Australia Day for me is a chance to gather some friends together and enjoy a meal of all our favourite dishes. Whilst debate rages as to whether we should hold Australia Day on January 26th or even at all, I look at the day as an opportunity to celebrate our nation’s great melting pot of cultures and thus plan a menu as such. I look to using fab local suppliers, many of whom have parents and grandparents who have traveled from all over the world to come to Australia.
The Mornington Peninsula has so many fabulous food and drink producers, that several menus could be put together very easily!
Obviously wineries are in abundance, but vino aside, quality cider and beer sources are creeping into the foodscape to great applause. Ten Sixty One by Atlanta was imagined by Bianca, a fourth generation apple grower in 2016 and has been enjoying amazing growth ever since. Ten Sixty One is stocked in several vineyards, cafes and supermarkets around the Peninsula and Melbourne as well as being available to buy from the website. I’m pairing my cider with an antipasto platter, chock full of cheeses sourced from Main Ridge Dairy and Red Hill Cheese. Pick up some salami and fruits from Woolumbi Farm to complete your platter. Henry’s Mercato in Frankston’s Bayside Shopping Centre is also an amazing one stop shop for all your platter needs, stocking many locally sourced goods.
Second course is all about seafood for me. Head to one of the Peninsula’s newest attractions, Cripps Family Fish Farm to either catch your own fish which they’ll fillet for you or simply swan in and buy fish, shellfish and all things related. I’m all about fish tacos at the moment, so simple and easy to make in bulk quantities for a big group. There are a million and one recipes out there, so pick one that is flavoured to your liking…this one by Host The Toast has tickled my fancy!
Of course, spicy tacos require an awesome beer. There are a few fabulous breweries on the Morn Pen now, and we have been enjoying beers from the two newest immensely (not that we drink heaps or anything, but Christmas, birthdays, New Years, more birthdays…you get the idea!).
Jetty Road Brewery in Dromana have a delightful Pale Ale that will cool the palate perfectly post taco!
St Andrews Beach Brewery a little further down the road in Fingal have a great range of beers, including my personal fave Race Day who’s flavours complement tacos extremely well in my opinion!
For dessert, who could go past a share pack of Australia Day themed donuts from Mornington’s new fave hangout, Rebel Donuts?
So there you have it, a locally sourced, amazing Australia Day (or any day really) themed menu. Nothing boring like a snag on the barbie for me! And driving about to all these fabulous places is a great day out in itself, playing tourist in one’s own backyard. Many farm gates and local producers offer tastings so you can sample the goods before buying which is awesome. What are you up to today for Straya Day?! Tag me in pics of what you’re eating…I’m such a food sticky beak!!! xx
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