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Explore Maryborough’s Food Culture

Maryborough, Queensland, has a foodie scene that has me hooked! Here’s the scoop: I’m part of a Maryborough dining group that meets for a Girls’ Night Out every month, visiting different spots around the city to show some love to local venues.

Our annual grand finale in December? That’s reserved for the Portside Café & Restaurant. Trust me, it’s more than just a meal—it’s an experience. The setting, the history, the service, and let’s not forget the unique cuisine—they’ve got it all.

But there’s more to my Maryborough dining adventures. I’m also part of the Wide Bay Beefsteak and Burgundy Club. We meet at the Old Sydney Hotel every month to sip on wine and dive into some seriously good food.

When people ask me about my favourite spots to dine in Maryborough, it’s like asking me to pick a favourite child—I just can’t! From cosy cafes to lively pubs, each spot has its own vibe that keeps me coming back for more. So, I’ve put together a list of our top picks, covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in no particular order.

Oh, and Maryborough has more than restaurants, cafes, and pubs—there are also bakeries, coffee shops, and clubs—you name it. But for now, let’s focus on our favourite places where you can relax at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and treat your taste buds to something special. Click the links for more about each venue, including the menu, address, and phone number.

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Portside Café & Restaurant

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With accolades like the Fraser Coast Business & Tourism Award’s Best Restaurant or Cafe in 2021, Best Restaurant in 2022 and 2023, and TripAdvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Award, Portside Café & Restaurant is a real winner—and it’s no surprise why.

Tucked inside the original Customs House Residence of Maryborough, dating back to the 1800s, Portside oozes history and charm. From its prime location overlooking the Mary River and Queens Park to its intricate architecture, this spot is a real gem.

During the mid to late 1800s, this precinct served as one of Maryborough’s bustling ports, welcoming over 30,000 new settlers and South Sea Islanders as a primary arrival point.

With Portside’s menu blending modern Australian flair with Southern Californian/Mexican influences, there’s something for everyone. Their chicken tinga tacos, nicoise salad with Tasmanian salmon, and pina colada crème brûlée are among my favourite dishes.

Let’s not forget the quality service and friendly staff who cater to everyone’s dietary needs. So, whether you’re a local or just passing through, dining at Portside isn’t just a meal—it’s an experience.

Location: 103 Wharf Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.portsidecafeandrestaurant.com/

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Sails at McNevins Maryborough Motel

Maryborough dining venue

At Sails, I experienced some of the most mouthwatering dishes I’ve ever tasted. The smoked barramundi stood out, boasting a delicate flavour with just the right hint of sweetness. The smoking process elevated the natural taste of the fish, adding a subtle yet delightful smokiness that perfectly complemented its flavours. And, let’s not forget about those lamb shanks on another occasion—tender, succulent, and melting in my mouth with every bite.

While menus may change over time, if you happen to come across the smoked barramundi and lamb shanks at Sails, trust me, they’re worth a try. Sails isn’t just about the food though—it’s the whole experience. With a fully licensed 100-seat fine-dining restaurant and a welcoming bar, it’s perfect for any special occasion, whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, or just a night out with friends. Plus, their friendly staff is available to ensure everything runs smoothly, leaving you free to enjoy the culinary delights.

Location: 188 John Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://maryborough-motel.mcnevins.com.au/fine-dining/

La Familia Pizzeria

Maryborough dining venue

La Familia Pizzeria, a fresh addition to the Maryborough dining scene, has quickly become a favourite eatery in town. After our first visit to this Great Gatsby-inspired spot, we were hooked. So much so, that we broke our usual routine and went back the very next month!

Winning the Fraser Coast Business & Tourism People’s Choice Awards in 2023 was the cherry on top for La Familia Maryborough, and it’s no surprise with the glowing TripAdvisor reviews pouring in.

Just take it from Johnnyrocket2013, who raved about the authentic vibe, stellar service from Kimberly and Blaine, and mouthwatering dishes served piping hot. Brad R. couldn’t get enough of their Greek lamb Calzone and Gambino Pizza, while Melissa B. gave top marks across the board for location, venue, service, and, of course, the food—deliziosa!

With feedback like that, it’s clear La Familia is a must-visit spot in Maryborough, whether you’re dining in or grabbing a takeaway pizza for a cosy night in. The reviews speak volumes.

Location: 8/373 Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaFamiliaMaryborough/

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White Lion Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

During the Covid pandemic in 2020, the White Lion Hotel seized the opportunity for a complete makeover, breathing new life into this historic pub. Now, it not only welcomes its loyal regulars spanning decades, but also draws in a fresh crowd seeking modern dining experiences. Conveniently located within walking distance from the Brolga Theatre, it’s a popular pre-show dining spot too.

Established back in 1864, the White Lion Hotel is steeped in history, adding to its charm for both locals and visitors alike. From delicious seasonal dishes to classics like wood-fired pizzas and traditional pub fare, there’s something to please everyone’s palate. With a dedicated chef and team pouring their passion into every dish, satisfaction is practically guaranteed. Whether it’s a hearty steak, fresh seafood, or indulgent desserts, you’re in for a treat at the White Lion Hotel.

Location: 37 Walker Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://thewhitelion.com.au/

Indian Diamond Maryborough

Maryborough dining venue

Indian Diamond is our go-to spot for indulging in authentic North Indian cuisine. Since its establishment in 2012, this family-owned venue has been serving up mouthwatering Indian dishes that keep us coming back for more. Whether dining in, grabbing a takeaway, or opting for delivery, the options are vast. Plus, it’s BYO wine, so you can sip on your favourite bottle while savouring the flavours.

And we’re not the only ones singing its praises—TripAdvisor reviewers can’t get enough either. Eleise8100 raves about the perfect balance of spice, with the Lamb Korma stealing the show, while ZinnyandFi hail it as their favourite Indian spot across Wide Bay.

With glowing reviews like these, it’s no wonder Indian Diamond remains a top choice for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re craving a flavourful curry or some crispy samosas, this place delivers every time.

Location: 3/133 Lennox Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.indiandiamondrestaurant.com/

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Cocky’s Grill at the Lamington Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

At the Lamington Hotel’s grill restaurant, choosing a favourite dish is a tough call—the menu is bursting with options!

Fun fact: the venue got its name from a feisty cockatoo who lived behind the hotel for over 25 years, and was known for its colourful language after dark.

Cocky’s Grill is a hit with hungry guests, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink. Situated on Ferry Street on the northern side of the Mary River, next to the iconic Lamington Bridge, this historic hotel has been serving since 1864.

Originally named the Ariadne after the ship that brought the first settlers in 1862, it was rebuilt and renamed to honour Governor Lord Lamington and the new bridge post-flood in 1893.

If you’re eyeing a meal at Cocky’s Grill, better book ahead—it’s a hotspot, and seats fill up fast!

Location: 33 Ferry Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/Lamington-Hotel-Motel-100063510974239/

Granville Tavern

Maryborough dining venue

While I haven’t made it to any of our Girls’ Night Out gatherings at the Granville Tavern yet, the other ladies have all given it rave reviews and can’t wait to go back. They say it’s a warm and welcoming spot with the chicken schnitzel stealing the show.

And the full menu? Well, it’s got everything from calamari to steaks, fish, and seafood baskets—a feast for sure! The portions are generous, prices reasonable, and the chips? Apparently, unbeatable.

Fun fact: When the record flood of 1893 hit Maryborough, the original Granville Arms and Fig Tree Hotel were washed away. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the hotel was rebuilt on higher ground at its current location. It’s weathered a few rebuilds since then but remains a bustling social hub, especially during floods when the Granville Bridge is cut off and the suburb turns into an island.

