An Australians culinary journey, while exciting and interesting, is often meandering. It will more than likely include a vast conglomeration of cultural influences revolving around individual family heritage and the ever present, Sunday sausage sizzle. A gradual accumulation of taste memories that aren’t really attached to any cultural tapestry but are nevertheless filed away to be later rekindled by another chance encounter with something similarly tasty. This approach has seen us embrace the food of all cultures so openly that we seemingly forgot to take a minute to concentrate on developing our own profile of deliciousness. Fortunately, we now have this very concept to look forward to and in my experience the knowledge is only one well considered question away. We hold a great bank of wisdom within our country, gained and refined over countless generations, and it’s our responsibility to make it accessible at every level. It’s an opportunity to covet our ingredients and flavours as a community of Australians and immerse ourselves in a united culinary culture borne of a common love of good grub shared with good mates.
- Ben Head Chef
From Warragul to Loch, Foster to Mirboo North, Glengarry to Maffra, Bruthen to Orbost, we have scoured Gippsland to find the best of its Wines, Beers, Ciders, Spirits and Liquors. I cannot say that it has been hard journey; it has truly been exciting to see how many incredible producers we have in this small part of the world; who we now have the honour to work with.
Not only have we met people taking the idea of local to a new level, local brewers working with local wineries, cideries with brewers, local gatherers with distillers, it has been a true exploration of the idea of local produce. How easy is it to pick a wine off the shelf and enjoy it, but when it is delicious and then also has a true connection to this area... when it connects with the food that you are enjoying which also champions local produce……….. well then it becomes magic.
And we are all about a complete local story that has a wondrous touch of magic.