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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Win an overnight staycation just by eating dessert
The City of Port Phillip is giving diners an extra reason to rug up and head to some of the outdoor dining areas within the municipality this winter. Eat dessert, take a photo, post it to Instagram, and you will be eligible to win a great staycation - that's the basic premise of Dessert First. Plus for the duration of the lockdown, diners can continue to support local hospitality venues by ordering the sweet treats via delivery or pick-up!

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Black Star Pastry's Choc Mirage Cake.... mmmmm!

To help you through the rather daunting journey of the 60 desserts in 60 days on offer during this promotion, Bread and Butter's Wendy Hargreaves and friends will be making a weekly visit to some of the participating businesses and taste testing their favourite desserts via livestream. Episode 1 features journalist Dani Valent sampling Ripponlea Food & Wine's Winter Bomb, a chocolate explosion with malted cookie dough ice cream, chocolate wafer, hazelnut white chocolate and hot caramel sauce.

Episode 2 features Jock Maine from Jock's Ice Cream in a visit to Lord Cardigan for the spiced quince, apple and rhubarb pie with house-made passionfruit ice cream and Cointreau creme anglaise, all washed down with a mulled white wine.

You can access future episodes via the City of Port Phillip's Dessert First page. Upcoming episodes will explore Starward Distillery with RRR's Cameron Smith, join Luke Dennehy at The Graham in Port Melbourne, find out the secrets of Balaclava with Sofia Levin at Gigi's Wine Bar, get cheesy with St Kilda locals, Triple M's Rosemary Walton and High Tea Society's Michelle Milton, joining Wendy at Lady of St Kilda, Fitzrovia and Milk the Cow.

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Rubi's Lemon Curd Hotcake

Dessert First will also taste test the sweets menu at Jerry's Milkbar, Elwood, along with South Melbourne's ST. ALi and Park Street Pasta & Wine.

Put yourself in the running for another 'treat', by entering the City of Port Philip's competition to win an overnight luxe staycation for two at the Prince Hotel. The prize includes dinner, breakfast, and parking. It also includes a Single Malt Experience tour at Starward Distillery, including a take-home Starward Whisky Bottled Cocktail Pack.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is snap and post a photo of your favourite dessert ordered from one of the many eligible restaurants, cafes and bars within anywhere in the City of Port Phillip, include a description of why it's the best dessert, and hashtag it with #DessertPortPhillip and the name of the venue that served the dessert. Entries close 31st August.

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ST. ALi's Upside Down Blood Orange Cake

For the full terms and conditions of the competition, more information about Dessert First, and to download the full Dessert First program, please click here.


To help our readers get into the dessert spirit, the folks at Republica at the St Kilda Sea Baths have generously shared their recipe for Apple and Quince Crumble.

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Republica's Apple and Quince Crumble



- 1kg sugar

- 1kg granny smith

- 2.5kg pink lady

- 5gm vanilla bean paste

- 3gm cinnamon ground


Peel and 1.5cm dice the apples. Combine all the ingredients and gently cook until just softening. With a stick blender break up apples but not until smooth.



- 1kg local quince

- 400 gm castor sugar

- 8000 ml water

- 2 cinnamon sticks

- 2gm whole cardamom pods

- 2gm whole cloves

- 3gm star anise


Peel and quarter quince, remove cores, add sugar, water, and spices into a saucepan bring to the boil, pour over quince. Roast quince in the oven at 150°c for 2 hours, until tender.



- 170gm slivered almonds, lightly toasted

- 260gm pecans, lightly toasted

- 130gm desiccated coconut

- 200gm oats

- 300gm brown sugar

- 130gm flour

- 2gm cinnamon

- 2gm ground ginger

- 2gm nutmeg

- 300g butter


Combine sugar, flour, coconut and butter together with your fingers. Mix in the remaining ingredients. This is now ready to put on top of your fruit filling and bake. Bake at 160°c until golden and bubbly, approximately 20 - 30 minutes.

Serve with your favourite vanilla ice-cream and cream. Enjoy!
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Why? Because who doesn't want to eat dessert first?
When: Between 12 June and 7 August 2021
Phone: (03) 9209 6777
Where: Various venues throughout the City of Port Phillip during June - August 2021
Cost: The cost of a dessert!
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I totally agree with the name. Yes dessert first, always
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|3014) 37 days ago
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