Six Regional Artisan Chocolatiers Delivering to your Home

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Put away that store-bought chocolate block now and treat yourself to locally produced artisanal sweet treats instead. Here are six Victorian producers of chocolate that you need to know about because now more than ever we should all be supporting local businesses and these boutique makers are producing quality chocolate that will make you turn your back on those big brands.

Platypi Chocolate

Great Ocean Road #twohoursoutPlatypi Chocolate Artisan Great Ocean Road

Platypi Chocolate came to life after the founders Mandy & Michael were inspired by a small artisan chocolate maker while taking a holiday in W.A, 30 years ago. Based in Forrest in the Otway Ranges, their chocolate factory and cafe has become a central part of the local community and in usual times is a popular tourist destination.

All their small-batch chocolate is hand-made onsite from coverture chocolate and natural products.

Buy from OHO Markets or direct from Platypi

Atelier Chocolat home of Pain et Chocolat

Trentham #oneandahalfhoursoutAtelier Chocolat home of Pain et Chocolat Artisan

Atelier Chocolat started production three years ago and is a central part of the community in Trentham.

Their bars are made with Felchlin boutique couverture chocolate, manufactured in Switzerland and they also produce small batches of chocolate made from scratch with organic beans from Panama or Peru to give you high percentage bean to bar.

When you can get out and about again, a visit to their shop is a worthwhile adventure but in the meantime, you can shop online.

Head here to choose your favourite

Only Mine

Olinda #onehouroutOnly Mine Chocolates

Jason & Anya started out from their home kitchen and sold their first chocolates in 2016. Now they operate from a boutique factory in Olinda where you can usually watch the action happening in the factory from their store and dessert cafe.

Their handcrafted chocolates are produced with flavour in mind, they pick the best ingredients and let the taste do the talking.

Check out their range here

Cabosse & Feve Chocolates

Castlemaine #oneandahalfhoursoutCabosse & Feve Chocolates Castlemaine

Husband and wife team Thomas and Freya handcraft their products using carefully selected quality ingredients from around the world. They ensure they deal with farmers who receive more than the average Fair Trade wage in the market and are passionate about environmentally friendly packaging.

They offer an extensive range of chocolate treats and also have a vegan range with fourteen products.

Head this way

Indulge Chocolates

Bendigo #twohoursoutIndulge Chocolates Bendigo

Hayley and her team started out in 2008 opening the Indulge Cafe, in Bendigo. With the business growing The Indulge Chocolate Lab was opened in September 2015. They specialise in moulded chocolates and chocolate bars, made with Belgian Callebaut chocolate, sourced ethically from around the globe.

With 30+ varieties to choose from and some amazing gift boxes you won’t leave their online store without a purchase.

Shop here

Echuca Chocolate Company

Echuca #threehoursoutEchuca Chocolate Company

Echuca Chocolate Company produces hand-made chocolates, truffles and a range of chocolate liqueurs. Everything is made on-site with speciality ingredients to craft a unique and flavoursome product range.

For now it’s online only, add their chocolate store to your road trip list once restrictions are eased.

Take look here

James Northfield – the pioneer of vintage travel posters

Words by Della Vreeland Images © All Northfield images courtesy of James Northfield Heritage Art Trust

Roger Saddington first discovered James Northfield’s works during his university years in the late 80s, years before the current resurgence of vintage poster design.

“I instantly recognised him as a seminal figure in Australia’s design history,” Roger says.

No-one captures the most aspirational aspects of our culture in the early 20th century as effectively as Northfield.

As an artist as well as a lecturer, Roger is the director of Melbourne-based consultancy Art Strategies Australia. He believes Northfield’s works have stood the test of time due to their idyllic depictions of Australian life and leisure.

“Northfield depicts Australia as a sun-soaked place of leisure, peace and abundance,” he says.

“I believe many Australians still aspire to these values and readily recognise them in his work, even though superficial aspects of our culture have changed.”

James Northfield is arguably Australia’s best-known graphic designer. Renowned for his vintage posters, his work promoted the Australian travel industry and also appeared in billboard advertisements and posters relating to World Wars I and II.

According to the James Northfield Heritage Trust, Northfield is one of Australia’s most celebrated commercial artists of the 20th century.  He was recognised for his ‘sound draughtsmanship, excellent composition and the remarkable atmosphere of light and colour with which he captured the quality of the Australian landscape’. 

“(His posters) were part of a protracted ‘craze’ for poster art that gripped the western world between the 1880s and the 1940s,” Roger says.

“The commercial utility of Northfield’s travel and propaganda posters is evidenced by long-standing patronage from a cadre of insightful business leaders in Australia, allowing him to run several lucrative studios over a 40-year career.”

Northfield was also a pioneer in lithography – a process which involved drawing on a stone tablet using a special crayon before processing with acid, covering with coloured ink and then reprinting. 

“Although it allowed many reproductions to be made, lithography was very laborious,” Roger says.

“Every colour in the finished poster had to be done on a seperate lithographic stone, printed and dried before the next colour was applied. Eventually the finished design was built up in layers.

“At the time, this was the most advanced process available for commercial artists printing in colour.”

