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Jul
18

Bello Food Box

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I loathe buying fruit and vegetables at Coles or Woolworths. The reasons are plentiful: the apples being stored in cold storage for months, the crazy transportation efforts to get it to our local stores, the rotten, tastless fruit, the wastage, the rejected “ugly” fruit and the ripping off of our poor farmers. Then to top it all off the excessive use of plastic to package the food. So to buy organic it has to come sealed up in plastic?

I love shopping at Grower’s Markets, buying fresh, seasonal fruit and veg directly from the farmer but I am also rather time poor and often (sadly) never make it to any of  the weekly markets.

Good news is, Bello Food Box provides the perfect solution: Bello Food Box is a small independent business based in Bellingen:

We distribute local organic & chemical free produce that is ethically grown, affordable, healthy and picked fresh to order every week. With home delivery service from Coffs Harbour, North to Woologoolga & South to Macksville, The Bello Food Box connects farmers with consumers directly, resulting in food that is fresher, tastier and more nourishing than food that is grown and distributed by the larger cooperate supermarket chains. We source real food, grown by real farmers, for real people – food that will make you smile and shine on the inside!

I got a box delivered last Friday and it was such a joy to open it up, take a look at the amazing colour and freshness of the fruit & vegetables IN SEASON. I can’t emphasise enough how differently the produce looked and tasted compared to supermarket bought. I think my son at all the apples in one afternoon!

The amount of produce we received was perfect for us for the week and it was actually a lot easier deciding what to cook for dinner based on the veggies I had in the fridge. The carrot, broccoli and snow peas were delicious just steamed on their own with mash & meat.

No one else is a fan of avocado in my house, so I was lucky to claim it all for myself. And it was THE BEST avocado I’ve tasted in a long time.

To order, just go to the website and choose your “box” (I got the Little Bello Box), you can also choose a “set and forget box” which is a subscription you can order weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Or you can also make your own custom box and order exactly what you like for the online store!

Where they deliver is quite extensive and they deliver to most of the Coffs Coast on Monday, Wednesday or Friday (providing you order by the cut off day & time).


SPECIAL OFFER!

Steve from Bello Food Box has offered Coffs for Kids readers a special discount- 20% off the value of your order (applicable to first time users).

Customer can use coupon code: coffsforkids to reedeem discount at checkout.

www.bellofoodbox.com.au


 

Jul
06

Winter School Holidays 2018

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Wondering what to do with the kids these school holidays?

There is HEAPS of stuff for kids to do on the Coffs Coast these holidays. I’ve been working hard on compiling quite a big list  of things to do. Everything from Zumba to cooking classes, shows,  bushwalks, craft days, sporting camps and workshops and even a Teddy Bear’s picnic! PLUS so much more! Click image below to go to the page.

AND I’ve also got a load of events added to the Coffs for Kids Events tab. You can click here to see that!

 

There’s also this blog article I wrote last week “10 Things to do in Winter on the Coffs Coast” which has some quite different ideas of things to do.

As always, if there’s anything I’ve missed please send me an email (alison@coffsforkids.com) or send a message via Coffs for Kids Facebook page.

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One month into winter and the maximum temperature today was 22 degrees! Glorious! While some winter days on the Coffs Coast can be raining and miserable here, this winter so far we’ve had a lot of gorgeous, sunny days which means we can head outside and enjoy our beautiful Coffs Coast – even in Winter!

Here it is! Our list of 10 Wintertime Activites in Coffs for Kids:.

1. Sawtell Chilli Festival

Saturday July 7th is the 20th Sawtell Chilli Festival. First Avenue in Sawtell is taken over by all-things Chilli. This year features the Chilli Kids Hotspot with loads of activities, information, 100 stalls, freebies, competitions, live music, activities for the kids and HEAPS more.

Click here for more information.

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2. Buster the Shipwreck

A local secret is that we have our very own shipwreck! Visit beautiful Woolgoolga, head to the Beach Reserve and about a 10 minute walk up the beach North you’ll come across “Buster” which was shipwrecked in 1893. Sometimes it is very exposed whereas other times a fair bit of Buster is covered in sand.

