Hundreds of family and friends, including Annette and Frank Griffioen, gathered at the barn for the annual Gate to Plate.
Hundreds of family and friends, including Annette and Frank Griffioen, gathered at the barn for the annual Gate to Plate.

Day to savour valley flavour

CELEBRITY chef Michael Moore did the sums and at yesterday's Causley Fresh Gate to Plate Luncheon, 2888 plates of deliciousness were served to more than 300 punters.

The sumptuous luncheon is only half of the story of Gate to Plate.

This year the Village Markets were also a definite highlight.

With a variety of stalls, Dirtgirl performing live and the kids' treasure hunt, there was something for everyone to do and enjoy.

Organisers said the attendance at the market day was more than double last year's, numbering well into 2000s.

When the doors to the barn were opened at noon, those who held a luncheon ticket scampered inside and were greeted with beautifully decorated tables and countless wait staff who ensured the glasses were never empty.

Personally, the highlight of the eight-course meal was the roast Yulgilbar beef, which was served with a fresh horseradish cream, Yorkshire pudding and chateau potatoes.

Simply an excellent display of local ingredients.

The Palmers Island mulloway pie was also a memorable dish with its crisp pastry and succulent centre, perfectly offset by the bearnaise sauce and green leaf salad.

There was also a bit of theatrics with this course, as the all-too-often faceless chefs came out of the kitchen to interact with diners and cut up a pie for each table.

If you missed out on a ticket to either the Gate to Plate Luncheon, or the Gate to Plate Food Trail, make sure you get in early next year as both events were fantastic and well worth it for any foodie who wants to learn more about what the region has to offer.



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