What a night was had by all 80 diners!
It was a great pleasure for Slow Food Saddleback to be a major part of the Mid Winter dinner held at the Siding in Gerrringong on 31 July to raise funds for the Kiama Markets.
A trailer for the generator needs to be built to supply power to all the stalls at the Markets and general running costs have to be met.
So what better way than a fabulous dinner in a pop up restaurant on a cold winter’s night.
John Evans, Sonia and the team from South on Albany served up a stunning menu of local produce.
The pork was perfectly cooked by Pam and Joel from Porkery Hill Free Range Pork, with Joel guarding the fire all day to ensure perfect cooking heat.
Peter from Pete Izzard Photography captured the night with fabulous photos, some featuring here.
So many thanks to all the producers, we are so lucky to have access to such wonderful food each week.
The helpers were amazing and special thanks to Tricia Ashford and Cathy Law from the Kiama Markets who were the driving force and inspiration.
A highlight of the night was the live auction with prizes that were experiential! A day on the farm at Pecora Dairy, oyster experience with Grant Clark on the Shoalhaven River, weeding with Emmy at Buena Vista Farm and a huge hamper of farm produce from the Market, lucky purchasers will have such a special follow up to the dinner, and the money was great too!
And by the way, Slow Food Saddleback purchased some great Siding Rum in the Auction that will feature at the Sauce Workshop to be held in October.
The latest Slow Food Saddleback event highlighted Unfashionable Fish, aligning us with Slow Food International’s recent emphasis on Slow Fish.
45 members and guests enjoyed the cocktail party at the Schoolhouse, Gerringong. We are very fortunate to have Kirsten McHugh and Jack Timbs from the Schoolhouse the founding members of Slow Food Saddleback to provide the inspiration for this evening.
A wonderful selection of very interesting local fishy titbits served throughout the night included smoked bonito tartlets, savoury mullet balls with a dipping sauce, tempura garfish, a savoury bake with slimy mackerel, delicious mirror dory with roast potato wrapped in lettuce – a clever take on fish and chips and lastly a tuna belly salad. later we were surprised with a cool panacotta made from Kirsten’s yoghurt served with finger limes. All together a very unusual and deliciously different menu.
Our guest speakers, Steve, Education Officer with NSW Fisheries and Bob a local fisherman, gave us a more scientific view on why we should choose these lesser known fish varieties as well as discussing problems with marine ecosystems and the importance of their survival.
We would like to thank our speakers and Kirsten and Jack for their hard work in making the eventing such a fascinating and pleasant evening for all.
Morgs, Anita Larkin and I were invited to help create a fixing and creating space within the newly improved REVOLVE centre at Dunmore/Shellharbour tip.
We have been dreaming, scheming, installing and painting .. and the resulting creating corner has been dubbed the Tinkerage. There are plans for workshops and fixing bees to be held there in the near future. Its similar to the Men’s Shed concept, but women are welcome too.
No pressure at all to come to the launch, the timing is a bit odd at 1-2pm this coming Monday,( and they’re asking for rsvps probably so they know how many sandwiches to make?) but it’s a pretty great place I thought you would like to know about. Think massive open-air garage sale/op-shop, with tools, building materials, fishing rods and other wotnots.
Pass this on to anyone who loves good junk and reducing wastage.