Location: 23 Odessa St, Granville QLD 4650
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleTavern/

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Alowishus Delicious

Maryborough dining venue

While recently exploring Maryborough for photo opportunities, I popped into Alowishus Delicious for a quick lunch and ended up spending an hour catching up with long-time friends. That’s the kind of welcoming atmosphere you can expect at Alowishus.

In the city’s heart, it’s the perfect spot for a light meal or snack while reconnecting with friends. A two-time winner of the Countrywide Cafe of the Year in 2019 and 2020, Alowishus has been a staple in the community since its establishment in 2011.

With a commitment to local connections and exceptional service, they strive to provide great value to every customer.

Their full-service kitchen offers a range of breakfast and lunch options, from classic brunch dishes to indulgent burgers and salads. Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of their delicious gelato flavours while you’re there.

Location: 232 – 244 Adelaide Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.alowishus.com.au/

Harry’s Thai Food

Maryborough dining venue

Nestled among the shops at Tinana Shopping Centre on Gympie Road, just south of the Lamington Bridge, is a gem perfect for group gatherings like ours. Say hello to Harry’s Thai Food. With a cosy atmosphere and authentic Thai flavours, it’s a winner every time.

Their menu is a treasure trove of Thai delights, from barbecue pork and satay chicken skewers to mouthwatering curries, pad Khing, and more. Plus, their chef’s passion for food and top-notch service ensures a memorable dining experience with every visit.

Dine-in or takeaway—whatever suits your fancy. Harry welcomes you to kick back, relax, and savour the delicious flavours of Thailand right here in Maryborough. And here’s a tip: why not grab an extra dish to enjoy at home later?

Location: shop 4/26-34 Gympie Rd, Tinana, 4660.
Website: https://www.harrysthaifood.com/

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Old Sydney Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

The Old Sydney Hotel, where the Wide Bay Beefsteak and Burgundy Club holds its monthly dinners, boasts quality cuisine tailored to the club’s discerning palates. While these menus are exclusive to club members, there’s still plenty for you to enjoy.

Situated just a stone’s throw from Queen’s Park and the Mary River, the Old Sydney Hotel is a Maryborough staple. From a cosy front bar to a vibrant sports bar, it’s got all the makings of your favourite local pub. Its menu celebrates the best of Queensland produce, with modern dishes and classic pub favourites to satisfy every craving.

Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite with your mates or settling in for a family lunch, the spacious bistro has you covered. As you dine, take in the rich history of Maryborough through the black and white photos adorning the walls.

So, whether it’s a casual catch-up or a special occasion, the Old Sydney Hotel is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy quality pub dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

Location: Cnr Ellena & Richmond Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.oldsydneyhotel.com.au/

Happy Days Diner

Maryborough dining venue

Would you believe it? Happy Days Diner, an American eatery in Maryborough, Qld! Stepping inside feels like a journey back to the fabulous 50s, with classic tunes, retro vibes, and of course, American fare.

And it’s not just me who’s impressed—TripAdvisor reviewers can’t stop singing its praises. Glen B. loves the retro-style burgers, shakes, and loaded hot dogs, while Jarrad recommends the Mars Bar Milkshake for a real treat. Brad A. sums it up perfectly: cool vibes, amazing food, and friendly staff.

So, if you’re in town or just passing through, do yourself a favour and swing by Happy Days Diner. You won’t regret it—it’s an awesome experience you won’t soon forget!

Location: 1/92 Ferry Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://happy-days-diner-american-restaurant.business.site/

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Carriers Arms Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

The Carriers Arms Hotel, a Maryborough landmark since 1882, holds a special place in the town’s history. Back in the day, it was a hub for bullock wagons travelling westward, offering respite for both weary travellers and their trusty steeds at the nearby Ululah Lagoon. Today, it’s a cherished family-owned establishment, under the same ownership since 1980.

Renovations over the years, including major updates in 2019, have kept the Carriers Arms fresh and inviting. With a menu boasting well-priced options and tempting specials for both lunch and dinner, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re dining as a couple, with family, or in a large group, there’s plenty of seating to accommodate.

For families, the dedicated kids’ entertainment room guarantees a hassle-free dining experience, with PlayStations and games to keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy your meal. With its blend of classic pub favourites and modern dishes, the Carriers Arms Hotel is a must-visit for food lovers of all ages.

Location: 405 Alice Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://carriersarms.com.au/

Federal Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

Good news! After a temporary setback due to Covid, the Federal Hotel is back. Now offering dine-in and take-away options Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch, and everything in between, there’s no excuse not to visit them.

Established in 1884 and built to stand the test of time, the Federal Hotel has long been a favourite among local foodies. With its rich history and recent reinvention, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal in Maryborough.

For updates on their offerings, check out their Facebook page or swing by 270 Kent Street to see what’s cooking. With a reputation for excellent food, you won’t want to miss out on what the Federal Hotel has in store!

Location: 270 Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/The-Federal-Hotel-Maryborough-100041828301229/

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Maryborough Clubs

If you’re keen to explore what the clubs in Maryborough offer foodies, follow these links:

From Pubs to Pizzerias: Maryborough Dining Gems

Maryborough, Qld, offers a vibrant dining scene that caters to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. From cosy cafes to historic pubs, and authentic Asian cuisine to classic American diners, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether it’s a Girls’ Night Out at a local favourite like Portside Café & Restaurant or discovering hidden gems like Happy Days Diner, residents and visitors alike are spoilt for choice.

The rich history and unique character of each venue add to the charm of dining out in Maryborough.

So, whether you’re indulging in delicious Thai dishes at Harry’s Thai Food or savouring classic pub fare at the Carriers Arms Hotel, one thing’s for sure—every meal is an experience to remember in this quaint Queensland town.

All information was correct at the time of publishing – 13 February 2024. If you know of anything that’s no longer relevant or correct, please leave a comment below. Stay tuned, too, because venues currently under renovation are expected to open in late 2024.

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Indulge in the delicious combination of Kombucha and gin or rum

Who knew you could mix Kombucha with alcohol to create delicious cocktails?

I didn’t, but at the 2023 Taste Bundaberg Festival, I discovered an exciting collaboration between The Deli, Bundaberg Ferments, Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, and Bundaberg Rum.

Together, they introduced festival-goers to Kombucha cocktails, which really caught my attention, so naturally, I had to chat with Mark Rabbitt from Bundaberg Ferments to find out more.

Here’s the scoop he gave me.

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Mark Rabbitt from Bundaberg Ferments chats about Kombucha Cocktails.

It’s no surprise that drinking alcohol has been a part of social gatherings for eons, but what do you do if you’re like Mark and don’t imbibe?

Well, he has the perfect solution for you! Enter Kombucha, a fermented tea, which has been gaining popularity for its health-promoting benefits.

When combined with spirits, Kombucha creates a refreshing and complex drink that will tantalize your taste buds.

Mark said if you’re going to drink alcohol, why not do it with Kombucha?

“It’s a great way to prevent hangovers because of the electrolytes it contains. It’s also full of B vitamins. For those who partake in alcohol, I’m all for them trying it with Kombucha!”

 

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Fermented raw Kombucha tea with different flavourings. Photo: Shutterstock.

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Kombucha: The perfect addition to your healthy lifestyle

Mark stopped drinking alcohol close to 10 years ago, soon after he and his wife Jess became the proud parents of twins, a boy and a girl.

“When it came time to introduce solids, Jess felt there were more options than bread crusts and cow’s milk for the kids. So she discovered how we used to eat traditionally, and that set us on the path of fuelling our bodies using traditional methods, including ferments.

“Jess spearheaded the change to a healthier lifestyle. Her focus dramatically changed to caring for them; she instinctively wanted to find better things and products for them.

“I didn’t really want to follow her down this path of health, but there was no stopping her. She was a new mum, so she went full-on and I jumped on the bandwagon.

“She was buying all the groceries, but that got me doing research about health and wellness and I ended up going into nutritional ketosis.

