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Welcome to the June edition of Capital Clues, your story leads enewsletter from Canberra and the Capital Region.

Warm up with a short break and create lasting memories in the nation’s capital this winter. Get your skates on and hit an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of the city. See new exhibits at the national attractions, including the National Museum of Australia’s newest gallery. Indulge in local cuisine by a crackling fire or join a truffle hunt. There’s plenty to see and do in the capital.


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Skate in the City

Music at the NGA

Out of the West at the NGA

Capital Country Truffle Festival

Australian history through landmarks

Mrs Prime Minister

Talented textile artists

Talk and Taste at the Kitchen Cabinet

Flavours, fun and Fireside


Skate in the City

Enjoy frosty fun in the heart of Canberra with an open air ice skating rink, from 1 to 30 July. Don’t miss Stars on Ice performances on Friday and Saturday nights and special daytime school holiday shows. Spoil yourself at the Winter Handmade Marketplace on Thursday to Saturday evenings. Indulge in the licensed cafe with warm winter delights and outdoor heating or enjoy a romantic drink under the twinkling lights after a skating session. Watch out for a kids’ Santa Spectacular skate show, as part of the Christmas in July celebrations — it might even snow!

Media contact: Kathy Tricolas  E: kathy.tricolas@act.gov.au T: 02 6205 0027

Music at the Gallery

Enjoy the eloquent sounds of classical music at the National Gallery of Australia’s new concert series, hosted by ABC Classic FM’s Emma Ayres. The inaugural Music at the Gallery series will run over four Sunday afternoons during July in the stunning new Gandel Hall. Feature artists Simon Tedeschi, Amelia Farrugia, Rosario La Spina and the Lurline Chamber Orchestra will perform repertoire from the classical, baroque, renaissance and romantic periods.

Media contact: Lauren Griffiths E: lauren.griffiths@threesides.com.au T: 0417 409 264

Beauty of the West

See the natural beauty of the Western Australian landscape through the eyes of the early settlers, through to modern day artists — each mesmerised by the light, heat, long horizons and vast expanses. It's running at the National Gallery of Australian from 8 July until April 2012. Out of the West explores artistic responses to Western Australia through a diverse variety of media, including painting, sculpture, watercolour, drawing, printmaking, photography, video installation, jewellery, furniture, decorative arts and design.

Media contact: Lauren Griffiths E: lauren.griffiths@threesides.com.au T: 0417 409 264

Truffle fever hits Capital Country

Truffle hunts, cooking classes and truffle dinners —discover the magic of truffles throughout July when the region celebrates these highly prized gems during the Capital Country Truffle Festival. Learn from celebrity chefs and other truffle experts, join a truffle hunt or simply indulge in the special flavours and intoxicating aromas of the truffle dishes at local restaurants, cafes and wineries. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of this exquisite delicacy with sumptuous truffle degustation dinners at various fine dining restaurants.

Media contact: Fred Harden E: fred@trufflefestival.com.au  T: 0402 351 025

Flavours, fun and Fireside

Winter in the Canberra region means plenty of indulgent activities. Throughout August, visit the venues holding special events to celebrate winter, as part of the Fireside Festival. It’s all about curling up by a crackling fire, tasting the best winter cuisine, enjoying quality cool climate wine, discovering new places and experiences, relaxing with friends and family and immersing yourself in winter.

Media contact: Tania Ward E: tania@harvestpr.com.au T: 0411 133 306

Talk and Taste at the Kitchen Cabinet

Join The Kitchen Cabinet’s Talk and Taste series throughout winter and learn about sustainable cooking, truffles, baking and much more. Located in iconic Old Parliament House, The Kitchen Cabinet supports a regional network connecting consumers with those who produce their food. Chef/owner, Janet Jeffs, and her team provide a food lovers experience not to be missed. Bookings essential.

Media contact: info@gingercatering.com.au T: 02 6270 8156

Australian history through landmarks

Trace the broad history of Australia since European colonisation at the National Museum of Australia’s newest gallery, Landmarks: People and Places across Australia. This major permanent gallery explores 10 big themes in the country's past through the stories of Australian places and their peoples. It examines how people engaged with landscapes, flora, fauna, and technologies to build distinctive communities and places that define their lives.

Media contact: Caroline Vero E: c.vero@nma.gov.au T: 0438 620 710

Mrs Prime Minister: Public image, private lives

Discover the multi-faceted role played by the 26 remarkable women who filled the role of Prime Minister’s wife from 1901 to 2010. Held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, from 11 July until 27 November 2011, this fascinating exhibition will explore the realities of being the partner of one of the nation’s most powerful men — including the difficulties of trying to balance public and private life, the glamour, the hardships, the passions, the constant travel, and of course, the politics.

