Palace Pies make vegan savoury pies, including minced mushroom pie, chilli chipotle pie, spinach & ricotta pie (soy) and roasted cauliflower pie. They do not use faux meat or dairy products, instead embracing the humble vegetable and letting it speak for itself. Their pastry is simply made from flour, water, coconut oil and nuttelex. They believe in sustainability in all facets of their business, from the produce to the packaging.
Mirabella's of Doncaster
Olympic Village Newsagency, Heidelberg West
Pines Deli, Doncaster East
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The word 'paleta' comes from the Spanish word for icy pole. It represents a long and old Mexican tradition of tropical and exotic fruit recipes. Paleta's icy poles are made from authentic Mexican recipes using real fruit. Flavours include strawberry, mango, coconut, lemon, chocolate, raspberry, rockmelon and hibiscus. No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives. What you will find is nothing but the intense rich taste of real fruit.
Panton Hill Estate Olives produces extra virgin olive oils, processed primarily as single variety oils, as well as selling table olives. It also makes a handmade range of cosmetic products, all made solely with their extra virgin olive oil, including soap, lip balm, hand scrub and calendula healing balm.
The olive varieties include Frantoio, Correggiola and Koroneiki for oil production, and Kalamata and California Queen varieties for table olives. Quality is always the primary driver at each phase of the production process and the table olives are processed on site, using the traditional salt and water brine method of curing. This takes up to six months of careful attention to ensure the resulting table olives are firm and have the distinctive taste and qualities of their varieties. Part of the secret of the flavours are the shale soils found in Nillumbik, in which olive trees thrive.
At Panton Hill Vineyard and Winery you'll discover beautiful buildings reminiscent of Tuscany, in a bush setting only 45 minutes from central Melbourne. In this family founded and run boutique winery you can taste a wide range of high quality, aged wines - dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified - which are totally estate produced using biological techniques. A huge open fire awaits you during the winter months or in summer, you can enjoy the beautiful courtyard. Homemade pizza and the cured olives are a menu specialty.
PEACE farm (Permaculture, Education, Arts, Community, Enterprise) a small permaculture farm which, inter alia, teaches farm workers and interns how to grow plants and also save seeds. Their Certified Organic nursery produces a wide variety of heirloom veggie & herb seedlings, companion plants and fruit trees. They supply two wholefood stores plus a few nurseries and they sell their surplus at markets during Spring and Autumn.
This garden is membership-based, with some allotments.
Pentridge is a new (as of late 2017) community garden within the grounds of the historic Pentridge Prison in Coburg. The old prison site is being re-developed as an integrated residential and commercial precinct with housing, cinema, hotel, cafes, retail and artists studios. The garden is located within the site on land provided by the developer, Shayher Group.
The garden is maintained by a group of local residents, with a focus on gardening together, learning from each other and building a vibrant local community. It includes fruit trees, vegetables, herbs in both communal gardening spaces and personal plots (allotments), ornamental beds, a community compost hub, open & shady spaces to sit, and plenty of activities for kids.
The garden is part of Moreland Community Gardening. Please join the group to help develop the garden into a vibrant part of the Coburg community, where residents can meet, grow some food, plants and flowers, chat and enjoy some relaxing green space within the city.
There are regular open sessions at the garden, every Sunday, 9-11.30am. See their Facebook page for dates of other events.
Petty's Orchard occupies 44 hectares of land and encompasses an antique apple orchard, commercial orchard, wetlands and bird hide. It is one of Melbourne's oldest commercial orchards. It has the largest collection of heritage apple varieties on mainland Australia, including more than 200 varieties of old and rare apples.
Arthur St Deli, Fairfield
Boccaccio SUPA IGA, Balwyn
Colonial Fruit Company, Forest Hill
Fish Pier, Eastland, Ringwood
Fish Pier, The Pines, Doncaster East
Jefferies, Croydon Hills
Kinglake Produce and Artisan Market
Leo's Fine Food & Wine, Heidelberg
Leo's Fine Food & Wine, Kew
Local Pantry Co, Preston Market
Made Locally, Ringwood North
Max & Leo's Foodstore Cafe, Blackburn
McCoppins Clifton Hill
Paul's SUPA IGA, Ringwood East
Quintons SUPA IGA, Warrandyte
Renaissance IGA, Hawthorn
Saltylicious Himalayan Salt, Preston Market
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PoppySmack's products include viet dipping sauce, tangy tamarind sauce, caramelised pineapple sauce and salty sweet hoisin. These sauces are home recipes and full of yummy goodness. All their products are gluten-free and dairy-free, with no preservatives added. At the markets that they sell at, they also demonstrate how to make rice paper rolls for free tasting.
