Lost News - July 2018



Three Decades On  will be available in selected bookstores, at Lake House and online in May. Pre-orders can be placed at  www.lakehouse.com.au  to receive books in time for Mother's Day.

Welcome to the Legends Issue! There are so many incredible people in this region that have played important roles in shaping the landscape and turning this region into one of the premiere tourist destinations in the country. We have merely scratched the surface but we reckon that the 5 people we have featured this month have been instrumental in our regions success. Hard work, talent, tenacity and above all, vision - are all attributes that these legends possess. 

One of the region's biggest success stories is Daylesford Hepburn Mineral Water. Founded in 2005 by Mitch Watson and Brylie Rankine, this brand has become famous all across Australia and beyond. Beautiful local natural mineral water sourced from Daylesford and crafted with high quality ingredients, the range now includes sparkling and natura mineral water, organic flavoured waters, juices, mixers and most recently, a range of organic kombucha. If you are a fan of gin (which we are!), we reckon that their organic tonic water is the best you will ever taste. Earlier this month, co-founder Brylie has taken over as sole Director after a successful buyout from her co-founding partner Mitch. Brylie aims to expand their range of drinks into new and exciting markets. "I have a keen interest in developing our product range, in particular crafting drinks that are both healthy and unique," said Brylie. We wish Brylie and the whole team the very best of success in this new chapter. 

Most visitors to the region would know the Daylesford Spa Country Railway as being the location for the famous Daylesford Sunday Market. And soon, a lot more of us might be taking a trip on the train. You can take a ride on a restored heritage trains through the scenic countryside out through Musk and onto Bullarto and back. And pretty soon, we will all be able to hop on a rattler and hop off at a new platform in Musk at Passing Clouds Winery. You will be able to enjoy some great wine tastings and even a wood-fired lunch before jumping back on the train and head back into Daylesford. Passing Clouds, in conjunction with Daylesford Spa Country Railway, with funding from state government's Wine Growth Fund have built the new railway platform and is scheduled to open in mid July. For serious food and wine enthusiasts, Passing Clouds will soon launch a range of ultimate food and wine packages with train transfers, of course. Yes please!

Local Kyneton bakery, Country Cobb, has taken out the title of Australia's Best Pie in 2018. In addition to winning the overall Australia's Best Pie 2018, the charming country bakery also won gongs for the plain mince beef pie, seafood pie, flavoured beef pie and vegetarian pastie categories. 

Trentham is certainly moving and shaking things up lately. On the heels of the new Trentham General Store opening last month, another fabulous foodie business has opened up in the main street. Rubygoose Foods has opened under the expert guidance of experienced chef Reggie Webb. Many may have seen Reggie in his previous stints at Circa, The Prince, Pope Joan, Comme and more recently Trenthams' Cosmopolitan Hotel. Rubygoose Foods will specialise in fresh local produce, smallgoods and staples with essentially a mini farmers market inside a store. Stay tuned for news about an upcoming home delivery option.

We here at Lost have also been busy in the past month. We recently signed up to be major sponsors of both the Words In Winter Festival and Daylesford Christmas Cheer. The Words in Winter Festival is an annual literary and arts festival held every year and kicks off on 17th August. The 2018 program is bursting with fantastic events and workshops. The full festival programme will be released in print later this month but in the meantime you can check it out at www.wordsinwinter.com. Daylesford Christmas Cheer is a local charity that raises funds all year round to provide families with vouchers, toys, presents and other assistance over Christmas when many find the going really tough. Their major annual fundraiser, Christmas In July, is being held on Wednesday 25 July at The Farmers Arms Daylesford. It's a hoot of a night and we encourage everyone to get a ticket and come along. 

Last month we ran a Readers competition to win a copy of Alla Wolf-Tasker's Three Decades On. We were swamped with entries so thank you to all who entered! The lucky winner is Penny Savidis from St Kilda! Congratulations Penny. A copy of this wonderful book will soon be winging its way to you. 

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