Great Lakes Summer Food Trail showcases local produce

Jack, Em and Andrew Yeo sample the produce at Billabong Cottage.
Jack, Em and Andrew Yeo sample the produce at Billabong Cottage.

 

A DESIRE for a tree change led to Sydneysider Cath Zeitner recently swapping the hectic trappings of the inner city for the relaxed open plains of Boolambayte.

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“This area has so much to offer,” Cath told News Of The Area.

“I think a lot of people just go past and keep driving as they don’t realise what’s here, but it is a really exciting place to be.”

Cath’s new home, Billabong Cottage, is the latest addition to the Great Lakes Food Trail, and was bursting with visitors during the recent summer edition of the event.

Guests were able to wander through the gardens and meadows and enjoy afternoon tea made from fresh local produce on the sprawling porches of the 100 year old home.

As part of the trail, Cath said Billabong Cottage hosted a group of local producers, giving visitors the opportunity to sample loads of summer treats.

“I want to become part of the community, it is good for us all to come together and get involved,” she said.

The Food Trail was launched last year and takes visitors on a self-drive tour of the region’s wineries, cafes and farms.

Coordinator Julie Steepe from Lucy Land Merino Farm said the trail emphasises the ethical and chemical free approach utilised by a network of local producers.

“It is all about connecting the producers with the community,” she said.

“People have been very interested in seeing where their food comes from and we have answered a lot of questions about how we produce the items.”

Julie said it is hoped that the event will continue to be held quarterly to highlight the region’s seasonal produce while contributing to the growth of local tourism.

 

By John SAHYOUN

 

Local producer Naomi Patton from the Natural Deodorant Company.
Local producer Naomi Patton from the Natural Deodorant Company.

 

Jess and Cath Zeitner at Billabong Cottage.
Jess and Cath Zeitner at Billabong Cottage.

 

Terri Searle from Elraes Farmhouse with Amanda and Mal Hiley.
Terri Searle from Elraes Farmhouse with Amanda and Mal Hiley.

 

Ava Duncan and Dylan Cann from Stoney Creek Permaculture.
Ava Duncan and Dylan Cann from Stoney Creek Permaculture.

 

Danielle, Tegan and Nyasha feed the sheep at Lucy Land Merino Farm.
Danielle, Tegan and Nyasha feed the sheep at Lucy Land Merino Farm.

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