We're not the only ones seeing red this passata season...Check out this awesome video recently produced by Brenda Pomponio and her family in Beechworth at their own annual passata day. You can read all about their day and see some photos on their blog "Passata Day at 13 Acres". We just love their passion for this backyard food tradition and proudly provided them with their equipment and supplies this year. It looks like they made a heap of passata to last all year round, and the ease and efficiency of our equipment made for a very pleasant day for all :)
*** TIME FOR A GIVEAWAY ***
To celebrate our partnership with The Agrarian Kitchen, we are giving away one signed copy of their latest book. Valued at $60, this stunning book is packed full of amazing recipes and food stories from their farm and cooking school in Tassie. All you have to do to enter, is leave a comment about your favourite recipe that includes tomato passata at the bottom of this blog post (*newsletter/email subscribers click here to enter). Winner will be announced on 11th March via email. And of course, the social media angels always smile on those who also share this blog post on their Facebook or Twitter pages ;)
Australian residents only.
Notes from the publisher...
The Agrarian Kitchen by Rodney Dunn
"The much-anticipated first book from the founder of The Agrarian Kitchen in Tasmania.
When former Australian Gourmet Traveller food editor Rodney Dunn moved from Sydney to Tasmania, he and his wife Séverine set about transforming a 19th-century schoolhouse into a sustainable farm-based cooking school.
Nestled in a misty valley outside Hobart, The Agrarian Kitchen struck a chord with people seeking respite from fast-paced lives, and a meaningful connection with the food we eat and the land that produces it. This collection of recipes from the phenomenally popular cooking school celebrates the simple pleasures of cooking and eating in tune with the seasons, and the rhythm of a life lived close to the earth."
More recent feedback about the quality, ease and efficiency of our sauce-making equipment coming from Dom Marzano, the talented Head Chef from Cellar Bar at Grossi Florentino. He was kind enough to send us some snaps of his family's own passata day.
EXTENDED TRADING HOURS
To cope with the demands on our current "silly season", with back to back seasons in tomatoes, wine and salami, we have extended our trading hours for added convenience and service.
We will now be open:-
Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am until 3.00pm until the end of July, 2014
Sunday 10.am until 2.00pm until the end of April, 2014
Don't forget, you can shop anytime with us at our Online Store with the security and ease of Paypal.
To ensure that we have the best quality grapes available, we have pushed back the commencement of our Advanced Homemade Winemaking Course for our Reservoir/Campbellfield store by one week, to commence on the 14th March 2014. Grapes are funny things! You can't rush them :)
You can learn more about upcoming course by reading about our 2013 Advanced Homemade Winemaking Course. It's not too late to book in! Only a couple of places still available.
If you are planning your own Passata Day and would be happy to share this special family tradition, why not get involved in the Preserving Memories Project that will be featured at the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival in May 2014. This is a special project that is looking at the link between the sense of smell and memories. If you would like to learn more about this project or have your own passata day filmed and documented, you can call Anne Thoday on 0407887099.
Have a great week!