For the month of June the very best of Victoria’s winter produce was celebrated across the state with 100+ events all centred on the hearty and much loved roast.
As we bid farewell to a month of belly-warming feasts, we’d like to share a handful of highlights:
- Less traditional roast dishes graced the menus at restaurants across the city with roast alpaca at San Telmo, ‘Cal-Mex’ roast buffalo at The Newmarket Hotel, and wild boar belly cooked in the earth kiwi style at The Common Man’s Urban Hangi.
- Melbourne’s winter weather wasn’t a deterrent for dining outdoors with spit roasts and open-fire cooking pulling in the crowds including spit roast goat at Philip Lobely Wines in Glenburn, soulful Southern style feasting by the fire at Café Vue Heide, and a traditional Italian barbecue at The Merchant in the city.
- A dinner under the eaves of a working shearing shed in Mansfield showcased some of the High Country’s best local produce and cool-climate wine at Dinner on the Boards.
- Fowles, Michelton and Tahbilk wineries joined forces in Michelton’s renovated cellar door for a roast feast featuring Indian inspired roast canapés and Moroccan roasted Fowles Farm lamb.
- Australian ingredients were brought to the fore at CERES in Brunswick East with their Twisted Tucker event featuring roast wallaby, bush spices and native greens.
- Casa Ciuccio slow-roasted dorper lamb from Plains Paddock in their whiz-bang custom made barbecue pit in the courtyard. Chef Matt McConnell also shared a top tip on how to heat coals to the optimum temperature without too much smoke – through the use of a paint stripper heat gun no less!
- New venue Saint Crispin was only open a week before hosting its medieval French roast lunch complete with gellied ox tongue, gilded apples, suckling pig and Tudor rice pudding with guests swigging on ales and ciders from St Ronan’s in the Yarra Valley.
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Mark your diaries for The Spring Graze throughout the month of September - another opportunity to celebrate Put Victoria on Your Table and our state’s quality new-season produce.
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