“That path led me to Kombucha. I still wanted to drink something that wasn’t just water. Kombucha I could drink and stay in nutritional ketosis.

“Skip forward 10 years… a recent study out of the University of Sydney showed Kombucha helps lower blood sugars; interestingly, the study was using the same culture that we’re using today.”

Sip low-sugar Kombucha and enjoy the perfect balance of sweet and tart

“Kombucha is fermented tea, so we get green tea and oolong tea that’s all certified organic because we are doing this for the health benefits, as well as making a delicious drink,” Mark said.

“First, we make a brew of tea and put a lot of sugar into it. I’m talking a lot; you taste it and it’s like lolly water; it’s really sweet.

“Then we introduce our culture – a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) – which contains sugar-metabolising microbes that eat away the sugars.

A man places a SCOBY in a glass jar of sweetened black tea to start the fermentation process to make Kombucha. Photo: Shutterstock.

“The microbes consume most of it, but if they consume it all, they’ve got nothing else to consume and they die, so we leave some sugar in.

“We’re sitting around in .6 grams per 100 ml, which is relatively low for what’s out there for Kombucha.

“You look at soft drinks; some can have 10 teaspoons of sugar or more, so comparing our Kombucha with that, we’re extremely low. Even compared to other Kombucha, were still on the low side of things.

“I’d prefer no sugar, but we need to leave a little in there for the microbes to stay alive because we want them to still keep doing what they do.

“The study that I previously mentioned showed even though there’s still a little sugar in Kombucha, it is helping lower blood sugars.”

Mark said throughout their brewing process, he tastes his batches all the time to pinpoint when it switches from being sweet to acidic.

“If it’s too acidic, that’s why some people say Kombucha tastes like vinegar. If we brewed Kombucha all the way and got rid of all the sugar, we would end up with vinegar. But that’s where all the health benefits are involved, so we want that, but it also needs to be just sweet enough to be palatable for people to enjoy. It’s a fine art of where we stop the fermentation process.”

Unlock a holistic approach to health & wellness with Kombucha

“There’s been a lot of research showing that many things from mental clarity to a strong immune system start with the gut, and Kombucha can help with that,” Mark said.

“The health aspects of Kombucha are fascinating topics that I highly recommend looking into.

“While I can share my opinion, there’s so much information out there that I encourage everyone to explore it for themselves and listen to the advice of experts.

“It’s important to consider your individual circumstances and health when deciding if it’s right for you. Kombucha is not a magical cure-all, but a holistic approach to overall health.

“If you have health concerns, it’s crucial to take those into account and seek the advice of your health care professional.”

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Enjoy the unique combos of Australian Kombucha

Four of Bundaberg Ferments’ flavours.

Bundaberg Ferments currently offers five delicious Kombucha flavours.

“We’ve got Kakadu Plum, which is the brand new one. That’s an amazing one. It’s probably my new favourite,” Mark said.

“Kakadu Plums are largely overlooked, I think. It’s a native Australian plum, and we like to include as many native ingredients as we can.”

Did you know that the Kakadu Plum is rumoured to have the highest amount of Vitamin C in any food worldwide? It packs a whopping 7000 mg/100g DW, which is a staggering 100 times more than what you’d find in oranges. That’s some seriously powerful Vitamin C!

“Then we’ve got Bush Fruits, which is used in strawberry gum leaf, another native plant. That has sugar gum leaf, marshmallow roots, hibiscus, banana, and strawberry – it’s a beautiful medley. This was always my favourite and I still love it, but the new Kakadu Plum, it’s kind of got me a bit.

“We also have Pineapple and Ginger, which is our biggest seller; it’s a classic combo for Kombucha especially with ginger. The first Kombucha I had was a lemon and ginger, but I wanted to do something different from the standard lemon and ginger, so we chose pineapple instead of lemon.

“We’ve also got Myrtle Mint, using lemon myrtle, another Australian native plant. I recently discovered it and again, it’s just not used enough, I think. That Kombucha also has peppermint and a bit of spirulina.

“And, we also have Cascara.  The flavour comes across like a sparkling apple, but it’s got no apple in it. It’s the fruit of the coffee tree. So, that little cherry you get on coffee trees, inside that is the bean. We don’t use that. We’re using the flesh of the fruit, so forget about it tasting like coffee. Think of it as an apple cider soft drink; to me, it’s very similar to that.”

Find delicious Kombucha at Bundaberg and Hervey Bay

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River Cruz Café & Restaurant in Bundaberg stocks Kombucha.

Looking for some delicious Kombucha? You don’t have to search far and wide if you live in, or are visiting, the Bundaberg or Hervey Bay regions. Bundaberg Ferments’ Kombucha is available across both.

“We have a special focus on refills, so when you find us at the markets, we supply our Kombucha in 750 ml glass bottles that we encourage you to take them home, enjoy every sip, clean them out, and bring them back for a refill.

“You can find us at Shalom Market in Bundaberg, the Urangan Park market at Hervey Bay every Saturday, and the Agnes Water market every second Sunday and every Sunday during school holidays.

“Besides the markets, we collaborate with various shops that offer refills. The Barn Whole Foods on Takalvin Street in Bundaberg and the Windmill Cafe in Bargara are two options. If you are in Moore Park Beach, you can visit our local IGA Supermarket and enjoy the refill station.

“In Hervey Bay, Go Natural Foods is another great spot to get your Kombucha drinks.

“However, not all outlets have refill stations. It’s understandable, as setting up the equipment can be a big expense. That’s why some businesses, like River Cruz Café & Restaurant, opt for offering our Kombucha in convenient 330ml bottles.

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Chilled Kombucha – tastier than ever!

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Chilled is best, says Mark.

“Kombucha is a drink that can benefit everyone, but timing is key,” Mark said.

“If you haven’t tried it yet, I recommend drinking it super cold, just like you would with beer. The colder, the better! As you get used to the taste, the temperature becomes less important, but I still enjoy my Kombucha ice-cold.

“Some people who are more focused on improving their gut health may prefer room temperature, but that’s more for practical reasons than taste.

“Overall, a nice, cold Kombucha is a delicious healthy treat for most people.”

Try the latest cocktail flavour fad – Kombucha + Gin or Rum

You may have heard about the latest trend in the world of cocktails – Kombucha mixed with gin or rum. And, for those who enjoy alcoholic drinks, it’s a match made in beverage heaven.

When you mix Kombucha with gin or rum, the results can be amazing. The botanicals in gin or the caramel notes in rum complement the natural tartness of Kombucha perfectly, resulting in a smoother, more complex cocktail.

But that’s not all – besides being a tasty treat, this combination also has many health benefits.

Kombucha is known for improving digestion, boosting the immune system, and reducing inflammation. Gin and rum are both made with herbs and spices that have been used as natural remedies for centuries. For example, gin is typically made with juniper berries, which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. And rum is often made with spices such as cinnamon, which has been shown to lower blood sugar levels.

Kombucha-gin and Kombucha-rum cocktails are delicious ways to unwind after a long day and a great way to give your body a little extra love. With so many flavors of Kombucha and types of gin and rum available, the possibilities for experimentation are endless.

Support local at The Deli Bundaberg

 

Sharon Schumacher serves a cocktail made with Pineapple & Ginger Kombucha at The Deli.

The Deli Bundaberg, nestled in the heart of Bundaberg, Queensland, collaborated with Bundaberg Ferments,  Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, and Bundaberg Rum to create some delightful Kombucha cocktails at this year’s Taste Bundaberg Festival.

I recently had the chance to chat with Hayley Anderson and Ashley Matthews, the brilliant minds behind this awesome idea.

Hayley said they wanted to do something different and showcase the unique flavors of Kalki Moon Gin and Bundaberg Rum, paired with the delicious taste of Bundaberg Ferments’ Kombucha.

