Food tourism, one scoop at a time

Introducing Christie's Cut
Introducing Christie’s Cut
March 14, 2017
Food tourism, one scoop at a time
Everyone loves ice cream, right? Well, that undeniable appetite for the frozen indulgence will soon be drawing people from near and far to Timboon Fine Ice Cream’s brand new visitor centre.

Owners Tim Marwood and Caroline Simmons said their new purpose built ice cream shop and visitor facility in the centre of Timboon was on track to open in January.

“The new shop will celebrate the provenance of our ice cream and our passion for environmentally sustainable, small-scale, artisan produce,” Tim said.

“Along with reinvesting in our business we are also reinvesting in the township of Timboon.

“I’m the son of a third generation dairy farmer and it was important to me that our new venture celebrated dairy farming, the love that farmers have for the land and the respect we have for the animals.

“The milk for our ice cream comes from our neighbours, the Doolan family, and we source cream from Camperdown Dairy.”

Tim, who is president of the 12 Apostles Food Artisans Group, said the centre would contribute to the region’s growing reputation for food related tourism experiences.

“That’s important to us. We have already build the foundations for visitation in Timboon with the development of the distillery,” he said.

“Tourism has been identified many times, through local strategic plans, as a key opportunity for Corangamite Shire.

“We are always actively encouraging new people to come along with new foodie ideas that add to the overall food experience for locals and visitors to the region.

“We started small and I think that’s important. We have kept those same values of a cottage type business as we’ve grown.

“I always say to people starting, control their outgoings and minimise their initial debt to give themselves the best chance of success.”

Tim said more and more people were seeking out genuine artisan produce and happy to travel to enjoy it.

“We couldn’t be happier with how our new centre is coming along,” he said.

“It was designed by local architect Mathew Morse to nestle into the Powers Creek valley with its soft timber cladding.”

The new shop will offer 24 of Timboon Fine Ice Cream’s most popular ice cream flavours, in addition to sundaes, soft serves, spiders, thick/milk shakes and tasting paddles.

Soon after the main shop opens, an additional ‘Sundae School’ room will be opened to accommodate schools, group bookings, celebrations and other events.

For more information please email or call 5595 0390.

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