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A+ Magazine Autumn/Winter 2020





Heading up Braddon's newest eateries, Braddon Merchant and Midnight Bar, Executive Chef Andrew Morrow.

With two new hotels and a restaurant opening, 2020 will be a big year for Abode Hotels.

18 WE'RE GOING ON A QUEST(ACON) Meet the man at the head of every science kid's dream venue; Professor Graham Durant AM

24 WHAT'S ON While some cities hibernate, our city and surrounds hum, offering a full list of events and activities to experience.

40 #EMPTYESKY Take a trip from Canberra to the South Coast in support of the #EmptyEsky campaign and support these locals.





We've rounded up the top spots in the capital and close by that will keep you warm this winter.

The bold mission for Canberra to operate on 100% renewable energy by the year 2020.

Editor Jasmine De Martin

A+ Magazine is published biannually by:

Art Direction + Design Samantha Crowe Words Jasmine De Martin, Kristy Hodder, Kali Gatehouse and Phillip Borges Advertising Enquiries Kali Gatehouse, Marketing Manager kali.gatehouse@iconichotels.net Cover Photograph Lefteris Kallergis This page Top centre: Questacon entrace. Photo: VisitCanberra. Bottom centre: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Unknown photographer, 1937. Š National Portrait Gallery, London.


While we take every care to ensure details are correct, the publisher will take no responsibility for errors or omissions, including operators who may have closed. Where prices or dates are quoted, they are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Thanks to all who have contributed to this issue. All Rights Reserved.



Road cycling. Photo: VisitCanberra.



Welcome to A+ Magazine, a predominantly Canberracentric showcase and guide to what’s happening around Australia’s capital city. Produced biannually by Iconic Hotels, A+ Magazine offers our valued Abode Hotels guests a snapshot of what’s on offer during their stay, and our airport lounge readers a myriad of reasons to visit or return to the nation’s capital. This issue, we spread our wings and welcome a new hotel to the family. Offering 52 apartment style guest rooms, Abode Malua Bay is our second Abode Hotel located outside of Canberra, and the first hotel to take prime position on the South Coast of New South Wales. In celebration of our new addition to the portfolio, this issue explores hidden gems in the South Coast region, pays tribute to businesses rebuilding after the summer season’s devasting fires and highlights what’s on offer for guests seeking coastal experiences for the whole family. I invite you to explore A+ Magazine, take it home with you, and be inspired by what’s on offer in Canberra and surrounds.

RIEN DONKIN, General Manager Iconic Hotels



Abode Hotels goes coastal It’s not often we feel the need to add a bit of personal news to our magazine, but this year, we have a few exciting things on the hop that we’d love to share with you.




his March, Abode Hotels welcomes a new hotel to its ever-expanding portfolio. Like all new hotels, we are excited to offer our warm, welcoming service in a new location, however, this time, we have a few extra reasons to be even more excited. In complete sea-change style, we’re going coastal! Abode Malua Bay is our first hotel to be located by the beach, on the South Coast of New South Wales, and the second hotel within the Abode Hotels portfolio to be located outside of Canberra. Offering 52 apartment-style guest rooms, Abode Malua Bay is the perfect beach escape. A stone’s throw away from the shoreline, the hotel calls 4 Kuppa Avenue, Malua Bay home. Spread across two storeys, guest rooms are thoughtfully furnished, and include kitchenette and washer/ dryer facilities. Each room has a private balcony, overlooking either the ocean or the surrounding hinterland. Guests will enjoy all the comforts of home, with a few extras on top. For endless sunny days, bike and board hire is available from reception, as well as local advice on where best to cycle or swim. If a storm rolls in and you’re not into weather watching, relax with free and unlimited WiFi and STAYCAST streaming – where you can mirror your device to the TV and enjoy all your favourite movies, shows and series on location.


Ready to welcome guests from March this year onwards, Abode Malua Bay offers our valued frequent travellers a leisure destination worth visiting. For tips on what to see, do, and eat in the region read on, as we jump on the #emptyesky bandwagon and show support for a beautiful part of Australia, working to rebuild its vibrant and visitworthy community, post-bushfires. A little later in the year, we welcome a new hotel to the portfolio once more. This time, a touch closer to home. Abode Belconnen will be our eighth Abode Hotel and joins our run of city properties. Offering 152 hotel and apartment-style guest rooms, Abode Belconnen provides for both corporate and leisure travellers in Canberra’s north-west. Part of a mixed-use precinct, the hotel is surrounded by residential and commercial spaces, including a restaurant and bar and pool.

Like our hotels, at No.10 Restaurant + Bar, we like to make guests feel like they are coming home. We welcome regulars and first time visitors like family, and are driven by providing sincere service in an accessible space. This will be the second No.10 Restaurant + Bar to open for business, with its sister restaurant located at Abode Woden, in Canberra’s south. First opening in 2016, No.10 Restaurant + Bar has evolved to become a well-trusted smart, casual eatery in Canberra. Our philosophy is not fussy. We welcome locals and guests alike to meet, eat, drink and relax in our venues, and look forward to welcoming new guests to our north-side location. Both Abode Belconnen and No.10 Restaurant + Bar are expected to welcome first guests this September.

Abode Malua Bay is now taking bookings at abodehotels.com.au number10restaurantandbar.com

All guest rooms are stylishly appointed, and include kitchenette and washer/dryer facilities, as well as free and unlimited WiFi and STAYCAST streaming. An Abode Pantry and access to Pantry Online will be available for all guests. Abode Belconnen guests will also enjoy bed and breakfast packages, with breakfast served at onsite venue, No.10 Restaurant + Bar. Offering fresh, tasty food in a friendly, relaxed setting, No.10 Restaurant + Bar shares a seasonal menu of modern Australian fare in a bright atmosphere.