So, The Deli team came up with unique cocktail recipes, using only fresh, local fruit and beverages. The cocktails were a true representation of Bundaberg’s finest products.

But The Deli Bundaberg isn’t just about the food and drinks.

Hayley and Ashley are committed to supporting their local community. They employ a team of staff, many of whom have disabilities. The Deli provides them with opportunities not only to earn a wage, but to gain experience in the food and drinks retail industry.

The Deli Bundaberg also offers regular monthly events, and their Facebook and Instagram pages keep customers informed of upcoming events. The team recently opened the Airport Café, which employs more staff and offers a delicious selection of food and drinks. The Deli also caters for Christmas parties and other events, both in-store and at other locations.

The business is a true asset to the area. Their gourmet toasties are to die for, and their commitment to the community is inspiring. If you’re ever in the Bundaberg area, be sure to stop by The Deli and try one of their Kombucha cocktails along with something scrumptious from their menu.

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Discover the new twist on cocktails

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Jocelyn chills out with a glass of Kombucha! Photo by Brian Pickering.

Combining Kombucha with gin and rum is a journey of unique taste and health opportunities for everyone.

Mark said they were pleased to have worked with The Deli, Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, and Bundaberg Rum to introduce people to Kombucha cocktails.

If you love a twist to your cocktails, this collaboration offers the perfect combination. The flavors and ingredients from each provider create a delightful pairing not found anywhere else.

Whether you’re already a fan of Kombucha cocktails or are new to this genre of drinks, these products offer something truly innovative.

To experience it for yourself, head to Bundaberg, Queensland, and try The Deli’s original recipes. You won’t be disappointed!

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Jocelyn travelled to Bundaberg at her own cost and did not receive sponsorships from Bundaberg Ferments, The Deli, Kalki Moon Distilling & Brewing, Bundaberg Rum, or Taste Bundaberg for the publishing of this article.

Published 12 September 2023.

Photos by Jocelyn Watts & Shutterstock.

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Uncover a deliciously smooth texture of Vichyssoise

French cuisine is known all around the world for its elegance, simplicity, and refinement. And while most of us are familiar with popular dishes like escargots, coq au vin, and macarons, there’s one classic French soup that often gets overlooked – Vichyssoise.

This velvety smooth and refreshing soup has been enjoyed in France since the early 20th century, and yet it remains a virtually unknown dish in many parts of the world. So what exactly is Vichyssoise, and why should you add it to your cooking repertoire? Let’s find out.

How to say Vichyssoise: VISH-ee-SWAHZ, (listen)

Take the mystery out of this classic French dish

Vichyssoise is traditionally a cold soup made from puréed leeks, potatoes, and cream, and it’s usually served as a starter. The soup has a silky texture with a subtle onion flavour, and it’s usually garnished with chives and croutons.

While the origins of Vichyssoise soup are somewhat hazy, it is widely believed to have been created in the early 1900s by a French chef named Louis Diat, who was working at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City.

The story goes that Diat was reminiscing about the cold potato and leek soup his mother used to make when he was a child growing up in France. However, he wanted to create a more refined version of the dish, so he added cream to the mix, giving the soup its smooth and creamy texture.

While Vichyssoise is traditionally served cold, it can also be served hot. This variation of the soup is perfect for the colder months, and, in fact, it is often winterized with a mixture of warming spices like cumin and coriander to elevate the flavour.

So why should you add Vichyssoise to your cooking repertoire?

Well, not only is it a classic French dish that will impress any guest, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can serve it as a light starter on a hot summer day, or as a hearty winter soup.

It’s also incredibly easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, making it an excellent option for entertaining.

Plus, the soup can be vegetarian-friendly, making it an ideal choice for those who are looking for meat-free options, or you can add bacon or ham if you wish.

A blend of flavor and health benefits

Vichyssoise isn’t just a delicious meal; it’s packed with health benefits too!Vichyssoise soup ingredient - potatoes

Potatoes and leeks are both stocked with potassium. Having enough potassium in your body is crucial – it helps regulate blood sugar levels and reduces the risk of diabetes.

Plus, potassium is great for heart and kidney health. It keeps blood pressure at normal levels, supports smooth heart function, and helps your kidneys flush out waste.

Leeks are rich in flavonoids, such as kaempferol, which is an antioxidant with potential anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Plus, they’re loaded with Vitamin K, which helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis.Vichyssoise soup ingredient - Leeks

So why not try a bowl today and treat both your taste buds and your body?

Delight your guests

Vichyssoise is a classic French soup that’s incredibly versatile, easy to make, and delicious.

Whether you serve it hot or cold, as a starter or main course, this soup is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.

So the next time you’re looking for a special dish to serve up on a chilly winter night, or a refreshing soup for a hot summer day, give Vichyssoise a try.

You won’t be disappointed.

Follow these links to discover 5 delicious Vichyssoise recipes

Vichyssoise Soup in a bowl on a plate.

 

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Raise a toast to World Gin Day 2023

Hey there, gin lovers! World Gin Day 2023 is coming up on June 10, and we’ve got you covered with our top Edinburgh Gin selections from Swiftys.

Plus, we’ve put together some awesome cocktail recipes to help you get in the spirit of the celebration.

Cheers to that!

Edinburgh Gin

Born in 2010, Edinburgh Gin is distilled in the heart and harbour of Scotland’s capital city.

Taking inspiration from the wonder-filled city that is their namesake – a captivating city of contrasts and harmony that blends historic tradition with contemporary creativity, city pride with world citizenship, nature and the urban environment.

Beginning with the Classic, a world-class London Dry, which became the foundation for a series of expressions that led the flavoured gin revolution.

Today, Edinburgh Gin’s suite of beautifully crafted and naturally flavoured gins spans London Dry’s, Gin Liqueurs, Flavoured Gins and Ready To Drink serves. Together they represent one of the most varied and vibrant range of gins in the world.

1. Edinburgh Gin & Tonic

The zesty notes of the classic gin are complemented by a garnish of fresh orange peel.

World Gin Day - Edinburgh Classic Gin

Ingredients:
50ml Edinburgh Gin
50ml of a good quality tonic water
Orange peel to garnish

Method:
Add ice to a glass
Pour the gin over ice and add tonic
Garnish with an orange peel twist

2. Edinburgh Gin’s Seaside Gin & Tonic

The briny botanicals of Seaside Gin are the perfect match for aromatic thyme and zesty grapefruit, in our take on the timeless G&T.

World Gin Day - Edinburgh Seaside Gin

Ingredients:
50ml Edinburgh Gin’s Seaside Gin
50ml of a good quality tonic water
Garnish with samphire and a grapefruit twist

Method:
Add ice to a glass
Pour the gin over ice and add tonic
Garnish with samphire and a grapefruit twist

3. Cannonball Negroni

Edinburgh Cannonball Gin is a gin that lives up to its evocative name. Bottled at 57.2% abv, 100% proof. This higher alcohol content allows distillers to add more botanicals, strong in both alcohol and flavour.

World Gin Day - Edinburgh Cannonball Gin

Ingredients:
25ml Edinburgh Cannonball Gin
25ml Campari
25ml Martini Rosso
Orange peel

Method:
Add ice to a rocks glass. Add ingredients, and stir with a bar spoon until well mixed. Garnish with an orange peel.

4. Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb & Ginger Gin & Tonic

Edinburgh’s Master Distiller has taken great care to get Rhubarb & Ginger Gin just right. Beautifully balanced and crafted, warm spiciness, tangy sweetness, more juniper and more gin. This Rhubarb & Ginger Gin may be inspired by their Liqueur, a true original – but is distinctive in its own right.

World Gin Day - Edinburgh Rhubarb Ginger Gin

Ingredients:
50 ml Edinburgh Rhubarb & Ginger Gin Mediterranean tonic
Kaffir lime leaf and lemon or rhubarb twist to garnish

Method:
Pour the gin into a glass filled with cubed ice. Top up with tonic water and garnish with kaffir lime leaf and lemon.

