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The Butcher, The Baker and The Merrymaker

Sophia Bouzas

Renowned winter food destination, Pialligo Estate has partnered with an assortment of producers, makers and connoisseurs to bring Canberrans a month-long series of amazing events celebrating the cold Canberra winter.

Featuring twelve unique and extraordinary events, including midwinter Christmas feasts, a pudding day, long lunches and even a Feather and Bone masterclass, The Butcher, The Baker and The Merrymaker is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy.

“Canberrans tend to hibernate during our colder months,” says Pialligo Estate General Manager, Charlie Costelloe. “So we’re taking inspiration from the Northern Hemisphere tradition of celebrating winter, showing off the very best warming dishes, drinks and produce in events that will excite the tastebuds.”

To kick off the month-long winter celebrations starting on Friday 1 July, attendees are encouraged to don their best Christmas knitwear for a festive feast featuring an extravagant three-course dinner, live music and flowing drinks that will warm guests from the inside out.

Or if that’s not quite your style, join the team from Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery to crack open a bottle of schnapps, taste their range of liquor, play some good old fashioned games and devour a four-course-feast. They will even throw in a 100ml bottle of schnapps plus a shot glass for you to keep.


Costelloe says the event series also boasts some of the biggest names in Australian ethical and sustainable produce.

James Madden from Flinders Island Meat and Cape Grim Beef’s Michael Kay will ‘get into the guts’ of meat and the industry, in a masterclass designed for lovers of natural produce; while Grant Hilliard from Feather and Bone, Sydney-based butcher, providore and purveyor of quality ethical and sustainable meat, will share his passion for provenance in a hands-on workshop encouraging home cooks to take their skills to another level.

“Pialligo Estate’s own Gourmet Providores will take guests on a journey of smoking, grilling and curing, providing a rare glimpse into what makes our produce so sought after,” explains Costelloe.

“We want to connect Canberrans with producers in an interactive and delicious way, and fill their winter calendar with unique food-based events.”

As the first ever Winter Series comes to a close, The Butcher, The Baker and The Merrymaker will host a Family Market Day featuring market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight children big and small. These wonderful market stalls will showcase incredible local produce, tempting the whole family with Christmas delights in true Pialligo Estate style.


And finally, what kind of winter celebration would it be without a Christmas Sunday Roast? Treat yourself and the kids to an extravagant Christmas feast that will leave you feeling satisfied and toasty warm.

The Butcher, The Baker and The Merrymaker is unlike anything that Canberra has seen before and Pialligo Estate is buzzing with anticipation.

Smell, touch, taste and celebrate winter, at The Butcher, The Baker and The Merrymaker at Pialligo Estate from 1 to 31 July 2016.


The series is almost finished – if you haven’t made it to Pialligo Estate yet, get along!


It’s winter so it only seems fitting to crack open a bottle of schnapps with the crew from Wildbrumby Distillery for a night of games, laughter and extremely good liquor.

Try a range of schnapps, learn through games and devour a four-course menu featuring Wildbrumby’s exquisite infusions.

Ticket includes four-course Pialligo Estate dinner; tastings of the Wildbrumby range, including their new gin; games with very delicious prizes up for grabs; goodie bag; and an epic squeezebox performance.

7pm, Thursday 28 July, 2016. Cost $145.

Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au.


Why should we celebrate Christmas only once a year? Treat yourself and the kids at Pialligo Estate’s Family Christmas Feast!  This Christmas in July Finale will be overflowing with extravagance – a sumptuous shared Christmas feast, live music, and plenty of Christmas Cheer to keep us warm.

Ticket includes: Three course Pialligo Estate lunch, beverages (for kids big and small!), a mysterious Pialligo Estate goodie bag and activities for the littles ones.

From 1pm to 4pm this Sunday 31 July. Cost $50 to $110. Tickets from www.eventbrite.com.au.

* Ticket sales close Thursday 28 July at midnight


It’s Market Day, and we’re celebrating the Finale of our first ever Winter Series, The Butcher, The Baker and the Merrymaker. We have market stalls and activities that will be sure to delight children big and small and so much more. These wonderful market stalls will showcase our incredible local produce, tempting the whole family with Christmas delights in true Pialligo Estate style.

Happening Sunday 31 July at Pialligo Estate Glasshouse, 18 Kallaroo Rd, Pialligo ACT. For more information visit the website.

the essentials

What: The Butcher, The Baker and The Merrymaker
When: From 1 July to 31 July 2016
Where: Pialligo Estate, 18 Kallaroo Road, Pialligo
Cost: Various
Book: thepialligoestate.com.au

Images by Alexandra Orme Photography.


Sophia Bouzas

Sophia is a local Canberra girl half way through her Public Relations/Law degree. But when she’s not studying, paralegal-ing or interning for the lovely team at HerCanberra, you will probably find her enjoying Canberra’s selection of cafes, watching cheesy romantic comedies with a tea in hand or planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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