In the early hours of the morning, while most of us are still asleep, farmers and producers from around the Sunshine Coast are making their way to various locations, their vehicles laden with fabulous array of edible goods, special, fresh, delectable offerings that are presented to a regional community of market goers. Fruit and vegetables are harvested the day prior to the markets, fresh and vibrant, brimming from baskets and boxes as they are unloaded to fill stalls in the true tradition of a farmers’ market.
Everywhere you go, streets and laneways are lined with antique trees. Blossoming arches extend over entrances, courtyards are filled with solitary specimens gnarled and knotted by the elements, parks and gardens boast endless varieties, the prize of which may be showcased under a theatrical light display at night. Beneath these trees families and friends gather, some with quite elaborate dining set ups so that they can feast and fest well into the evening, all a part of their traditional ‘hanami’ (cherry blossom viewing).
I recently went on a road trip from Melbourne to Phillip Island. It was more of an excuse to catch up with my bestie, but whenever we catch up it always involves lots of laughter, crazy fun and fabulous food. The plan was to see the penguins at sunset (which we never did see – blame the Coronas) but in its place we at least had a pleasant introduction to Phillip Island’s regional food and wine, and definitely the warranting of an additional follow up road trip.
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