5. Sicilian Spritz

Inspired by the Sicilian sun-drenched lemon groves and the perfumed scent of jasmine flowers in the height of bloom. This gin is ideal for longer days – a captivatingly fresh and crisp gin.

World Gin Day - Edinburgh Lemon Gasmine Gin

Ingredients:
25ml Edinburgh Lemon & Jasmine Gin
25ml Limoncello
12.5ml lemon juice
2 sprigs of fresh thyme
Sweet lemonade to top up

Method”
Add the gin, Limoncello, and lemon juice into a shaker. Add a sprig of fresh thyme and muddle together. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into an ice-filled highball glass. Top up with sweet lemonade. Garnish with a sprig of thyme.

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Posted: 5 June 2023

 

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Bumbles Cafe: A Must Try on the Gold Coast

Looking for a great spot to grab a bite while visiting the Gold Coast?

Look no further than Bumbles Cafe, located a mere 5-minute walk from the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Last week I paid a visit with relatives and we were certainly not disappointed!

We took advantage of their delicious breakfast menu, which was full of traditional favourites like bacon and eggs, as well as some more contemporary options like Halloumi Hula.

The latter dish was my choice—it included halloumi cheese topped with grilled zucchini, pea pesto, poached eggs, and roasted field mushrooms.

It was so delicious that I would definitely order it again on my next visit.

We were all pleased with our meals. The ingredients were fresh and the portions generous—the perfect way to start the day.

The service was also impeccable; the staff was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu items, and quick to clear away plates when we had finished eating.

Besides the amazing food and service, the cafe is full of character. The decor is modern chic with vintage flair, which just added to its charm.

Not only is Bumbles Cafe a brilliant spot for breakfast, it’s also perfect for lunch.

Their lunch menu offers everything from prawn pies to focaccias or fish and chips, through to the Queen Bee Burger or Fragrant Asian Chicken Salad, and more—definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a delicious meal after exploring all that Surfers Paradise offers.

 

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Bumbles Cafe - Halloumi Hula

Halloumi Hula included halloumi cheese topped with grilled zucchini, pea pesto, poached eggs, and roasted field mushrooms.

Bumbles Cafe - traditional dishes

The breakfast menu was full of traditional favourites.  PHOTOS: Jocelyn Watts

 

Enjoy an unforgettable High Tea

Bumbles Cafe on Budds Beach is also the perfect place for a special moment with friends or family.

Why not book one of their private rooms and celebrate your next baby shower, birthday, or bridal party in style?

Or, enjoy an unforgettable High Tea any day of the week to treat yourself and your friends.

With delicious options like tea sandwiches, quiche, home-made sausage rolls, and smoked salmon blinis, served alongside sweet delights such as scones with jam and cream plus fruit custard tart macarons and raspberry brownie slice—it’s sure to be a hit!

And don’t forget you can select regular, gluten-free, or vegan high teas, plus add on that all-important glass of bubbles for extra indulgence.

Bumbles Cafe - waiter holding a tray of glasses

The service at Bumbles Cafe was impeccable, and the cakes are legendary!

Community hub

Bumbles Cafe owner Kate Madison has never been short of ambition.

From running Cafe Mocha, Madisons at the Oasis, and 3 Beans Espresso Bar—Kate had big dreams for all her projects.

After selling Madisons and 3 Beans, Kate took a break from Gold Coast, but there was no place like home and a year later, she returned, excited about what the future held.

When the former convenience store on the Bumbles site closed down, she couldn’t resist taking a chance on it with ideas bubbling away in her head ready to create something spectacular again.

Customers have often asked her how this quirky cafe got its name—all it took were some doodles of hers, an internet search or two, oh, and maybe a glass (or few) of white wine!

Bumbles Cafe is now an iconic café on Queensland’s iconic Gold Coast.

On weekday mornings, you’ll find lawyers in pinstripe suits holding business meetings over coffee and cake, or book club ladies catching up for a chat—but come the weekend, it’s all about friends and families tucking into some delicious breakfast or lunch dishes.

No matter what your occasion or time of day Bumbles has become part of everyday life on the Gold Coast.

Cafe worth visiting

If you’re ever visiting Surfers Paradise or anywhere nearby on the Gold Coast, be sure to stop by Bumbles Cafe for breakfast or lunch (or both).

You won’t regret your decision—trust me!

From its charming decor and friendly staff to its delicious food made with local ingredients—there’s something for everyone at Bumbles Cafe.

It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a wonderful breakfast or lunch while exploring this beautiful part of Australia!

Bumbles Cafe - Interiors

Bumbles Cafe has several rooms suitable for small and large gatherings. PHOTOS: Jocelyn Watts

 

If you go…

A: 19 River Drive, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
P: 07 5538 6668
W: https://www.bumblescafe.com/

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Discover the unique flavour of Australian native finger limes

Australian native finger limes have been held in high regard by Indigenous peoples for medicinal purposes for centuries, and now, this unique fruit bursting with flavour and character, is making itself known on the menus of many restaurants on the Capricorn Coast in Central Queensland.

Bearing the nickname ‘caviar limes’, the Australian native finger lime has found a 133-acre home at The Salty Lime Co on Emu Park Road, sitting high in the hills overlooking the stunning Southern Great Barrier Reef, and immersing their fruity goodness among romance and love at the popular wedding venue.

Prized for their attractive internal colour and flavoursome juicy capsules boasting vitamin-c rich qualities, this season’s awaited harvest of the slow-growing stubby fingers has been extremely successful, with thousands of finger limes currently being picked daily by the team at The Salty Lime Co.

The family-owned farm, established in 2013, is the love child of locals Roxanne and Luke Hinton, who knew that the perfect sub-tropical climate of Central Queensland would work in their favour when grafting the distinctive citrus.

“When we moved to the 300-acre block of land, we saw the potential of harvesting something on the nutrient-rich land, and thought – why not finger limes?” Luke said.

The fruit is elongated and has a caviar-like appearance, hence its name.

Caviar limes are prized for their unique flavour, which has been described as a combination of lime, lemon, and grapefruit.

Luke said there was so much potential with this little antioxidant.

“They literally burst in your mouth, guaranteeing a taste explosion that is refreshing and memorable.

“They make for great seafood or cocktail garnish, so in turn, we have been able to supply many Capricorn Coast restaurants with fresh local produce, providing their guests with a true farm-to-fork experience.

“We have also been experimenting with many desserts and marmalades, and because the fruit is so jam-packed with flavour and boldness, not a lot is required to create a great tasting dish.”

If you’re looking for something new and exciting to add to your culinary repertoire, caviar limes are definitely worth trying.

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Australian native finger lime - inside

Australian Native Finger Lime. Photo: Capricorn Enterprise

 

From growers to makers, eateries and retailers

As part of the Taste Capricorn Coast food trail, which was a Livingstone Shire Council and Capricorn Enterprise initiative funded by the Australian Government Bushfire Recovery fund, The Salty Lime Co joins 45 growers, makers, eateries, and retailers, in helping the local community to discover the finest produce the Capricorn Coast has to offer.

Capricorn Enterprise CEO Mary Carroll is pleased to see more and more local food making its mark on local menus.

“Research has shown that 93% of travellers now seek unique and memorable food and drink experiences, and The Salty Lime Co, as part of Taste Capricorn Coast, is satisfying this need and highlighting the fresh produce that comes directly out of this region,” Mary said.

“Local food is now a mainstream trend, with more people seeking fresh, local options and more restaurants sourcing locally grown ingredients.

“Byron Sunrise pink finger limes from The Salty Lime Co. can be purchased directly from the farm on Emu Park Road, Doblo’s in Rockhampton or from our friends at The Alley in Yeppoon for as little as $20 per bag.”

