The joys of Christmas are fast approaching – but not before we all endure the burden of deciding what to buy and where to buy it, while making last-minute runs to crowded shopping centres in the hope of finding something (anything!) that will do us proud on Christmas morning.
For those keen to escape the stress, Pialligo Estate has an alternative. They have designed seven Christmas hampers to take care of gift giving or catering for Christmas morning, lunch, dinner and Boxing Day, featuring goods from the multi-award winning Smokehouse (they’ve won an incredible 109 awards nationally and internationally).
But, you’ll need to order soon if you want to be one of the lucky ones to snag one.
Rachel Evagelou, Pialligo’s Hampers and Corporate Gifts Coordinator, explains.
“We are not a mainstream store with a never-ending supply of jars and packaged goods. We can only make what we can garner from the Estate, which makes these items extra special because some are limited and will sell out.”
A few of the treats in the mix include:
- Smoked salmon
- Smoked bacon
- Duck liver pâté
- BBQ rub
- Pialligo Estate jam
- Bacon jam
- Pialligo Produce Preserve
- Wagyu Bresaola
- Pork pastrami
- Pialligo salted caramel
- Christmas Pudding
“Pialligo has such a huge range, and we’re well known for our smokehouse products,” says Rachel. “But we’ve been working hard to expand the offering to include produce from the orchards, sweet treats such as handmade macarons and shortbread, and handmade soy candles to name a few. Our vineyard is also producing award winning wine that feature in a number of hampers.”
While Pialligo Estate hams are known for their popularity (they sell out every year), Rachel says other inclusions in the Christmas hampers, such as Peach and Bourbon jam, won’t be available for long.
“It all comes down to how many peaches we are able to pick from the orchard. And this is not your regular peach jam watered down and laden with sugar – it’s packed with fruit and deliciously thick. Last week I used it as a topping for ice cream, then as a glaze over scotch fillet steak.”
The full range of hampers is available to view on the Pialligo website, or Rachel is happy to create one – or 250 – customised hampers if you want to mix and match.
Her favourite hamper this year is the No cook Christmas hamper, featuring sliced meats, cheese, crackers, dips, and a sweet surprise.
“I don’t like to cook on Christmas day, because I’d much rather spend the time with my family! So this is the ideal way to feed people without the stress.
“Everyone is so time poor over Christmas. We get caught in the trap of last minute shopping, and we don’t have time to get out. If we do, parking is awful, people are panicked, and you end up feeling so discombobulated. It’s much easier to knock it over now and tick it off the list.
“Our hampers are not mass-produced cookie cutter cellophane wrapped gifts, they are hampers filled with love and thought – Canberra at its best.”
The Christmas hampers can be pre-ordered now and picked up from the Pialligo Estate Christmas pop-up shop on the date you nominate. Pre-orders for hampers close December 7.
To avoid disappointment visit Pialligo Estate or call 02 6230 5600.
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