321 Cider. Photos: SUPPLIED

Six sensory sensations – Eat Drink West

August 1, 2020 BY

Celebrating just a handful of the amazing makers in our region


Karon Farm Coffee.

Karon Farm Coffee, Gordon

TURING sourced green coffee beans, single origin, direct trade and co-op sourced, into deliciously roasted fresh coffee, Karon Farm Coffee’s ethos is to ensure practices are sustainable and renewable.

They commit to supporting our local communities through sourcing local products where possible and donating to local events and also support our green bean farmers through an on-going commitment to purchase beans at a responsible price.

It’s not all about coffee though, Karon Farm sources and supplies teas, chai, turmeric and drinking chocolate plus a selection of brewing and roasting equipment for the avid home coffee drinker all the way to supplying machines for cafes and the like.


Backyard Beekeeping, Ballarat Central

Home to a variety of locally produced honeys, beeswax, and beekeeping supplies, Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat also hosts a series of introductory workshops, open hive experiences and honey tastings, where they seek to share their knowledge and a passion for beekeeping.

The two founders have created a sustainable, engaging, and community-based beekeeping enterprise that engages Victorians as a producer and educational source, bonding over a shared respect and interest in the honeybee.


Black Cat Truffles.

Black Cat Truffles, Wattle Flat

Black Cat Truffles, a truffle farm specialises in a food experience that is unique and rewarding.

This is the producer to contact if you want fresh, flavourful truffles, or truffle-related items to feed a savoury craving.

This is not just a place to go for delicious truffles, Black Cat Truffles is also a forum for education and developing a palette for truffles.


Vegas & Rose, Brown Hill

Ballarat based bakery Vegas & Rose specialises in sweet treats, graze boxes, and tasty seasonal goodies.

Made from love, the minds behind Vegas & Rose love baking and cooking, creating small batches of sweet and savoury treats to share with the surrounding community.

Using vegetables straight from their backyard veggie patch and locally sourced ingredients, Vegas & Rose takes comfort food to an innovative new level, supporting community growers and producers along the way.

Organic ingredients create magical sweet treats in the kitchen of Vegas & Rose, bringing the boutique bakery experience right to local doors.

They are known for delectable chocolate brownies, an eclectic array of doughnuts, tasty homemade granola, and an assortment of grazing boxes.


321 Cider, Learmonth

A family-owned, boutique cidery based in Learmonth, 321 Cider operate at the intersection of family values, sustainable production and fresh flavours.

Their key offering is fresh, tangy cider, enriched by the fertile volcanic soil of Learmonth and their traditional ciders take on a delicious twist with distinctly Western Victorian flavour profiles.


Le Peche Gourmand.

Le Peche Gourmand, Creswick

Le Peche Gourmand use traditional methods and classic recipes, one that involves “reusing” the dough. This means they mix a new dough every day and then add some from the previous day.

This allows them to use less yeast as it feeds from itself. This brings a dense level of flavour and is called “pain au levain”.