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Just when you thought the pork barrelling was over…

By 4 April 2012 19

Fed up with all the federal and state political pork barrelling and porkies? The people of Australia can now be rewarded with Australian PorkFest – Get some real “Pork on Your Fork!”.

The celebration of Australian PorkFest, for the whole month of April is to showcase  the versatility and appeal of Australian pork. Julie Goodwin, Australia’s first Masterchef, has been declared PorkFest Ambassador.

Australian Pork Limited (APL) CEO Andrew Spencer said, “Australia’s pork farmers are very proud to be represented by such a passionate culinary icon. Julie is a busy, caring wife and mother who proved to a nation she can cook up a storm. Her unassuming talent and warmth epitomises the heartbeat of the ideal family kitchen”.

“She loves cooking. She loves her cooking to please and she loves cooking with pork. What’s not to love? Julie Goodwin doing her bit for Australia’s pork farmers with her down-to-earth appeal to home cooks is a perfect fit”.

April is a time when pork is at its most plentiful, at its peak quality, and is most economical. This boom of delicious pork is due to the fact that most of Australian pig herds breed and grow best in the cooler months, meaning that piglet batches born at the end of winter catch up in size with litters born at the beginning of the colder months. Consequently, more pigs come onto the market at that particular time of the year. It’s when pork is in ‘peak season’.

With supermarkets, hundreds of restaurants and over 1,300 butchers around the country on board for PorkFest, it’s easy to get into the ‘pork on your fork’ spirit.  Shoppers can simply follow Julie’s featured PorkFest recipe each week – roast loin, pad Thai, cannelloni, and schnitzel, or they can be adventurous with any of the abundance of other cuts available with pork, be it leg, steak, cutlet, scotch, shoulder, belly, fillet, trotter, or hock.  Pork is a perfect fit for almost any cuisine style, so imagination is the only limit and PorkFest is all about getting the creative juices flowing and getting out of a recipe rut.

Holy Grail Restaurant and Bar, La Scala, The Mawson Club, and The Royal Canberra Golf Club are right behind PorkFest as is leading pub group ALH, with 234 of its hotels expected to serve about 30,000 portions of pork cutlets by the end of April.

Local butchers Balzanelli Smallgoods in Fyshwick, Lachlan Valley in Griffith and Kippax Quality Meats in Holt among many others are also flying the PorkFest Flag this month.

A complete list of your local restaurants and butchers participating in PorkFest, as well as Julie Goodwin’s recipes can be found at pork.com.au

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19 Responses to Just when you thought the pork barrelling was over…
#1
zorro299:56 am, 05 Apr 12

mmm pork…and I love Julie Goodwin!! She’s so cute :)

#2
sbalza1:22 pm, 27 Apr 12

We LOVE PorkFest!
It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

it’s easy to get involved, even just at home!
why not use pork mince instead of beef mince next time when cooking pasta bolognese!

Come into Balzanelli Smallgoods butcher shops, we have plenty of fresh pork and award winning pork smallgoods:
7 Isa street, Fyshwick,
122 Crawford street, Queanbeyan (Aldi car park)

#3
Jim Jones2:06 pm, 27 Apr 12

sbalza said :

It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

Why?

#4
poetix2:42 pm, 27 Apr 12

Jim Jones said :

sbalza said :

It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

Why?

Your impudence is snout of order.

#5
Diggety3:01 pm, 27 Apr 12

Jim Jones said :

sbalza said :

It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

Why?

To get hipsters looking less like heroin addicts.

#6
Ben_Dover3:05 pm, 27 Apr 12

Do you know what it’s like to be happy as a pig in mud? Well the majority of pigs in Australia don’t. Most pigs will never set foot in the outdoors. They can’t root in the dirt, wallow in the mud or forage for food. In conventional pig farming pigs are often subjected to painful husbandry procedures like tail tocking, surgical castration and teeth clipping without anaesthetic. But the biggest welfare problem facing Australian pigs is intensive confinement in sow stalls and farrowing crates.

http://www.rspca.org.au/how-you-can-help/campaigns/pig-farming/

#7
Deref3:13 pm, 27 Apr 12

Now THERE’s a promotion I can really get behind!!!

Bugger the ordinary olympics – let’s have a pork olympics!!!!

#8
poetix2:48 pm, 22 May 12

All the people who love pork should go to the Salvos store in Mitchell. I found a cache of aprons from PorkFest. Some have embroidered piggies with all the special bits marked, and some say PorkFest (I was told, I didn’t ask them to open that design). I’ll now be frying tofu wearing a pork apron, which was just $2. The aprons are really long, and black, and new (do not smell of pork).

Sorry to revive an old thread.

#9
Jivrashia3:29 pm, 22 May 12

poetix said :

Sorry to revive an old thread.

That’s okay, but…

poetix said :

I’ll now be frying tofu wearing a pork apron

I’ve never understood the concept of fried tofu. Why take a healthy food and make it unhealthy?
Deep fried mars bar makes a heck of a lot more sense.

#10
imarty3:41 pm, 22 May 12

Jim Jones said :

sbalza said :

It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

Why?

Because Australia’s pork industry continues to face huge challenges from the massive amounts of frozen pork landing in Australia from highly subsidised agricultural countries like Denmark, Canada and the United States.
Every week, around $10 million or 2.6 thousand tonnes of cheap imported pork floods into Australia to be made into ham or bacon.
This imported pork does not have to meet the stringent production methods and animal welfare standards as Australian grown pork.

