Premium wines rise to the challenge

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Dromana Estate is delighted to announce its Tuerong Park premium range of Black Label wines is now available at the winery. The wines have been created to showcase the iconic varietals grown in Dromana Estate’s home vineyard, and while the 2017 vintage had its share of challenges with intermittent heavy rain, these wines show freshness with the distinctive regional qualities.

These are single vineyard wines made from selected sections of the vineyard that winemaker Peter Bauer has paid personal attention to. Come and taste the new Tuerong Park Black Label Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and stay for the delicious new food menu.

Dromana Estate is coming into a busy period. After a successful 2017 summer season, The Creators Market is heading to Dromana Estate on October 13 to provide a market that champions more than 80 Australian small business makers and creators as they show off their wonderful wares. It runs from 10am-3pm, entry is free and there will be food trucks, wine and tastings, live music and family entertainment.

Dromana Estate will also be at the Main Street Mornington Festival on Sunday, October 21.

DROMANA ESTATE

A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 for lunch booking

W: dromanaestate.com.au

Jump on the Brew Bus By Liz Rogers

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Summer’s almost here, and if you’re planning to spend it visiting some of the Peninsula’s best brew spots then this is for you. Operated by Peninsula people for locals and their mates, Brewery Bus Tours provides a brilliant alternative to sipping vino and staying home slouching on the couch. A brew bus will pick you up, set you down at some of the Peninsula’s finest breweries for an amber ale or three and get you home safe and sound with no questions asked.  

The Peninsula has been traditionally known as wine touring country. Brewery Bus Tours is determined to make it premium beer-tasting terrain too. There’s lots of quality product on offer for beer-lovers, so why not take full advantage of a service that prides itself on delivering an authentic experience whether in a minimum group of six or with a buddy on the only public brewery tour on the Peninsula. Jump on board for plenty of dazzling brew sampling, first-class food and chuckles while making new mates.

Owner/operator Mitch Lacey, from Mornington, explains. “I’ve been involved with lots of breweries in the region and thought why not have a bus that gets punters to see what’s on offer. We do Mornington Peninsula and Bayside suburb tours throughout the week and weekends. You get to visit the best producers of beer around and chow down on great food while staying safe. Our motto is ‘drink, don’t drive’.”

Ideal for corporate events, Brewery Bus Tours provides packages to suit everyone, including visits to wineries, distilleries and cider houses. You can swing a golf club too if you’re game.

Absolute b(r)ewdy!

BREWERY BUS TOURS

M: 0421 308 296

W: brewerybustours.com.au

E: [email protected]

FB: thebrewbusmp

INSTA: thebrewbus


Mr Banks joins the ranks at BeerFest

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BeerFest is Australia's longest running beer festival, and it’s returning to Melbourne in November with a Mornington Peninsula brewery on board to help celebrate its 10th year. Seaford’s Mr Banks Brewing Co will showcase its small-batch, hop-forward beers, joining more than 300 craft beers and more than 200 producers exhibiting everything from delicious eats to wines, ciders, cocktails and unique beer collaborations.

BeerFest offers something for everyone. Beer enthusiasts will be able to expand their knowledge from the very best in the industry with masterclasses and live demonstrations as well as plenty of tastings. The event is not just a craft beer expo; it celebrates all the good things in life that are better with beer: mates, music, comedy, food and family. 

Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson will be performing live, as will Daft Punk tribute DJs Discovery, and there will also be a live comedy tent for plenty of laughs.  

BeerFest is the ultimate outdoor summer festival experience, the perfect day out to spend with mates or the family, for the beer-curious and the beer-converted alike. It’s at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Saturday, November 24. Tickets are available at melbourne.beerfestivals.com.au and range from $15-$40 depending on the festival package experience.


Where seniors are the stars By Kate Sears

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With a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, amazing customer service and 18 years’ experience, it’s no wonder Food Star is the destination for our seniors. 

Food Star is amazingly affordable, and you simply can’t go past its mouth-watering fresh seafood, Asian cuisine, carvery, salads and quality Western favourites. For dessert, indulge in black forest cake, tiramisu, fruit tarts, and much more. 

Lunch is served from 11.30am to 3pm for seniors to enjoy for only $11.90 Mondays to Fridays, or $12.90 on Saturdays and Sundays. Dinner is available from 5.30-9.30pm, and from Monday to Thursday seniors can enjoy a delicious dinner for $16.50, or for just $21.90 from Friday to Sunday. 

