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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.


On the back of the great success and fun we had at the Thorpdale Potato Festival's “Hessians on the Field,”  this year we are bringing 4 dresses  to the competition.

Jaci outfit for Potato festival

(pictured: Jaci's big reveal for the Thorpdale Potato Festival)

Outfits must be made from new or recycled hessian or potato bags and are judged on “Most Creative Outfit” and “Most Creative Design” in both over 16 and under 16 events, on Sunday 12 March 2017. The Thorpdale festival had been a highlight of the local area since 1977, and was revived after hard work by the locals to re-launch in 2015.


We have had 4 individual dresses designed using Hessian by Melbourne Designer, Moz Corrie, who has also been heavily involved with Leongatha's Lyrical Theatre in the past.


Not to give away too much information, the four outfits have been designed to flatter each of the ladies form, all are very different but quite dressy, including day wear dresses, evening dress and formal wear.


jaci website potato festival

(pictured above: last years catwalk entry)


I will also have a special stand at the festival, where I will again have my famous potato macarons, white chocolate (clean spuds), dark chocolate (dirty spuds), and dark chocolate vodka (very dirty spuds). All macarons are made with real potato of course!


All of us will then make a mad dash over to the “Hessians On the Field,” at 12pm, where you can see us in all our finery.


The Thorpdale Potato Festival will be held on the Thorpdale Recreation Reserve on Sunday 12th March 2017. It will be a fun filled day, with many attractions including potato picking and stacking competitions, sheep shearing, sheep dog trials, vintage machinery, historic car displays, CFA road rescue, professional wood chop, fashion, dance, photography, free kids activities, live music and over 100 food and market stalls.

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