Serving up Australian native finger limes in Queensland

With more people looking for fresh, local options, it’s no wonder that restaurants are starting to source ingredients from local growers.

If you’re looking for a unique culinary experience, be sure to check out some of the restaurants on the Capricorn Coast in Central Queensland – they’re serving up Australian native finger limes as you’ve never tasted before.

For more information about this amazing fruit, visit https://thesaltylimeco.com.au/or follow the farm’s updates on Facebook.

You can also find out when the sweet season for citrus is in Australia at https://citrusindustry.net/2020/05/26/sweet-season-for-australian-citrus/

 

Australian native finger lime - farm aerial view

The Salty Lime Co on Emu Park Road, Central Queensland. Photo: Capricorn Enterprise

 

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Mead is on-trend for wine lovers. Discover why here!

Mead is having a moment in Australia. The ancient drink, made from fermented honey, has been popping up on menus at trendy bars and restaurants across the country.

It even popped up at the Relish Food and Wine Festival in Maryborough, Queensland, with the state’s first meadery from Pomona on the Sunshine Coast having a site.

With 3000+ people attending, the day was a boon for organisers and Andy Coates from Amrita Park Meadery was so busy serving I thought we’d try catching up with him the next time we’re down his way.

In the meantime, I’ve put together this article on what I’ve learned about mead since being introduced to the beverage in the Margaret River wine region of Western Australia in 2007.

Yes, mead has been around for some time, thousands of years, in fact.

Now, after many years of being in the shadows, it’s enjoying a renaissance!

And for good reason – mead is tasty, complex and versatile.

Whether you’re looking for something to enjoy at a party or something to pair with a meal, mead is worth exploring.

mead - bottle and wine glass

My purchase from Relish: Ginger & Lime Melomel from Amrita Park Meadery. I’ve mixed it with lime soda water.

 

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What is mead, and where does it come from?

Mead is a wine made from honey rather than grapes and can be traced back at least 5000 years to Nordic legends.

During this time, the bee was revered as a bringer of life, courage and wisdom.

One legend claims that mead was the reason behind the word “honeymoon”.
The Northern European tradition says a bride and groom were to drink mead every day for one month after their wedding, which was intended to increase virility and fertility.

In more recent times, the ancient drink has seen a resurgence in popularity, with many artisanal meaderies popping up around the world.

mead - bee pollinating a flower

Apis mellifera Western honey bee. Photo: Andreas Trepte, Creative Commons.

But what about mead in Australia?

Mead’s history in Australia is a bit of a mystery.

There are records of it being imported from England as early as the 1800s, but it’s unclear if this was for commercial sale or personal consumption.

It’s possible it was being made locally in small batches during this time, but there is no definitive evidence of this.

What we know is the drink became more widely available in Australia in the 1970s, when several commercial meaderies began operating.

Today, there are meaderies all over the country, producing several varieties for locals and visitors to enjoy.

If you’re interested in trying mead, it’s best to keep in mind that it’s traditionally quite strong – about 18% ABV!

The average full-strength beer in Australia is 4.5%; wines range between 5.5% and 16%. Liquor is usually higher at about 37%.

So next time you’re travelling through Australia, be sure to seek out some meaderies and try this delicious honey wine.

Just remember to go easy on your first glass!

How is mead made and what ingredients are used?

Mead is an alcoholic drink that is made from honey, water and yeast or sometimes bacterial culture.

Sometimes other fruit juices, spices, or grains are added to give the mead different flavours.

The ratio of honey to water can vary depending on the desired sweetness of the mead.

For example, a dry mead will have more water than honey, while a sweet variety will have more honey than water.

Once the honey and water are combined, yeast is added to begin the fermentation process.

Depending on the type of mead being made, other ingredients may be added such as fruits or spices.

The mix is then left to ferment for several weeks or months.

Once fermentation is complete, the mead is typically bottled and allowed to age for a while before being enjoyed.

mead - bees inside a hive

Honey bees inside a hive. Photo: Public Domain.

The different meads available

There are many different meads available, each with its own unique flavour profile.

In Australia, mead is often made using native bush honey.

This gives the mead a rich flavour with hints of eucalyptus and tea tree.

Other common ingredients include citrus fruits, spices and herbs.

Australian makers are also experimenting with new flavour combinations, such as chocolate and coffee.

There are three main types of mead: traditional, fruit and spiced.

Traditional is the simplest type of mead, made just from honey, water and yeast or bacterial culture.

Fruit meads are made by fermenting honey with fruit juices or purees, while spiced meads are made by adding spices to the fermenting mixture.

Australian meaderies are experimenting with many different recipes, using a variety of honey types, fruits and spices.

So whether you’re a mead enthusiast or just curious to try this ancient drink, there’s sure to be a mead out there that’s perfect for you.

Mead pairing ideas

Mead is a delicious and versatile beverage that can be enjoyed on its own or paired with food.

When pairing mead with food, there are a few things to keep in mind.

It can be classified as dry, semi-sweet, or sweet.

It can be still or carbonated, and also vary in alcohol content.

Knowing these characteristics will help you choose the right mead to pair with your meal.

For example, a dry mead would pair well with a steak, while a semi-sweet variety would be better suited for a dessert.

For a truly unique experience, try pairing mead with cheese.

A sweet mead will complement the richness of the cheese, and the variety of flavours will ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

If you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, mead can also be paired with fruits and nuts.

The mead will contrast nicely with the tartness of the fruit, and the crunch of the nuts will add an interesting texture.

Ultimately, the best mead pairing is the one that you enjoy the most.

So experiment and find what works for you.

mead - pouring mead into glasses

Midus is a type of Lithuanian mead, an alcoholic beverage made of grain, honey and water. Balts were making mead for thousands of years. Photo: Shutterstock.

The health benefits of mead

Mead was once known as the “drink of the gods” and was thought to have medicinal properties.

Today, the ancient drink is making a comeback and people are once again advocating for its health benefits, despite the lack of scientific evidence.

There are many purported health benefits associated with drinking mead, but the most prominent claim is centred on honey and its probiotic content.

While we wait until more research becomes available, here are some claims:

  • The antioxidants in mead can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer.
  • Mead is an excellent source of vitamins B6 and 12 which help maintain energy levels as well as produce red blood cells.
  • Mead contains several minerals that are important for good health, including iron, potassium, and magnesium.
  • With its natural gluten-free status, mead is a great choice for those with celiac disease or sensitivity to it.
  • The fermentation process also creates probiotics, which are beneficial for gut health.

How to store and serve mead

Mead is a delicious honey wine that can be enjoyed on its own or used as a mixer in a variety of cocktails.

With storage, the drink should be treated like any other wine.

It should be kept in a cool, dark place and allowed to age for at least six months.

Mead can be served either chilled or at room temperature, depending on your preference.

Whether you are enjoying a glass of mead by yourself or serving it to guests, the important thing is to relax and enjoy the unique flavour of this versatile beverage.

Mead is a perfect choice

So, if you’re looking for a delicious and refreshing drink, Mead is a perfect choice.

And what better way to enjoy it than by sampling at some of Australia’s best meaderies?

We’ve put together a list of our favourites from each Australian state, with links to nearby accommodation, and online so you can get started on your Mead adventure. Cheers!

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Plus, the program includes proven weight loss tools to create positive, lifelong habits that will help you achieve your goals. Ready to start your journey to a healthier you? Click this link to join the program today!

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There’s something about High Tea with Mary

Maryborough’s beloved Mary Poppins Festival is back on track in 2022 after a two-year hiatus because of Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns across the world.

To welcome the festival’s return, organisers paid tribute to its historical significance by hosting a High Tea for its founding group, Maryborough’s Proud Mary’s Society.