FOOD STAR FRANKSTON

A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston
T: 9770 0122
W: foodstar.com.au/base/frankston
FB: foodstar.frankston

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // MORNINGTON GOLF CLUB

The Bayview Restaurant at Mornington Golf Club

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It doesn’t matter whether you’re a golfing fanatic or you’ve never held a club — everyone is welcome at The Bayview Restaurant at Mornington Golf Club.

The Bayview Restaurant is a very popular destination for diners, and it’s not hard to see why. Overlooking the 18th green with sweeping views of Port Phillip Bay, the restaurant’s setting is simply spectacular and its cuisine is second to none. The new winter menu is now available with a wide and varied selection of delicious meals, including a seniors’ and a children’s menu. You’ll also be able to enjoy special benefits with The Bayview Restaurant Diner Loyalty Rewards Card — the more you dine, the more you receive!

The Bayview Restaurant is open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm-2.30pm and for dinner Thursday to Saturday from 5.30pm-8pm. To make a reservation, please call 5975 2784 or email [email protected]

 

THE BAYVIEW RESTAURANT

A: Mornington Golf Club, Tallis Drive, Mornington

T: 5975 2784

W: morningtongolf.com.au

 

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // EENY MEENY

Eeny Meeny not so teeny

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Eeny Meeny has become an institution for groove-inspired food-loving folk after almost six years of dishing up delectable delights in Frankston. Trailblazing the way for the area’s thriving hospitality scene, this not-so-teeny deliverer of flavour-busting sensations is renowned for offering consistently great coffee and creative meals that punters love.

Unmatched experience and exceptional customer service are what’s instore in this gem of an eatery where friends are made over great food and coffee to get down to. Fresh weekly and creative specials by chef Robbie Wright are a feature and a favourite with both locals and visitors, and the secluded courtyard is among the prettiest on the Peninsula. Why not take your time over an Eeny Meeny weekend brunch or indulge in an afternoon caffeine hit with a sweet treat on the side?

Open seven days from 8am until 3pm, Eeny Meeny is fully licensed and serves an all-day menu too. Find it on Facebook @eenymeenycafe and on Instagram @eeny_meeny.

 

EENY MEENY

A: 96 Young St, Frankston

T: 8774 4236

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // CIAO BELLA

Make yourself at home at Ciao Bella

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A cosy and intimate cottage with an inviting outdoor deck and surrounded by a beautiful kitchen garden — you couldn’t wish for a more delightful setting in which to experience the comforting warmth of traditional Italian cuisine than Ciao Bella in Balnarring.

Italians see food as much more than just nourishment — it is life. So much of Italian life revolves around the dinner table; food brings people together; food and family are intimately linked.

Ciao Bella’s focus is on using produce grown in its own garden and across the Peninsula to create simple, traditional Italian food with a touch of innovation. Its menu of blackboard specials changes daily and incorporates a wealth of Sicilian influences.

Last April Ciao Bella celebrated its 10th anniversary, during which time it has been rewarded with many happy, loyal customers as well as several culinary awards that it says are all due to its amazing customers, highly skilled staff and dedicated suppliers of high-quality produce.

For an authentic Italian dining experience to warm the heart and soothe the soul, say “ciao” to Ciao Bella.

 

CIAO BELLA

A: 2998 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Balnarring

T: 5931 3098

W: ciaobellapizza.com.au

 

EATERIES FEATURE JULY 2018 // BARN & CO

Barn & Co. a unique experience

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Enjoy sophisticated rustic dining at its best in Balnarring at the brilliant Barn & Co. As the name suggests, you’ll be transported to a wonderful wood-lined space where fresh flavours, high ceilings and coast-to-country ambience combine to produce a truly unique Mornington Peninsula experience.

Presented by previous Salix restaurateur Rachael McCarthy, who has hosted more than 400 weddings, the Barn Winter menu includes delicious stone oven pizza that satisfies. Smaller plates include pumpkin sopapillas donuts and pan-fried squid, while larger plates full of winter goodness include slow-cooked Victorian lamb and handmade pan-fried gnocchi.

Barn & Co. has just celebrated its third birthday and started Sunday breakfast from July 1.  Chef Ashlyn Shaw-Watkins knows his flavours and how they translate into perfectly balanced gastronomy. Warm sticky date pudding and a black forest bomb wrap up his innovative winter menu. Peninsula, French and Spanish wines are available by the glass. Tap beer, cider and spirits are available too.

