Mildura Weekly : Friday August 5 Vol 10 No 39
NEWS 5 FRIDAY, AUGUST 5, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU City with a twist for Zest Fest City with a twist for Zest Fest ORANGES, lemons, mandarins, limes, grapefruit and tangerines will be the main attractions when Mildura’s fourth annual Zest Fest kicks off tomorrow. A celebration of the region’s iconic con- nection to citrus fruit, the week-long festi- val aims to showcase the Murray-Darling industry which produces 25 percent of Aus- tralia’s citrus fruit. Mildura’s central business district trad- ers will paint the town orange by decorating shopfronts with citrus-themed displays. Local eateries will also participate in the celebrations with Feast Street restau- rants, cafes and bars offering diners citrus- inspired menus and drinks. Mildura cook Stefano De Pieri praised Zest Fest’s message that encourages people to eat local produce and hailed citrus as “the king of all things.” “It’s a fundamental pillar of cooking that you can’t do without, or at least life wouldn’t be as zesty!” Stefano said this week. “You think about how many cuisines depend on citrus, think about Asian cook- ing – without lime it wouldn’t work. “In Middle Eastern cooking, preserved lemons are used a lot, in Mediterranean cooking a little lemon juice goes a long way to enhance a dish.” Stefano has always been an advocate of citrus, and frequently incorporates the fruit into his restaurant menu. “We put citrus in all of our desserts espe- cially in winter, we make a mandarin brûlée and an orange cake made with almond meal,” he said. “I think (in the hospitality industry) we should adopt citrus all year round, there are hundreds of variations on the theme, so when visitors come here it would be nice to know that they will always be met with a citrus experience.” Stefano says there is an abundance of ways that citrus can be used in cooking, and that it is one of the easiest ingredients to implement in dishes. “If you are cooking a piece of fish, squirt some lemon over it, if you are braising some dishes, add some mandarin peel, if you are making a quick risotto, grate some lemon skin over it. It goes with everything, it has infinite uses,” he said. Among the Zest Fest festivities, Mildura City Heart will be running the annual mar- malade competition, where locals are invit- ed to enter their best jar of the citrus spread for judging. • Continued Page 17 • ZESTY: Mildura cook Stefano de Pieri with some citrus-inspired desserts in time for tomorrow’s launch of Zest Fest. 204 Deakin Ave, Mildura Phone: 5021 2008 Sunday to Saturday 9am-7:30pm Deakin Lucky Lotto • Peter Laity • Steve Parker • Bruce Duncan This Week’s Winners Are: DRIVE AWAY PRICING INCLUDES ALL DEALER DELIVERY AND HANDLING COSTS AND ARE BASED ON VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT STAMP DUTIES, INCLUDING BALANCE OF VIC REGISTRATION OR 12 MONTHS REGISTRATION IF VEHICLE UNREGISTERED. DRIVE AWAY PRICES MAY DIFFER IN OTHER STATES AS GOVERNMENT STAMP DUTIES AND REGISTRATION/CTP COSTS VARY FROM STATE TO STAT E. HAYDAN PTY LT D ABN 18 108 932 707. TRADING AS MARKWELL’S AUTO GROUP.
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