The Proud Mary’s Society was formed in 1999 to recognise Maryborough, Queensland, as the birthplace of Mary Poppins author, Pamela Lyndon (P.L.)Travers.

To celebrate her 100th birthday on 9 August that year, the local group hosted a Birthday Afternoon Tea on the Maryborough Town Hall Green.

This celebration grew and evolved into the Mary Poppins Festival that people know and love today.

Here we explore the secrets of hosting a successful High Tea.

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High Tea usually includes sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes. Photo: Shutterstock.

Why hold a High Tea?

High Tea is often associated with Mary Poppins, the iconic character from Walt Disney’s 1964 film.

In one magical scene, Mary Poppins drinks tea on a bed with the children, Bert, and Uncle Albert, and soon everyone is laughing and floating around the room.

There are several other reasons High Tea is associated with Mary Poppins:

  1. High Tea and Mary Poppins are British institutions.
  2. They both involve enjoying good food and conversing with loved ones and friends.
  3. Mary Poppins is known for her impeccable manners–something that is also associated with High Tea.

So next time you sit down for a pot of tea and some sandwiches, remember that you’re taking part in a tradition that has been linked to Mary Poppins for over 50 years.

What is High Tea?

High Tea is a quintessentially British tradition, but contrary to popular belief, it isn’t actually a type of tea.

It’s a term used to describe an afternoon meal that usually includes sandwiches, scones, pastries and cakes.

High Tea became popularized in England during the Victorian era when Anna Russell, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, began hosting Afternoon Teas for her friends.

Because upper-class people wouldn’t eat their evening meal until 8 pm or later, the ‘mini meal’ called Afternoon Tea bridged the gap between their main meals during the long afternoons.

However, while the upper class had Afternoon Teas with servants attending to their needs, the working class couldn’t afford such luxury.

Instead, their evening meal became known as High Tea and usually comprised a mug of tea with a beef stew or pies and vegetables.

Over time, Britain’s upper class also adopted the name High Tea for their more elaborate Afternoon Tea, which may have been because the meal was originally eaten at a table, whereas Afternoon Tea was eaten while seated in low chairs or sofas.

High Tea eventually became a staple of English culture and remains popular today, and many other cultures around the world, including Australia, have adopted the tradition.

Today, High Tea is often served in luxury hotels and restaurants, often to celebrate milestones, but it can also be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home at any time of the year.

What occasions could be celebrated with High Tea?

There are several occasions that are perfect for celebrating with this elegant meal.

High Tea can mark a special anniversary or birthday, celebrate a promotion or milestone at work, or simply enjoy a leisurely afternoon with friends.

No matter what the occasion, the tradition will create lasting memories.

High Tea typically includes a selection of delicate sandwiches, pastries and scones with cream and jam.

Of course, no High Tea is complete without a pot of freshly brewed tea.

Whether you prefer black, green or herbal teas, this ancient beverage is the perfect complement to the food served.

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High Tea is a quintessentially British tradition. Photo: Shutterstock.

How do I host a High Tea in my home?

If you would like to host a High Tea party in your home, there are a few things you will need to do in order to prepare.

First, you will need to create a menu.

Typically, light sandwiches are included, along with scones with cream and an assortment of pastries.

It is important to have a variety of items so everyone can find something they enjoy.

Next, you will need to set the table.

High Tea is traditionally served on a tiered serving stand, with the sandwiches on the bottom tier, followed by the scones, and then the pastries on the top tier.

You will also need to provide teacups and saucers for each guest, as well as a pot of hot tea.

Finally, you will need to plan for entertainment. These parties are usually quite relaxed, so plan for some light conversation starters or games that everyone can enjoy.

The art of invitations

Calligraphy is making a comeback as beautifully designed stationery and invitations.

Your guests will love receiving this personalised touch with their name scribed onto it by you, as they open up their invitations delivered to their letterboxes.

But when you’re short on time, it’s hard to come up with the perfect invitation.

Luckily there are pre-made e-stationery items and templates available from online stores or local craft shops that allow for customisation by using calligraphy ink or other creative designs.

Etiquette

High Tea is a type of afternoon tea that is typically a more formal affair and is usually served with a mix of savoury and sweet foods.

Etiquette dictates that one should wait to be seated by the host before sitting down.

Once seated, one should not begin eating until the host gives the signal to do so.

The meal should be eaten with your pinky finger extended and you should take small bites in a gentile fashion.

When eating a scone, it is proper to spread thickened cream on the scone first, and then add jam on top.

Ideally, leave your mobile phone at home!

Finally, it is important to remember to thank your hostess for the meal before leaving.

By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that you have a pleasant experience.

How do I decorate my home?

There are many ways to decorate your home to create a High Tea atmosphere.

One way is to use pretty tablecloths and napkins, and set the table with your best china.

You can also add some special touches, such as fresh flowers or scented candles.

If you want to create a more formal setting, you can use white tablecloths and linens, and set the table with silverware and crystal glassware.

And of course, don’t forget the tea! Put out a selection of tea bags or loose leaf tea, along with milk and sugar.

What games and music can we play?

There are many games and music that can be played at a High Tea party.

One popular game is Croquet, which is played with either small balls or larger ones, mallets and hoops.

Another game that is popular is Charades. This game can be great fun for all ages, and it’s a good way to get everyone interacting with each other.

If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, then card games such as Euchre or Whist are always popular choices.

For more experienced card players, Bridge or Gin Rummy are also good options.

There is also Word Ladder. This involves making a list of words that all relate to a certain topic, and then seeing who can come up with the most creative word ladder linking all the words together.

High Tea parties are also often accompanied by live music or other forms of entertainment.

Whether you hire a harpist or simply play some soft background music, be sure to set the mood for a sophisticated afternoon gathering.

Mary Poppins Festival

The Mary Poppins Festival features events such as the Chimney Sweep Challenge, Great Nanny Race and Grand Parade, and the ‘Poppins Pop Up Picnic.’

The event encourages attendees to showcase their creative and imaginative side; joining in on the Costume Competition, taking part in activities, marching along in the Grand Parade, attending shows and displays, and much more.

“People come here to Maryborough to get that connection to Mary Poppins and P.L. Travers,” Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said.

“The festival allows attendees to dress up however they want; there are chimney sweeps, there are Mary Poppins and Admiral Boom characters. The festival allows attendees to embrace the experience.

Fraser Coast Tourism and Events General Manager Martin Simons said the festival was about families coming out and enjoying the day with a program that’s been going on for 22 years, showcasing the art of storytelling and encouraging children to take part in the activities.

For more information on the Mary Poppins Festival – Day in the Park, follow @frasercoastevents on Facebook and Instagram and visit the website www.marypoppinsfestival.com.au.

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When two worlds combine: a revolution of wine and art

Could there be a more fruitful pairing than wine and art?

With ‘paint and sip’ studios popping up all over the country, Australian wine and art enthusiasts can’t get enough of this captivating combo.

From the Mornington Peninsula to Margaret River, many of the premium wineries that make up the Ultimate Winery Experiences collective take guests beyond the cellar door for in-depth journeys of the wine and art kind.

Read on for four of the best.

Contemplating Wine and Art at Montalto

Mornington Peninsula, VIC

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Montalto Sculpture Trail

Montalto, together with the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, has launched a series of lunchtime wine and art events called Contemplating Art.

Share a moment out of the ordinary as you take a journey with extraordinary artists and their works, in a relaxed environment overlooking the renowned Montalto Sculpture Trail.

Each event showcases an accomplished artist in conversation, exploring the artist’s background, inspiration, techniques and works over a long lunch in The Restaurant at Montalto.

For the first event in the series, Montalto welcomes artist Patricia Piccinini with Danny Lacy, Gallery Director of MPRG, on Thursday 12 May 2022.

