Last night, the Kingborough Community Enterprise Centre held its regular Huon Valley business dinner at Fat Pig Farm, the 70-acre family farm run by Matthew Evans (possibly best known for the Gourmet Farmer TV series) and Sadie Chrestman. It was a real treat. The 42 local business people seated at a long table enjoyed a feast of (very) local produce from the farm and surrounds. On arrival, guests were served tasty spring onion tarts and a cup of house-made blackcurrant cordial, with a dash of McHenry's Gin for those who wanted the extra kick. We ate pork rillettes from the actual Fat Pigs, freshly made ricotta, pickles, radishes, cottage pie (from their beef), bacon with beans, pak choi, salad... and the house-churned butter with wood-fired sourdough - oh, yum! We could see the vineyard that one of the wines came from out the window. The handheld apple, rhubarb and custard crumbles meant everyone could get up, move around the table and network during dessert. A great idea for a function like this.
It was my first visit to Fat Pig Farm and I hope to get back soon, as I'd really like a good look around the farm. From the back deck we could see the vegetable gardens and cattle in the distance; the pigs just out of sight behind some trees. The Friday long table lunches and the cookery classes sound great too... something for the list of things to do next year.