Things Just Got Spicier in Healesville with the Opening of Gewürzhaus

Words by Amanda Kennedy
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Just when you thought Healesville and the Yarra Valley could not be more of a foodie destination, Gewürzhaus has come and proved you wrong. Sisters Eva and Maria Konecsny, with some help from mum, opened the first Gewürzhaus in Lygon St, Carlton in 2010. And the brand has grown from strength to strength ever since, having just opened their tenth store, smack bang in the middle of Healesville.

Gewürzhaus (literally spice house) offers more than 300 products to choose from including single origin spices and proprietary spice blends all waiting to entrance your senses. Anyone who cooks with spice understands that freshness and purity are key. So, the ability to buy as much or as little as you need is paramount, one scoop at a time. Spices are also milled and blended in Melbourne with no preservatives added to maintain their high quality.

Gewürzhaus is more than just spices though. They also stock salt, tea, confectionary, homewares for your table & cooking needs, as well as a Christmas range that recalls a wintery Christmas that may only exist in your imagination.

Store design is pared back allowing the goods to take centre stage. Signage on the clear perspex bins features not only a comprehensive ingredient list but ideas on how to use the products. For those who prefer the personal touch, friendly staff know their chops and are on hand if you’ve got questions.

Worse-case scenario you get home and forget what you to do with your newly purchased goodies, their website offers more recipes and hints than a person could reasonably get through in a lifetime. There are a multitude of recipes (including seasonal favourites), How-to guides and a health section with articles on FODMAP cooking that doesn’t skimp on flavour.

A couple must-trys: treat yourself to mukhwas, a post-meal snack of sugar-coated fennel seeds in all their menthol freshness and don’t pass by the Shichimi Togarashi, an increasingly popular seasoning from Japan which includes dried red chilli, dried citrus peel, nori, black & white sesame seeds and more. An essential with your ramen or rice bowl, it is also a surprise winner on freshly popped popcorn.


WHAT: Gewürzhaus
WHERE: 2/262 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville
WHEN: Open now

We wish to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people as traditional owners of this land and to pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Mount Zero Olives is hosting a disco drive-thru market

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In what can only be described as a soulful combination, Mount Zero Olives are bringing us a warehouse market slash roller disco this Saturday 28th November.

You would be forgiven for not quite knowing what that looks like. Allow us to explain. Located at their Warehouse Shop in Sunshine West, all of the Mount Zero Olive’s much-loved produce (and a few special guests) will be available to pick up via contactless drive thru, with the help of groovy people in roller-skates. Yes, you read that correctly.

Initially a reincarnation of their quarterly Warehouse Market, the drive-thru market delighted customers back in May with its playful approach to COVID-safe bargain shopping. So the team have decided to give it another go, with all the bells and whistles shoppers loved.

The roller-disco legends Skate Odyssey are on ground, putting your purchases in the boot and DJ Chris Gill (Triple R, Northside Records) is spinning the disco and funk tracks. All you have to do is pre-order online via Mount Zero Olive’s website and head on down with a boogie in your heart.

Aside from the favourites from Mount Zero Olives, a few other star-producers from Victoria are making an appearance, too. Meredith Dairy will be there selling their products at market price, including the incredible 2kg of Marinated Goats Cheese for $50. While there are Christmas Puddings by hospitality social enterprise Streat, handmade miso by Koji & Co and small goods from Farce – just to name a few. We even hear the Mount Zero Hampers are 10% off and make for a very snazzy Christmas present.

Whether you’re after some gourmet goodies or are just an avid-disco fan/car seat dancer, the last Mount Zero Olive market of the year is set to be one cracking occasion.

Mount Zero Olives drive-thru warehouse market
6 Law Court, Sunshine West
Saturday 28th November, 9am-2pm
Mount Zero Olives


Christmas Markets 2020

It’s that time of year, where we are all starting to think about Christmas and the end of the year (and what a year it’s been).

Why not, instead of hitting the shops this year, take a browse around the OHO Markets.

You’ll be gifting your friends and family not only a unique gift but also supporting our regional Victoria makers and producers.

It’s what Santa would want you to do!