BARN & CO.
A: 238 Myers Rd, Balnarring
T: 5989 7640
W: barnandco.com.au
FB: Barn and co.
INSTA: barnandco1

 

Restaurant with star quality By Kate Sears

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With a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, amazing customer service and 18 years’ experience, Food Star truly deserves a gold star.

Mouth-watering seafood, Asian cuisine, carvery, salads and all of your usual quality Western favourites are all together at Food Star. No matter how hungry you may be, Food Star promises that its scrumptious all-you-can-eat buffet satisfies any appetite. For dessert, you can indulge in such delectable delights as black forest cake, tiramisu, fruit tarts, sundae station and much more.

Lunch is served from 11.30am to 3pm, and dinner is on 5.30pm until 9.30pm. Prices start from $6.90 for children, lunch $14.90 for adults and $11.90 seniors, dinner $20.90 per adult from Monday to Thursday and $21.90 from Friday to Sunday.

 

FOOD STAR FRANKSTON

A: 315-321 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9770 0122

W: foodstar.com.au/base/Frankston

FB: @foodstar.frankston

 

Brilliant new beginnings at The Brooks By Liz Rogers

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Coming off the back of its successful Fabulous? Absolutely! dining experience in late June, The Brooks Restaurant at Brooklands of Mornington has reinvented the culinary wheel yet again with new executive chef Chris Jenkins creating dramatically different dining.

If it’s full-bodied flavour and fresh produce you’re after, then book a table at The Brooks Restaurant now. New Zealand-born chef Chris has worked in kitchens across the globe, including Antico in London, Copthorne Hotel Oriental Bay and Shed 5 in New Zealand and was head chef at The Baths in Sorrento from 2016 until 2017, so you know the food’s going to be great.

His entrees pack a flavour punch — think braised brisket wontons or crispy skin pork belly and winter-warming soups of the day, while roasted chicken breast and black rice and handmade potato gnocchi with confit garlic for mains deliver a terrific taste sensation. Smooth as silk sticky date pudding, indulgent dark chocolate and olive mousse and white chocolate panna cotta satisfy the most discerning dessert connoisseur.

The Brooks Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday. The private dining room is perfect for special occasions and intimate dinners for groups of up to 10. 

Cosy up and experience flavourful food by the fireside this winter at The Brooks Restaurant. Parking is easy too.

Enjoy.

 

THE BROOKS RESTAURANT @ BROOKLANDS OF MORNINGTON

A: 99 Tanti Ave, Mornington

T: 5973 9200

W: brooklandsofmornington.com.au

 

Let’s start with Crittenden Estate

Anyone who has visited the Crittenden Estate Wine Centre knows the name represents wine-making pioneers with a reputation for remarkable wines. This family-owned and operated winery has been part of the Winter Wine Weekend from the beginning and is proud to continue the tradition heading into the Mornington Peninsula’s winemaking future.

Zoe Crittenden explains. “We were involved in the very first Winter Wine Weekend event held on the Peninsula. We had hay bales scattered around with a band singing while Mum made multiple trays of home-made lasagne, curry and sausages. We were rugged up in wet weather gear and everyone was so enthusiastic. It really was a crazy and fun-filled weekend. We look forward to it every year.”

Fast-forward to today and Crittenden Estate’s innovative winemaking is what it’s all about. Fabulous reviews have come thick and fast for master winemakers Garry and Rollo, who have ensured that this exciting winery is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s very best cool-climate wine producers. Campbell Mattinson said in a recent review: “The Crittenden Estate wines are a treasure trove right now.  The tenure of Rollo Crittenden is something else.”

Enough said.

 

CRITTENDEN ESTATE

A: Harrison Rd, Dromana

T: 5981 8322

W: crittendenwines.com.au

 

New Barmah Park now open for dinner By Andrea Kellett

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The Mornington Peninsula has a new dinner venue and it’s a familiar setting with a stunning new look.

Welcome to Barmah Park Restaurant & Cellar Door in Moorooduc. This long-established venue with sweeping 180-degree vineyard views is under new management and it is now open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights and for breakfast and lunch every day year-round.

This is family-friendly vine-side dining a-la Mornington Peninsula style. Turn off the Moorooduc Highway, park with ease and enjoy a fully renovated, free-flowing dining space seemingly in another world. The new-look interior features floor-to-ceiling windows, leather couches by a warming wood heater, indoor and outdoor seating, a separate cellar door and an enclosed space for children to play - complete with a sandpit - while parents wine and dine the day (and evenings) away!

