Fancy yourself a cob loaf master? Well, it’s time to perfect your ultimate combination of crusty bread and creamy filling, as the NSW town of Wellington gears up to host Australia’s first ever Cob Loaf Competition later this month.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of eating a freshly baked cob loaf brimming with dip, then you’ve been going to the wrong parties. Its genius lies in the multi-tasking loaf, which acts as both sturdy vessel and the dipper for your favourite dip. Handy, huh?
The cob’s charms have not gone unnoticed by Andrew Mackay, the organiser of the inaugural COB Loaf Festival. This celebration of stuffed bread will be held at Cameron Park on the Bell River in Wellington on November 22, from 5pm to 8pm. The festival is timed to coincide with a local rowing event, but we’re more focused on the fact that someone will be crowned ‘Cob Loaf World Champion’.
Andrew told the Wellington Times, "Everyone loves a good cob loaf, but I'm sure there are some hidden recipes out there that could take the cob to a whole new level. We are hoping to draw competitors from far and wide."
Visitors to this celebration of stuffed bread will have the chance to sample local produce at the Taste of Wellington food stall, and tuck into a truckload of cob loaves.
So, whether you’re a cheese and spinach purist or you like to get fancy with your fillings, there’s never been a better time to bust out your best cob loaf recipe.
The COB Loaf Festival will be held at Cameron Park on the Bell River in Wellington on November 22, from 5pm to 8pm.
Melbourne-based food and wine writer Sarah Gamboni has had to pull back on a few of her favourite things – chilli, gin and espresso – since bringing her daughter, Frankie, into the world. But she has discovered one post-natal perk: those stretchy-waist maternity jeans are heaven when heading out for a big meal. Follow her on Instagram @eatmywords_au