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box seat on festive Fleurieu
(with cells, stable and police resi-
dence) was built between 1855
and 1872 in Willunga. It was ini-
tially used as a female immigra-
tion depot in 1855 before the
police and court were accommo-
After it closed in 1929, it grad-
ually fell into disrepair before
being restored by the National
Trust and reopened to the public
The authentic court displays,
family and district history.
Visitors can search family histo-
ries and old photos and newspa-
per articles and groups can enjoy
a guided tour and even an enter-
taining courtroom re-enactment,
and a township bus tour (book-
Fleurieu Food is a self-funded
organisation dedicated to sup-
porting, promoting and encour-
aging innovative food businesses
on the Fleurieu Peninsula to
"We believe that by working
together, sharing ideas, resources
and experience, we can strength-
en our food community, sustain-
ability, culture and quality of life,"
and owner of
sale seller of Fleurieu Peninsula
Fleurieu Food was established
in 2002 by a small group of ded-
icated local food industry people
with the encouragement and
commitment of local govern-
ment, State Government (Office
of Regional Affairs) and Food SA,
the State's peak food industry
Since then, Fleurieu Food has
grown to become one of the
largest food groups in the State
with more than 70 food and wine
"So far in 2012, we have com-
piled and printed the Perfect
Peninsular Picnic brochure, a
comprehensive guide to the best
places to picnic, collect delicious
goodies to fill your basket and
enjoy the scenery and treasures of
our region," Rachel said.
"We hosted the Magic of May
Lunch, a seasonal celebration of
May produce and producers at
Our Place at Willunga Hill,
attended by over 70 lovers of
In October, the group will host
the 10th Annual Fiesta, kicking
off with the food, wine, art and
cultural fair at the Perfect
Peninsular Picnic at Goolwa
Breakfast: Red Poles Cafe,
Gallery, B&B and now cellar
Lunch: Penny's Hill Winery, The
Kitchen Door Restaurant, McLaren
Wine Cellar: Victory Hotel, Sellicks
Dinner: Star of Greece, Port
Saturday afternoon glass of wine
and regional platter: No 58 Cellar
Door, Port Elliot.
Farmgate: Lisa and Mark McCarthy,
McLaren Vale Orchards, McLaren
Producer: Denise Riches,
Hindmarsh Valley Dairy, Hindmarsh
Providore: Margo Kellet, Minko
Wines and Providore, Willunga.
Alexandrina Cheese Company:
Handmade cheese from the farm.
Dan McCaul is a cheesemaker with
his family's Alexandrina Cheese
Company on the McCaul Jersey dairy-
farm at Mount Jagged, near Mount
The family produces award-wining,
hard-style cheeses and luxury dairy
products, using high-quality, rich
creamy milk. The range uses tradi-
tional methods, supported with the
combined knowledge of four genera-
tions of dairy farmers and cheesemak-
Dan says the cheese company's com-
bination of the best jersey cows, hand-
made and artisan traditions and the
unique climate of the Fleurieu blend
together to create high-quality pro-
duce with a story behind it that builds
"There is nothing so rewarding as
providing food and fibre for your fel-
low man. We recharge every time one
of our customers returns to the farm
to tell us how much they have enjoyed
our products. It is so gratifying to hear
that our cheeses and dairy products
have made a difference to their family
and in some small way may have
improved their quality of life," he said.
Alexandrina Cheese Company is
open daily to the general public:
Monday to Friday 12noon-5pm and
weekends and public holidays 10am-
Dan and Krystyna McCaul say the cheese company's combination of the
best jersey cows, handmade and artisan traditions and the unique
climate of the Fleurieu blend together to create high-quality produce
with a story behind it that builds customer loyalty.
Willunga Almond Blossom Festival,
July 27-August 5: The festival is held
every year in the last week of July.
Highlights of this year's event
include the Street Parade and Family
Fair Day on Sunday, July 29, Festival
Lunches in the Festival Hall from July
30 to Wednesday August 1, and the
Festival Finale Dinner, featuring
cabaret performer Amity Dry and The
Hepburn Band, on Saturday, August 4.
This year's Fleurieu Folk Festival,
October 26-28 , has already attracted
more than 250 applications from per-
formers across Australia and overseas.
The festival is -- a weekend of
music concerts and sessions, dance,
workshops, bush poets, children's
entertainment and market stalls.
Entry costs $45 for the entire week-
end (children free).
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