28 April 2012

Corowa - Farmers Market and Chocolate

On our return journey from Cobram back to Melbourne, we took the long way back, choosing to see some to the towns along the Murray River before we head south, back to Melbourne. We opted to cross over to Barooga, NSW and head east, passing Lake Mulwala towards Corowa.

Corowa is another shire town located along the bank of the Murray River, the border between New South Wales and Victoria. The town is within easy travelling distance to the rural cities of Albury, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Wagga Wagga, Shepparton and the Nation's Capital, Canberra.

This morning happens to be a Farmers Market Day at the Bangerang Park. It opens from 8:00 am till 1:00pm, which provided us just the opportunity to sample some of the local food for breakfast and for me, a hot cup of coffee from the mobile coffee van, at the same time enjoying the country music playing from a mobile DJ van.

Took are time browsing the stalls, looking at some of the produces, plants and artwork on display. Most of the time however, we just enjoy the music and the family atmosphere of the market.

Next we went in search of the chocolate factory Corowa Chocolate, we saw advertised.

A heritage listed flour mill from the 1920’s that was transformed into a thriving whiskey and chocolate factory. Did not know about the whiskey part of the factory nor did we see any. Just chocolate and there is also a range of liquorice products. Their web-site however says that the whiskey portion of the business is a work-in-progress.

The chocolate it offers is a smooth, full flavoured Belgian chocolate, the white and dark variety. Their manufacturing process uses all the cocoa bean rather than substituting some of it with other ingredients. The result is said to be good for your health.

There is also a Café serving beverages, Devonshire and light meals. The cafe is also a popular meeting place for the local out for dinner and some music. There was even a country singer rehearsing his music for his evening/night gig.

There are even table outside the cafe, to enjoy the outdoor air. What's interesting however, was the two little playful goats that was fenced up at the back. Somehow, the brown one always manages to escape, jumping over the fence much to the distress and humour of the people working at the cafe.

Did not find out if the goats were in transit or part of the 'entertainment' of the place, especially for the children while the parents relax and enjoy the ambience of the place along with their light meals over a cuppa or two.

Whatever the reason was, they were a joy to watch and take photos with.

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