Easter at Fossey’s

Open every single day over the Easter weekend, bring friends, family and your fabulous selves and enjoy all of your Fossey’s favourites from Thursday til Monday over Easter. 

There’ll be live music EVERY DAY

Easter cocktails EVERY DAY

Delicious food EVERY DAY

Open from 12pm EVERY DAY

And live gin distillation, you guessed it, EVERY DAY!!!

Our fabulous line up of local live music every single day!Thursday: Tyler Ball

Friday: Tiny Feet

Saturday: Old Dogs

Sunday: Iwan & Andrea

Monday: Penn & Natalija

What better way to enjoy an Easter in Mildura than at Fossey’s Distillery.

Come see what all the Foss is about.

For bookings please call 50 228 290

Crafted by Mildura – Taste Better Walk 2021

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The Crafted by Mildura – Taste Better Walk is back for 2021! ??

Launched in 2020, this exciting event is returning, bigger and better to Mildura this Labour Day long weekend. Bringing together some of the Mildura region’s premium food, wine, beer and gin at a range of iconic Mildura venues. Add some live music to the mix and you’ve got yourself the perfect Sunday afternoon!

Participants will be walking from venue to venue in groups of up to 25, each with their own ‘Tour Guide’ and all starting at a different location. You will stay with the same group all day, so gather your mates and book together.

Venues will be within walking distance and will host a different winery or distillery paired with delicious locally inspired food by a range of local caterers and chefs – aiming to offer a unique Mildura experience. More details to be released soon, stay tuned!

This is a COVID-safe event.

10 Great Places to Eat in Mildura

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10 Great Places to eat in Mildura

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With so many amazing things to do during summer holidays in Mildura, often dinner can be the last thing on your mind when it comes to the end of the day. I have made it a little easier to choose somewhere for dinner by putting together 10 great places to eat in Mildura. 

Not only are these brilliant places to eat in Mildura, but they also serve Fossey’s fabulous bevvies.

Be sure to check them out whilst you are on holidays in Mildura and rate them on Trip Adviser if you had a wonderful experience.

Here are 10 great places to eat in Mildura in no particular order:

  1. Fossey’s Distillery – Of course, Fossey’s is first in line because we are super proud to say we now serve delicious light meals for you to enjoy whilst having a tipple or two. The atmosphere is truly one to be remembered. It is quiet enough to enjoy great conversation, friendly and laid back. You will not find a happier and more distinguished venue in Mildura, than Fossey’s. Our Distillery is kid friendly as well which makes things much easier for parents when craving a Fossey’s on ice. Open Thursday through to Sunday from 2pm you will always find friendly faces when you make your entrance at our fine little gin joint. To reserve a table call 03 5022 8290. Located at 110 Eighth Street, Mildura.

  2. Brass Monkey – This is a personal favourite of mine. Delicious food, groovy table set up and atmosphere! The service is friendly and fast. You can also take children to this little gem. However, I recommend taking something for them to do if you are planning on staying for a while to alleviate boredom. Brass Monkey is open from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch 12 to 2pm & dinner 6 to 8.30pm. To book your delicious meal out call 03 5021 4769. Located at 32 Carter Lane, Mildura.