While Northfield’s most successful years were from the 1920s through to the 1950s, it is clear to see how his legacy has lived on, providing such a strong inspiration for artists of the modern age.

“The last decade has seen a huge wave of renewed interest in poster design from the height of the ‘Art Deco’ period during the interwar years and many graphic artists today are producing designs in Northfield’s style on the back of this wave,” Roger says.

Northfield pioneered the idea that ‘modern’ design styles could be used to portray Australia as a tourist destination equal to European and American counterparts. This led to ever more confident assertions of Australia’s uniqueness as the century progressed, culminating in the multi-million dollar tourism campaigns of today.

One Hour Out is currently selling James Northfield prints through its online Market. To make your purchase, click here.

Gift cards for Regional Goods and Experiences

Now more than ever it’s important to stay and buy local. One Hour Out giftcards are the perfect gift for someone who is passionate about keeping things local.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas to Turn that Frown Upside Down

With Dad locked in lockdown with nothing but a hazy memory of freedom,  you are going to have to go all out with a Father’s Day gift this year!

We are here to help with a list of thoughtfully selected items from OHO Markets. Each item on our list is made by a regionally based artist or producer and with every purchase, we donate money to a charity that works in regional locations.

Take a look through and get ready to celebrate your newly attained status of ‘Golden Child’ like you have always deserved!

Father’s Day Hamper

The OHO Fathers Day Hampers consist of a range of items that haveFather's Day Hamper been carefully selected from OHO Markets with a whole bunch of little goodies from regional makers. The hampers come in three different sizes to suit any budget and each one is beautifully packaged up and tied with ribbon.

 

 


Truffle Paddock Products

If your Dad is a foodie then this range of products is for him. There’sTruffle Melbourne the Pimp My Pasta Truffle Sauce, Fancy Beans Truffle Baked Beans, Truffle Met An Olive Truffle Oil, Black Beauty Truffle Salt and many more. The range is produced by Truffle Paddock who is Australia’s leading specialist truffle product producer and the truffles are farmed near Phillip Island.

 


Gourmet Chocolate Hampers

For a sweet treat choose a hand-made chocolate hamper from Chocolate gourmet hamperPlatypi Chocolate who is an artisan chocolate maker based in the Otway Forest town of Forrest. There are two hampers available, the Favourites Pack or Go Nuts.

 

 

 


Book of Life

This cookbook was produced with the assistance of award-Book of Lifewinning local chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, distillers and producers of Gippsland. Turn the pages to explore this expansive and vibrant food-producing region through recipes and stories that showcase why Gippsland is a special treat for your taste buds.

 

 


James Northfield Vintage Travel Posters

These travel posters were produced by James Northfield who was a Lorne Vintage Postercommercial Australian graphic artist mostly active from 1910 and 1960. He was commissioned to produce a series of posters by the Australian National Travel Association, with the aim of encouraging visitors from local and overseas tourism markets.

Available on paper or canvas there is a poster that represents Victoria’s most popular places.

 

 


Tea Culture

Chai tea victoriaFor the Chai tea fanatics, you can’t go past the Tea Culture range with their Powder Chai Latte and Vegan Sticky Chai to try. Both organic and blended locally on the Mornington Peninsula.

 

 

 


Heritage Collection Recycled Wool Scottish Tartan Blankets

Lift your Dad’s game when he’s in the great outdoors with these Quality camping blanketsblankets that are perfect to snuggle in around a fire or give your Dad a classy look when having a picnic or at the beach. With several designs to choose from, they are soft, durable and not fuzzy so they won’t shed. And they look so good.

 

 


Short Hive Honey

This family business sure knows about honey, as their Grandfather Infused Honeyhas been a beekeeper for over 50 years. They produce honey with a twist, think Espresso Honey, Salted Honey, Chilli Honey and a new limited edition, Cacao Honey.

All the honey comes from hives kept in the South-West district of Victoria and it’s 100% Australian all-natural honey.

 

 


Wild Freight Train Chillies

Home-made chilli sauceIf your Dad loves chillies this range of chilli sauces from Gippsland is for him. There are five sauces to choose from the Smokey BBQ, Cherry Balsamic, Cocoa & Zucchini, The Conductor and if he likes it really hot then try The Bullet. There is a selection of heat levels to suit everyone’s taste.

 

 

 


FareShare Fundraising T-Shirts

These quality AS Colour t-shirts are printed with fun illustrations FareShare Fundraising T-Shirtsthat accurately capture these crazy (and unprecedented!) times we have all ensured recently. $10 from every shirt will be donated to ‘FareShare’s Good Food Chef’ campaign so you are also helping people who have been doing it tough in recent times.

 

 


Photographic Prints

Photographic PrintsIf your Dad is missing the ocean, these limited edition custom prints from Gippsland photographer Rikki-Jo could be just the trick.

Available in different sizes there is a price that will suit your budget.

 

 

 

 


Olive’s Olives

Choose from either Pure Olive Paste or Green or Black Table OlivesOlive's Olives produced by this family-run, 300-tree grove in the heart of the Macedon Ranges.

 

 

 

 


Can’t decide? If you think your Dad would prefer to choose his own OHO Gift Vouchergift from One Hour Out Markets, then order a gift voucher so he can stroll the markets himself. Just order here.