UDDER FARM Local Crop in Newcastle has thrown its support behind Luskintyre’s Udder Farm, which is on the brink of folding due to “insufficient support” for their fresh, non-homogenised milk. Local Crop is absorbing a 50 cent increase in the price of each bottle to help keep the Haines family in business. Good stuff.
LONG LUNCH A shout out to the brave souls who rugged up and enjoyed last weekend’s Olive Long Table Lunch at Whispering Brook. The table was set up outside, between the vines, and the breeze was chilly that day. It was one of many events being held this month as part of the 2018 Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival.
BOUTIQUE EVENT Speaking of, Briar Ridge at Mount View is holding a Boutique Winery Tour & Barrel Tasting at 11am every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout June. It’s a fun way to learn more about wine and includes a sample taste of Briar Ridge’s “Mystery Wine” straight from the barrel and a glass of wine from their popular Varietal Series to enjoy on the tasting deck post-tour. Guests can also pre-book a gourmet cheese and antipasto platter. Tickets $20, book at briarridge.com.au or by phoning 02 4990 3670.
GOOD CAUSE Don’t forget, Hope4Cure is holding a Christmas in July feast in Newcastle on July 21. Go to hope4cure.org.au for details and to book your ticket. As for the businesses digging deep to provide prizes and food, it’s great to see locals supporting locals.
MAYFIELD COOK I spoke to the charming Reece Hignell this week from MasterChef Australia headquarters. Hear what he had to say in Wednesday’s Herald.