"Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts."
~ How to roast chestnuts ~
Chestnuts need to be rinsed and dried before roasting, and a small slit or cross must be made in the skin or they will burst. Most methods of roasting will take approximately 8-10 minutes. Once roasted, wrap the chestnuts in a tea towel to keep warm. Enjoy!
~ Getting started ~
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~ Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival ~
On behalf of the team I would like to congratulate the City of Darebin for hosting another wonderful Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival. It was a week long celebration of homemade food traditions and sustainable food practices. The workshops and demonstrations through the suburbs of the City of Darebin were mostly booked out and there was a massive attendance at the "Meet the Makers Showcase" on the Saturday to conclude the festival.
I would also like to congratulate all the winners of the "Judge's Choice" and "People's Choice" who entered their homemade wine, beer, passata, olives and ajvar. Too many to name them all, but here's a snapshot.
A very big welcome to all the new subscribers to our newsletter from the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival. l look forward to keeping you up to do with all the exciting news from the team, events, courses, recipes and products and specials.
Congratulations to STEVE BARNETT winner of our raffle from at "Meet the Makers Showcase" on Saturday. Steve is the proud new owner of a Sausage & Salami Equipment Kit and Hot Continental Sausage Kit, valued at $158.00. Enjoy Steve!
For the Red Wine Category -
Mayor of City of Darebin, enjoying a taste of 3rd Place Winner, Nero D'Avola by Dennis and Kevin
1st Prize - Pasquale Scaringi (Petit Verdot)
2nd Prize - Francesco Costanzo (Merlot)
3rd Prize - Denis Slaviero (Nero DÁvola)
For the White Wine Category -
2nd Place Winners, Paolo and Dennis Mazzocato for the White Wine Category for their Waltham/Sultana Wine
1st Prize - Frank Galati (White Muscato)
2nd Prize - Paolo Mazzocato (Waltham/Sultana)
3rd Prize - Jose Jimenez (Maluasia)
For Beer -
Joel Ellis, 1st Prize and People's Choice Award for his Brettanoyces Fermented American IPA
Encouragement Award - James Price
1st Prize - Joel Ellis
For Passata (Cooked)
1st Prize - Emmanuella Coco
2nd Prize - Jim and Kerry
For Passata (Uncooked)
1st Prize - Maria Spagnolo
2nd Prize - Catherine Talarico
3rd Prize - Rosario Iannella
Here are a few highlights from the day:-
Wine tasting at the Meet The Makers Showcase
Feta Cheese Making Workshop with Cade Butler
Home Brew for Beginners Workshop with Home Make It's Cade Butler and Justin from Merri Mashers
Enjoying the wine tasting at the Meet the Makers Showcase
Enjoying the home brew sampling at the Meet the Makers Showcase
If you would like see more photos from the day, check out our Facebook Page for the complete album.
~ What's On ~
With Winter just around the corner, it's time to book into our Salami and Cured Meats Courses. Our resident butchery expert, James Mele will give you the confidence to make your own salami and safely cure your salumi before the Winter is out. Our courses are hands on, fun and interactive. Numbers are capped so don't miss out! For convenience, they are offered at two store locations, Reservoir and Clayton. Bookings ONLINE.
We have also released new dates for our Sausage Making Courses at both our Reservoir and Clayton stores. James Mele will teach you everything you need to know to make fresh, tasty, healthy sausages all year round. Book ONLINE.
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Have a great weekend and happy chestnut roasting :)