21 November 2022

Riverina Made: Food I Am is all about celebrating local flavours this Christmas

| Chris Roe
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Tania Sibrey and the Food I Am team have developed a product range that benefits local suppliers, farmers and producers. Photo: Food I Am.

Who are you and what is your business? I’m Tania Sibrey and my business is Food I Am.

Where did you begin? We started in 2011 and we originally started as just a cooking school. We didn’t have a purpose-built facility or our own facility, so we just used to hire community halls and hospitality kitchens and run our classes out of them.

What do you produce? We’re a cooking school and events and wedding venue and we produce a range of small-batch products. We’ve got a range of 22 products ranging from beautiful Riverina Tomato Relish to a Moroccan Dukkah that’s got local Harefield pistachios in it. We do Corowa Whisky Marmalade, and it’s worth noting that seven of our products won medals at this year’s Sydney Royal Fine Food Fair.

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Where can we buy your products? You can purchase online or at Food I Am, and we also have several stockists around the Riverina.

What should we buy for gifts this Christmas? You should buy our Medal Winners Pack that has those seven medal-winning products in it, and we have a beautiful card that goes into the hamper with all the suggestions on the back as to how to use the product and what you can use it for. For instance, our Corowa Whisky Marmalade is amazing as a glaze on your Christmas ham, or you can add a little bit of cream and turn it into a dessert sauce for your Christmas pudding.

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Food I Am’s award-winning Corowa Whisky Marmalade. Photo: Food I Am.

What’s your favourite product that you make? Ooooh … [pause] my favourite product is the Parisian Pear Chutney. Yeah, it’s beautiful!

What would you make if you could do anything? I would make a Basque cheesecake and I would drizzle it with our strawberry and prosecco dessert sauce.

How would you promote the Riverina? As an emerging food and wine destination.

What’s your favourite coffee spot? Hmm … I have several and can’t be biased here. The Press and then I’d say Mr Lawrence and Trail Street Roasters. Meccanico make a beautiful coffee and The Brew, so that’s five! Seriously, we have some great places now that make good coffee.

Coolest local thing you’ve ever bought? Probably some pottery I got at Paper Pear Gallery, made by Angela Champ from Wagga. Just beautiful pottery she makes, it’s really great stuff.

Who is another local producer you admire? Gundagai Vineyard makes a beautiful Chardonnay that is not so well known.

What do you want for Christmas? Anything that’s experiential or anything I can consume. Anything I can eat, drink or experience!

You can learn more about Food I Am or pick up something delicious for Christmas here.

Jars of food

Tania says Food I Am has you covered this Christmas with the Medal Winners Pack. Photo: Food I Am.

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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