A Taste of the Shire
We were lucky enough to have “A Taste of the Shire” on our doorstep over the weekend. This is the second year that the festival has been held within the precincts of the Peace Park at Sutherland. Promoted by the Rotary Club of Sutherland, it was a great day, bringing people the best of the Sutherland Shire’s restaurants and food providers.
The festival catered for everyone – with food, coffee, wine, beer and cider on offer. Even the kids were entertained – with jumping, castles face painting and arts/crafts. The dog was also spoilt by Fired Up BBQ and Burgers who so kindly indulged her with speck (which she absolutely devoured!).
Walking around the event, it was nice to see that there were no more than 2 stalls offering similar products. I’ve found that this is often a problem at food festivals and markets – multiple stalls offering nearly identical products! The thought that had gone in to ensuring variety was a pleasant surprise.
The food on offer included beautifully smoked meats – Great Southern Smokers had an amazing selection on offer, ranging from brisket burgers, to pulled pork burgers and chicken wingettes, just to name a few (yum!). The Prince Hotel had an impressive whole spit roast pig on offer with delicious crackling! There was also your selection of expected yet still tasty festival foods, including sweets and cakes, gozleme, corn on the cob and woodfired pizza. Of course, the day would not have been complete without a sausage sizzle! For the adults, there were also plenty of drink stalls, ranging from wine to beer and cider. We were there just a little too early in the day to give the drinks a crack, but a big shout out to White Horse Coffee who supplied us with our Sunday morning caffeine fix (impressive as per usual).
The day was a great success. Not only did it have on offer a great selection of foods and products from within the Shire – it also brought people together to support some great causes. Proceeds from the event benefited three local charities – Dandelion Support Network, Greenlight Movement and Sylvanvale.
We look forward to seeing what’s on offer in 2018 at the next “A Taste of the Shire” event!
Photos by Michael Salmon
Written by Michaela Ward