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We decided to write a blog to let you know some of the fabulous food related things that happen in the Southern Highlands all the time. Keep checking back here to see what is going on. Get to know what hidden treasures we have and if you want to find out more - come on one of our tours and meet the people who grow our food.

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Jill Dyson,
Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia
Click on the link to read Jill's latest blog post. Jill has been running FoodPath in the Southern Highlands of NSW with her partner Nick since April 2010. They have grown the business to a level where they now include a range of activities including tours, workshops and collaboration with others (cooking schools, wineries, etc). During the past 10 years Jill and Nick have got to know the local producers and continue to promote and support these local small businesses. They have organised and run many food related activities including taste education workshops and producer visits. It was after they organised a successful tour for a group of chefs from some of the best restaurants in Sydney that they realised they could turn their interest into a business - and this led to the setting up of FoodPath - Culinary Tours with a Difference. Now Jill and Nick are working closely with Southern Highlands Tourism and Wingecarribee Council to help raise the profile of their area as a food destination where everyone will benefit - tourists, local consumers and the producers themselves.
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Nick Padol, Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia.

Nick with his partner Jill has been running their business FoodPath in the Southern Highlands since April 2010. His motivation was to share his knowledge by taking others on a journey to discover local and regional food.

At the age of 4 when Nick had his first taste of coffee with his father at Andronicus’ Coffee Shop in Sydney he developed an interest in all things gastronomic. At the age of 24 his father gave him his 1st copy of Larousse Gastronomique. He now has an extensive library of cook books and he hasn’t looked back.

Not only is Nick an excellent cook and host with an interest in the cuisine of many cultures but he is also a food writer and cheese and coffee judge. He has been involved in regional food and wine related projects over the years and was an active member of Slow Food for 9 years.


PRODUCE INCLUDES:

Apples

Blackberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Gooseberries

Grapes

Potatoes

Truffles

Garlic

Olives

Asparagus

Mushrooms

Cheese - cow, goat, sheep

Beef

Goat

Lamb

Eggs - hen, duck

Poultry

Pigs

Hazelnuts

Chestnuts

Vegetables

Jams and vinegars

Wine

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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Well, what an interesting afternoon it was at Howards Lane vineyard for the Gelato Workshop yesterday.
Luigi making raspberry farm granita with berries freshly picked five minutes away at Cuttaway Creek Raspberry Farm!
Elena brought buffalo milk from her own herd of dairy buffalo to make buffalo milk and choc nugget gelato. This was my favourite!
Kym prepared the mixture for the olive oil and black pepper sorbet using her own olive oil, supervised by Luigi.
Everyone listening attentively as Luigi explains the process (or are they waiting for their next taste?)
 Mary and Luigi
Fiona and Anastasia loved the "Coffee and Cream" - hand beaten coffee granita with freshly whipped cream


I had trouble visualising what Olive Oil Sorbet would be like - but it was delicious, with a smooth oily "mouth feel" at the end.

We ended up with a group of fourteen plus Kym who came to tell us about her olive oil business - Sutton Forest Olives. She had fun and stayed the whole afternoon. Included one very good child who has been to four FoodPath activities this year with his Mum!!

Can't believe we have had four FoodPath activities in the last six days - and we are not even exhausted. That's what happens when you enjoy what you are doing :)