Woolgoolga has an awesome fenced in kids’ playground and a fantastic fish and chip shop called White Salt.

Click here for detailed history on the shipwreck or here for more information on other shipwrecks in the area.

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3. Bellingen markets

It gets a little brisk in Bellingen in winter so make sure you wear a nice warm jacket when you visit the Bellingen Markets. On the third Saturday of every month (July 21st, 18th August), there are tonnes of really unique and different stalls. Keep an eye out for the organic donuts (trust me, you’ve never had anything like them!) and lots of other yummy treats as well.

Click here for more information.

While you are in Bellingen wander around the town, we always have to go to the very funky retro Gelato Bar, Kombu Wholefoods and the Swiss Bakery (Wildberry Dampers are TO DIE for!)

4. Jetty Area

A real favourite amongst locals. Head down to the Jetty, park anywhere, then walk towards Muttonbird Island. If you are feeling energetic you can walk (be warned: it is quite steep) over to the other side where there is a whale-watching platform. We are right in the middle of whale season so take your binoculars – you are almost certain to see a few whales!

Click here for more information.

For an easier walk, check out the new plaza and park area then head to walk along the historic jetty. Make sure you keep an eye out for any turtles & dolphins..

5. School Holidays

The NSW winter School Holidays are from the 8th July until 19th July. There are always lots of free and lost cost activities for kids and families to do around Coffs during the holidays. Our School Holidays page will be updated as the holidays approach.

There is also a load of events & activities coming up you can check out under the EVENTS tab on our Facebook page.

6. Sealy Lookout

The turn-off to Bruxner Park is about a 2 minute drive past the Big Banana heading North. The road winds up through banana plantations with some amazing views. Head up to Sealy Lookout and the Forest Sky Pier where you can see a fantastic view of Coffs Harbour and surrounding beaches. There are lots of picnic areas and walking trails around Bruxner, a perfect sunny winter’s day activity!

Click here for more information.

The newly opened Treetop Adventure Park is an amazing and very memorable experience. Take a look at the website for more information on the various courses and prices.

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7. Big Banana Ice Rink

Rug up with your warmest jacket, scarf and gloves and head to the rink for some awesome family fun.  Check out the Big Banana Big Day Out deal for just $29.90 per person.

Click here for more information on prices and session times..

8. Butterfly House

From ice to the tropics, if you need a bit of warmth head out to the Butterfly House.  The average daytime temperature inside is 29 degrees! If you have never been I definitely recommend going. Everyone will love it, the kids and adults alike find it fascinating and a very beautiful experience to be able to walk with butterflies fluttering all around you.

Click here for more information..

9. Head to the Beach

While it might be a tad cold to go for a swim you can still head down to your favourite Coffs Harbour beach for a walk, an explore, to fly a kite or a scavenger hunt. One of our favourite beaches is Charlesworth Bay, dogs are allowed and there are so many parts of the Bay to explore.

Click here for my post on the nature scavenger hunt – the boys loved it!

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10. Made in Dorrigo Hickory St Market & Teddy Bears Picnic

Being held on Saaturday 14th July. Take a toy or book to donate to charity.

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For more kids winter activities,

head over to the Coffs Harbour page on VisitNSW.com

 

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Apr
27

Carobana Factory Visit

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We weren’t able to go away these school holidays so we thought we’d do a few touristy things in our own town.

So when I suggested to my boys we go visit Carobana Factory they jumped at the chance! I mean, how could you say no?

Carobana is located on James Small Drive at Korora and has been there since 1982. You might’ve seen Carobana products stocked in a lot of local shops but if you’ve never visited the factory it’s well worth the visit!

They are open Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm but the best time to visit is Monday – Thursday during the morning when they sre in production.

 

We watched peanut brittle and rocky road being made and chocolate honeycomb being covered in chocolate then sent on a 45 metre “cooling tunnel”. The best thing was when we were given a small sample of freshly made peanut brittle. We also had a chance to sample some other products in the retail shop and make some purchases.

The staff there were very friendly and helpful, loved to explain what they were doing and how things were made and answer any questions.

Best of all, it is free to visit but make sure you take some money to buy some goodies!

You can find out more about Carobana on their website or visit their Facebook page.

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