Maryville bakery and kitchen, Baked Uprising, is opening a pop-up store in Honeysuckle.
“GWH Build has kindly opened up space right in front of their Sky Residence display suite, across from Honeysuckle Hotel. This is where we will be parking our silver Uprising caravan every Thursday, Friday and second Saturday,” a spokesperson said.
“We will be slinging out all the fresh baked stuff Uprising is known for as well as trying our hand at some pop-up exclusive items like our prawn croissant.” Yes, you read that correctly.
Also, plans are being made to use the pop-up store as an “Uprising Tuckshop” where people can pre-order lunches online and then pick them up – kind of like a school canteen. Sounds good.
And if you’re after a unique Father’s Day gift for dad – that also benefits you – consider booking him into Baked Uprising’s sourdough workshop on September 2 with Craig Gardner. He learned to bake in San Francisco under Michel Suas, honed his skills at Sonoma and then Iggy’s in Sydney before opening his own wood-fired bakery in St Andrews, Victoria.
Coffee To Function at 790 Hunter Street, Newcastle, has closed its doors. The good news is it has a new owner (whose face might be familiar to Novocastrians, especially those on the eastern side) and she hopes to open her new venture by November. More to come.
Cafe at Dalwood
Mr Busby’s, by the Honeysuckle-based MEET, is now open at Dalwood Estate for breakfast and lunch, Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 4pm. Browse the art on display while you’re there. Herald wine writer John Lewis tells me the Mr Busby tag relates to James Busby, the man regarded as the godfather of the Australian wine industry.
His 35-year career as Sydney Morning Herald wine writer and one of Australia’s leading show judges and wine authors has won Huon Hooke the Wine Communicators Australia (WCA) title of Legend of the Vine NSW.
The award was announced at last Thursday’s WCA 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show trophy winners’ lunch and sees Hooke join such previous NSW Legends as Clive Hartley, Iain Riggs, Rob Hirst, David Lowe, Phillip Laffer and Chris Anstee.
WCA national chair Angus Barnes said Hooke’s achievements included the 2008 Wine Communicator of the Year, 17 years as co-author of the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide, chair of the Vin de Champagne Awards, chair of the Australian Wine List of the Year, and as a judge of the Australian Winemaker of the Year.
As a wine show judge, Hooke presides over about 10 competitions a year in Australia and overseas in New Zealand, Italy, England, Canada, Chile, Belgium, Japan, Slovenia and South Africa.
Going for gold
The winners of the 2018 delicious. Produce Awards were announced at a gala event at QT Sydney on Sunday. Two state gold medal winners caught our eye: Newcastle Greens for their Calvin Lamborn Snap Green Varietals; and Papanui Open Range Eggs, Merriwa.
Fork to Farm
In only a week, members of the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) across Newcastle and the Hunter have raised $140,000 for NSW drought-stricken farming communities. The proceeds, which will be donated to farming charity Rural Aid, were raised through events and activities held by hoteliers as part of the AHA Newcastle Hunter’s Fork to Farm drought appeal that began on August 6.
“Fork to Farm was a unique, week-long appeal asking local hoteliers to pledge a donation for our drought-stricken farming communities,” AHA Newcastle Hotels representative Nikki Taylor said. “The name Fork to Farm came about as many hoteliers were already donating a percentage of meals sold to drought appeals, and by participating in Fork to Farm and coming under one banner, we have been able to pool our resources and together provide a significant contribution to those who are doing it tough.”
Fork to Farm was part of a state-wide appeal run by AHA NSW.
“We are so proud that across NSW our hoteliers have now raised more than $250,000 for the farming community,” Taylor said. “We are prouder still that our local hoteliers here in the Hunter have really led the charge. It says a great deal about the community spirit and generosity of our industry as a whole.”
Many local hoteliers each donated more than $5000 to the appeal, while Bale out the Drought – a fundraising event recently held at the Bull n Bush Hotel, Medowie – raised close to $70,000. And more good news stories keep filtering in.
Cam Waters, a local at Branxton’s Royal Federal Hotel, has gathered 12 mechanics and about 92 large hay bales plus other supplies to take to Coonabarabran and surrounding areas They will deliver the goods and spend a week helping to fix farm equipment. The hotel has pledged at least $5000 to pay for the second semi-trailer to carry hay. Also, a fundraising event – Drought relief Dress Up – is being held at the hotel this Saturday, August 18, kicking off at 7pm.
At the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Awards Hope Brewhouse won Champion Experimental or Specialty Beer for its Barrel Aged Extra Stout. Other winners were Pirate Life Brewing Mosaic IPA (champion packaged beer); Lord Nelson Espresso Brown Ale (champion draught beer); Australian Brewery Seis Hermanos (best NSW beer); and Flying Brick Cider Co Original Cider (champion cider).