If you have international guests staying with you this weekend or just want to find out how good the food produced around Sydney is, try hosting a local food BBQ. This is how: First, get an ethically produced piece of Angus beef from Paddock to Plate who are regulars at the Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Markets. If beef doesn’t take your fancy, then perhaps you can try the Wessex Saddleback pork, Suffolk lamb or Boer goat meat that they produce. This delicious piece of meat will be the centre-piece of your meal and a talking point around the BBQ.
Next, start to look for some accompaniments. Perhaps you will pick up some salad vegetables from the farm shop at Riverview Produce in Richmond or M&R Fresh Vegies in Freeman’s Reach. At this time of year they are sure to have spring zucchini that you can thinly slice, toss in oil, salt and pepper and chargrill. Baby eggplants can be treated the same way for a gorgeous salad.
Finally, impress everyone by serving grilled peaches or nectarines with your meat. Cut in half, remove the stone and place face down on the grill for 5 minutes or until fruit softens and nice black grill marks appear. If you don’t like fruit with your steak, grilled stone fruits are still yummy with ice-cream for dessert…you might need to clean the BBQ grill first though! Stone fruits are currently available from Canoelands Orchard, Cedar Creek Orchard and Enniskillen Orchard.
To wash everything down, grab some apple cider from Hillbilly Cider in Bilpin (my favourite drink on a hot summer day – and a must if I am hosting a local food BBQ for international guests) or a bottle of sake from Go-Shu Australian Sake Brewery in Penrith. Some wine from Jubilee Vineyard Estate wouldn’t go astray either.
If you are hosting a local food BBQ in Sydney, Richmond Good Food Market is on this weekend and Castle Hill Farmers and Fine Food Markets are on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information on farm opening times, visit website hawkesburyharvest.com.au.
I am proud to work with Hawkesbury Harvest who support peri-urban food producers and thus help protect Sydney’s long term food security.