A limited run of 200 bottles of Darling Harvest Gin will be released today to raise funds for the not-for-profit Mildura Community Water Bank.
The official launch will take place at Fosseys Distillery in Mildura on Thursday 2nd December at 3:30pm and will include an auction of the original label artwork by Kieran Mangan.
Elise Pulbrook, Board member of the Community Water Bank and top 4 contestant on Masterchef 2021, said “We wanted to find a way for people to support the Community Water Bank that is fun and enjoyable and at the same time raise awareness and consciousness of our precious river system.”
Biodynamic blood oranges and mandarins were generously donated by Nangiloc-based business Manna Farms and used as the base for the gin. “We spent two weeks experimenting with different combinations and strengths before settling on a recipe that we think really highlights the flavours of the citrus, is unique, and is delicious,” Ms Pulbrook said.
The Darling Harvest Gin was a combined effort from directors and friends, with the label design painted by local artist Kieran Mangan who donated his time, printing at cost price by Park Douglas Printing, and Fosseys Gin donating the premises to distil and bottle the gin.
Community Water Bank Board member and Park Douglas Printing director Nick Smith said “As a local business there was no question that we were going to support this great project and I must confess it wasn’t hard as a gin lover to be involved. I don’t claim to be an expert in water so my involvement in the Community Water Bank is a really good way for me to learn. I’m born and bred in Mildura and the river is our lifeblood and I just think we should all be doing what we can to protect it. We wouldn’t be here without it.”
The Mildura Community Water Bank was established to support the farming independence of small scale farmers growing food for local food systems, including migrant and Indigenous farmers. Our Murray Darling is Australia’s largest river system and it accounts for over 40 per cent of Australia’s agricultural production.
Ms Pulbrook said, “It is our most sacred river system that connects us all and it is dying. Political and commercial interests are destroying a natural resource that should be accessible to all of us. By buying this bottle of gin you are helping small-scale farmers to keep growing food for their communities. Every bottle sold will help subsidise the cost of water for those farmers who don’t own water and are subject to the volatility of the water market.”
Contacts for further comment: Steve Timmis – 0400 819 198 | Elise Pulbrook – 0403 585 115
Photo: Darling Harvest gin limited release