  3. Sip Cocktail Bar & Eatery – Truly one of the coolest & hip places to eat in Mildura, Sip is a favourite amongst the locals for a drink and bite after work. They cater to vegan patrons and have the most delicious crunchy hot chips I think I have ever tasted. Check out their menu just here. Their cocktails are amazing, and the staff are super friendly & always up for a chat. I would not recommend taking the kids along to this one. To make the most of your time at Sip, it is best enjoyed children-free. Sip Mildura is open Friday through to Monday’s from 4pm. To book flick them an email hello@sipcocktailbar.com. Located at 138-138a Eighth Street, Mildura.
  4. The Corporate Moose – I have to say it, for a regional town Mildura certainly has some seriously cool places to hang out. This is a whisky bar in the city heart with such a fun atmosphere. The food is really yummy. There are menus for both lunch & dinner. I particularly like the American theme. It is different to anything in Mildura and kind of reminds me of a scene from a movie. This venue is also a favourite to listen to live music whilst catching up with your friends. You will find a mixed crowd frequent this unique and high vibe venue. Children are not catered for on the menu so best to leave this one off your dining out list if you have kids with you. The Corporate Moose is open 7 days from 12pm until late. Located at 34 Langtree Avenue, Mildura. To book 03 5022 8608 or email thebar@thecorpmoose.com.au
  5. Thai Riffic – Truly one of the best places to eat in Mildura. With the most intimate setting, the food is to die for and service second to none. The only problem with Thai Riffic is it is so delicious; I find it difficult to STOP eating! Fabulous for couples or groups of adults. I do not recommend this one for the kids because although they are welcome, there is not a lot for them to do. Nor does the menu cater for the kids. Located at 35 Langtree Avenue, Mildura. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 5.30 to 11pm. Bookings are essential. Contact 5021 5225 or email thai-riffic@hotmail.com
  6. Pizza CafeThis little gem right in the city heart, offers a casual setting where you can sit inside or take advantage of the alfresco dining. You can enjoy well priced meals of pasta, antipasto, focaccias, salads and more. Relax in the friendly ambience as you enjoy the aromas of the wood ovens or sit al fresco and soak up the Mildura sunshine. Kids are more than welcome at this venue with the menu having them covered. It is very laid-back with good value for money. This one is top of my list for places to eat out with kids in Mildura. Located at 18 Langtree Avenue, Mildura. To book 03 5023 2223 or info@pizzacafe.com.au.
  7. The Sandbar – A super unique venue to unwind and enjoy some good pub grub at the same time. Kids are catered for on the menu at The Sandbar. The rooftop beer garden and water misting system mean you can enjoy the outdoors whilst enjoying your meals & refreshments. Located at 45 Langtree Avenue, Mildura. Open from Tuesday to Sunday serving lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm & then dinner 6 to 8pm. Contact 03 5021 2181 or malkalms@hotmail.com for more information.
  8. The Province – Definitely one of the most prestigious venues to dine out in Mildura. This up market restaurant is best suited to adults and has a very intimate setting. The menu is traditional Italian dining with a modern twist. The food is lovingly prepared, using local produce chef Matt De Angelo says, “your food is our passion”. Located at 29 Langtree Avenue, Mildura. To book 03 5021 5550 or info@theprovince.net.au.
  9. Stefano’s – The fabulously famous Stefano De Pieri owns this wonderful Mildura eatery! Dine in the glowing cellars of The Grand Hotel in the evening for something incredibly special and an experience you will never forget! Stefano’s food is always second to none and the service is the same. Definitely include this on your “Must Visit List” when in Mildura. Dine without the kids to make the most out of this special culinary experience. The café for breakfast & lunch is kid friendly but does not have a specific menu for the little ones. The restaurant menu is second to none in Mildura. Located at 27 Deakin Avenue, Mildura. To book cafe 03 5021 3627. To book Stefano’s Cantina 03 5022 0881 or info@stefano.com.au
  10. Mildura Working Man’s Club – Known to locals simply as the “Workers” this is very much a kid friendly dining venue. The Bistro caters extensively for children with indoor and outdoor play areas. Food wise the children are taken care of very well with options to tempt even the fussiest of eaters. The menu has all the usual bistro favourites and food is usually served super quickly. I recommend this one for family’s looking for somewhere relaxed to dine with children. Located at 100-110 Deakin Avenue, Mildura. Bookings recommended. To book 03 5023 0531. Bistro opening hours: Monday to Saturday lunch 11.30am to 2pm/Dinner 5.30 to 9pm. Sunday 9.30am to 2pm.

I hope this list makes it easier to find great places to eat in Mildura and you enjoy dining out here as much as we do.

Cheers,

Narelle

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FOSSEY’S GIN BAUBLES

Our fabulously unique Fossey’s baubles are BACK this year! Enjoy decorating your tree this year with our Original, Desert Lime, Shiraz & Christmas Pudding Gin. These little gems really are the best!

FOSSEY’S CHRISTMAS PUDDING GIN IS HERE! 

But is just about to sell out. So please don’t miss out because the next time you will be able to get your hands on this glorious drop will be in December 2021! Stock up whilst stock lasts or you just may kick yourself.

