This week Ballandean Estate hosted the Granite Belt’s biggest picnic of 2020, as The Merry Muster, a convoy of seven buses from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, descended on Queensland’s oldest family owned and operated winery. Fourth-generation vigneron Leeanne Puglisi-Gangemi says,
We’ve seen an enormous influx of wine tourists at the cellar door and restaurant over the last few months, and this had slipped off my radar.
Naturally Matt and Bobbi had been planning for the menu for weeks and ensuring compliance for the outdoor event under our COVID Safe Plan.
These busloads of beautiful ladies shared their love and supported the Southern Downs through an heart-rending injection of emotional support and much-need funds into our regional economy.
We wanted to give them the best possible locavore picnic experience. The Barrelroom took days preparing the antipasto entrees – we are talking:
- 3850 pieces of sesame lavosh
- 70 kg of hand roasted capsicums
- 40 kg of grilled zucchini
- 40 kg of roasted local mushrooms
- 18 kg of roasted local cherry tomatoes
- 31 kg of local cheese
- 12 kg of slow-roasted beef for the artisan rolls served with hand-made chutney and onion jam
- and 300 pieces of handmade nougat.
All enjoyed outdoors on the Opera Block with music and a lively market atmosphere. “
Today Stanthorpe is hosting its Boutique Christmas shopping day with Bustling markets, Christmas carols and store openings, says Ms Puglisi-Gangemi. For those that couldn’t make the Merry Muster, you can still support regional bush businesses in Brisbane and finish off your Christmas shopping at Buy from the Bush’s Newfarm popup shop. It is open 7 days a week until the 23rd of December.
Menu at www.barrelroomrestaurant.com
Call 07 4684 1326 or text 0448 822 203 to book a table.
Thanks to The Merry Muster and photography from Emma Russell for these gorgeous images from the day
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