Abode Malua Bay •

52 self-contained, studio rooms

Premium beachfront location

Google STAYCAST streaming

Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi

Complimentary carparking

Pet friendly

Bike friendly

Abode bikes and surfboards

Balcony and connecting rooms

Abode Belconnen •

152 self-contained, studio rooms

North Canberra location

Google STAYCAST streaming

Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi

Abode Pantry

Flexible, accessible room types

No.10 Restaurant + Bar on site

Shared guest facilities




2020 Vision Not just a buzz word, the term ‘sustainability’ dominates political, professional and personal conversations worldwide. Now, more than ever, people are acting, advocating and asking their government for change. Responding to the initial calls, and intrinsic to the governance of the city, in 2016 the ACT Labor party set a bold mission for Canberra to operate on 100% renewable energy by the year 2020. With a statement like that, the stakes were high.


he plan was to cease burning coal to create energy, thus reducing carbon emissions, and instead, garner energy from natural renewable sources, such as solar and wind (via renewable energy reverse auctions). Multiple legislative plans and strategies were created by the ACT Government to form a framework to ensure climate change could be achieved. These plans included the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan 2 (2012) and the Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (2016), which were complemented by Canberra’s Living Infrastructure Plan: Cooling the City, which set the direction for maintaining and enhancing trees, soils and waterways to keep the city cool, healthy and liveable in a changing climate. In addition to these strategies, the government expanded its current large-scale renewable energy auction process from 109MW to 200MW, with additional capacity to be awarded subject to the value for money of the proposals brought forward. Legislation was also introduced to change the

ACT’s feed-in-tariff legislation to accommodate the extra capacity required to meet the new target. This mammoth effort by the ACT Government was not done in vain. A united global approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions has been occurring for decades, with countries such as Iceland, Sweden and Costa Rica already highly noted for their extensive renewable energy sources and application. Now, as we participate in the year 2020, already devoted Canberrans with an undying love for their city beam with pride, as it was recently announced that the ACT is now powered by 100% renewable electricity. This achievement is not only a first for Australia, but also solidifies the ACT’s position as a world leader when it comes to climate change action. Canberra’s 100% renewable electricity status has been achieved through the innovative reverse auction process


- ACT Government spokesperson

that has resulted in approximately $2 billion of investment in wind and solar projects. Currently, the ACT plays host to large scale solar farms at Mugga Lane, Williamsdale and Royalla. These farms offer clean energy solutions to Canberra, at affordable prices for consumers. Recognising the need for both immediate and longer-term action, the ACT Government has already begun work to ensure our nation’s capital will continue to be powered by 100% renewable electricity far beyond 2020. So, what’s next? Canberra is committed to becoming a zero emissions territory by 2045. The ACT Government has outlined its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the effects of climate change in its Climate Change Strategy 2019-2025 and Canberra’s Living Infrastructure Plan: Cooling the City. The strategy reflects the need for urgent action on climate change and recognises the importance of working with the community to continually seek new solutions. The strategy focuses on reducing natural gas use and emissions from transport, both of which will drive exciting new changes in how Canberra looks and how people get around.


Already, Canberra has opened its first all-electric school, and government workers will this year move into a new allelectric office building. In addition to this, Canberra’s new light rail system is not only sleek and modern in design but is also an emissions free transport hub for our city. Longer term, electric cars will replace petrol and diesel powered vehicles. Doing your bit While the scale of the ACT’s emissions reduction challenge may seem daunting, if we all commit to making gradual changes individually, we can make a big difference together. Here are a few simple ways to help you get started: •

Help reduce transport emissions by reducing private car use as much as possible. Think walking or cycling when travelling short distances, car-pooling to work with friends and family or catching public transport. Help improve energy efficiency by switching from gas to electricity and reducing your overall energy use by making small changes like using energy efficient light globes.

Canberra International Airport Atrium. Photo: VisitCanberra.

Help reduce waste by using your green bin for organic scraps, eating your leftovers and saying no to single use plastics. Help keep our city cool by planting a tree in your garden and avoiding dark coloured roofs and excessive use of materials such as concrete, as they can absorb heat and make your home and surrounds hotter.

Quick stats Did you know… • •

Each day you leave your car at home, you reduce your carbon footprint by around 8 kg. Upgrading your gas heating system to an efficient reverse cycle air conditioning system can reduce your emissions by around 14 tonnes over the system's useful life while saving about $500 per year on heating bills. In the ACT, around 35% of the average household bin is food waste and 24% is items that could have been recycled. Trees have various benefits, including reducing air pollution and stormwater runoff, which is valuable to our local environment.

Canberra's Light Rail. Photo: Wiki Commons.




Questacon Director Professor Graham Durant AM A voicemail message, some words of encouragement from his family and a giant leap of faith saw Graham Durant make the move to Canberra from Glasgow in 2003 to take on the role of Director of Questacon. 17 years later and Graham is as passionate as ever about his work, which he finds both immensely enjoyable and incredibly rewarding, citing his visits to the production workshop where the exhibits are made as one of his favourite parts of the job.


riginally trained as a geologist, Graham spent the first 25 years of his career working as both a geologist and museum curator at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum. In 1990, Graham played a key role in the establishment of Glasgow’s first handson science centre, the Glasgow Dome of Discovery, followed by the Glasgow Science Centre in 2001. In the early days of his career, before his focus turned progressively more towards communicating science to the masses, Graham’s work saw him studying a chain of volcanoes active around 55 million years ago along what is now Western Scotland. Graham’s studies revolved around the rocks that crystallised from magma deep under one of the volcanoes, and his dynamic role saw him learn to dive in order to collect samples of the rocks located underwater on the Scottish continental shelf. Graham’s interest in volcanoes has seen him visit and study several active volcanoes over the years, including a

trip in 2006 to the site of the recent eruption on New Zealand’s White Island. Graham explains that the combination of water and hot magma in volcanoes such as this one creates a lot of steam and vigorous steam explosions which are difficult to predict, which led to the recent tragedy. Graham’s current role as Director of Questacon has enabled him to further explore his passion for combining science, art and theatre as an effective way to demonstrate scientific phenomena to people with varying interests and different learning styles. A Division of the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, has two physical locations in Canberra including The Ian Potter Foundation Technology Learning Centre in Deakin in addition to the Questacon Centre in Parkes. Questacon also delivers various programs across Australia including professional learning workshops for


- GRAHAM DURANT, Director of Questacon.