Media contact: Nicolle Keyes E: Nicolle.Keyes@moadoph.gov.au T: 02 6270 8175 

Talented textile artists unite to share their wares

Loosen the purse strings or just be inspired at the Old Bus Depot Markets’ Creative Fibre event on Sunday 17 July. Now in its eighth year, Creative Fibre is a favourite for anyone with an interest in textile arts. Marvel at beautiful creations by the region’s most talented textile artists, from screen printed fabric to felt wool creating everything from tunics, tea pot covers and headwear. Speak to the artists about their textile speciality and learn about the processes involved through demonstrations.

Media contact: Lauren Griffiths E: lauren.griffiths@threesides.com.au T: 0417 409 264


It’s been a case of Departures & Arrivals for some of Canberra’s best known establishments. Axis, which brought fine dining to the National Museum for 10 years, and Senso restaurant and culinary school in the Fyshwick Markets, have both closed their doors. Grazing chef, Tom Moore, is also moving on, not long after hobnobbing it with the world’s top chefs at the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurant awards in London. Moore, who won the trip when he was named Young Restaurateur of the Year in last year’s Appetite for Excellence Awards, plans a move to Canada with his family. Fortunately, Grazing remains in the capable hands of Kurt Neumann, formerly head chef at Courgette. Grazing will soon be complemented by Capital Wines’ new cellar door, café and regional epicurean centre, due to open shortly. Neumann is planning wine and food master classes, degustation menus and a Chef’s Table in the kitchen.

Media Contact: Jennie Mooney. T: 0400 628 666

Italian dining is flourishing in the National Capital. Along with Italian & Sons which has won numerous accolades for its seasonal trattoria-style food, newcomers Dieci e Mezzo and Bicicletta Provedore & Cellar are putting their own stamp on Mediterranean cuisine. In the suburbs, two neighbourhood restaurants have an Italian charm that is worth travelling across town for. Wild Porcini, in Nicholls, is a cosy, intimate restaurant where owner and head chef, Michael Olejniczak, draws on family recipes and gives them a modern twist. At Da Nunzio Caffè Bar and Ristorante in Gungahlin, Nunzio Raco offers a broad-ranging menu that includes outstanding homemade pasta dishes, as well as pizzas and other favourites cooked in a woodfired oven.

Media Contact: Michael Olejniczak. T: (02) 6241 0711
Nunzio Raco. T: 02 6255 6003

Canberra’s much-loved Brodburgers have found a new home, with Sascha Brodbeck and his partner Joelle Bou-Jaoude taking over the café in the Canberra Glassworks. They have developed a loyal following for their delectable burgers which are currently sold from a little red caravan that has become an icon in Bowen Park on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. The burgers, made from high quality fresh ingredients, regularly draw crowds that have been known to wait for up to an hour. Ms Bou-Jaoude said the move to the Kingston Foreshore arts precinct would allow Brodburger to give its customers a better experience with an expanded menu and longer opening hours. ACT Minister for Arts Joy Burch said bringing the popular business to the Glassworks would add character to the precinct, complementing its vision for the area as a visual arts hub.

Media Contact: Sascha Brodbeck. T: 0424 635 824

A comprehensive new book shows that Canberra wine just keeps getting better with age. In “Wines of the Canberra District:  Coming of Age”, the authors, local winemakers Brian Johnston and Janet Johnson, identify seven key factors that have underpinned the increasing success of the region, including its unique continental climate and strong science-based approach to winemaking. The authors calculate that over the five years to 2010, Canberra District winemakers have won over 200 significant awards for their wines, including 144 gold medals, 58 trophies and 89 reviews by wine writers that have scored the wines 94 out of 100 or above. As well as being a guide to touring the District, the book profiles 42 local wineries. Produced with the support of the Canberra District Wine Industry Association (CDWIA), the book is available from bookstores, cellar doors and Canberra attractions for $33. It can also be bought online at www.mckellarridgewines.com.au.

Media Contact: Brian Johnston. T: 0409 780 861

Canberra’s vibrant dining precinct, North Quarter, will turn into chocolate central when Koko Black hosts its winter evening series. Set amongst luxurious surrounds, Chocolate Immersion on 9 August and Chocolate Degustation on 10 August are sure to be a hit with chocolate lovers.

Media Contact: Marian Syme T: 03 9354 0720 marian@kokoblack.com

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