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One of Melbourne’s best pastry chefs opened two Macedon Ranges ice cream shops just...

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk A renowned Melbourne pastry chef has left the city behind to bring ice cream and sorbet to the Macedon Ranges. Andrea Reiss, known as Dre – a Woodend resident and founder of Chez...

Gardening for good: Meet the students growing food for community members in need

YEAR 11 and 12 students from Epping Secondary College are gardening for a cause at Greenbrook Community House, growing vegetables to help community members in need of extra support during COVID-19 lockdowns. Each Thursday since...

Whittlesea food relief ramps up as more people than ever struggle through lockdown

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Organisations across the City of Whittlesea continue to support a growing number of people in need of food and essential goods as a result of lost income during lockdowns. United Minds Psychology has...

Lancefield Farmers’ Market experiences downturn amid lockdowns and online criticism

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Lancefield and District Farmers’ Market organisers are hoping for a return of customers to Saturday’s event, after experiencing a downturn in customers due to lockdowns and a reemergence of some negative sentiment...

Food wasted, donated and staff hours cut as regional hospitality pivots again

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk As Victoria was catapulted into its fifth COVID-19 lockdown on Thursday, hospitality businesses had just seven hours of notice before it came into effect. Like all affected businesses, hospitality business owners had to...

Romsey Region Dinner welcomes some of the region’s (and Victoria’s) best business minds

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk The Romsey Region Business and Tourism Association is hosting a dinner this week celebrating creativity in business and creatives who live and work locally. Held at Glen Erin in Lancefield on Thursday, the...

Lancefield brewery one step closer after securing State Government investment

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Lancefield is one step closer to having its own beer, after a Lancefield brewery received a $200,000 State Government investment. The Lost Watering Hole will be an independent brewery, restaurant and café catering...

Regional hospitality businesses count down days until eased restrictions

By Colin MacGillivray HOSPITALITY businesses across the north-central region are hoping for a further easing of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions this week as they recover from the state’s most recent lockdown. While regional hospitality businesses were able...

Kilmore chef to compete in statewide patisserie challenge

KILMORE chef and mother Jaclin Parkinson will represent Melbourne Polytechnic at the Victorian TAFE Patisserie Challenge on July 8, after deciding to head back to school to take her cake and dessert making skills...

Farmers’ markets green lit for lockdowns after months of battling last year

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk After fighting an uphill battle to keep farmers’ markets open during last year’s stage four lockdown, organisers across Victoria are rejoicing their essential status this time around. Victorian Farmers’ Market Association accredited markets...