Blackburn Station Craft Market
Marco's Deli Cafe Foodstore, Blackburn
Treasures and Tastes @ Trinity
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PowerHouse Cheese make cheeses in the French styles of Camembert and Blue. Their particular cheeses are: Whitehorse White (a Camembert), Ash Brie, Albino Blue, Boronia Blue (a blue mould cheese with an intense flavour) and Blackburn Blue (a creamy blue mould cheese). PowerHouse Cheese's owner, Barbara Power, was previously a microbiologist and she draws on this experience to experiment with, and cultivate, unique flavour profiles.
Their milk and cream comes from St Davids Dairy in Fitzroy. The cheeses are all classified as vegetarian as they use microbial produced rennet.
All of Primal Alternative's breads, cookies and pizza bases are grain-free. They are made with free range eggs, many certified organic ingredients, fresh vegetables and are free of refined sugar. They offer an alternative for those on vegan, paleo, low carb, and dairy free diets.
Their products include fat & seedy bread, fat & seedy bagels, pumpkin bread, no nut hemp bread, turmeric & hemp seed loaf, fruit toast, choc chip cookies, macadamia & currant shortbread, triple choc keto cookies, fat & seedy pizza bases, no nut hemp wraps, and packet mixes for breads.
The ingredients which are certified organic include: butter, coconut flour, chocolate chips, hemp seeds, honey, coconut sugar, cacao powder, cacao nibs, cinnamon,
pumpkin, zucchini, rosemary, and cacao butter.
Primal Alternative is an Australian-wide franchise.
Opening times: Mon-Fri - 5pm to midnight; Sat-Sun - midday to midnight.
Prosciutto Bros. Craft Bar is the collaboration of two craft brewers - Jamie Cox from Kooinda Brewery and Clyde D'Angelis from Sideshow Brewing. The two partners renovated a large industrial space in Eltham with recycled, up-cycled, retro and handcrafted pieces that create a rustic charm to this otherwise harsh environment.
Behind the bar built with recycled bricks is a choice of 20 taps (15 hand selected craft beers and 5 ciders from Australia) and a bottle fridge that continues the seemingly never ending choice of local crafted goodness. The best place to start is with the house tap CHOP - a special pilsner style brew. To accompany the beer list, they have carefully selected the 'stand outs' from local winemakers from the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Geelong regions. Plus there are spirits and cocktails.
Looking in from the outside of the open plan kitchen, a glass deli cabinet presents an array of meats, cheese and antipasti ingredients to entice your taste buds and, hanging above it, are large steel hooks displaying handcrafted cured meats. There are also a range of cooked dishes, from a bbq grill and spit to pizza and gourmet sausages.
The Prosciutto Bros. have created a relaxed, happy and fun atmosphere where you can walk in, find your spot at a table, stool or booth, soak up the easy listening tunes in the background or the live weekend entertainment while awakening every taste bud with simple home style Italian family recipes washed down with a local crafty beer or two.
Blackhearts and Sparrows, Fitzroy North
Smith Street Cellars, Collingwood
The following bars and restaurants: Anada, Fitzroy; Builders Arms Hotel, Fitzroy; Cutler & Co, Fitzroy; Easy Tiger, Collingwood; Gibsons Wine Bar, Hawthorn; Green Park Dining, Carlton; Hammer and Tong, Fitzroy; Hell of the North, Fitzroy; Hotel Lincoln, Carlton; Lee Ho Fook Restaurant, Collingwood; Mercers, Eltham; Merricote, Northcote; Pinotta, Fitzroy North; Scopri, Carlton; Tao Tao House, Hawthorn; The Post Office Hotel, Coburg; The Town Mouse, Carlton; Underwood Wine Bar, Fitzroy North; Union Dining, Richmond
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In 1975, the Lance family found a beautiful twenty acres of sloping land in the hamlet of St Andrews, Yarra Valley. The soils were poor, thin and riddled with rock. The elevation was high (250m) and the site was a natural ampitheatre, perfect for capturing sunlight without excessive heat.
The family began planting in 1976. Punch began in 2005, when James & Claire Lance began leasing the vineyard and winery. Their wine labels are Punch (made with own grapes), Friends of Punch (made with others' grapes) and Elemental.