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THIS June long weekend is the perfect
time to explore another side to South
Winter affords the chance to experience local
food, wine and art.
For a food experience, visit Grow Lightly at
Korumburra, adjacent to the carpark at Coal Creek
Community Park and Museum at 2 Silkstone Road.
Inside the rustic building visitors will find a
tantalising selection of locally grown produce and
The Food Hub stocks locally grown seasonal
fruit, vegetables, nuts, preserves, olive oil, honey
and eggs and is always expanding the range of
produce. Tea, coffee and home-made biscuits are
The hub is open 10am to 3pm Friday and Sat-
urday, and 10am to 1pm Sunday. While there, ask
about the food bag arrangement.
To fi nd fresh produce or other interesting items
this Saturday, head to the Coal Creek Farmers’ Mar-
ket at Coal Creek Community Park and Museum,
Korumburra from 8am until 12.30pm, rain, hail or
The market offers vegetables, seafood, cheese,
olives, bread, eggs, apple strudel, meat, plants,
honey, dim sims and spring rolls, fruit, soap, berries,
herbs, cordial and more.
The Koonwarra Farmers’ Market at Memorial
Park is also worth inspecting on the first Saturday
of the month.
While on the food trail, visit Leongatha Health,
Nutrition and Wholefoods for organic produce,
tasty breads, nuts, honey, cosmetics, vitamins and
natural remedies, all in store in McCartin Street,
Basia Mille at Fish Creek is the ideal place to un-
wind this long weekend, with luxurious accommo-
dation, a nine hole golf course, cellar door, vineyard
and olive grove to enjoy.
Set on Waratah Ridge, Basia Mille overlooks
Wilsons Promontory and Bass Strait, and produces
an exquisite range of wines.
All three apartments offer a marble bathroom,
split system air conditioner and heater, floor heating
under marble tiles in the bathrooms, outside sitting
areas and other conveniences.
People who appreciate quality handmade art-
work will enjoy visiting Gooseneck Pottery, just five
kilometres from Korumburra.
Internationally regarded potter Robert Barron
creates hand thrown, wood-fired stoneware in one
of the largest wood-fire kilns in Australia.
He crafts jugs, teapots, mugs, bowls, baking and
casserole dishes and the like, as well as larger items
such as platters, breadcrocks and jars. He also makes
water features and a wide range of planters, from
small herb pots to big tubs.
The pottery is open to the public from 10am to
5pm on weekends, public holidays and most week
days (phone ahead during the week to confirm).
Guests can also stay in the cottage on-site.
If you are driving throughout South Gippsland or
bound for the Latrobe Valley, stop by at the Dumbalk
The convenience store provides everything
you need, from a post office service to newspa-
pers, magazines, confectionery, soft drinks and ice
creams, to milk, bread and groceries, bait and vid-
There is also the On the Way Cafe with eat in or
take away food and coffee regarded by locals. Own-
ers Tom and Ineke Veale and their team of staff will
make you feel at home.
To enjoy the outdoors, head to the Wonthaggi
Golf Club this long weekend.
A picturesque 18 hole course set on 103 acres of
undulating land, the course is well-treed and testing,
stretching 5863 metres with a par 72.
The Wonthaggi Club offers a bar, dining area and
children’s space, and is the perfect place to have a
meal or drink this long weekend.
So much to see
A PASSIONATE team of volunteers
will bring the 9th Loch Village Food
and Wine Festival to the public this June
The successful event is totally reliant upon vol-
unteers and would not be where it is today without
All profits from the festival are channelled back
into the community via the Loch Community De-
velopment Association and are beneficial to the vil-
The festival is improved every year, relying on the
feedback from producers, the public and the village.
The major success has been moving from the
village to the historical railway area, freeing up the
village, allowing more visitors to see what other at-
tractions are here apart from the festival.
This year, the new committee has taken the festival
to the next level with the introduction of food trucks,
highly successful in the inner areas of Melbourne.
The diverse multi-cultural food featured will be
North Indian, Spanish, Cuban, Asian, Turkish, South
Carolina, Greek and of course Australian.
Festivals tend to overlook vegan, Paelo, gluten
free and vegetarian cuisine but this year there are ex-
citing exhibitors offering all these innovative foods.
Local produce is also a major attraction, with our
cheese producer, berries, smallgoods producer, local
olives and oil, and of course the baker all involved.
During the day there will be cooking demonstra-
tions by selected exhibitors.
Gippsland is famous for its premium cool climate
wine and winemakers will be well represented.
As always the owner or winemaker will be there
to answer the public’s questions.
The aim this year is to marry up a wine producer
with a food stall and have them scattered about the
The festival tasting glass will be available at the
entrance for $5.
Local beers and cider will also be represented at
The award winning brewery and distillery will be
open in the village for the duration of the festival.
As part of a commitment to the community, the
organisers will offer free sites to local schools and
kindergarten, which will be in a separate area, along
with an enclosure for wildlife and reptiles, so chil-
dren will be well catered for.
Locals, in conjunction with V/Line, can grab a
bus from Korumburra, Leongatha, Lang Lang or
Nyora into Loch and receive a discount on admis-
sion to the festival.
Check your timetables when planning your trip.
The village welcomes you to the festival, with
the traders sponsoring the event and look forward to
meeting you on the day.
Loch to wine and dine
Great event: from left, Poowong’s Brendan Spence and San Remo’s Diane and Alan Ram-
say enjoy drinks and good company at the Loch Food and Wine Festival last year.
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