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Sausage & Cider Taste Festival 2014

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by Rachael Taylor (subscribe)
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On Saturday the 25th of October, I know where I am going to be. Between 1 and 6pm The Last Jar will be transformed into an Irish street fair, hosting the inaugural (and free) Sausage and Cider Taste Festival.

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The Last Jar is centrally located at 616 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, and is a pub, restaurant and rooftop garden. Owner Siobahn Dooley and head Chef Tim Sweeney are careful not to let their Irish pub become just another Gaelic cliché.

Tim worked under Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein, and uses techniques learned during that time to produce some spectacular food. The produce used at The Last Jar is fresh and locally sourced, and most of the items on the menu are hand made daily by the staff. This includes everything from their dark soda bread, to their hand-churned butter.

They have a number of regular events including half-price oysters on Thursdays between 5 and 7pm, happy hour on Friday between, and Sundays have local and visiting musicians playing. But in my opinion the pick of the bunch is this upcoming festival.

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Anne of The Wolves will be providing the afternoon's entertainment. A perfect, smoldering background for the spring sunshine. There will be a sausage making demonstration by Sausages Made Simple's Sara Grazia, and the Caulfield Cup will be on the TV in their private function room.

The homemade sausages should provide great flavour inspiration after Sara's demonstration! Served on house-baked potato bread they're a treat matched with some of the cider that will be available. Some of the cider companies that have come on board for the festival include Harcourt Perry & Cider Makers, Magners Irish Coder, St Ronan's Cider, and Two Step Mountain Goat. Harcourt is produced in regional Victoria and they make both apple and pear cider, while Magners use the juice of over 17 varieties of apples and exports from Ireland. St Ronan's use 'Methode Traditionelle' for their ciders from apples and pears grown in the Yarra Valley. Finally, Two Step is produced by a Melbourne brewery from a blend of apples. They love a snappy mid-dry cider.

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Not sure what you like when it comes to cider? Great. Come along to the Sausage and Cider Taste Festival and find out! Cider and sausages will be available for purchase. It's incredibly easy to get there by public transport, and I highly recommend the tram (Number 19, 57 or 59 are ideal). Not only because parking is a pain in the city, but because then you can relax and indulge in the fabulous ciders available.
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Why? Cider and sausages, what's not to love?
When: Oct 25th, 1pm-6pm
Phone: (03) 9348 2957
Where: The Last Jar, 616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
Cost: Free Entry, but cider and sausages are for sale
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