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Blue Mountains Tourist : Summer 2008-09
Gastro trekking the Blue Mountains T he Blue Mountains Food Trail winds from Valley Heights in the lower mountains to the Megalong Valley, offering gastronomic delights based on the best and freshest local produce. You can set your own pace on this culinary journey. Think of the environment and gather a group of friends together in one car – but remember to leave enough room for your purchases! Start with an award-winning coffee or tea at the Blue Mountains Coffee Roasters, Valley Heights (Shop 5, 2-4 Tayler Road; phone 02 4739 0910). Open Thursday and Friday from 9.30am-4.00pm, and Saturday from 9.30am-1.00pm, it’s a family run business that roasts and blends in house. Further along is Woodford Honey (Old Bathurst Road, Woodford; phone 02 4758 7017), purveyors of pure, natural Blue Mountains honey. The flavours vary with the season but are delicious all year round. A Honey-Bee High Tea at Karlyle Gardens, Woodford, including a workshop on backyard beekeeping, is a highlight of the Spring calendar. With over 50 varieties of cupcakes on offer, The Cup Cakery (197 Great Western Highway, Wentworth Falls; phone 02 4757 4558) is sure to have something to please everyone. It’s open 8.00am-5.00pm Wednesday to Saturday and 8.00am-1.00pm Sunday. Everything is baked on the premises. A Wentworth Falls institution is Schwarzes Bakery, Patisserie and Coffee Shop (30 Station Street, Wentworth Falls; phone 02 4757 3300). This traditional German bakery offers an array of sourdough breads, cakes, pastries, pretzels and unique Christmas fare. With outlets in Leura and Blackheath, Josophan’s Fine Chocolates (02 4782 4107) is a must. Choose from a selection of freshly handcrafted chocolates, take advantage of the chocolate fountain or indulge in one of their famous hot chocolates. summer 2008/9 On your way to the Three Sisters, drop into the Blue M Food Co and Café (171 Lurline Street, Katoomba; phone 02 4782 6828) for a delicious meal, great coffee and a chat with owners Jeanette and Tony. Located next to an art gallery, Blue M is renowned for its lemon and passionfruit butter and its chili jam. Specialising in organic sourdough breads, cakes and pastries is Hominy Bakery (185 Katoomba Street, Katoomba; phone 02 4782 9816). Try the daily special or their staples such as potato sourdough or yeasted sourdough. Step back in time to the Paragon Chocolaterie (65 Katoomba Street, Katoomba; phone 02 4782 2928). Fine, handmade chocolates have been crafted on the premises since 1916 and are presented in original box designs. Set in an historic former post office is the new kid on the block, Whisk and Pin Store and Café (1 Railway Parade, Medlow Bath; phone 02 4788 1555). Whisk and Pin is home to handmade mueslis, porridges and cookies. The Cafe also stocks a fantastic array of kitchen goods. An apple a day keeps the doctor away and after all those delicious chocolates and cakes, visitors would be well advised to drop in to the Logan Brae Orchard (Shipley Road, Blackheath; phone 02 4787 8440). It’s open from the end of January to the end of August (closed Saturdays). In the magical Megalong Valley, you’ll find Megalong Valley Olive Grove and Tabletalk Tapenades (‘Glen Newydd’, Megalong Road; phone 02 4787 9170), who make two olive oil varieties, table olives and tapenades; and Dryridge Wines (Dryridge Estate, The Six Foot Track; phone 02 4787 5625). The Cellar Door is open most Sundays and at other times by appointment. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the local olive groves in September and October. If you hit the trail on a weekend catch one of the fabulous mountain markets, including Lawson market (Lawson Public School, Great Western Highway, Lawson). It’s held on the third Sunday of each month and is home to a variety of small local www.bluemountainstouristnewspaper.com.au 23 producers. There’s also the rustically charming Blackheath Growers market (Blackheath Community Centre, Cnr Gardiner Street & Great Western Highway). It’s held on the second Sunday of each month 9.00am-1.00pm. Something about Slow Food ... Slow Food is an international non-profit association formed in 1989 as a response to the standardising effects of fast food and the ‘fast life’. There are now thousands of members in over 80 countries divided into local focus groups called convivia, of which Slow Food Blue Mountains is just one. Slow Food restores cultural dignity to food, promotes taste education and strives to defend biodiversity. To join, tap into local events or find out more about Slow Food Blue Mountains email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 4782 7376. And a little bit about Cittaslow … Cittaslow (Italian for Slow City) is derived from the Italian Slow Food Movement, whose principles are based on using local, seasonal produce, supporting small producers and restoring time-honoured methods of production. There are only around 100 Cittaslow villages in the world, mostly in Europe. Katoomba was accredited in 2007. Cittaslow towns take the time to identify what is important and special about their town and then implement strategies to preserve these unique qualities. Essentially, it’s all about creating a great quality of life that brings benefits to the community. For further information on Cittaslow and Slow Food visit www.cittaslow.net and www.slowfood.com The Blue Mountains Food Trail has been prepared bySlow Food Blue Mountains