Gin Jam

A gorgeous ginny gift for the anyone who loves deliciousness on toast (we prefer fruit toast) or wow your fam by using it as a glaze for your Christmas ham or pop it on your cheese platter for something divinely delish! You can relax indulging in this truly delectable delight as there is no alcohol added. Citrusy, botanicaly, ginny and jammy, this versatile creation makes a sensational Christmas gift!

Build Your Own Tasting Pack

Looking for something really special & unique for the gin lover in your life?

Fossey’s Barrel Aged Gin Collection boasts a fabulous range of carefully crafted Gin’s that have been resting in a variety of different barrels giving us an incredible selection that is as diverse in flavour as it is in colour.

Making it even more special, you are able to select which 3 you would like to create a special Barrel Aged Gin Tasting that’s personalised to your loved one!
 
Fossey’s RedGum Rum

A flavour unlike anything you have ever experienced before, our Redgum Rum is the epitome of an Australian rum with a unique Fossey’s twist.

The perfect Christmas gift for any Rum lover!

Fossey’s Stubby Holders

Help your friends & fam keep their celebratory Christmas drinks cool this summer with one of our fabulous Fossey’s stubby holders.

Fossey’s Barrel Aged Gin

It would be hard to go wrong with any Gin from this range and what could be a better Christmas gift to give than a Fossey’s Barrel Aged Gin?

To find out more about each drop simply click the link here for individual tasting notes.

Fossey’s Calico Bags

The coolest & most dependable reusable bag around.

Click for Vic – Xmas Pressies Online

Support Victorian businesses from home with Click for Vic. They have curated a selection of the many restaurants, cafes, bars, producers, growers, and artisans from all over Victoria, offering you a slice of the good life delivered straight to your door.

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What is Gin Made From?

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What is gin made from?

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Australia’s Best Gin Distillery Reveals it’s Point of Difference 

Today I am going to delve into what gin is made from but first a moment of appreciation for our majestic Distillery. 

I walked into Fossey’s on Friday night and let out a sigh of happiness. I felt like I was returning home! And it was so wonderful to see our regulars again and a lot of new faces too.

Fossey’s Distillery in Mildura

If you have ever been to Fossey’s, I reckon you will know what I mean when I say it’s such a heart-warming place. The staff are Fossey’s style friendly. They always have smiles on their faces when welcoming anyone into our little Gin Joint.

I love the way we can curl up in front of the fire in comfy armchairs, catching up with friends over some Fossey-licious creations. Cheeseboards are a particular favourite of mine! They are good value too at $20 each. They include sweet & savoury treats most people will enjoy.

Another thing, I love about the Fossey’s intimate setting is it means we don’t have to raise our voices when chatting. This may seem like a small thing but when I want to catch up with friend’s who I have not seen for a while, this is a blessing.

Anyway, as a newbie to the gin world, I have been on a little bit of journey into everything gin! I have found it fascinating to learn the process of how it is made & what sorts of ingredients are in it.

I credit both Steve (head distiller pictured above) & Tash (distiller) for being an gin-credible source of knowledge when explaining how Fossey’s makes our tantalising elixirs. 

Gin Facts: 

  1. Gin is derived from any neutral base spirit – (Fossey’s make it from locally grown grapes. Not seeds.)
  2. Juniper Berries are the key ingredient of Gin.
  3. A number of additional botanicals can be added to flavour the gin.
  4. Gin has a minimum final strength of 37.5% ABV (Alcohol by Volume).
  5. No artificial ingredients are allowed to be added to gin.

What is the Difference Between Gin & Vodka?

Gin is any white or neutral based spirit such as vodka. However, to classify it as gin, botanicals are added and one of them must be juniper berries. 

What are Botanicals then?

Botanicals are an array of various natural flavourings which are plant based. Fossey’s uses a very unique & diverse range which are usually native to the Mildura area where our Distillery is located.

