SITTING comfortably between Mooroopna and Shepparton is a site that has held a special connection to the local Aboriginal community. Known on one side of the highway as The Flats, and the ‘KidsTown’ side known as Daishs Paddock, Indigenous families have sought refuge and comfort in these areas and that connection has been recognised in the form of The Connection cafe, restaurant and function centre.
The Connection business owner, Felicia Dean said, “I have always had a strong interest in cooking and catering and owned Yurri Catering which was a successful catering business, when the opportunity came up at The Connection, I was very happy to take on the challenge and merge the two businesses together.
“The Connection’s menu is varied and pays homage and recognition to the heritage of the area and the connection between the food, the land and Indigenous people. At The Connection, we use bush herbs and spices and regularly have kangaroo, emu and yabbies on the menu, which are incorporated into a modern menu. The Flats and Daishs Paddock salads, and the Hill 60 burger are menu items acknowledging the nearby historical sites. At The Connection, we also sell a variety of Indigenous food products and hampers as well as run information sessions around the use of Indigenous food.”
On the same site as KidsTown, The Connection is a beautiful restaurant in a tranquil setting. For more information, find The Connection Shepparton on Facebook or call 5821 0600.