I was hosted by Stephen Pinnuck, a fellow instructor who had been on a similar trip as mine and had been hosted by us at VIU. I was inducted in the ways of rural Northern Victoria and the Murray River. The TAFE, Golbourne Ovens has a wonderful teaching spacious bakery kitchen. A joy to work in.
Shepparton is a town of 60,000 nestled in fruit growing country. There is a big SPC Ardmona canning plant here. We have all bought their canned goods in Canada.
One of my biggest impressions of the bakeries that we visited, is that there is a quintessential Australian Bakery. They have a national identity and do not stray far from the parameters that the discerning Australian customer has demanded over the years...a good meat pie, a scroll,a vanilla slice, lammington, a filled sandwich. Comforting, and a proven system that any successful town baker subscribes to.