Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Treasure Hunt boosts local businesses

Businesses involved in the 2017 Festival of Glass Treasure Hunt report that it is bringing them more visitors.

Scarlet and Lilly at Montana's, Portarlington
Twenty eight business in Curlewis, Drysdale and Portarlington have commissioned pieces of glass art from local artists as prizes for the Treasure Hunt, which is in its second year.

Treasure Hunters who spot each business's glass 'Tiny Treasure' get their entry form stamped. When they have collected ten stamps, they can enter the draw for the Treasure Hunt prizes, which will happen at the Festival of Glass Expo on Sunday 19 February at Drysdale's Christian College.

Treasure Hunt organiser Diane Schofield has been talking to the participating businesses. "Most of the businesses - whether this is their first or second year - are very happy with how the Treasure Hunt is going", she said. "Many more people are coming to see them than usual, especially during the school holidays, with lots more families becoming Treasure Hunters."

"This year's Treasure Hunters have been very enthusiastic", Schofield added. "Several of them have had their entry form stamped by all twenty eight businesses, rather than the ten they need to enter the draw. Still, it's good for the businesses!"

Featured Festival sponsor – Mannerim Stables A passion for flowers and horses
542-580 Swan Bay Road, Marcus Hill
Victoria 3222   0413 945 021

The Festival of Glass committee is pleased to welcome back Mannerim Stables in its second year as a sponsor of the Festival’s Treasure Hunt and we thank them for their support.

The folk at Mannerim Stables have been farming flowers for over thirty years, supplying cut flowers to the Melbourne Wholesale Flower Market and wholesales bulbs nationally. For the last seventeen years, the family has also bred Quarter Horses and three years ago they built the Stables from recycled stone and wood to showcase their horses to prospective buyers.

In the last year, the farm has been open to the public, offering ‘field to vase’ and ‘paddock to plate’ experiences. On offer are fresh cut flowers, chemical-free vegetables, free range eggs, potted flowering bulbs and flowering bulbs for autumn & spring.

There are also pick-your-own-flowers days. The Stables provide cutting tools and a few baskets and then it’s over to you to pick your fill of flowers. Mannerim Stables is a working farm (portable toilets & unpaved tracks), so ensure that you wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.

Reviews of Mannerim Stables have been consistently positive and when you visit, pack a picnic, because there is a lovely grassed area just waiting for you to sit on and enjoy the rural atmosphere!

Featured Festival sponsor – Parkers Steakhouse (i) Steak's the star of the show
7 Palmerston Street, Drysdale, Victoria 3222                        (03) 5251 5551
Open 6.00pm to 9.00pm Sundays to Thursdays; 6.00pm to 10.00pm Fridays and Saturdays. Fully licensed; no BYO.

Following the success of Parkers Steakhouse in Geelong, the owners have opened a second restaurant in Palmerston Street, Drysdale, on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Patrons come from Drysdale, Geelong, Melbourne and further afield for the friendly, relaxed ambience. Entrees include grilled beef sausage, grilled halloumi cheese or lamb loin chops; and there are decadent deserts such as Double Chocolate Hot Fudge Cake and Warm Sticky Date Pudding.

The stars of the Parkers show, however, are the steaks! Simple, boldly flavoured 28-day aged T-bone or certified Australian Angus eye fillet steaks come from Australia’s best pasture-raised cattle. Non-steak eaters can delight in the delicious Atlantic salmon. An extensive wine list and knowledgeable, attentive staff round out the whole Parkers experience.

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