Expo offers enticing fare

February 07, 2018

Chef Simone Garusi will be serving up gourmet pastas at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Home-made, brewed, grown and crafted; some of the finest culinary delights will be on display at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo.

Featuring boutique drinking options, a foodie’s feast of various cuisines and take-home treats at the Farmers Market, the expo from February 16 to 18 is sure to tantalise.

With more than a decade of experience in the kitchen, chef Simone Garusi has channelled his passion for cooking into his range of homemade frozen pastas.

He opened his Chapel St restaurant Italian Chef four years ago, but still enjoys the farmers’ market circuit where he sells gnocchi, tortelli and a Wagyu ragu sauce.

Mr Garusi’s fusion of chocolate and slow-cooked duck has created a unique tortelli pasta — best paired with a creamy mushroom sauce — an inspired combination that has become much-loved.

The taste of the Otway Ranges runs deep in Prickly Moses’ specialty brews, with water being key to crafting the Barongarook-based brewery’s beers and ciders.

‘‘This year we will be coming to the expo with a new beer that’s not for the faint-hearted called Saboteur Double IPA. It’s about 10.4 per cent in alcohol and it’s packed full of hops,’’ events co-ordinator Rosie Heaton-Harris said.

Other enticing offerings include apple berry cider, alcoholic ginger beer, and everything else in between from easy drinking through to dark rich stouts.

The gourmet delights of fine goat meat will also take centre stage with Seven Hills Tallarook’s renowned goat sausages, hamburgers and ‘‘world famous’’ chorizo.

‘‘People weren’t accustomed to goat when we first started but it is well recognised now. We now supply various Melbourne restaurants with our goat meat and we have the same customers that follow us from show to show too,’’ owners Taylan and Megan Atar said.

Lovers of a tipple with a sweet, creamy flavour will be spoilt for choice with Kensal Estate Wines’ range of liqueurs which include chocolate-mint, butterscotch, coffee, and chocolate.

Also on offer by the Cobram winery are its chardonnay, shiraz, cabernet franc, moscato, trebbiano and ciders.

‘‘We have an apple cider, straight pear cider, limoncello and a pear-wine cooler which is a bit sweet,’’ owner Thomas Ley said.

Mildura business Callipari Food and Wine will be back for the 10th time at the expo with its popular Ned Kelly red spritzer in tow.

‘‘It’s basically a sangria so it has red wine, oranges and lemons and is slightly carbonated,’’ sales director Larry Brennan said.

‘‘We will also have a white wine spritzer with apple and ginger, a pink moscato and a fortified red and white port.’’

■The Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held from February 16 to 18 at Kings Park in Seymour.

■For more information or to buy tickets online and save 17 per cent, visit

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