ABOVE: Mark Newby of Goonellabah and Toby Gulliver of Nimbin with a plate of lamingtons at The House With No Steps.
ABOVE: Mark Newby of Goonellabah and Toby Gulliver of Nimbin with a plate of lamingtons at The House With No Steps. Patrick Gorbunovs

Visitors all want the lamingtons

CELEBRATIONS for our national day continued yesterday at Summerland House Farm with a traditional Australia Day menu.

Functions co-ordinator Jenny Lisetto said celebrating Australia Day over the entire long weekend was a tradition at Summerland House Farm.

"We always do something each year based on an Australia Day theme," she said. "The staff enjoy wearing their Australia Day clothes and getting into the spirit of the weekend."

Mrs Lisetto said the Turning Point cafe chef and manager devised this year's

menu based around lamb.

Visitors enjoyed Aussie tucker including wattle seed damper, Aussie lamb burgers, roast lamb with mint jelly, crumbed lamb cutlets with vegetables and gravy, strawberry and passionfruit pavlova, pumpkin and macadamia scones and double chocolate lamingtons.

"The first thing most Australians think about regarding food on Australia Day is lamb," Mrs Lisetto said.

"Everyone loved the menu especially the wattle seed damper which was a big hit, the pavlovas proved popular, but the double chocolate lamingtons were the number one favourite.

"We had a lot of big family groups celebrating Australia Day with tables of 20 or more people.

"We had steady crowds all weekend and everybody said they had a great time."

Kids enjoyed playing in the water park and having a round of putt putt golf while parents perused the gift shop and the nursery.

Friends Esma Johnston and Lorraine Rosolen of Alstonville enjoyed a delicious Australia Day lunch yesterday.

"We live on our own and we thought we would come out for lunch and we had a lovely roast lamb dinner for Australia Day," Lorraine said.

The pair are e no strangers to Summerland House.

"We come here every Saturday morning for morning tea. The staff are lovely and we like to support Summerland House Farm," Esma said.

"We enjoy going to have a look at the gift shop and the nursery to buy a few plants," Lorraine said. "This is the first year we have been here on the Australia Day weekend and we will definitely be back."



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