Convent Bakery Opens for a moment

I went to the bakery today. Photos are delayed by circumstances within my control. It is looking good, open especially for today, and then opening for good in about 3 weeks. The transformation from when I last peered through the window was quite remarkable. Some expense has been incurred in the fitout, and it is a commercial looking enterprise, but it maintains a bit of the Convent’s otherworldliness to set it apart. It was thronged with Taste of Slow folk today, but it is going to be a good place to get breakfast on weekends, and should be placed firmly on the recreational cyclists’ list of coffee en route options. I bought some bread, heavy dense stuff which retained its just-out-of-the-oven heat for over an hour.  Its success is critical to the financial viability of the Convent. Continue reading “Convent Bakery Opens for a moment”

Monthly Slow Food Farmers’ Market at Abbotsford Convent from October

I learnt at the Taste of Slow Festival at the Convent today that there are to be “a unique slow food farmers’ market” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month. That means, dates for Collingwood Children’s Farmers’ Market (second Saturday of every month) and Slow Food Farmers’ Markets for the rest of this year will be: Continue reading “Monthly Slow Food Farmers’ Market at Abbotsford Convent from October”

Details of A Taste of Slow Festival at Abbotsford Convent

Working out which restaurants in Italy are the dreaded “tourist trap” and which the “real thing” is a source of great anxiety for travellers. I read somewhere that a very sure sign of a good place is one of these little stickers in the window. As a methodology, it worked perfectly for me when I was in Italy in June. The Slow Food people (based at the Convent) have released the following information by way of a press release.  Check out their website too.

“A Taste of Slow – Australia 2006 will culminate in a weekend at the Abbotsford Convent on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September. For two delicious days the heritage listed site will be buzzing with Slow Food experiences.

Immerse yourself in the world of Slow Food with highlights including a Slow Market Place with producers from around Australia showcasing seasonal produce and boutique wines. Continue reading “Details of A Taste of Slow Festival at Abbotsford Convent”