25 November 2022

Riverina Made: Bidgee Strawberries and Cream gin gift packs are a must for this Christmas

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Kylie Cashen

Bidgee Strawberries and Cream co-owner and proprietor Kylie Cashen. Photo: Supplied.

Who are you and what is your business? My name is Kylie Cashen from Bidgee Strawberries and Cream and my job is to do all the product development for the farm.

Where did you begin? We had the property here in Wagga, we needed to do something with it and make money but also be beneficial for the community because we’re in a touristy area with wetlands and the golf course nearby. We did research on several different things that would coincide with my background in food technology and Michael’s (Cashen) background in agriculture and horticulture. That led us to the strawberry farm.

What do you produce? Strawberries, ice cream and sorbet.

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Where can we buy your products? People can purchase our products from our farm on Billagha Street (Wagga) and online. We also have a few items at the Tourist Information Centre – freeze-dried chocolate-covered strawberries can be purchased there, and, very soon, our ice cream and sorbet.

What should we buy for gifts this Christmas? Our strawberries and cream gin gift pack.

Brogan’s Way Strawberries and Cream Gin is available in a gift pack. Photo: Brogan’s Way.

What’s your favourite product that you make? The dark chocolate-coated freeze-dried strawberries and strawberry ice cream.

What would you make if you could do anything? I want to make a shelf-stable strawberry sauce – it’s delicious in our milkshake and absolutely great on ice cream. We make it, but it has to be refrigerated.

How would you promote the Riverina? It’s a big enough city that you’ve got all the necessities that life requires but in a country feel with a very friendly population without all the hustle and bustle of the city.

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Coolest local thing you’ve ever bought? I didn’t buy it, but it was gifted to me. Salad servers painted by Amy Daniels – she’s an Indigenous artist. The coolest and most amazing salad servers, slash, Indigenous art that I have ever seen.

Who is another local producer you admire? My Chef Cuisine – they produce frozen meals. Wollundry Grove Olives and Bohemian Bees and Blooms’ Honey.

What do you want for Christmas? A holiday with my family would be unreal. Not too far from here, so we can still be with the strawberries.

Products can be bought from the farm or online. Photo: Bidgee Strawberries and Cream.

You can learn more about Bidgee Strawberries and Cream or pick up something delicious for Christmas, here.

Region Riverina is committed to celebrating our local producers and creatives and encourages everyone to buy local.

If you’re aware of someone who’s making something amazing, let us know!

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