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Published February 14th 2015
An Australian native bushfood adventure
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Saltbush Kitchen - image taken by writer


At Saltbush Kitchen, you can discover the wonders of Australian bush food and learn about significant historic events at the same time. Delicious food aside, the best part of our experience was setting up the DIY picnic blanket in the parkland outside.

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Eureka Stockade Mural - image taken by writer


An enticing basket of picnic blankets are conveniently positioned next to the doorway of Saltbush Kitchen and there are some lovely colorful beanbags to plonk into while you eat. Alternatively, there is plenty of outdoor and indoor seating to choose from. The menu features fresh, locally grown foods with the highlight being the bush foods of offer.

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DIY picnic blankets - image taken by writer


Each of the dishes contain an unusual bush food element, which is exactly what makes a meal at Saltbush Kitchen special. If the sound of Rivermint Labnah or Pepperberry crisp bread sounds enticing, then you'd better visit sometime soon. The counter is also well stocked with native spices, jams and cordials to sample and purchase, such as Rainforest Plum Jam and Strawberry Gum Soda. Beverages include a range of local wines, beer,coffee, teas, and even bush tucker milkshakes.

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Frittata with Bush Tomato Relish - image taken by writer


Saltbush Kitchen is located within the Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE) in Ballarat, which happens to be the exact site where the Eureka Stockade took place in 1854. Look out for the excellent Eureka Stockade mural within the cafe.

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Outdoor seating - image taken by writer


It is possible to dine at Saltbush Kitchen without entering the actual Museum of Australian Democracy (MADE), however it is well worth taking the time to learn about the history of democracy and to pay homage to the original Eureka flag. Afterwards, be sure to wander around the neighbouring parklands which house a fantastic Eureka Stockade themed children's playground, lake and sculpture garden.

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Parklands surrounding MADE - image taken by writer
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Why? Try some unusual bush tucker
When: Mon - Fri: 10.30am - 3.30pm, Sat - Sun: 9.30am - 4pm
Phone: 0404 738 628
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy, Ballarat
Cost: Coffee $3.80
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