thornbury and The Public Brewery from Croydon. (posted July 20 2016)

Old Evropa have opened a shop!

Question: why did an Italian, a Bulgarian and a Briton meet in Australia to discuss the French?

Answer: to discuss the new Old Evropa Bakery, which opened in Eltham Village on 22nd June. Yes, that’s right, Mernda-based Old Evropa, who will be known to many of you from their presence at Eltham Farmers’, Hurstbridge Farmers’ and Warrandyte Community markets, have opened a shop. So, you can now buy their yummy bread 6 days a week. I met with Tatiana and Damiano Coluccio, aka Old Evropa, to discuss what they are doing and why.

In the discussion, it quickly became clear that they are on a mission, and that this mission is more than just providing us with yummy bread. Rather, for them, it is about us eating the right sorts of bread: bread that does not make you feel bloated or acid refluxed; bread that does not contain any ‘chemicals’; and bread that has been long-fermented, to make it more easily digested. In other words, bread like it used to be (as long as you are European). So, to quote Damiano, their bread contains only certified organic flour, yeast, filtered (and thus purified) water, salt and (of course) love.

The long fermentation is the key. It is this which conditions the wheat to make it easier to digest. And it is this which, in their opinion, makes the bread suitable in some cases for people with gluten sensitivity.

But the long fermentation is also a problem for the Coluccios. It is this which means that they have had to start baking around midnight. And, because their current small baking space at home is not a controlled environment, they then have had to stay up all night to control the sleeping and waking up of the yeast. Thankfully, the new bakery has a controlled environment so Damiano and Tatiana will be able to move from being nocturnal to diurnal!

I asked them about the scope of what they will be selling in the shop. They replied: a full range. Loaves as well as their current focaccias and baguettes. Croissant and pastries. Even filled baguettes. Tatiana will be full-time pastry chef, and Damiano full-time baker.

I asked them whether opening a shop had always been part of their plans. Tatiana replied that she had always wanted to open a European eatery where people would be able to savour products that bring back memories from Europe. Although they have a long history in both the food industry and baking for family gatherings, perhaps surprisingly, they have only been baking commercially for the past three and a half years. The new shop will allow them to substantially upscale their current operations whilst still continuing with their traditional methods. They would like to go down the route of Organic Certification and they are clearly in it for the long haul.

I ended the interview by wishing them best of luck but saying I would be sorry to see them stop being a stallholder at Eltham Farmers’ Market. “Oh, no“, they replied, “we will be carrying on at the market“. So, actually, you will be able to buy their yummy bread 7 days a week. (posted June 29 2016)

Mooroolbark Urban Harvest were in the June issue of Living Today. (posted June 22 2016) living today
Macleod Organic Community Garden featured in The Leader. (posted May 25 2016)
A bee rescue caught on camera: at the last Eltham Farmers’ Market, someone called me over to take a photo of a bee rescue in action. This person, whose name I don’t know, had seen a bee become dehydrated (or equivalent), had got a smidgeon of honey (from Heidi Honey Hurstbridge), and was feeding it to the bee. The bee was drinking (or equivalent) and revived in front of my eyes. The photo on the right is the proof. (posted April 20 2016) bee rescue
The Diamond Valley Foodshare is one of the most impressive food-related organisations in North East Melbourne that I have had the honour to visit. Based in Greensborough, it packs and distributes thousands of food parcels for people in need of them. I was really pleased to read in The Leader that they have received a big grant from the Banyule RSL Trust Fund to buy a refrigerated van. Congratulations also to the Banyule RSL Trust Fund itself, who distributed a total of $300,000 in grants this year. (posted March 9 2016) foodshare
The 2016 Australian Good Food & Travel Guide Readers Choice Awards included the following local eateries: Cocoa Moon Cafe from Warrandyte in the Cafe category; Machan Indian Restaurant from Eltham in the Indian category; Rae’s Restaurant from Yarra Glen in the Modern Australian category; The Blue Dog Bar from Park Orchards in the Cafe category; and Tokar Estate Restaurant from Coldstream in the Vineyard restaurant category. (posted February 24 2016)
The food garden at Warranwood Primary School feature in The Leader. (posted February 17 2016) warranwood
Warrandyte food swap featured in Weekend Notes. Click here for the full article. As you may see from the pictures, they are allowed to swap eggs because, contrary to what some people believe, Warrandyte is in Manningham rather than Nillumbik (Nillumbik Council forbids it). (posted February 10 2016)
Mary Williamson has started a Food is Free stall in Ringwood East. The stall is located outside 19 Patterson Street, Ringwood East halfway to the Lake (after the Federal Road turn-off). People leave surplus fruit, veggies, herbs, seedlings and seeds. Other people can then take them, at no cost. There is no fee, membership, opening hours, or obligation. Donations of garden produce are very welcome, but also small envelopes or ziplock bags, seeds, labels, glass jars for fresh herbs, etc. Everyone is welcome to get involved. Mary tells me that they are also are moving towards helping others in their local community to grow their own food, with various projects in their early stages. (posted February 3 2016) food is free
On the same page in The Leader as the Food is Free article above, there is also an article about the food swaps organised by the Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap. (posted February 3 2016) wonga park food swap
Newsletter reader Rachel Bishop featured in the Leader. (posted February 3 2016) rachel bishop
Your local food swaps are national news!: see the ABC website. (posted November 25 2015)
We (and Panton Hill Winery) are international news!: LFC member Richard Holdsworth has written an article about LFC and Panton Hill Winery which appeared in Hastings Town Magazine, United Kingdom, in October. Click on the picture to read the article. (posted November 25 2015) panton hill
The Joyfull Pantry featured in The Warrandyte Diary, who even published a video to accompany the article. (posted November 25 2015) the joyfull pantry
Nillumbik wineries featured in the 4th November edition of The Leader. (posted November 11 2015) wineries
On Sunday 18 October, a team led by newsletter reader Barbara Marshall was named the 2015 Melbourne Salami Festa overall winner for its unique duck and pork salami. “There was a lot of debate among the judges, but this one won because it was an unusual combination with a simple flavour, that was perfectly cured and packed” said festa director, Carlo Mazzarella. Congratulations Barbara! (posted October 28 2015)
Turners Bakehouse Eatery featured in the 18th August edition of The Leader. (posted August 18 2015)
The ‘Food is Free’ initiative at The Rotary Club of Warrandyte Donvale Op Shop featured in the Warrandyte Diary. click here (pdf) to view/download.(posted June 17 2015)

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