Food diary

Sue YeapThe West Australian
Ben Day at Aravina Estate.
Camera IconBen Day at Aravina Estate.

There’s a familiar face in the kitchen at Aravina Estate in Yallingup with the return of executive chef Ben Day after a year away. Day is showcasing local ingredients for his new autumn menu and can often be seen foraging the local beaches and the estate each week with his chefs. Day loves cooking in autumn using the best local farmers and producers have to offer. “We’re keeping it simple with the new Aravina menu and letting the main ingredients shine,” he says. “The direction is simple, fresh and balanced with a focus on healthy, eye-pleasing dishes.” The new autumn menu, offering two courses for $65 or three for $75, features dishes such as roasted marron with macadamia, quandong, lemon myrtle and saltbush and roasted Margaret River venison with parsnip, cocoa, wattleseed and blackberry.

Get to know some of WA’s hardworking producers at the Farmer on Your Plate event organised by Farming Champions Inc. The annual showcase celebrates family farming, agri-tourism and rural communities by connecting consumers to farmers. This year, the event returns to its original home in Forrest Place, where visitors will be able to meet farming families and buy fresh produce, enjoy cooking demonstrations and sampling, see farming animals and more. Stallholders will include Cambinata Yabbies, Bee Happy Apiaries, Warren Grange Horticulture, Homestead Hampers, Sweeter Banana, Gascoyne Food Council, Chestnut Brae, Halls Family Dairy, Jerx Jerky, the Bee Industry Council of WA, Wandering Clover Fed Beef, Little Farm Provedore and more. Participating chefs will be Chris Taylor, Stuart Laws, Melissa Palinkas, Chase Weber, Nic Wood, Adam Bielawski, Vince Garreffa and Vincenzo Velletri. The free event on Thursday runs from 9am-3pm.

Get out of the city to enjoy a night under the stars in Chittering. Nesci Estate Wine Farm and the Stargazers Club of WA have teamed up for a special event in the estate’s gardens on April 13 from 6.30-9pm. Enjoy a laser pointer tour of the constellations before viewing through telescopes deep into space. There’s also a gourmet platter and Nesci Estate wine for the adults, and a snack box and juice for children (aged 8-16 years). Tickets are $75 per adult and $30 per child. See or Eventbrite.

Krispy Kreme is coming to Hay Street.
Camera IconKrispy Kreme is coming to Hay Street.

WA’s first Krispy Kreme Concept Store will open its doors in Hay Street on Thursday from 7.30am. It is the doughnut chain’s first dedicated CBD store, having opened stores in Whitfords and Myaree in 2014. The city store will serve coffee, shakes, bagels and the entire doughnut range. From the outside, the store has been designed to mimic Krispy Kreme’s iconic green dotted box. As a nod to the postcode of the new store, customers will be treated to 6000 free Original Glazed doughnuts when it opens (one per person).

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