In anticipation of the annual Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival taking place over the weekend of the 24th and 25th February, Emma (who is slightly obsessed with blueberries) is creating a few different recipes highlighting this wonderful fruit and some of the great local produce this region has to offer.
To kick start our month of blueberry loving, I went down to Otway Blueberries in Gellibrand to firstly see where these blueberries are grown and find out a little bit more from Wayne the expert.
I got to hang out with Wayne’s grand-daughters Emily and Sophie (imagine the excitement when we found out we had the same name!) who showed me around the bushes and taught me how to distinguish the difference between the good ones and the ‘dodgy ones.’ They also told me how lucky they were because their favourite type of blueberry was actually one that was grown here! I didn’t want to tell them I never knew there was more than one type of blueberry. You learn something new every day!
After the girls got bored of me taking ‘a hundred million photos’ Wayne showed me around the property and explained the process of picking, the cooling, sorting and packing, and the transportation over night so the blueberries would be in store the very next day. I was pretty impressed as I guess I’d never actually considered how these fruits get to be in my possession. Surprisingly, it doesn’t happen by magic.
Blueberry season varies around the country, but in Victoria we can enjoy them from Christmas until early April.
Otway Blueberries and just a little further down the road at Shoebridge Blueberry Farm you can pick your own blueberries. Based on the convoy of cars coming and going on the day I was there, I’d say its a pretty popular family day out.
To find out more about the Blues and Blueberry festival follow the link –
And stay tuned for some of Emma’s delicious blueberry recipes to come! In the meantime, you can check out her Blueberry Bircher Muesli which I can personally vouch for as being pretty bloody delicious!