And for those who do not understand pig farming…
http://www.aussiepigfarmers.com.au/

#11
rosscoact3:49 pm, 22 May 12

poetix said :

All the people who love pork should go to the Salvos store in Mitchell. I found a cache of aprons from PorkFest. Some have embroidered piggies with all the special bits marked, and some say PorkFest (I was told, I didn’t ask them to open that design). I’ll now be frying tofu wearing a pork apron, which was just $2. The aprons are really long, and black, and new (do not smell of pork).

Sorry to revive an old thread.

Be still my beating heart, mine mine mine

#12
Deref3:52 pm, 22 May 12

Jivrashia said :

poetix said :

I’ll now be frying tofu wearing a pork apron

I’ve never understood the concept of fried tofu. Why take a healthy food and make it unhealthy?

Maybe to give it some flavour and texture?

But yeah – whatever happened to pork week? I didn’t get any pork!

#13
poetix4:03 pm, 22 May 12

Jivrashia said :

poetix said :

Sorry to revive an old thread.

That’s okay, but…

poetix said :

I’ll now be frying tofu wearing a pork apron

I’ve never understood the concept of fried tofu. Why take a healthy food and make it unhealthy?
Deep fried mars bar makes a heck of a lot more sense.

No, a little oil (vegetable oil) won’t make tofu so unhealthy will it? It needs something to add flavour and you can fry it with other things which have some of that. I have never had a deep fried Mars bar so I can’t comment on their philosophical qualities.

#14
Jethro4:33 pm, 22 May 12

imarty said :

Jim Jones said :

sbalza said :

It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

Why?

Because Australia’s pork industry continues to face huge challenges from the massive amounts of frozen pork landing in Australia from highly subsidised agricultural countries like Denmark, Canada and the United States.
Every week, around $10 million or 2.6 thousand tonnes of cheap imported pork floods into Australia to be made into ham or bacon.
This imported pork does not have to meet the stringent production methods and animal welfare standards as Australian grown pork.

And for those who do not understand pig farming…
http://www.aussiepigfarmers.com.au/

I didn’t know battery farming of pigs constituted “stringent… animal welfare standards.”

#15
imarty6:16 pm, 22 May 12

Jethro said :

imarty said :

Jim Jones said :

sbalza said :

It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

Why?

Because Australia’s pork industry continues to face huge challenges from the massive amounts of frozen pork landing in Australia from highly subsidised agricultural countries like Denmark, Canada and the United States.
Every week, around $10 million or 2.6 thousand tonnes of cheap imported pork floods into Australia to be made into ham or bacon.
This imported pork does not have to meet the stringent production methods and animal welfare standards as Australian grown pork.

And for those who do not understand pig farming…
http://www.aussiepigfarmers.com.au/

I didn’t know battery farming of pigs constituted “stringent… animal welfare standards.”

My last sentence with link was for people like you. Read and learn before you make ignorant and misguided comments.

#16
milkman6:57 pm, 22 May 12

I might get a pork later (but I’ll probably have to give her a back rub first).

#17
LSWCHP9:01 pm, 22 May 12

milkman said :

I might get a pork later (but I’ll probably have to give her a back rub first).

The backrub. A (sometimes tedious but) necessary component of any modern intimate relationship.

#18
Jethro6:58 am, 23 May 12

imarty said :

Jethro said :

imarty said :

Jim Jones said :

sbalza said :

It is really important that we get behind buying Australian pork!!!!

Why?

Because Australia’s pork industry continues to face huge challenges from the massive amounts of frozen pork landing in Australia from highly subsidised agricultural countries like Denmark, Canada and the United States.
Every week, around $10 million or 2.6 thousand tonnes of cheap imported pork floods into Australia to be made into ham or bacon.
This imported pork does not have to meet the stringent production methods and animal welfare standards as Australian grown pork.

And for those who do not understand pig farming…
http://www.aussiepigfarmers.com.au/

I didn’t know battery farming of pigs constituted “stringent… animal welfare standards.”

My last sentence with link was for people like you. Read and learn before you make ignorant and misguided comments.

I read. IT was propaganda put out by an industry trying to justify the way it treats its breeding animals.

I have seen the conditions breeding sows are kept in for ‘intensive’ pig farming.

For animals that are more intelligent than dogs, it would be a miserable existence.

And, no, I;m not some vegetarian animal liberation nut. I eat meat, but I’m not going to support any industry that battery farms its animals, particularly exceptionally intelligent animals such as pigs.

#19
imarty10:15 am, 23 May 12

All the available science worldwide point to the best welfare outcomes for pregnant sows is sowstalls for the first stages of pregnancy. Even where sows have the choice of spending time in open ended stalls, that is they’re free to come and go as they please, they spend the majority of their time in the stalls.
Outside the stalls, dominant sows bully subordinate sows leading to injury and miscarriages.
Despite information distributed by animal activist organisations, sows (in Australia) do not spend their entire lives in stalls, only the first crucial stages of pregnancy.
The use of the term battery farming is misleading as weaned pigs are group housed often in deep litter (straw) systems with access to open air but also where they are protected from the elements and free to exhibit natural behaviours.

But really, I don’t expect you to take any notice when your mind is made up and you’ve seen what happens. You may have ‘seen’ but you obviously don’t ‘understand’.
Pig farmers livelihoods depend on caring for their animals. Poor animal care results in poor quality pork for which farmers are paid less. There is no incentive to mistreat them.

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