Fig, fromage frais, canberra honey
lamb tartare, kocho, wasabi root
smoked duck, thyme, viola
lamb, wild plum, pistachio, rose
tomato water, lovage, nasturtium
poachers lamb, wild fennel, figs
grass carrot, labneh, black barley
beets, black walnuts, burnt orange
hay pannacotta, milk crumb, pear
Paired Local Wine: Mallaluka Wines
We channeled the produce, views and lazy Sunday vibes of a Yass Valley country farm to host an Autumn long table lunch here on the outskirts of Canberra. The afternoon featured welcome drinks and canapés on the hilltop, a guided walk through the farms organic orchard, a long table set in amongst the trees of the orchard, a menu that showed off the verdant bounty of Gollion farm and the local region including dorper lamb and black Genoa figs, a selection of Mallauka Wines to pair with the dishes and bread baked by energizer bunny and French pastry chef/friend, Coco. Not to mention an impossibly wonderful table full of guests who patiently sat through a wood fired lamb delay and a brief but rather damp rain shower. It was an incredible afternoon full of so much goodness and exceptional work by the team.
Big thank you's go to Coco, Jenni & Dmytriy for their relentless and generous help behind the scenes, Liss, the Blood & Bones boys and Anisa for the lend of their plates and platters and family Vincent's for letting us completely take over their farm.
A summary of the lunch, as seen in the Autumn issue of the Flower Seekers.
Words by Sophie Mico.
Simultaneously playful and deferential, Another Long Table at Gollion Farm was a testament to the richness of the Autumn season, and the ability of the long table lunch to promote friendship and good feeling. Half an hour north west of Canberra, Gollion is a second- generation farm run according to the principles of holistic management. The lunch menu, devised by Louis and Iwona of Boy and Spoon, incorporated Gollion's Dorper-cross lamb and organic Black Genoa figs, as well as produce grown and foraged from the Yass Valley, Canberra region and bush. Upon arrival, guests were greeted in a top paddock with views over the valley and a glass of local pet nat from MADA Wines. Future “lord of the manor” Sam Vincent offered a warm welcome before leading guests down past the makeshift kitchen; a Southern barbeque-esque set up featuring four legs of hanging lamb over a coal filled trailer. The table itself was nestled in the adjacent mixed fruit orchard, flanking a profuse 30 year old Genoa Fig. On the table, styled by Lean Timms, the soft pinks and purples of the figs were complemented by foraged blush pink gum and burgundy reeds. Variously textured golden dried grasses, wild fennel, cherry and peach woods, bronze and black tableware, balanced the overall effect of the styling with a subdued masculinity. The lunch which ensued featured figs with fromage frais and Canberra honey, lamb tartare with kocho and wasabi root, tomato water with nasturtium and lovage, poachers lamb with wild fennel and figs, beets with black walnuts and burnt orange. Three select wines from Mallaluka, another local producer, were served as compliments to these dishes and others. Dessert, a hay infused panna cotta with milk crumb and chamomile pears, was served with a nip of walnut wine; the perfect way to end a lazy Autumn lunch.