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Sunday feast a boost for school students

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Heathcote Primary School students will benefit from the proceeds of ‘A Big Sunday Out’ on Sunday, December 4, at Jasper Hill winery.

The inaugural fundraising event will be a celebration of wine and food in the region with all takings going to the Heathcote school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program.

The purpose of the program is to introduce pleasurable food education to children during their learning years in order to form positive food habits for life.

A number of local wineries, restaurants and producers are working together to raise funds for the local primary school and showcase what the region has to offer.

‘‘Further to promoting the Kitchen Foundation program and raising funds for it, we wanted to have some fun working with energetic passionate people and create an event that is unique and enjoyable for those attending,’’ organiser Simon Osicka said.

The event will feature a range of old and rare wines from wineries such as Wild Duck Creek, Jasper Hill and Paul Osicka Wines, as well as lunch.

School friends Charlotte Anderson, Ella McNally and Zoe Osicka were the drivers behind the event, calling on their parents and grandparents who are involved in the local wine industry to help in some way towards their Kitchen Garden Program.

Mr Osicka said the group had to call in a lot of favours to pull the event together.

‘‘We have been humbled as to how excited everyone has been to be involved,’’ he said.

“The Melbourne Gin Company has organised and donated pre-lunch cocktails and Purtills Nursery in Huntly has kindly donated plants to the school that will form part of the produce grown for the event.’’

As the event will be a celebration of local produce, Mr Osicka said it was important to maintain an easy-going, country feel.

“While there will be a lot of good work behind the scenes, it is important to us that the event is relaxed and fun as well as showcasing rare wines, terrific produce and great culinary skills,’’ he said.

“We are also rapt that Emily and Nick McNally have offered up the winery at Jasper Hill to hold this event in such a unique and special place.’’

Guests will enjoy a menu put together by Brent Loam, from Clogs of Bendigo, and Nick Anthony, the owner and head chef at Mason’s of Bendigo.

Pastry chef at Mason’s of Bendigo Sonia Anthony will be working with students in the Kitchen Foundation Program at the school to develop the dessert dish for the day.

Tickets are $150 per person and can be bought through Emily McNally at Jasper Hill on 0407166367.

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The McIvor Times

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