Sunday drive to the Adelaide Hills

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For a great day trip take the Stirling exit from the SE freeway to expertise Autumn at her greatest within the quaint village of Stirling. The particular autumn mild shining via the richly colored leaves and the aroma of roasting chestnuts.A scene harking back to the previous that will transport you to a different time and place.     


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Autumn is sizzling roasted chestnut time and would be the twenty-fifth yr that Quentin Jones can be establishing his vibrant stall in Stirling village. It began in 1986 on the Aldgate Autumn Leaves Pageant. That first yr was a giant studying curve and the chestnuts had been cooked very, very slowly in a kettle bbq. After a little bit of follow the nuts had been cooked and a legend was born. The present rotating cooking basket was developed in 1987 over a couple of beers in a neighbour’s again yard. The basket is right as a result of it could possibly cook dinner a variety of nuts in a short while. Through the years Quentin has obtained a lot recommendation from the various nationalities making up our numerous tradition. “It’s a must to burn them a bit so they’re simpler to peel”. This recommendation was accepted and provides to the color and odor as smoke from the nuts wafts up and down the road. Vehicles glide to a halt and entire households burst from the doorways to buy their weekend deal with. Walkers and window consumers are additionally enticed by the odor and motion. There are some individuals who have by no means tasted chestnuts and so they can have a free pattern in the event that they ask. They too could also be seduced by the refined sweetness and mushy, heat texture of the common-or-garden chestnut.

Quentin says that he loves assembly individuals and the common prospects have turn into agency buddies, sharing their final yr’s experiences as they scoff their cone of sizzling nuts. Quentin is now serving the following technology. Younger households who had been introduced by their mother and father are actually introducing chestnuts to their kids. The rhythm of life within the hills continues.

The cooking of the chestnuts additionally offers Quentin a dependable information to how the remainder of the crop is fairing within the chilly room, a kind of high quality management for his recent nut gross sales on the farm gate. Quentin cooks chestnuts in Stirling Village on Saturdays from 11am and Sundays and public holidays from midday. The season normally goes from Anzac day to early July.

After a wander round Stirling you may go to our farm store simply 3km from Stirling. On arrival you can be met by Deb and canines Myka and Frank and have a number of some prime high quality recent chestnuts , quinces feijoas and limes to select from in addition to our unique vary of jams and preserves, all of which have travelled not more than 300 metres from the place they  had been grown.


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