Left: Interactive installations at Questacon. Photo: VisitCanberra. Right: Born or Built? Our Robotic Future. Photo: Supplied.


teachers, in-school science shows for primary school students, workshops for high school students, and pop up science centres. When asked what’s in store for Questacon in 2020, Graham reveals that a space exhibition is in the pipeline, which he and his team are working on with the Australian Space Agency. As part of this, there will be a special focus on Mars at Questacon in July. The newest current exhibition is Questacon’s Born or Built? Our Robotic Future, which examines the similarities and differences between humans and machines, explores our overlapping shared future, and questions the choices we will make to get there. Born or Built? asks questions that society will grapple with as technologies evolve and become more widespread. Rather than answering these questions for visitors, the exhibition encourages

them to engage with the underlying ideas and develop their own conclusions. The exhibition features 20 interactive experiences, from a neural network trained to recognise facial expressions to interactive art generated by electrodes attached to visitors’ bodies. Visitors will play ‘push-of-war’ with their minds, explore genetic manipulation technologies, program a self-driving car to deal with difficult moral scenarios and ponder whether they’d trust a robot doctor. Touching on the potential future of science, Graham speaks of many impending opportunities and challenges, with science and technology already at the heart of many important societal issues. “Science in the future will be increasingly multi-disciplinary and strongly linked to the humanities to influence public attitudes and behaviours,” says Graham.

When asked about his views on a sustainable future, Graham speaks passionately about Questacon’s goal as an organisation to become carbon neutral by 2030. “The young children who visit our Mini Q exhibition and Science Time program will be growing up throughout the remainder of this century and for their sake, there must be changes made to how the world manages planetary life-support systems and better use of resources. Empowering young people, harnessing their passion and connecting them with like-minded people is vital. It is their future and they need a voice.”

Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre King Edward Terrace, Parkes ACT questacon.edu.au


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What's on in the capital It’s that time of year when Canberra bids farewell to hot summer days, balmy evenings and weekends filled with lake walks and hours at local swimming pools, cooling off. With the change of season, we welcome crisp, clear mornings, crunchy leaves turning on deciduous trees and a feeling of a cool change in the air. It’s like breathing out. Autumn and winter are beautiful in Canberra. While some cities hibernate, our city and surrounds hum, offering a full list of events and activities for locals and visitors to experience.



Enlighten Festival Arguably the most Instagrammable event on the Canberra social calendar, Enlighten Festival transforms the city into a hive of early morning and evening activity. An event line up not to be missed, Enlighten champions iconic Canberra locations, placing art, culture and music centre stage in the nation’s capital. Incorporating several major free and ticketed events including Enlighten Illuminations, Canberra Balloon Spectacular, Lights! Canberra! Action!, Symphony in the Park, Canberra Night Noodle Markets, Canberra Day and Hit 104.7 Skyfire, the festival shines a light on our creative capital. Witness iconic cultural precincts come alive after dark with vibrant projections, interactive installations, workshops, street food, roving entertainers, live music and enchanting performances.

28 February – 15 March 2020 Various locations around Canberra City enlightencanberra.com

Enlighten projections at the National Portrait Gallery. Photo: Richard Poulton for VisitCanberra.



Capital Region Farmer's Market The Capital Region Farmer’s Market takes place each Saturday morning at Exhibition Park in Mitchell. With over 100 regular stallholders, a stop here is a great way to support local fire-affected farmers with sustainable practises, and enjoy fresh ingredients – the way nature intended. Held in an open-sided shed (albeit a very large one) whatever the season, you’re bound to find inspiration in the bounty on show. The local stallholders are passionate about their farms and produce and often, it is they themselves who handpick, grow, raise, catch or cook the items on offer. You’ll find South Coast rock oysters, the best catch from the boats of Ulladulla, Narooma and Batemans Bay, the finest stone fruit from Young, grass-fed meat from Boxgum Grazing, sweet berries from Borenore, Shoalhaven exotic mushrooms, plus silky fresh pasta, local honey, biltong and jerky, delicately crafted sweets, and freshly-cut flowers. Don your woollens, bring your own baskets, and defrost with a warm cup of freshly brewed masala chai from RealChai.

Saturdays from 7:30am–11:30am, year round Exhibition Park in Canberra, Mitchell capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au



Canberra Balloon Spectacular Prepare for lift off – the Canberra Balloon Spectacular is back for another year! Held over nine days, this mesmerising festival sees more than thirty hot air balloons from across the globe take to the skies in celebration of Canberra’s birthday. Each day from 6:15am (weather permitting), pilots begin inflating their brilliantly coloured balloons on the lawns of Old Parliament House, before gently ascending into the sky above Canberra’s iconic national attractions. Get there early for pole position as a spectator (admission is free), or book yourself a bucket-list experience as one of the passengers. Either way, you’ll be in for one magical view.

