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February 9, 2023

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Iron Gates development in Evans Head land owners go into administration – again

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Flow Music presents: Byron Bay

The theatre will be transformed into a festival wonderland, with pre-show entertainment from 6pm, including body and face painting by donation, incredible dancers from Epic Creations, lighting by Tone from Crystal Grid and decor by Bare Foot Beat. 

Sydney’s hottest men in their brand-new show – live on stage at Mullum Ex-services

Welcome to the best hen’s night, bachelorette party or ultimate Girls’ night out. Get frocked up and come out for a girl’s night out, with strippers from London, Vegas, Rio, Barcelona, and Sydney. The current Sydney Hotshots show includes some of the sexiest men on stage.

Choose your own (piano) adventure

The audience ‘chooses its own musical adventure’ determining the playlist from a selection of works by composers ranging from J. S. Bach, Frederic Chopin and Claude Debussy to George Gershwin, Bill Evans – and more. A list of musical choices will be made available on the day, and audience members can submit their choices via their phone.

Tall, bearded, easygoing? Looks like it – the Gourmet Salad Hut’s Karl Odenbreit.

Victoria Cosford

On a quest to find a few final ingredients for the tuna fishcakes I had planned for dinner, I find myself lured into the Gourmet Salad Hut stall by vast bunches of dill and salad leaves. Just what I needed to finish off my dish!

Practically everything at Gourmet Salad Hut is currently gargantuan, vitally green, are so fresh I can almost hear the bunches squeak. Manager, Carl – tall, bearded, easy-going – tells me that they keep prices constant regardless of the size of the bunches. Obviously in winter they’re a bit smaller, but for now most of the bountiful, beautiful produce on the trestle tables provokes comments from customers. Clearly regular, by the sound of things. ‘Beautiful bouquets!’ exclaims one woman; ‘Luscious!’ from another. My friend Roe tells me she is a ‘very satisfied customer’, beaming.

One woman is buying absolutely enormous bunches of the basil.  ‘I make pesto and freeze it’, she says – surely a couple of bouquets would suffice? But she’s piling them up in her arms. ‘Six months a year the basil’s that size’, Carl tells me. Another woman is buying six bags of the mixed lettuce – it’s for a weaving workshop. According to Carl, the two most popular products, amongst all those glorious greens, are indeed the mixed lettuce bags and the basil. 

Based at Upper Burringbar, the business has been operating for 33 years, though under new ownership since March. Nothing has been changed: the produce 100 percent hydroponically grown, the water fertilised through pipes. ‘Fifty-two weeks a year our produce looks like this’, says Carl with pride.

There’s also jams, chutneys, pestos, marmalades, relishes – and lime, passionfruit and lemon curd, the latter purchased weekly by ‘a lady who bakes them into puff pastry’. Now there’s an idea!

Gourmet Salad Hut is at Mullumbimby Farmers Market each Friday from 7–11am.


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