Danny was the Guest Judge of the Montalto Sculpture Prize 2021, and along with Creative Director Neil Williams will take guests on a guided walk of the Montalto Sculpture Trail before lunch.

Patricia Piccinini is a Melbourne-based artist, who is best known for her mutant life-like creatures rendered in silicone and hair.

From the start of her career, her work has combined the cute and the grotesque, pitting our impulse to nurture against revulsion, encouraging us to see the beauty of all created forms, however monstrous, deformed or artificial.

Click here to find out more.

Wine & Surrealism

d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, SA

Sip on impeccable McLaren Vale vino and explore a surrealist exhibition featuring 25 authentic Salvador Dali bronze sculptures and graphic artworks, at the famous d’Arenberg Cube.

Also on display are paintings by Australia’s own surrealist Charles Billich, whose artworks hang in the Vatican, The White House and the United Nations.

A lifelong passion for Surrealism, Charles Billich’s artworks provide the perfect juxtaposition for the magnificent Salvador Dali sculptures.

A contemporary art gallery called the Alternate Realities Museum can be found on the ground floor of the d’Arenberg Cube, where you can embark on a self-guided wine and art tour through tactile displays, such as a wine aroma room, a virtual fermenter, and a 360° video room.

Wine and art buffs dining in d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant receive free admission to the Dali Exhibition, while pre-booked wine masterclass guests gain access to the Dali exhibition for $10.

 

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Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)

Moorilla at MONA, Tasmania

Moorilla winery shares its site with the innovative Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), home to Australia’s largest private art collection.

Kick off your Moorilla Experience by sailing from Hobart to Mona on their super-flash, high-speed ferry.

Take your time on a self-guided exploration of the subterranean galleries and then head to your one-course lunch of seasonal local produce, matched with a glass of wine from Moorilla’s Muse or Praxis Series.

Fed and watered, you’ll then delve into Moorilla’s backstory with your expert host and get acquainted with the finer points of old and new artisanal winemaking techniques.

You’ll be treated to a tasting of ten different Moorilla/Domaine A wines—elegant, fragrant and often experimental.

Wine and Art at Leeuwin

Margaret River, Western Australia

Family-owned Leeuwin Estate in beautiful Margaret River celebrates fine wine, food and its long association with wine and art.

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Leeuwin Art Gallery

Take a guided stroll through the Leeuwin Art Gallery to view the unique collection of more than 100 contemporary Australian Artworks that have featured on the winery’s iconic ‘Art Series’ labels, while also learning about the famous Leeuwin Concert Series, featuring alfresco performances from the world’s leading musicians and entertainers.

Many notable names from the art fraternity can be found in the Leeuwin Art Gallery.

Sir Sidney Nolan, when approached at the beginning of the series, advised he was not a graphic artist and did not paint for wine labels.

He was also a red wine buff and was sent two unlabelled bottles of the 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon – one of Leeuwin’s best vintages.

He responded that for this wine he would happily provide a painting. This resulted in his Dolphin Rock appearing on the label.

Leeuwin Immersion Experience provides insight into the history of the Margaret River region, the winemaking philosophy and the commitment to the arts of this family-owned Estate.

 

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Discover more at www.ultimatewineryexperiences.com.au

 

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New multi-cultural cuisine, cycling tours and more

We’re always on the lookout for good cuisine and new experiences when travelling.

Whether it’s a hole-in-the-wall spot or a Michelin-starred restaurant, we love tasting local cuisine as we explore Australia.

In April 2022 we were excited to hear that across NSW there’s a new sense of connection as city chefs step inside country kitchens and multi-cultural cuisine flourishes on the Central Coast.

And, from restored pubs to cycling tours and high tea on the coast, there are a lot of new things happening in the state.

We spoke to Destination NSW and this is what they had to say!

Cuisine

Savour flavour on the Central Coast

A swag of feel-good new eateries has launched on the Central Coast.

On The Entrance waterfront, Tango tempts locals and travellers alike with vibrant South American cuisine.

At Ettalong, Chica Chica serves Latin American cuisine and innovative cocktails, while Innerglow Kiosk specialises in restorative small-batch cold-pressed juices.

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City chef ventures to Byron Bay

The Eltham Hotel in the lush Byron Bay hinterland welcomes sought-after Melbourne chef Tim Goegan into the kitchen, supporting culinary star Andrew McConnell.

The team works closely with local farmers to enrich their cuisine with beach-to-plate produce such as saltbush and seaweed butter.

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Villas in the vineyard

New luxury villas grace the beautiful Leogate Estate at the foot of the Brokenback Ranges in the Hunter Valley.

The inviting villas have decks with dramatic views of the Brokenback Vineyard and elegant interiors with a luxurious king-size bed, separate lounge and kitchenette.

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Urban hot spot

In Newcastle’s trendy suburb of Wickham, popular coffee house, Dark Horse Wickham is collaborating with local fashion label House of Lita.

Inside the bold black-and-white space, there are dreamy clothing designs, classic cuisine and of course, Dark Horse Blend coffee.

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Fine dine at the brewery

Murray’s Craft Brewing Co. in Port Stephens is launching a fine-dining experience, Restaurant William, with executive chef Kumar KC, formerly of Sydney’s Spice Temple.

The menu will evolve weekly with a fusion of international flavours such as Chinese and Korean, with a modern Australian bent.

 

High tea in Port Stephens

Also, at Murray’s Craft Brewing Co., visitors can book a sophisticated high tea.

Seated inside the whimsical Agnes High Tea Pavillion, guests devour delicate morsels by a talented Singaporean pastry chef, with accompanying drinks packages including sparkling wine, Champagne or cocktails.

 

Matt Moran’s new country pub

Celebrity chef Matt Moran has bought the historic Rockley Pub, south of Bathurst — the small village of Rockley is close to Moran’s heart as he has deep family connections to the region.

Moran has recently opened the front bar, with hearty counter meals and craft beer, and harbours big plans for the rest of the venue.

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New digs in Narooma

Merivale has been acquiring South Coast venues in the coastal hamlet of Narooma.

One of the town’s oldest buildings, Lynch’s Hotel, is the latest to be purchased by the hospitality group, adding to their collection, which includes Quarterdeck, The Whale Inn, and The Inlet.

 

Experiences

Roll into the Central Coast

A new roller-skating venue has opened in Erina.

Housed in an airy space with mirrored walls, disco balls, and a retail outlet selling skating accessories, Rollerfit Erina offers a fantastic kids’ skating class with coaching and games, plus adult roller-dance classes.

Cycle through Country NSW

An inspiring cycling route now weaves through the beautiful Central West.

The Orange Villages Bike Trail is a 360km six-day trail around Mount Canobolas with eateries, vineyards, museums and accommodations dotted along the way. F

or a guided experience, book an e-bike tour with Central West Tours to learn local secrets about history, food, art and wine.

Toast of the town

One of Sydney’s favourite bakeries is set to start kneading dough on the NSW Central Coast, with Sonoma Bakery opening a new location in Terrigal later this month.

Sonoma’s co-founder Andrew Connole is originally from the Central Coast, so it’s a homecoming for him.

 

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Is the daily rat race leaving you feeling exhausted?

Jocelyn Magazine acts as a source of inspiration to help you tantalise your taste buds and indulge your curiosity while also discovering history and culture—all that Australia offers.

So, if it’s time for a new adventure, check out some of our travel destination posts here today!

Start your weight-loss journey with the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet

Interested in losing weight and keeping it off for good? Look no further!

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, has designed a fantastic program designed to do just that. With higher protein, low GI eating plans, you can reduce cravings and feel fuller for longer.

Plus, the program includes proven weight loss tools to create positive, lifelong habits that will help you achieve your goals. Ready to start your journey to a healthier you? Click this link to join the program today!

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We even chat about how what we eat and drink affects our mental health, so tune in, and let’s learn and laugh together!

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