7–15 March 2020 Lawns of Old Parliament House, Parkes enlightencanberra.com/program/canberra-balloon-spectacular

Canberra Balloon Spectacular. Photo: Matt Witcombe for EventsACT.



Love Stories Inspired by stories of love – from the sensuous to the scandalous, the tragic to the transcendent – Love Stories will feature intimate portraits of some of the world’s most celebrated couples from the sixteenth century through to the present day. Think Yoko Ono and John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, members of the British Royal Family, and great literary love partnerships like Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb. A partnership between London’s acclaimed National Portrait Gallery, this winter blockbuster exhibition is an Australian exclusive featuring both home-grown and international artistic talent; renowned artists such as Cecil Beaton, Annie Leibowitz, Man Ray, David Hockney and Patrick Lichfield, amongst many others. Love Stories will also feature several exciting new photographic portraits — specially commissioned for the exhibition — of high-profile Australian couples.

20 June–11 October 2020 National Portrait Gallery of Australia, Parkes portrait.gov.au

Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh by Unknown photographer, 1937. © National Portrait Gallery, London.



Matisse & Picasso Matisse & Picasso is the first exhibition in Australia to tell the story of the artistic relationship between two of Europe’s greatest twentieth-century artists. Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) met in 1906 and for more than half a century followed each other’s creative developments and achievements. The sustained rivalry between them was not only key to their individual success, it also changed the course of 20th century Western European art. This blockbuster exhibition brings together more than 60 masterpieces including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and costumes from prestigious public and private international collections, some of which will be on display in Australia for the very first time.

13 December - 13 April 2020 National Gallery of Australia, Parkes nga.gov.au



Canberra Region Truffle Festival The ultimate foodie event, the Canberra Region Truffle Festival is an annual three-month celebration of the rare and elusive Black Winter Truffle. With cold, dry winters and hot summers, Canberra and the surrounding region offers the perfect conditions for more than 30 local truffle farms to harvest this exotic ingredient each winter. The festival, now in its 11th year, offers more than 250 tasty winter events which explore the magic and versatility of this delicacy, including degustation dinners, thrilling truffle hunts, cooking classes, demonstrations, farmers markets and more. Learn how to select, store and introduce truffles into your seasonal cooking repertoire, or leave it to the experts and indulge in a sensory experience at one of Canberra’s many top dining destinations.

June–August 2020 Various locations around Canberra and surrounds trufflefestival.com.au Canberra Truffle Festival. Photo: VisitCanberra



Canberra District Wine Week From the vine to the glass: wines from the local Canberra cool climate wine district on show to delight the tastebuds. Held over 10 days each year, Canberra District Wine Week is a collection of events which lead into the region’s harvest period. Launched on 7 March, and running from Saturday 21 March to Sunday 29 March wine revellers can expect a packed program full of events and activities. From wine comedy shows, courtesy of the Canberra Comedy Festival, to grape stomping, wine tasting, art exhibitions, musical soirees, the chance to blend your own wine, all the way to barrel tastings, the Canberra District Wine Week has something for the most discerning wine aficionado.

21–29 March 2020 Various venues around Canberra and region canberrawines.com.au



ANZAC Day On the anniversary of the World War One landing on Gallipoli, Australians gather around the world to commemorate the sacrifice, courage and mateship that is the spirit of the ANZAC. At the Australian War Memorial, April 25 has become more than an anniversary. It is a day to reflect and pay tribute to all Australian’s who have served, continue to serve or have died for our country. Canberra’s Dawn Service, National Ceremony, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony and Last Post attract thousands of people to ANZAC parade and its surrounds each year. These public ceremonies include a veteran’s march, laying of the wreaths, one minutes’ silence and the sounding of the Last Post – the military bugle call – that signifies the end of the days’ activities. ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’

25 April 2020 Australian War Memorial, Campbell awm.gov.au

Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial. Photo: VisitCanberra.



Spy: Espionage in Australia Often cloaked in myth, the stories of spies are sometimes stranger than fiction. For the first time at the National Archives, Spy: Espionage in Australia reveals the personal experiences of secret agents and the curious history of espionage and counterespionage in Australia, from Federation through to the present day. See genuine spy equipment, surveillance images and candid interviews with ASIO officers. Play the part of secret agent in the interactive family trail. Test your skills at codebreaking and reading invisible ink. Developed in partnership with ASIO, Spy: Espionage in Australia seeks to showcase the delicate balance between public interest and security, by bringing the stories of spies out of the shadows and into the light.

29 November 2019 – 27 April 2020 National Archives of Australia, Parkes naa.gov.au

NAA: A6201, 62. Evdokia Petrov escorted by two armed Russian diplomatic couriers at Mascot Airport, 1954.


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Andrew Morrow: The new guy taking on Canberra's food scene In the words of Gordon Ramsay, the difference between a good chef and a great chef is “the level of sensitivity on their plate… the ability to maximize an ingredient, and the flavour of that raw ingredient”, encompassing this premise is the new guy in town, Andrew Morrow.


eading up Braddon’s newest eateries, Braddon Merchant and Midnight Bar, and with as much experience as kilometres under his belt, Executive Chef Morrow is ready to take on the capital, one taste bud at a time. Located in the newly opened Midnight Hotel, Autograph Collection, Braddon Merchant is a light-filled European inspired restaurant priding itself on simple food, done exceptionally well. Each plate served only features ingredients that add purpose to the dish, with anything that is added for only a garnish-sake is omitted. The menu is versatile in its forms of enjoyment, you can do it on your own with a mix of shared and single dishes, or revel in The Braddon Merchant Experience – where the chef selects the food for you. The share style premise of The Braddon Merchant Experience allows guests to not only connect with each other, but also with what is served on the plate. Handing over the trust of your tastebuds to the chef ensures conversation and sighs of awe as each unique, seasonal dish is introduced by the waitstaff. Expect the menu classics such as Buffalo milk Persian fetta, fried buckwheat, soft onion and endive and pan-roasted line caught Narooma kingfish, three fries and caper butter served in unity with specials from the limited caught or harvested produce provided by local and small scale suppliers.


