Rolling Pin Bakery has the Midas touch

Rolling Pin bakery went for gold at the recent 29th Great Aussie Pie Competition and came home with 13 Gold Medals and Two Silver from 15 entries including Best Game Pie, the Crocodile Korma. General manager Nathan Williams said it was the first time Rolling Pin had entered the game category and they were delighted […]

Battle of the Bay – Friendly wine rivalry at 360Q

Another good example of how restaurateur Barry Iddles has breathed new life into the cuisine on offer at picturesque Queenscliff (and supporting local producers) is his latest creation ‘Battle of the Bay Wine Degustation Dinner’. Iddles has invited two winemakers located on either side of the Port Phillip Bay to showcase their respective wines accompanied […]

The Little Mussel Cafe

Tracy Bold, owner operator of The Little Mussel Café in Portarlington, will never suffer from empty nest syndrome. When three of her children left home she decided to bottle and sell some of the mussels her husband Peter owner of Advance Mussel Supply farm gate produce had left over as she hates waste and loves […]

Friendship and Cafes

In one of our lovely local cafes I overheard two elderly men discussing their friendship. They have been meeting each Tuesday morning for years. They enjoy coffee and cake, chat for an hour and then go their separate ways until the following Tuesday.  This encounter made me think of others I have noticed who meet […]

The Q Train – a true complement to The Bellarine Taste Trail

The Q Train has only been operating for 4 short months and already is the talk of the town. And not just our town as evidenced by the number of bookings from across the Bellarine, Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne. Seems the Dinner Train Service operating on The Bellarine Railway just 15 minutes from Geelong is […]

Merne – a hothouse of local talent

After only being operating for a short time Merne at Lighthouse has been crowned Victoria’s Golden Plate winner. Merne also won Best Contemporary Dining and Best Customer Service awards. Golden Plate Judges said that Merne was a ‘hothouse of local talent’ owned and operated by Matt Dempsey, Caleb Fleet, Graham Jeffries and Josh Smith. “This […]

The Brewhouse – so more than just a pub

‘As I was going to St Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kittens. Kittens, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St Ives?’ And what’s this conundrum got to do with The Brewhouse? Nothing really except that seven […]

The Q Train – a journey of delights

Drysdale was buzzing Saturday night the 23rd of September with the launch of The Q Train, a progressive dinner train serving a 6 course degustation menu. The menu is complemented with local produce from farms and suppliers of the region. “A true complement to the taste trail, and supporting local business is double bonus,” said […]

Flying high at Trees Adventure

Since its official opening in April this year, Trees Adventure Otway Park has proven to be an exciting eco-adventure park. It offers eight challenging courses for people aged from four and up. Up is the key word here as feel on top of the world flying above the tree tops attached to a variety of […]

Brewhouse launches its Whisky Bar

There’s little in life better than pouring a double whisky and sitting down to relax after a long day. Whether you drink Scotch, rye, or bourbon, you are in the company of some of the world’s finest minds and characters. Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, James Joyce and our own Tasmanian swashbuckling movie star Errol Flynn […]