Welcome to our fifth issue of North East Living magazine.
After one of the coldest winters on record in many of our regional centres, Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it renewed energy and excitement about the warmer weather to come. It’s the season to be inspired, embark on new projects and spend more time in the great outdoors exploring all that’s on offer in the beautiful North East. The region is blessed with some of the most pristine and spectacular waterways in the country, which not only attract hikers and fishers, but members of the North East Canoe Club who are well prepared to tackle the challenging white water rapids in our local rivers. Spring produce is also making its presence felt on local menus where chefs including Wodonga’s David Kapay from Miss Amelie, and Rutherglen’s Simon Arkless from All Saints Estate Terrace Restaurant, are letting the finest ingredients speak for themselves. This month we hear from David Kapay about his amazing experience in two of the world’s best restaurants where he honed his skills under kitchen titans Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and Jason Atherton. We also head to Myrrhee where walnut producers Mike Burston and Carol Kunert know more than most about the challenges of our extreme seasons, while the history of the Glenrowan region is brought to life through the memories of local legend Linton Briggs. We hope this issue inspires you to get out and about, see the region with fresh eyes and make the most of the many jewels to be found right on our doorstep.