Li Sun king mushroom, millet, pickled garlic and charred spring onion at Braddon Merchant. Photo: Ryan Linnegar.

Returning to Australia from an 11-year residency at Emirates Palace in the UAE, Morrow was near obsessive with selecting his producers to execute the Braddon Merchant promise of seasonally and locally focused. “Coming from Dubai where every single ingredient other than a few fish comes off a plane or boat from a foreign country, I felt hungry for the opportunity to meet and get to know my producers”. This hunger drove him to the South Coast, the Riverlands and mountain ranges, which he notes are all great areas to source incredible produce from passionate people. “Within the first few weeks of relocating here, I did a few trips to the surrounding areas to meet with these producers and on those trips we formed a relationship. We support the likes of Bum Nuts Eggs near Gundaroo, who go to great lengths to ensure every egg is healthy and has been laid by a content and happy chicken; Li Sun Mushrooms in Mittagong, who grow tremendous mushrooms in the old rail tunnels; Narooma Direct Seafood who both catch and source some of the best seafood available, and Moonlight Flat Oysters who finish their oysters using traditional methods developed in France.”


With so much appreciation for his suppliers and their produce, it was a shock for the whole kitchen when the 2019/2020 bushfires hit the South Coast of NSW. Across this time, the passionate people behind the produce at Braddon Merchant fought fires and defended their livelihood, housed people on their fishing charters when it was not safe to be on land, and banded together to get through what has been the largest bushfire in global history. Morrow’s promise to continue to support these producers spans both words and actions. He’s even offered his time to go and assist in rebuilding and harvesting their crops. The respect Morrow has for his suppliers shows not only in the way that he treats, prepares and serves their produce but also the way that he personally speaks about them and wants to share their story on the plate. And this is what sets Andrew Morrow a cut above the rest.

Braddon Merchant, 1 Elouera Street, Braddon braddonmerchant.com.au


Top 5 essentials for the everyday chef Thick, polycarbonate chopping boards The thin ones bend and buckle, but a good, solid, 110 – 140mm thick polycarbonate board will be a true and loyal friend. Scrub hard after use and leave in the full sun, once a week to bleach out any vegetable stains. Joseph Joseph Nest Chopping Board Set, $123.00 From josephjoseph.com

A real microplane grater It is a versatile and user-friendly accessory that is integral to grating of cheese, zesting citrus, grating garlic and other vegetable items. Don’t buy a cheap knock-off as they tend to be very course and aggressive and you will be much more likely to catch your fingers. Microplane Grater, $37.99 From house.com.au

A good set of heavy based pots and pans Thin aluminium or steel pots and pans lose heat too quickly and stew food rather than sear, they also buckle quickly meaning you won’t have a flat surface. Baccarat iD3 Four Piece Non-Stick Cookware Set, $579.00 From baccarat.com.au

A set of stackable containers

A good, solid and sharp chef's knife

When preparing foods, it’s always better to do all the chopping, grating, slicing and dicing in advance with any left over items being able to be stored easily in the fridge.

A good knife is integral to the enjoyment of cooking. Ensure it stays sharp by honing regularly and sending to a professional sharpener to keeps its edge.

IKEA 365+ Food Container 3pk, $6.99 From ikea.com/au/en

Wuesthof Classic Cook's Knife 20cm, $289.95 From wuesthof.com/en-au



#EmptyEsky The summer of 2019 was a scorcher, which saw immense loss and devastation across the country as record bushfires swept through states and territories, leaving eerie, burnt landscapes in their wake. The South Coast of New South Wales was heavily impacted by the bushfires, which were unrelentless in their destruction. Thousands of communities have been affected, with businesses and homes damaged or lost beyond repair.


n the wake of the fires, and as keen supporters of the South Coast, we are making it our mission to continue to support the businesses who were affected financially and emotionally during this time. As well as our line of Abode Hotels, we own some restaurants and bars, most of which feature South Coast produce on their menus. In support of the #EmptyEsky campaign, we have rounded up some of the places you can visit on a day trip from Canberra to the coast. We encourage you to stop by, say hello to our suppliers, purchase some of their amazing produce, and listen to their story. Dojo Bakery Any journey south must include a stop at Historic Braidwood, home of Dojo Bread and Dojo Food. Dojo Bread is a small, familyrun, community focused bakery specialising in traditional German style breads from dense rye sourdough to the classic crusty white Vienna. The doors open at 8am when the bread is fresh and still warm – that’s the best time to visit, as you’ll meet all the locals. However, if you enjoy a sleep in, Dojo have extended their name across the courtyard into Dojo Food where you can pick up


Cupitt's Estate Winery. Photo: Supplied.

baguettes, dips, and other local artisan goods to refuel your tummy before embarking on the rest of your trip. 91 Wallace St, Braidwood NSW 2622 Mon-Sat 8am – 1pm

Alfresco Coffee Roasters Giving people another reason to stop in the old Granite Town of Moruya, Alfresco Coffee is an Australian owned and operated boutique roastery, passionate about sourcing, roasting & brewing coffee ethically. Sourcing their beans from some of the world’s most beautiful coffee growing regions, Alfresco highlight each origin’s unique flavour while adding their own twist of character to each blend. There are 3 blends to choose from daily, with their award-winning house blend of Church Street always hitting the spot. 15b Church Street, Moruya NSW 2537 Mon-Fri 6:30am - 3:30pm, Sat 8am - 1pm alfrescocoffee.com.au

