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By SARAH SLEE
HEF and restaurateur David Swain is a
champion for the Fleurieu Peninsula,
where the support of local farmers has
helped his business to achieve widespread
acclaim on the national stage.
As co-owner and head chef of Fino
Restaurant at Willunga, David's strong region-
al food philosophy saw him honoured at the
national 2010 Produce Awards for Outstanding
use of regional produce by a chef.
The accolade follows success at last year's
Adelaide Food Awards, where Fino was named
both Restaurant of the Year, and South
Australia's Best Regional Restaurant.
Working alongside restaurant co-owner and
front-of-house dynamo Sharon Romeo, David
achieves his ultimate aim of showcasing what
the Fleurieu has to offer.
A strong relationship with growers enables
David to source whatever he requires locally,
to create a menu that is truly regional and sea-
"If you build a relationship with farmers,
they will grow what you need," he said.
David believes an increase in diversity of
locally-available produce has been facilitated
by a shift toward organic and biodynamic viti-
Fleurieu fare takes
SPECIALTY Heirloom vegetables from Bickleigh Vale Farm at McLaren Vale are a regular feature on
the menu at Fino Restaurant, where there is a 100 per cent focus on regional produce.
Diana Bickford (pictured) and her business partner, Jen Harvey, established Bickleigh Vale Farm as
a certified organic seedling nursery, selling through the Willunga
Since then, the pair has diversified into market gardening
and sell both seedlings and fresh produce at the Willunga,
Adelaide Showgrounds and Adelaide Hills farmers' mar-
"When we established the business, the Willunga
Farmers Market had just started, which gave us a niche mar-
ket for the seedlings," Diana said. "We are not large-
scale commercial producers, so it would have been
difficult for us without the farmers' market."
Supplying fresh produce to two local
restaurants, including Fino, is helping
Diana and Jen to further expand their
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