Dearest Darling readers have you noticed what I have lately? You know those tell tale white, red and silver decorations that have been dotting the shop displays and aisles? Yes thats right, its almost Christmas-eeek! And if you like to give food as gifts as much as I do I have something great for you!
I used to live in the North Side and I know a lot of people north side say that they dont have as much choice as on the other side of the bridge. In Neutral Bay on Grosvenor Street there are wine bars, restaurants, cafes and of course Australian food providore Wild Basket is keeping locals local.
Wild Basket opened its doors in January this year but there is something different about what Wild Basket stocks. Until now the Sydney deli scene was very much dominated by European products, however more and more shoppers are becoming focused on buying local. Owners Kristy & Trent Robinson have carefully selected each product. The couple had a strong passion for Australian food and a vision to bring all their favourite producers together under the one roof, focusing on Australias finest. The store showcases small-producer wine, artisan cheese, fresh Sonoma bread, preserves and even organic eggs are delivered fresh from the farm every week. There is an abundance of unique products!
The shop has a well-stocked cheese fridge in the corner and a book case housing some of Australias best cook books (including some very collectible signed titles from Adriano Zumbo, Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Sheridan Rogers, Luke Nguyen & Christine Manfield).
This Christmas they have beautifully presented gift baskets. Each one is bursting with unique, hand-crafted products of the highest quality but it is all Australian produce-no more tired looking shortbread and jams! You can also build your own basket by browsing the shelves and selecting your own delights, then let one of their team put it together for you. After shopping, finish off your food pilgrimage with an espresso using Bills Beans from Orange!
Thanks to Wild Basket, five lucky Not Quite Nigella readers will each win a gift basket filled with hand-crafted Australian products valued at $100 and each winner will also receive a $20 gift voucher to use in-store!
Each box will include:
A Taste of the Bush - Saltbush
Kurrajong Native Foods - Lilli Pilli Jam
Kakawa Chocolatiers - Rocky Road
Long Track Pantry - Red Onion Relish
Near River Produce -Rhubarb Lime and Ginger
The Curious Chocolatier - Strawberry and Sichuan Pepper
The Grape Alternative - Monster Mint and Chilli
Frou Frou - Grapefruit and Hibiscus
Country Harvest - Bush Fire Sauce
For a chance to win all you have to do is tell me what you want for Christmas! Simply add your answer as a comment to the story. The competition ends at midnight AEST on the 10th of December, 2011. You can enter this competition once daily and it is open to anyone within Australia.
*The winners are:
Angela B. of Qld
Dale A. of NSW
Sarah H. of Qld
Leah S. of S.A.
Soph B. of Vic*
Best of luck!
Lots of love,
17 Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay NSW 2089
+61 2 9908 7868
Open: Mon to Fri 8-5.30 Sat 8.30-5.00 Sun 9.30-3.00
This giveaway is sponsored by Wild Basket