Fossey’s 9 dried botanicals:

  1. Juniper Berries (what defines gin & formally known as genever)
  2. Coriander Seeds
  3. Green cardamom pods
  4. Cassia bark (Australian cinnamon)
  5. Anise Myrtle (Australian native – aniseed flavour)
  6. Lemon Myrtle Leaf
  7. Mountain Pepperberry Leaf (Australian native)
  8. Edible Lavender (Bella Lavender in Berri)
  9. Organic Angelica root
gin botanicals corriander seed, juniper berry, cassia bark, cardamom pods, anise myrtle, lemon myrtle leaf, mountain pepperberry leaf, Edible lavender, Organic Angelica root
Botanicals used in Fossey’s gin

In the UK & most of Europe, citrus peel used in gin is dried. But at Fossey’s we embrace fresh citrus from the local area & it is added to our gin exactly that way.

Citrus used in Fossey’s Gin are:

  1. Lemon
  2. Orange
  3. Bergamot
  4. Tangelo

This really sets Fossey’s gin apart from most others & is something the Distillers are particularly proud of.

Why is the gin ABV minimum 37.5%?

Anything with ABV below 37.5% will not preserve the botanicals & this is considered to be essential for making quality gin.

Well there you go! The lowdown on gin. I must admit I swell a little with pride knowing Fossey’s use mostly locally sourced botanicals & fresh citrus in our creations.

Fossey’s truly is a unique Australian gin handcrafted from the heart. If it’s been awhile since you have sat down for one of our tipples, it’s high time you had a reminder of why it’s the best Australian gin. Order online today & make sure you are organised for the weekend. 

Bottoms up & chin chin, gin lovers!

Until next time,

Fossey’s Ginspired Blogger Girl

Narelle

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The Tale of Fossey’s

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the Fascinating tale of fossey's

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 Where it all started

Fingers crossed the Distillery will be open again soon! We are all looking forward to it. But, until it does and we get to socialise together, I am going to tell you the tale of the fascinating tale of Fossey’s history & how it all started!

Grab a G&T, make yourself comfortable and relax into the story how Mildura got it’s very own Distillery…

The Fossey name was married into the family in the early 1900’s and as was tradition then, it was given as the middle name to the first-born son John Fossey, known to everyone as “Foss”.

A name that stood out, those who have it as their own have been of creative mind. Of pioneering spirit. Of being eloquently misunderstood and proudly so.

Fossey’s have lived by principles and ideologies that have been passed down through generations and become known as Fosseylosophies which we have based our Fossey’s Gin business principles on.

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew like crazy.

Foss’s Grandmother, who he never met, raised 6 children alone, while running a pub in Ludlow, the area where our Fossey’s Gin Juniper berries come from. One son, Albert, migrated to Australia and married Elsie Vera. Small
in stature but big in spirit nothing would faze her. Bringing up 4 children (one of them Foss) in Koorlong before established roads and power, Elsie rolled up her sleeves and got on with the job. Growing up in the sticks, Foss thought the best things he had ever seen were running water and knives with a serrated edge. Were these the things to ginspire big ideas and Fosseylosophies?

Who knows? His execution of big ideas could be somewhat erratic at times and misguided at best, but Foss was an original entrepreneur. Pioneering land well outside of Mildura and of otherwise no use, Foss went on to create something that is still an icon of Mildura today –Timmis Speedway.

Not stopping there, along with his young family, Foss farmed a property in Mourquong. Growing fresh fruit still to this day, this particular block is where our Fossey’s Original Gin Elixir bergamot oranges and tangelo’s are grown.

But how does Foss fit in with Fossey’s Gin?

Father to our Master Ginnovator, we are bought to the present day where the pioneering spirit and big ideas are as strong as ever, only perhaps with a slightly more straight forward strategy to implementation, the fundamentals of Fosseylosophies live on in our approach to developing something truly unique.

Why gin? Why not?

It encompasses everything we want to represent.
First class second to none products.
Creative interpretation of, well, everything.
Good fun, good times, good friends, good drink.
Big ideas in a small space with a deadline of yesterday.

And family.

This fascinating tale of Fossey’s was originally written by Cherie Gowers – Manager of Fossey’s Distillery and daughter of the Head Ginnovator, Steve Timmis

Next time we meet, I hope I have good news we can all catch up for a drink in the Distillery because it’s open again. 

Chin chin & have a great week! 

Gin-Spired Blogger Girl

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