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Town square: Barossa Valley
By LIZ COTTON
EW developments in the Barossa
region are on the fast track. The
newly refurbished Barossa visitor
information centre will participate in a
pilot State Government program to
boost regional tourism.
Under the initiative, staff and volun-
teers will be trained on ways to respond
to visitor enquiries.
Information centre coordinator Jo
Seabrook hopes this will translate into
"Our role is to tell and sell the Barossa
story -- we hope this will result in visitors
staying longer and spending more in our
region," she said.
Tourism Minister Gail Gago said staff
and volunteers will be trained in com-
puting, customer service and merchan-
dising. They will also be supported on
trips to neighbouring regions to become
familiar with more of the State.
If successful, the 'Sell SA' initiative will
be rolled out to most accredited infor-
mation centres in the next three years.
The success of the project will be mea-
sured by improved economic impact.
Meanwhile, the Barossa Council has
flagged an opportunity to open the
Warren Reservoir to recreational activi-
ties such as swimming, kayaking and
other non-motorised sport.
Another tourism initiative will enable
local residents and visitors to the Barossa
and Gawler regions to ride, jog or walk
between Tanunda and Gawler.
The Barossa Council received a
Federal Government grant of $4.81 mil-
lion from the Regional Development
Australia Fund for the construction of a
Tourism projects drive
Location: 70 km northeast of
Main industries: Agriculture, viti-
culture, light and heavy industry, con-
struction, manufacturing, tourism
and health services.
History: The Barossa Valley derives
its name from the Barossa Ranges,
named by Colonel William Light in
1837. Light chose the name in mem-
ory of the British victory over the
French in the Battle of Barrosa, in
which he fought in 1811 in Spain,
but the spelling of 'Barossa' was reg-
istered because a clerical error in
transcribing the name 'Barrosa'.
AFTER she realised there was a place in
the Barossa food industry for artisan,
full-flavoured, free-range produce in
1997, chef and farmer Saskia Beer and
her husband Greg Price set about creat-
ing Barossa Farm Produce -- now recog-
nised as a premium supplier of corn-fed
free-range poultry, milk-fed lamb, and
Saskia is the daughter of iconic
Barossa cook Maggie Beer.
"As well as a range of artisan charcu-
terie from free-range, heritage Breed
Berkshire Pork, we supply to leading
restaurants and specialty retail outlets
throughout Australia and into Asia,"
It is no surprise that Saskia decided on
a life of food and farming when she was
just 20 years old given that her mother
is iconic Barossa-based cook Maggie
Maggie's restaurant and food outlet
at Marananga -- the Pheasant Farm --
and Saskia's father Colin's knowledge of
game bird farming provided inspiration
and knowledge for the young entrepre-
"We set out farming pheasants -- orig-
inally with 100 breeder pheasants given
to me and Greg as a wedding present
from my parents. To pay for our honey-
moon, we actually bred 2000 pheas-
ants!" Saskia said.
The pheasants were soon joined by
chickens, and the now famous 'Barossa
Chook' soon became a fixture on many
restaurant menus in Adelaide, and later
Melbourne and Sydney because of the
unique flavour, tenderness and texture it
To cope with the changes in the farm-
ing and food industries, Barossa Farm
Produce targeted a range of products
made from the animals on the farm
including pies, sausages, terrines, rilletes,
Ballontines and smoked goods.
As part of the Tasting Australia festival
of food to be held from April 26 to May
3, Saskia will hold a Feast! Fine Foods
Game Bird Cookery class on Monday,
May 2 from 6pm to 9pm at the Adelaide
central market kitchen, 22-60 Gouger
Street, level 1.
Numbers are limited to a maximum of
20 participants and seats are booked on
a first-come, first-served basis once full
payment is received. Bookings can be
made online or at any Feast! Fine Foods
The new bike path between Tanunda and Gawler will be
completed in December. Photo courtesy of Barossa Council.
Saskia nurtures a life of food and farming
The apple doesn't fall far from the
tree -- Saskia Beer, daughter of
iconic Barossa cook Maggie Beer,
and her husband Greg Price, could
not stay away from the charm of the
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