Celebrated local cheesemaker ready to hand over the herd
SAVOUR the final crumbs of a local cheese legend when Gabrielle Kervella and Alan Cockman of Western Australia’s Kervella goat’s cheese, preside over a bring-your-own lunch at Kervella’s Gidgegannup home.
News of the property’s sale has been around since last year, but contracts have finally been signed in the past few days and, after 25 years, grande dame Gabrielle is hanging up her stirring paddle.
Be there on the last day before they vacate; bring your own picnic blanket, food and drinks, and take part in an auction of the last Kervella cheeses.
FoodDetective hears that Gabrielle is still making her cheeses and those auctioned will be from the final batch. Sunday, February 3 from 1pm. Great Northern Highway, Midland. Contact Slow Food Perth’s Pauline Tresise at email@example.com for details. www.kervellacheese.com.au. ■ LATE-BREAKING good news has reached Detective ’ s ear that two cheesemakers (not Gidgegannup’s buyers, apparently) have signed up to continue producing cheese on the property. The threatened loss of this source of excellent goat’s cheese has caused great distress further afield than WA, but the treats look set to continue under a different label. The word is, the incoming pair will take over the goat herd and their cheeses will be organic. Kervella is pleased. Tune in here for maturing details. ■ PRODUCE heaven at Lake House in Daylesford, Victoria, at the annual Regional Producers Day to be held early next month. Lake House owner Alla Wolf-Tasker, a passionate advocate for the produce of her region and one of VogueEntertaining+ Travel ’ s produce awards judging panel, will host producers, provedores, winemakers, farmers and chefs at the guesthouse.
Chefs will give demonstrations and there will be sales, live music, a barbecue and wood-fired pizzas. The $5 entry fee includes tastings and entertainment (free for children under 12). Sunday, February 10. www.lakehouse.com.au.
■ MEANWHILE in NSW, the annual Guyra Lamb and Potato Festival is set to celebrate these succulent staples (sheep and spuds, out in the field).
Started 22 years ago by a group of graziers and growers with a tent and a barbie, this community fundraiser runs for 10 days and dishes up local premium lamb and fresh potatoes in myriad guises. Organisers are expecting more than 1000 visitors daily and will be catering for them with 100 lambs and 350kg of potatoes during the festival (which coincides with the Tamworth Country Music Festival, so two outings in one).
There will be stalls, displays and demonstrations. January 18-29, Rotary Park, on the New England Highway, Guyra. www.guyra.nsw.gov.au.
■ STONES of the Yarra Valley will not be rolling so much as grooving when jazz favourite Vince Jones performs there next month. Stones, at Coldstream in Victoria, is becoming a bit of a legend, with its evenings of music, as well as specialist gourmet events. $90 includes the performance and a two-course dinner. Sunday, February 24, 7.30pm. 14 St Huberts Rd, Coldstream. www.stonesoftheyarravalley.com. ■ IN foreign news, classy UK food store chain Waitrose has signed a deal to open outlets in the United Arab Emirates. It expects to have 20 supermarkets in the region by 2010. It will soon be shortbread for the shahs and Twinings for the team. ■ FIND of the week: Or find of the season, in fact, is Miller Chill, a premium coldfiltered light lager with a subtle suggestion of lime and salt. Mexico and the margarita are the influences. Drink Miller Chill chelada style — that’s south of the border slang for iced ( helada ) beer ( chela ) — with an added splash of lime juice and your slender glass rimmed with the best salt. Viva the south. www.millerchill.com.au. ■ DETECTIVE loves: Pomegranate. With turkey, in cocktails, or caramelised with pomegranate molasses. Allan Campion and Michele Curtis’s 2008 TheSeasonal ProduceDiary (Hardie Grant, $29.95) features a bowl of blushing pomegranates on its cover. This is the way to start the year.
■ DETECTIVE loathes: Leftover ham.