Cupitt’s Winery Located in the countryside between Milton and Ulladulla, Cupitt’s Winery is a jack of all trades when it comes to food and wine. The family-run affair offers a boutique winery, cellar door, restaurant, bar, microbrewery and fromagerie. Honestly, is there anything they can’t do? Not only is this venue family-led (and pet friendly), it is also community focused, offering a range of events that either support select charities or highlight local talent such as their monthly local produce market supporting growers and suppliers of the region. 58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla NSW 2539 Sun-Wed 10am – 5pm, Thu-Sat – 10am-10pm cupitt.com.au

Moonlight Flat Oysters In the popular hub of Batemans Bay you will find Moonlight Flat Oysters. Following a simple philosophy of producing the freshest possible handselected oysters and delivering direct from the farm, the main guy Steve has certainly made a name for himself in the culinary world. With six oyster varieties, all with their own charm - from the award-winning Moonlight Kisses providing a powerful flavour punch, to the Clare de Lune which are produced in the most carefully controlled conditions - the team take such care with their product. They even hand pack their range, just like the French. Experience the taste for yourself, at Sebel restaurant in Kiama or Braddon Merchant in Canberra. Batemans Bay NSW 2536 moonlightflatoysters.com.au

Eden Mussels Operating for over two decades and located in one of the worst fireaffected areas of Eden on the South Coast of NSW is Eden Mussels. Setting the benchmark for quality produce, Eden Mussels have been acknowledged regularly by the Sydney Fish Market Seafood Awards, with their Blue Mussels, grown in the nutrient waters of Twofold Bay consistently receiving high accolades. Dedicated to their sustainability efforts for both the environment and consumers, you can indulge in these beautiful little guys guilt free, as not only are they ethically farmed, but they are also a great source of vitamin B12. Mussels can be purchased fresh straight from the boat 'Sinbad' from Monday - Friday on the main wharf of Snug Cove, Eden NSW 2551. Moonlight Flat Moonlight Kisses oysters.

Snug Cove Wharf, Eden Mon-Fri 9am-3pm edenmussels.com


Louis Couttoupes' Kiosk. Photo: Ashley St George of Pew Pew Studio.


The rise of the pop-up A pop-up, also known as pop-up store or flash retailing, is a trend of opening short-term sales spaces that last for days to weeks before closing down, often to catch onto a fad or timely event – in the ACT they are our favourite foodie havens.



rom red caravans serving burgers, to trendy temporary leases, each pop-up leaves a mark. Some more so than others, which manage to hold the hype and turn their pop-up appearance into permanent residency. Canberra’s golden child of the popup is none other than BrodBurger. Humble beginnings in 2009 saw a red caravan camping out in Bowen Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, with long lines and wait times lasting over an hour for their burgers. Fast forward to 2010 and it was time for BrodBurger to expand into a permanent location on the Kingston Foreshore, a location that has since seen them solidify their cult following for over a decade. Burger fanatics can also take a big bite out of Canberra’s foodie history at the home of burgers and beers, Capital Brewing Co., Brodburger’s second location. The original caravan has since made multiple surprise appearances at other locations, and is visual a legacy for the business.

BrodBurger at Capital Brewing Co. Photo: Kara Rosenlund for VisitCanberra.

Sourcing local and international wines with an intriguing background, The Pop Inn provides and intimate experience with a story behind each glass. The innovative venue is card only and spruiks its locations via their website. And lastly, Canberra’s culinary king, Louis Couttoupes, has once again made his mark with a new temporary restaurant – Kiosk. Located in old Kingston, the makeshift dining experience takes inspiration from Couttoupes’ recent explorations to find himself, and a newfound passion, through Asia (with a French stopover).

The Pop Inn. Photo: Eldad Photography.

brodburger.com.au thepopinn.com kiosk-cbr.com

Continuing down the tasty trend of pop ups is one of the liquid variety The Pop Inn by Wine Bar Co. Described as “a place for wine lovers, and lovers of Canberra’s hidden secrets”, this pop up wine bar is injecting life into the Canberra popup scene and enticing its guests to experience locations commonly overlooked, while enjoying a glass or two of vino and a cheeseboard, of course.

With a blink and you’ll miss it chalkboard menu focusing on “low key, super seasonal dining” the ever-changing menu is curated from what growers and producers deliver on the day. With the short-term lease ending in May 2020, this is a pop up not to be missed; although Louis is one to watch, as expectations are high for him to be seen in a more permanent location.



The 'hottest' places to get cosy in the capital There’s nothing better than finding a little gem of a place in the cooler months of the year, that has a cosy space, complete with an open fireplace and food and drinks close by. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the top spots in the capital and close by that will keep you warm this winter.

Bar Rochford Located upstairs in Canberra’s historic Melbourne Building, Bar Rochford is set to start off a cosy evening with a lit fire and records spinning. Awarded Australia’s Best Bar in 2018 by Gourmet Traveller, the team pride themselves on fine food, exciting wines, along with an ever-changing specials menu consisting of interesting producers and expressive cocktails. Melbourne Building, 65 London Circuit, Canberra barrochford.com

Monster Kitchen + Bar On the skirts of the CBD and in the heart of Ovolo Nishi you will find Monster Kitchen and Bar. With nooks nestled throughout and two open fireplaces to choose from, grab a menu and take a seat in either the bustling hotel bar or more intimate restaurant, settle in and enjoy amazing food and a bottle of vino. 25 Edinburgh Avenue, Canberra monsterkitchen.com.au

