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Glorious food

The sale of Hills-based cheese manufacturer Udder Delights to a Japanese dairy giant shows how far the region’s food reputation has spread around the world.
The $14m price tag will allow former owners Saul and Sheree Sullivan to stay with the company but spend more time doing what they do best – making cheese and developing new styles.
The new owner has the financial capability to invest significant resources into the company’s infrastructure and also has the network to export the products to international markets. The Sullivans believe this injection of capital will create local jobs and be a bonus for Hills dairy suppliers.
The transformation of the region from an agricultural base to one where the advantages of value adding are widely recognised, has been a significant employment creator.
It has also seen businesses keen to link themselves to the ‘Adelaide Hills’ as it signifies a clean, high quality product.
That reputation is priceless.
In this modern, highly competitive food world, producers must be able to “tell a story” about their product and the clean and green Hills is one to which many are keen to hitch their wagon.
The region combines the essential ingredients of food, wine, tourism, clean, green, fresh and high quality.
In an increasingly dirty and mass produced world, a high-end point of difference is gold for marketers.
The State Government is helping to grow this market through initiatives such as its highly successful I Choose SA campaign.
Encouraging people to look for and purchase locally made brands can make a significant difference.
It is estimated that if each SA family spent an extra $2.30 a week on local food and beverages it could support up to 600 jobs.
Activities and promotions such as the Ferment Festival in Adelaide from Thursday (October 19) until Sunday are a valuable tool in promoting food regions such as ours.
The festival highlights the many producers of fermented foods including cheese, chocolate, bread, yogurt, beer, wine, ciders and whisky.
The event has grown out of the popular CheeseFest and serves as a reminder that we live in one of the most pristine food environments in the world and we should not only appreciate it … we should also consume it!

True to its roots

Beerenberg is a great example of a family company that has stayed true to its roots.

The company has remained staunchly loyal to the town that has watched it grow from a small roadside jam business to the internationally known brand it is today.

Beerenberg is a proud Hills company that not only provides local employment, but also gives back to the community through its heritage conservation charity arm, the Beerenberg Foundation.

Its commitment to the Hills again rung true when the company announced its plans to undertake the most significant expansion in its history while still remaining in Hahndorf.

It probably would have been much easier for Beerenberg’s owners, the Paech family, to leave the historic town and move somewhere where development approval is easier to achieve.

But after years of planning and with some dinner table discussions coming up, the family is on track to beginning construction on the new factory next year.

The expansion will allow the company to become more efficient in its production, freeing up time and space to experiment with new ideas and potentially grow its already successful export market.

History relived

We live in such a modern world today that it can be easy to forget where we come from and how much life has changed.

On Friday a group of Hills police officers will be taking part in a modest re-enactment that should remind us of one of the more remarkable chapters in SA history.

About 160 years ago this State was a fledging colony just trying to finds its economic feet – without the internet, telephones or an efficient interstate transport route.

Then gold was discovered in Victoria and thousands of able-bodied men left the State to seek their fortune.

Wives and children were left behind with no income, merchants were heavily in debt because of the lack of trade, the banks needed gold in their vaults to redeem notes and the colony was nearly bankrupt.

The Bullion Act was passed and the newly appointed Police Commissioner of the day, Alexander Tolmer, put forward a plan to have police escorts bring gold back to SA .

There were 18 escorts between 1852 and 1853, taking police through difficult terrain and under constant threat of attack from bushrangers.

The escorts came through the Hills and brought SA’s economy back from the edge of collapse.

That’s something worth celebrating with cake and a sausage sizzle at the old Mt Barker police station this Friday afternoon.

‘Foody’ couple dine out on win

Building their eateries brought them together and now two Hahndorf restaurateurs are celebrating being among the best in the State together.

Feral dishes to feature at winery event

Forget the lamb roast and the scotch fillet steak, one Hills winery has found a feral food match to complement its new release reds.

Land key to SA food security

SA needs to protect its “finite high quality agricultural land” to ensure the State’s food security, according to an Adelaide Hills Council submission on sustainable farming practices.
The submission was approved recently by elected members and sent to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Sustainable Farming Practices.
The select committee was initiated by Hills MP Ivan Venning, the Member for Schubert. It is in the process of collecting submissions from the public.
The Adelaide Hills Council has identified four key issues, including farmland viability and problems at the rural and urban “interface”, and has called for right to farm legislation and a Rural Development Module to be prepared for the State’s Planning Policy Library.
In the submission Mayor Bill Spragg said the council was “vitally concerned” with the pressures on farming on the urban fringe.
“The Adelaide Hills contain some of the State’s highest quality agricultural land, yet this land is consistently being fragmented and taken out of production to meet demand for rural residential allotments,” he said. The submission pointed out that between 2000 and 2006 the council lost 8% of its productive agricultural land.
“This formerly productive land was bought to, in essence, place a house on a large block in an attractive rural environment,” Mr Spragg said.
“Demand for rural living blocks is high… which means that a person from outside the area can easily outbid a farmer looking to expand.”
The select committee will use the public submissions to draft an issues paper for public release.

Chefs enjoy taste from kids in the kitchen

A national program teaching children to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh and seasonal food was officially opened at two Hills schools last month by Australian culinary icon Maggie Beer.

Local ingredients take the cake in bake-off

In the end barely a crumb separated the top two cakes in the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market’s inaugural contest.

Sharing based on ideas of abundance

The Lobethal Community Association has embraced the sustainable lifestyle, sponsoring a bi-monthly produce swap for residents’ home grown fruit and vegetables.

Hills eateries among State’s best

Hills eateries are proving to be strong competition on the State’s food stage, qualifying as finalists in 12 classes of SA’s top restaurant honors.

Hills products flagged in stores

Up to 2000 products made or grown in the Adelaide Hills could be on the shelves of a Romeos supermarket at any one time.