Husband and wife restaurant managers David and Mary, along with French-trained Japanese chef Yoshitaka Kojima, have created a relaxed dining experience with high-quality seasonal menus. “It’s exceptional quality, with interesting flavours,” Mary explains. The autumn menu is out now.

Barmah Park Restaurant & Cellar Door is a beautiful gathering place away from the hustle and bustle of life. Sip estate wine and gaze at the vineyard while enjoying a delicious meal. Drop in for coffee or a shared platter with a glass of wine. Connect your style.

 

BARMAH PARK RESTAURANT & CELLAR DOOR

A: 945 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc

T: 5978 8049

W: barmahparkwines.com.au

 

Taking wine to a new level

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Using grapes grown in the main vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula, Dromana Estate produces premium wines including pinot noir, shiraz, chardonnay, pinot gris, sauvignon blanc, rosé, and blanc de blanc under the brand labels Dromana Estate, Mornington Estate, Tuerong Park and David Traeger.
Since 2013 Dromana Estate has been managed by Weeping Elm Wines Pty Ltd and chief winemaker Peter Bauer, who has more than 30 years of vineyard management and winemaking experience.  Having been with Dromana Estate for more than 10 years, Peter has contributed in lifting the quality of wines produced by Dromana Estate to a higher level.

Dromana Estate’s café and cellar door are open for social gatherings from Wednesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. Dromana Estate’s staff are experts at catering for large groups seeking a leisurely grazing lunch or an intimate wine-tasting experience for two to 50 swillers.

On Saturday, March 3, the estate is hosting its second Creators Market. Bringing together 100 of the region’s and Victoria’s most talented artists, designers, crafters and culinary creators from 10am until 3pm, it is sure to be great day. Stalls are open from 10am and free parking is available.

 

DROMANA ESTATE

A: 555 Old Moorooduc Rd, Tuerong

T: 5974 4400 for lunch booking

W: dromanaestate.com.au

 

Food with heart at the Tyabb Packing House By Andrea Kellett

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If you haven’t tried The Hart of Tyabb’s popular pork belly sandwich or the cauliflower burger, here’s a tip – get in while the summer menu is still on!

The Hart of Tyabb Café, located inside the historic Tyabb Packing House Antiques complex, is the place to relax over delicious house-made food and barista-made coffee after wandering through the extensive antiques showroom.

Owner Tony, chef Dean Caldwell and the team are serving delicious dips, hearty burgers and a pork belly sandwich on Turkish bread that is the talk of the town. Tony makes the divine bread himself.

Pair a house-made dessert with your coffee. There are several gluten-free dessert options available and the cakes are now being baked individually, making them a great treat to share with a friend. Or order a half serve for one.

The Hart of Tyabb Café also offers friendly table service and “the very best in coffee”.

 

THE HART OF TYABB CAFÉ

Open Thursday-Sunday, 10am-5pm

A: 14 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Tyabb (inside Tyabb Packing House Antiques)

W: hartoftyabb.com

T: 5977 3166

 

Homestock - the hottest new eatery in town

Word is out. The hottest burgers, bagels and coffee in town are now in Hastings.

Owner and chef Lochie Greig-Moore is shaking up the Peninsula’s food scene with his ethical eatery Homestock. This is a must for lovers of really good food, done simply. Homestock’s quest is to provide a great tasting, ethically-sourced menu that educates and influences customers to appreciate the quality of ethically-farmed food.

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Since its opening in July when Lochie and his partner moved to Hastings, this family-run venture already has customers driving more than an hour for his burgers.  You’ll find a menu infused with free-range, organic and artisan produce, from Nirvana free-range eggs and Hagen’s Organics free-range chicken to freshly ground Latrobe River angus beef, organic French-style l’artisan cheese and more.

Homestock Hastings is committed to serving on-trend, sustainably-sourced food at economical prices. There are hearty beef burgers, vegetarian burgers, fish burgers, ripper breakfasts and even the Westernport Classic, designed for pineapple and beetroot-lovers.

The venue is also licensed and has a great range of local, boutique and gluten-free beers and ciders as well as a good selection of wine from the region. 

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There’s a cool Melbourne laneway vibe and a welcoming atmosphere. Pull up a chair at the communal table and stay a while.

It’s open every day from 8am-8pm (8.30pm close Friday and Saturday).

 

HOMESTOCK HASTINGS

A: 3/97 High St, Hastings

T: 5979 2962

W: homestockeatery.com (online orders welcome) 

FB/ homestockhastings

Instagram/ homestockhastings