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The Baking Community of Tilba

Find out more about Nelleke Gorton and the baking community as seen in River Cottage Australia. 

Nelleke Gorton is a highly respected member of the NSW South Coast CWA (Country Women’s Association). A passionate cook, baker and former professional pastry chef, Nelleke has won numerous prizes for her baking and is highly sort after as a Judge of competitive baking competitions.

Nelleke holds judging certificates in the Preserved Products Farm Produce and Baked Products and Sweets categories and is certified as a Judge by the state Cookery Committee of the CWA of New South Wales. She also holds various cooking related positions with the CWA.

Prior to entering the cooking competition at the annual Quamma Harvest Fair, Paul visited Nelleke at her house near Tathra, about an hour South of Tilba on the Far South Coast of NSW for some tips in how to cook up prize winning pumpkin scones.

The Quamma Harvest fair is an annual event held in the small locality of Quamma (pronounced  ‘Quor-ma’). The Harvest Fair gives the locals a chance to come together to celebrate the culture and food of their area. It culminates in the cooking competition which requires entrants to create a dish with a particular theme or ingredient. The theme changes annually and this year’s compulsory ingredient, pumpkin, prompted Paul to seek out Nelleke for help in creating the perfect pumpkin scone a dish synonymous with the C.W.A and country cooking competitions.

The competition is open to entrants of all age’s & skill levels. Despite not winning a prize it was an event that gave Paul an opportunity to get a feel for life in a country town, have some fun, make some local connections and learn some new skills.


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