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Press Release: New line of preserves at Cape Otway Lightstation

Issued: 12 August 2015

INTERNATIONAL and domestic tourists will have the chance to take the taste of Cape Otway home with them thanks to a new line of preserves produced in the Lightkeeper’s Kitchen.

Cape Otway Lightstation is responding to requests from tourists who want to take home an authentic gift from the Otways by producing tomato chutney, caramelised onion chutney, tomato kasundi relish, raspberry jam and blueberry jam, made from predominantly regional produce.

The jars feature a heritage style label promoting the Lightkeeper’s Kitchen.

Lightstation manager Trish Goodlet said when the 1848 lighthouse was built, and for decades after, lightkeeper’s wives needed to be incredibly resourceful to feed their families.

“Supply ships landed six months worth of food on a beach miles from the lighthouse, so these women needed to preserve as much fresh food as they could usually from their gardens when fruit and vegetables were in abundance.

“There were no roads to Cape Otway for many years – it’s hard to imagine how these woman coped with raising families, schooling their own children, assisting their husband lightkeepers and having to prepare all their food without the benefit of regular supplies.”

The Lightkeeper’s Kitchen jams will feature in the Lightstation’s high teas and free tastings will be offered during International Lighthouse Weekend on August 15 and 16.

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