Delicious offerings at expo
Home-made, brewed, grown and crafted; some of the finest culinary delights will be on display at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.
The expo runs from February 16 to 18 and time is running out to save 17 per cent on tickets by getting them online at www.seymourexpo.com.au
With boutique drinking options, a foodie feast of various cuisines and takehome treats at the Farmers Market, this year’s expo is sure to tantalise as well as educate and entertain.
Experimenting with native, unique and inseason ingredients, Original Spirit Co aims to create high-quality small batch spirits at its Mornington Peninsula distillery.
‘‘The distillery specialises in hand-crafted spirits with various types of gin, digestives, limoncello and a spiced tawny,’’ the company’s Barbara Richartz said.
Elfreds of the Peninsula has long been renowned for its homemade recipes, which include a mild kasundi and Indian tomato relish, a spicy habanero chilli sauce, the popular mango, apple and onion Mumbai chutney, and the range of 10 spices and seasonings.
‘‘Most of the produce, where possible, is bought on the Mornington Peninsula and cooked, bottled and labelled by myself,’’ business owner Fred Johnson said.
With more than a decade of experience in the kitchen, chef Simone Garusi has channelled his passion for cooking into his range of homemade pastas.
He opened his Chapel St restaurant Italian Chef four years ago, but still enjoys the farmers’ market circuit, where he sells gnocchi, tortelli and a Wagyu ragu sauce.
His fusion of chocolate and slow-cooked duck has created a unique tortelli pasta — best paired with a creamy mushroom sauce — an inspired combination that has become muchloved.
The taste of the Otway Ranges runs deep in Prickly Moses’ specialty brews, with this water being key to crafting the Barongarookbased brewery’s beers and ciders.
‘‘This year we will be coming to the expo with a new beer that’s not for the
Passionate: With more than a decade of experience in the kitchen, chef Simone Garusi has channelled his passion for cooking into his range of homemade pastas.
faint-hearted called Saboteur Double IPA,’’ its events co-ordinator Rosie Heaton-Harris said.
‘‘It’s about 10.4 per cent in alcohol and it’s packed full of hops.’’
Other enticing offerings include apple berry cider, alcoholic ginger beer, and everything else in between from easy drinking through to dark rich stouts.
The gourmet delights of fine goat meats will also take centre stage with Seven Hills Tallarook’s renowned goat sausages, hamburgers and ‘‘world famous’’ chorizo.
‘‘People weren’t accustomed to goat when we first started but it is well recognised now. We now supply various Melbourne restaurants with our goat meat and we have the same customers that follow us from show to show too,’’ owners Taylan and Megan Atar said.
Timboon Fine Ice Cream is known for its delicious ice-creams and sorbets, churned with milk direct from the neighbour’s farm and cream from nearby dairies.
There are 24 ice-cream flavours and even dairyfree, egg-free and glutenfree options.
Lovers of a tipple with a sweet, creamy flavour will be spoilt for choice with Kensal Estate Wines’ range of liqueurs which include chocolate-mint, butterscotch, coffee, or chocolate.
Also on offer by the Cobram winery are its delicious chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet franc, moscato and trebbiano and its enticing ciders.
‘‘We have an apple cider, straight pear cider, limoncello and a pear-wine cooler which is a bit sweet,’’ owner Thomas Ley said.
Mildura-business Callipari Food and Wine will be back for the 10th time at the expo with its popular Ned Kelly red spritzer in tow.
‘‘It’s basically a sangria so it has red wine, oranges and lemons and is slightly carbonated,’’ sales director Larry Brennan said.
‘‘We will also have a white wine spritzer with apple and ginger, a pink moscato and a fortified red and white port.’’
For further information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent visit www.seymourexpo.com.au
Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Ticket Winners
The following people each receive a double pass to Seymour Alternative Farming Expo: 1. Lisa Gawne, Seymour 2. Fay Densworth, Seymour
3. Harry Lund, Whiteheads Creek 4. Steve Dodd, Seymour 5. Steve Muckenthaler, Avenel.
Small batch spirits:
Delicious: Elfreds of the Peninsula has been long renowned for its homemade recipes, which include a mild kasundi and Indian tomato relish among many others.