Four Winds Vineyard We might be bending the rules with this recommendation, but it’s well worth it. Four Winds Vineyard offers more than a fireplace, it offers a fireplace to cook delicious woodfired pizzas. With a minimal menu offering homemade, tried and tested recipes, the combination of hot pizza with boutique wine can’t be beaten. 9 Patemans Lane, Murrumbateman fourwindsvineyard.com.au


Bacaro Wine Bar by Italian & Sons The best way to make pizza is by woodfire, and the best way to enjoy pizza is by a wood fire… with a vino. Hidden down the alleyway behind the infamous Italian and Sons, Bacaro, also owned by the Tremboli family is the more casual sibling, yet still packs a punch. Serving next level pizza and receiving the nod from Gourmet Traveller as one of the top bars of 2019, Bacaro is the capital’s best kept cosy corner. 7 Lonsdale Street, Braddon italianandsons.com.au/bacaro

Rye Café They say the early bird gets the worm, but in this case, the early bird gets warm. Rye Café in Braddon has you covered for those mornings when you want to

brunch without the brrr. Kickstart your day with a coffee from Five Senses and find your new winter favourite from the simple yet delicious menu. 9 Lonsdale Street, Braddon ryecafe.com.au

Abode Murrumbateman Located in the heart of Canberra’s cool climate winery district, Abode Murrumbateman invites you to a weekend of warmth and the convenience of the onsite Abode Pantry stocking local wines and artisan cheeses and produce. Set yourself in for some serious down time next to the beautiful stone fireplace and enjoy a nibble and tipple. All rooms are spacious with comfortable bedding and STAYCAST streaming for the perfect week or weekend getaway. 57 Rose Street, Murrumbateman abodehotels.com.au

Left: Four Winds woodfired pizza. Photo: VisitCanberra. Right: Bar Rochford. Photo: Supplied, Lean Timms.


Alex Gondzioulis. Photos: Jeffry Santony.



Setting the bar high 70 bartenders sat the exam. Eight made it to the finals to compete in front of 650 of the industry’s finest, only one was crowned the Bartender of the Year: Alex Gondzioulis.


ou would think taking out a nation-wide competition would give you some bragging rights, but Alex Gondzioulis stays humble about his recent win of the 2019 Australian Bartender Magazine’s Australian Bartender of the Year.

For bartenders, the highest awarded accolade comes in the form of being crowned Bartender of the Year. This nation-wide competition draws bartenders from across the country who are passionate about their work and committed to creating beautifully-crafted cocktails, which pay homage to recipes of old, while also push boundaries with new techniques.

Up against the country’s best, the Canberra born bartender wowed the judges with his concoctions “Fine Times” and “The Good Old Days”. The former incorporating perfectly balanced notes of Rochwork Orange Frontignac, pear wine, dry flor apera, verjus, De Kuyper Mango, coconut water and a few other ingredients that only those in the know, know. Working in bars since he was 17, Alex juggled school, university and endless late-night shifts. The love of the job, however, paved the way for him to turn bartending into a full-time career. From slinging drinks in some of Canberra’s finest bars including Akiba and Bar Rochford, Alex now works in Sydney at noted late-night spot, Bulletin Place, and attributes a lot of his success and passion for the job to his work colleagues, who have become friends and mentors over the years.


The competition involves a written exam, blind tasting activities, the refining of two cocktails and a presentation. The presentation is delivered at the Australian Bar Awards, in front of more than 650 industry peers. Taking out top spot in his first attempt is no mean feat. Surprised and humbled by the title, Alex maintains that he just wants people to enjoy their time sitting across the bar from him, serve something delicious and have a laugh. Passionate about the growth of his industry, Alex says “we’re at a point where everyone is consistently pushing boundaries and challenging each other in a really interesting, collaborative way.” When speaking to sustainability, he notes that sourcing sustainably and locally has transcended the point of being a trend in the bartending industry. It’s just the standard now. Pleasantly uncertain of what the future holds and where his job may take him, it’s fair to say that Alex Gondzioulis is on to a good thing. His enthusiasm is infectious and reminds us that no matter what you do, do it with purpose, and a little laugh along the way. Bulletin Place, Level 1/10-14 Bulletin Place, Sydney @the_gondz



Mussels, 'Nduja, Orange, Baguette

Serves 4

Three Mills sourdough. Photo: Richard Poulton for VisitCanberra.

Raising the dough In 2013, two carb-lovers Jarrod Deaton and Justin King decided it was time to celebrate sourdough and deliver quality bread to Canberra. With some old equipment and a credit card in hand Three Mills Bakery was born. Now producing award winning artisanal loaves to businesses and families across Australia, Three Mills Bakery celebrates tradition, quality and passion, one grain at a time.


ecognising that there is a lot of average bread being baked and consumed at volume, and with that, excessive amounts of wastage, the boys at Three Mills Bakery decided that it was time to do something about the crummy consumption cycle. In the spirit of breaking bread and sharing knowledge, Jarrod and Justin published ‘Beyond Bread and Butter: A Celebration of Sourdough’. A refreshing bread cookbook that inspires you to explore beyond the humble loaf and progress through a journey of sourdough, Beyond Bread and Butter delves into the history of sourdough, the benefits and teaches you how to make the most out of your freshly baked bread.


With over 65 recipes evolving from simple to complex, you are taken on a journey of innovative ways to make sourdough at home, how to best use fresh and old bread, and exciting dishes that incorporate and accompany your favourite bread loaves – all in the name of helping to cut down waste and demonstrate the versatility of sourdough. Beyond Bread and Butter: A Celebration of Sourdough can be puchased online or in-store. 5 Lancaster Place, Majura Park threemillsbakery.com.au

Ingredients • 1.2kg black mussels, cleaned and debearded • 80g 'nduja • 1 orange, zest • 400ml chicken stock • 80g butter • 60ml olive oil • 12 basil leaves, torn • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced • 12 saffron threads • 4 bay leaves To serve • 8 slices sourdough baguette • 1kg mussels and liquid • 1/2 bunch basil, torn Method In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, saffron, bay leaves and 'nduja, stirring quickly before the garlic browns. Add mussels, butter and chicken stock. Cover pot with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes or until mussels open. Add orange zest and stir through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place mussels and liquid into a large bowl and sprinkle with torn basil. Serve with chunks of sourdough baguette for dipping.


