NEW SENSATION: Customers enjoy the artisan food at Forage and Graze pop-up cafe at Federal
NEW SENSATION: Customers enjoy the artisan food at Forage and Graze pop-up cafe at Federal Megan Kinninment

Delicious food popping up in Federal

FEDERAL is fast becoming a foodie pop-up hotspot, with a new artisan chef cooking up delicious cuisine for the local community in the centre of town.

The latest to set up shop is Forage & Graze, a bespoke catering and private dining company run by Goonengerry residents Campbell and Rachel Rowe.

Held from 5-8pm on the first and third Thursday of each month at Jasper Corner, the husband and wife team serves up healthy meals at reasonable prices in a warm, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Communal dining.
Communal dining. Megan Kinninment

"Pop-up events afford chefs and producers an opportunity to present their wares in locations that would not normally be made available for this purpose," said Campbell.

"The beauty of working in this way is that you don't have fixed overheads, which means that you can bring high-quality produce and fresh nourishing meals to the community at a price that is affordable to everyone."

Having trained in organic horticulture, the Gaia Retreat chef said he now had a broader understanding of farming practices, which helped guide his decisions when planning a menu.

Quality produce.
Quality produce. Megan Kinninment

"This has given me an awareness of the seasonal changes and the availability of certain ingredients," said Campbell. 

"Our Forage menus vary from week to week as the seasons change, which keeps our customers anticipating the next exciting menu."

When they're not working on their boutique farm harvesting limes, lychees, black sapotes, Thai green mango and starfruit, the Rowes can be found turning excess produce into condiments and preserves.

"Rachel is often busy in the kitchen so you may find jars of pickles, marmalades, pesto and freshly made haloumi or ricotta on the Forage table for sale."

If you are unable to make it to Federal, or need to expand your cooking repertoire, then gather a group of friends for a Forage & Graze cooking class. It starts with a guided tour of the Rowes' farm or local farmers market and ends with a shared feast at the artisan chef's table.

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