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Friday, February 13, 2015

Pialligo Estate, Canberra's New Destination for Lovers of Good Food and Wine

A sensational new food, wine, and lifestyle destination in a rural setting just minutes from Canberra's airport and city centre will be unveiled today.

Set on 86 acres, Pialligo Estate was the Canberra region's original market garden, dating back to the 1820s. Owned by business partners Rowan Brennan and John Russell since 2010, Pialligo Estate has grown with their passion for fresh produce, food, gardens, and architecture.

Today the estate has been expanded to incorporate an olive grove, vineyard, orchard, market garden, and the award-winning Pialligo Smokehouse, famous for Australia's Best Artisan Bacon.

Pialligo Estate in Canberra

The Estate will re‐open its doors tonight after an extensive refurbishment including a new Farmhouse Restaurant.

Co-owner Rowan Brennan said friends loved visiting Pialligo Estate so much they decided to open the Estate to guests to enjoy a unique food, wine and lifestyle experience.

“It's such a unique part of Canberra —a rural lifestyle only minutes from the city with uninterrupted views of Parliament House, the City skyline, Duntroon, Black Mountain, and the Brindabellas,” Mr Brennan said.

“We are driven by the concept of paddock to plate. At Pialligo Estate, our diners can see the working farm where their food comes from. The Pialligo Farmhouse overlooks our own grape vines, fruit orchard, market gardens, olive grove, and the historical smokehouse.”

Featuring natural stones, recycled timbers and over 12,000 plants, the Pialligo Farmhouse Restaurant is simply amazing.

Pialligo Estate's culinary director and Michelin-starred chef, Jan Gundlach, has brought together an exciting young culinary team for the Farmhouse restaurant headed by Chef de cuisine, Brendan Walsh and Sous chef, Brian Logan.

“Brendan's outstanding culinary credentials include working at Michelin-starred restaurants, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester, and Restaurant Pied à Terre in London, as well as Vue de Monde in Melbourne. Sous chef, Brian Logan's experience includes five years at Tetsuya's in Sydney,” Mr Gundlach.

“The opportunity to create a new seasonal menu featuring our own produce every day is truly unique.”

Internationally recognised architectural firm Grounds Kent and landscape designer Paul Bangay have created a magnificent environment to enjoy the Estate's produce and take in the panoramic views of Canberra.

The Pialligo Estate Farmhouse Restaurant is opening on Friday 13 February for dinner, Saturday 14 February for lunch and dinner, and Sunday 15 February for lunch. Thereafter, the restaurant will trade Wednesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday lunch, adding another rich layer to Canberra's thriving food and wine scene.

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