CBR Brave. Photo: Scott Stevenson.

Ice, ice, baby With the start of the 2020 season of the Australian Ice Hockey League (AIHL) approaching faster than a puck to a net (okay, maybe not that fast, but it is just around the corner!) we caught up with Dan Amodio, Director of CBR Brave, to find out what’s in store for the year ahead. Brave Goes Global The 2020 season hasn’t even begun yet and the Braves are already achieving success, with not one but four players Hayden Dawes, Kai Miettinen, Casey Kubara and Wehebe Darge - being named in the Mighty Roo's squad. The Roos are set to represent Australia at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship, taking place in Croatia in April. Supporting Local Also during the off-season, the CBR Brave boys were involved in the #WeAreOne initiative, supporting the NSW Rural Fire Service and those affected by the bushfire crisis. The Braves also got behind the next generation of Canberra ice hockey stars earlier this year, with the ‘Train with the Brave’ program which saw registered Junior Brave players train with their CBR Brave heroes and coaches.

brave.theaihl.com @cbrbrave


2020 Home Game Schedule You can catch all of the CBR Brave home games when the 2020 season kicks off in April, at the Phillip Swimming & Ice Skating Centre, right here in Canberra.



Away team

Saturday 18 April


Sydney Ice Dogs

Saturday 2 May


Newcastle Northstars

Saturday 23 May


Melbourne Mustangs

Saturday 7 June


Melbourne Ice

Sunday 14 June


Sydney Bears

Saturday 20 June


Adelaide Adrenaline

Sunday 21 June


Adelaide Adrenaline

Sunday 12 July


Sydney Ice Dogs

Sunday 19 July


Melbourne Mustangs

Saturday 25 July


Perth Thunder

Sunday 26 July


Perth Thunder

Saturday 8 August


Sydney Bears

Saturday 15 August


Melbourne Ice

Sunday 23 August


Newcastle Northstars

A lway s B rave



View schedule & buy tickets cbrBrave.com.au


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Run, Forrest, run... to the park and the pub Crisscrossed with countless tracks, paths, hubs and parks, the long-standing culture of athleticism has seen our Canberra running community morph into a colossus of fitness, fun and variety.


unning a nation, running for charity or a running joke, Canberra has it all. With numerous running groups and organisations celebrating fitness, community and self-growth, there is a group for everyone irrespective of their ability.

Parkrun A global free, volunteer-led organisation with 5km and 2km events, bringing countless cultures from different nations together in celebration of living healthier happier lives. Parkrun Australia has 69,944 weekly events, with a total of 640,869 runners in over 383 locations, 8 of those locations are within the Canberra region from Tuggeranong through to Wagi Bridge. Registration is simple and free, you will be allocated a unique barcode to track your progress and personal best times.


Grapest 5k Run. Photo: Supplied.

parkrun.com.au pub-runners.com canberra.ymca.org.au centauroutdoorevents.com.au

Pub Runners Uber running enthusiast and co-founder of Pub Runners, Gary Potter (a.k.a. Coach Potty, Gaz, Gazza, Coach or Pottzy) established Pub Runners in 2012. It all began when visiting a fellow marathon runner in New Zealand. Gary noticed all the running clubs across the ditch were sponsored by their local pubs and clubs, once Gary returned to Australia, Pub Runners was born. Noting the desire for Canberrans to have a social running club, Gary instilled a philosophy of “it’s as much about the pub as it is about the run” into his group. Breaking traditional ideas of running being a solitary sport and infusing it with gregarious personality. Pub Runner meetups occur every Tuesday at 5:45pm when the “Pubbers” set off running for a timed 5-kilometre walk, jog or sprint, the track’s purposefully selected for their scenery, terrain and level of difficulty, ensuring everyone can participate. Each course is allocated a 6-week rotation allowing “Pubbers” to monitor their goals, personal best times and achievements during the rotation.

Womens & Girls Jogalong The Womens and Girls Jogalong is held by YMCA Canberra and creates a community for mother and daughter runners. Held on the first Saturday of each month with three different courses, each course is designed for any ability whether you like to walk, jog or run. Attendance is free for YMCA members, with charges applying for non-members 17+ yrs. Registration opens 30 minutes prior. Grapest 5k Run Potentially one of Australia’s best fun runs. The Grapest 5K Run is punny, entertaining and a grape way to spend the evening with friends. You can walk, run, skip or stumble your way to the tasting stations, working up a thirst to sample some of the region’s best wines. But the pun doesn’t end there, the event has merlot begun (sorry!) As the sun sets, live entertainment begins, giving everyone a chance to “put on some grape dance moves”. The events are held nation-wide, with the next Canberra event scheduled for the 21st November 2020 at Lake George Winery, allowing time to work on your fitness and prove that you will run for wine.



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Abode Hotels - A+ Magazine Autumn/Winter 2020  

Welcome to A+ Magazine, a Canberra-centric showcase and guide to what's happening around Australia's capital city. Produced biannually by Ic...

Abode Hotels - A+ Magazine Autumn/Winter 2020  

Welcome to A+ Magazine, a Canberra-centric showcase and guide to what's happening around Australia's capital city. Produced biannually by Ic...