Main Ridge Olive Oil Co

Tim Jupp is full of surprises, experienced and focused beyond his years. Young and talented, this fine dining chef has moved away from the 80 hour working weeks his chosen profession demands to chef at Commonfolk in Mornington, where the hours are much more conducive to family life. Given that he and his wife Michelle have four children under the age of 11, you can understand his life choices.

Red Hill Truffles

It’s a sunny, chilly autumn afternoon and Jenny McAuley of Red Hill Truffles is preparing for the busiest season of the truffle calendar. ”The truffle season starts at the beginning of June and runs for 12 weeks,” explains Jenny. “The truffle starts growing in the ground in the first week of December and it takes until the first of June to grow and ripen. The fungus grows on the root of tree, and the tree likes the fungus because the fungus kills the grass around the tree that competes with it for the sugar, water and elements it needs to thrive.

Summer Brews in Red Hill

With so many places to explore on our amazing Mornington Peninsula, be sure to seek out the locally owned and brewed, Red Hill Brewery’s speciality brews wherever you find yourself. With a great lineup of summer brews, there’s always something to appeal whether it’s a quenching summertime ale post a surf or ride or something along ‘the road less travelled and challenging’ for the craft beer connoisseurs.

Summertime at Pitchingga Ridge

Hidden away among the tall gums in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland, is a 25 acre patch of tranquility - home of Pitchingga Ridge Alpacas, where Jean & David, for the past 20 years have farmed the gentle, inquisitive alpaca. Both types are raised on the property - suri, with their long, flowing silky locks and huacaya, the more traditional, huggable type.