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Meet the Makers

- Rita Erlich


~ Melbourne Salami Festa 2015 presented by Home Make It ~

Image by Brown Shoes Productions - The Melbourne Salami Festa Pig

If you were part of the festivities last weekend at the Melbourne Salami Festa, then you will agree that this year's festa was second to none. A great event with an all-round warm and fuzzy buzz, showcasing a perfect blend of traditional and modern Italian-styled things to experience, learn about, buy, see and eat.

It is so great to see the Melbourne Salami Festa reaching new heights each year with an ever-growing "hungry" fan-base and followers. Home Make It are very proud to be part of it all!

Image by Brown Shoes Productions - Home Make It team, Lou, Carla, Adrianna, Pina and Carmel at the MSF 2015.

We enjoyed meeting all the passionate salumi lovers out there, and would like to welcome all of our new mailing list subscribers from the MSF weekend of events. Congratulations to Jen Mattiuzzo - winner of the Home Make It Sausage & Salami equipment and recipe kits mailing list subscriber prize. We hope you all stay tuned as we keep you up-to-date with Melbourne's foodie news, fabulous recipes and tips to try and all the latest Home Make It courses and product news too. 


Image by Brown Shoes Productions - First prize winner, Barabara Marshal

Congratulations are also in order to Barbara Marshall and Team Homegrown for their winning pork and duck salami for 2015! And to the Palermo family and Puglia and Son for 2nd and 3rd places. See more details and the top 10 salamis for 2015 here. We must also extend further congratulations to People's Choice Award winners this year; the De Fazio Brothers in 1st place and the Palermo Family again in 2nd place.

Well done to everyone involved for their salami efforts and helping to inspire new generations to participate in these important food traditions.

Image by Brown Shoes Productions - Frank Bovezza and Dom Marzano at the Salami Making Sessions

A huge thanks to all the participants who took part in the MSF Salami Making Sessions facilitated by Home Make It's Steve Lamberto and Frank Bovezza and Dom Marzano from The Craft & Co. Wonderful to see a continuing and growing interest in learning all about the craft of salami making.

If you are hoping to get in on the action at next year's Melbourne Salami Festa, but not feeling too confident...then come along to our next series of salami making workshops with James Mele of The Meat Room to learn how to make award winning salami! 


~ The Makers: a story of food, family and foreigners ~

Home Make It is super excited to announce that we will soon be launching our first ever book titled "The Makers: a story of food, family and foreigners". Written by esteemed local food culture identity Rita Erlich, this book is a unique gathering of stories, recipes and tips from the Baggio family, their friends and extended community of passionate local producers of wine, salami, home brew, passata, cheese, preserves and more!

Further details of the book will be revealed soon, but in the meantime, we are pleased to be offering the chance for one lucky subscriber to win a copy of this first release. Our current mailing list subscribers (receiving this e-newsletter) can enter by adding the word "MAKERS" in the Promo Code field in preferences by clicking the "update subscription preferences" link, found at the bottom of this e-newsletter - remember to press "Update Profile" to save your changes at the end. (The winner will be announced and notified via email or phone w/c 15/11/15)

 See below for a sneak peak inside the book :)





~ Australian Cider Festival 2015 ~


Cider enthusiasts flocked to the Ormond Hall, The Village on the 16th October to get a taste of all those award winning ciders! Another great event to look out for and a great opportunity to meet and chat to all the makers of your favourite ciders. If you're keen on cider and missed the Australian Cider Festival, then check out the Award Winning Ciders here

Cider Making Course 

Be sure not to miss out on our last homemade cider making course for 2015! There are a few more places left in our Cider Making Course at our Clayton Store on Wednesday 18th November, 6-7.30pm. If you feel inspired to have a go at making your own batch of cider; then book your spot online now to learn first-hand about setting up your own backyard cider making equipment and be on your way to producing fresh homemade cider in time for Summer! More Cider Making Course dates for 2016 to be released soon.


~ Cade's Home Brew News ~

It's a busy time in brewing land, with a few big changes in our stores. It's my pleasure to announce that Home Make It will see the first shipment of Viking Malts next week! These high quality malts are straight from Finland and here for first time on Australian shores. As well as stocking select Viking Malts by the 25kg bags, we will also be offering all of our grains (19 varieties) loose to suit your recipes. 

We also just received a fresh batch of White Labs yeasts into stores this week, and we are seeing more and more of them in their new Pure Pitch packaging. The Pure Pitch is the first yeast packaging where the yeast is grown and sold in the same package, zero chance of infection and ultimate freshness!   

So please come and see us after the big horse race this long weekend for your first chance to get your hands on some new exciting malt and yeast from over the seas. 

Happy brewing :)


~ Beer & Bangers Classes ~

Learn to make home brew and sausages from the experts! Join Steve Lamberto and Cade Butler from Home Make It with James Mele from The Meat Room and enjoy a fun-filled day making home brew and fresh sausages at these brilliant Brew & Bangers classes. These are full day classes and you will get to take home the freshly made home brew and sausages. There will be pizza from the wood fired oven for lunch, morning tea provided, unlimited tea/coffee and home brew tastings are included as well. All equipment and ingredients will be supplied.

Bookings are still available for the following class;

Duration: 9:00am to 4:00pm 
Location: 26 O'Gradys Rd, Kilmore East
Cost: $240.00 per person

Bookings and payment can be made by phoning Kathy on 0419 242 815 or emailing info@themeatroom.com.au to reserve your spot today!


~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Preserving Vegetable Courses - Pickled & Marinated Eggplants

We are thrilled to be releasing details and dates for the newest of our in store workshops! Join us for a hands-on workshop in Pickled & Marinated Eggplants with Dario from L'Arrosticino Stick on Grill at our Clayton store on 9th November, 2015 and Reservoir store on 10th November, 2015. Book ONLINE to secure your place.  


~ Eltham & District Winemakers Guild - 46th Eltham Wine Show ~

If you love a good drop of red, white or country style wine, and have an interest in homemade wine, then don't miss the Eltham and District Winemakers Guild's 46th Annual Eltham Wine Show. Due to the huge success, the show will again be held at the Veneto Club in Bulleen on Sunday 15th November, 2015 from 10.30am for the Wine Show Public Tasting, concluding at 2.30pm with the Awards Presentation at 12pm. Home Make It will also be there, come along and chat to us and catch Steve Lamberto's  sausage making demonstration.

If you are planning on entering your homemade wine into the competition, the closing date for entries is the 10th October, 2015. You can pick up an entry form from either our Reservoir or Clayton stores or you can enter ONLINE.

Click link below to check out this week's Specials.     

Check out our  Gift Vouchers and Course Gift Vouchers also available in store or ONLINE

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Wishing you all a glorious long weekend :)