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Manning River Times Pulse 28 October 2011

Manning River Times Pulse 28 October 2011

Kids get taste of food and cooking

WINGHAM café, Bent on Food, is taking part in the 2011 CRAVE Sydney International Food Festival with a 'Bent On Kids' Paddock to Plate class involving 22 very keen children, a newborn calf and a variety of poultry.

Children were taken to Linga Longa, a local beef producer and introduced to a newborn calf before collecting eggs to make pasta. Whilst visiting, they were thrilled to see a guinea fowl hatch before their eyes.

Back at the cookery school they enjoyed making pasta from their fresh eggs and the later enjoyed eating it with pumpkin sauce that they made from local pumpkins.

This weekend Bent On Food is conducting a 100 mile Mid North Coast Hinterland tour as part of the festival.

On Saturday guests travel to Near River at Pappinbarra, a sustainable farm growing biodynamic rhubarb, garlic and seasonal crops. Participants head to Bago Vineyards to taste some of their wines and also try the local beers from Black Duck Brewery with a picnic lunch before heading to Linga Longa Farm near Wingham.

Dinner will be a four course meal at Bent On Food.

The next morning there is a three hour cookery class at Bent On Food Cheesemaking and Cookery School conducted by local chef Eric Robinson from The Other Chef Fine Foods where guests will be shown how to prepare produce collected the day before.

Recently the café received notification of their place in the new Lonely Planet East Coast Australia Travel Guide. Bent On Food won the Restaurant and Catering Category at the North Coast Tourism Awards and with Bent On Life, took home the Specialised Tourism category.