Local foodies serve up treats at Nimbin Show
WATCHING Jason Grignon putting his sourdough loaves into a wood-fired oven while he discusses the paddock-to-plate menu he is helping to prepare for this weekend's Nimbin Show, you can tell he is passionate about food.
Jason runs Nonsuch Bread and last year gave a presentation at the show on how to make your own bread and the benefits of it.
This year he has joined up with Ashleigh Jones and Stephanie Seckold who are sellers at Blue Knob farmers market to prepare the show's food stall where everything is local and mostly organic.
There will be bacon and egg rolls with tomato chutney, sweet potato and okara patties, spinach and fetta rolls with home-made pastry, an Angus beef burger and even home-made soft drinks.
He said there is a new focus on sustainability and locavism at the Nimbin Show.
"There's been this new energy in the show over the last few years with the Sustainable Alley that has a very Nimbin flavour."
Among traditional agricultural show events such as dog shows and whip cracking, you will find displays on solar- powered vehicles, tree-planting and beekeeping.
"It's not just about horses and dogs and chickens any more; there's this new wave of freshness coming through that I really enjoy. It's the whole cross-section of the community."
It's a family affair too, with Jason's partner Myfanwy Stirling doing demonstrations on felt making.
She will show how to blend wool with fabrics from op-shops to create something beautiful and unique. She regularly makes clothes for her family and sometimes sells, trades or exhibits her hand-made felt clothes.
"It's one of the most versatile flexible fabrics you can use," she said.