Celebrate Aussie day, WA style

WA Worth SharingIncorporating world-class wines and top quality meats from wineries and farms across the state, your Australia Day barbeque could easily be decked out with the freshest produce plucked directly from WA.

According to the Department of Agriculture and Food, the food sector makes up 10 per cent of WA’s economy and in October, the State Government launched the WA Worth Sharing brand to boost the profile of local producers as potential exporters.

Lamb sales peak from mid-December through to Australia Day so it’s no wonder Western Australian’s go for a good lamb to celebrate our national day. Owned by the Walsh family, The Amelia Park brand of lamb is among the finest in the state and can be found in numerous restaurants and major supermarkets across the country and overseas.

And, there’s no shortage of Mt Barker Free Range Chicken this Australia Day either. CEO Graham Laitt says the brand is popular because customers warm to the idea of the chickens living a low stress and happy life prior to landing on the table.

“Summer time is a time when people eat a lot of chicken. Mt Barker, in particular, does well at this time as we have a range of Ready to Cook products, such as Peri Peri Wings, Sweet Chilli and Lemongrass Breast Strips or Yakitori Leg Fillets, which are popular for barbecues,” he says.

For your drinking needs, there’s WA’s Great Southern region. The award-winning Alkoomi is proud of the land from which its precious grapevines are grown. With loams likened to Bordeaux in France, this farm was transformed into a 105-hectare vineyard when vines were planted in 1971.

“All of our wines are bottled and packaged here at the winery and are despatched to our distributors, Fine Wine Wholesalers in WA to supply the trade and restaurants,” Owner Sandy Hallett says.

Or if gin is your alcohol of choice for Australia Day, look no further than the local Hippocampus gin distillery in the Perth CBD. Here, walk into a cellar door environment where you can have a drink, view the production set up and talk to a distiller.

“In general terms, craft spirits are expensive to make and purchase so it becomes a conversation and experience around quality and education rather than just high consumption and its effects,” Hippocampus General Manager Howard Cearns says.

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