Make your way through the region by sampling our finest, local ingredients. Our foodie trail offers up gastronomic experiences galore and changes constantly with the seasons. There are opportunities to harvest crops at local farms, shuck your own oysters straight from the leases and sample the delights at local markets. The South Coast food scene is alive with innovation and creativity, with numerous growers and producers expertly honing their craft in the lush Shoalhaven soils. Don’t forget to bring your picnic basket and esky because your taste buds are in for a treat!
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Foodie Experiences & Farmer's Markets
Calling all cooking enthusiasts! For a truly special culinary experience to remember, learn all about traditional Aboriginal bush tucker with Noel Butler from Nuragunyu or Commee Nulunga Cultural Tours. You should also make sure to plan your visit to coincide with one of our many farmer’s markets in the area. There’s a tonne of tasty ingredients and ready-made deliciousness on offer. Stock up on goodies for your picnic basket or take some local produce home with you and cook up a storm. Masterchefs will also love taking part in cooking classes with local operators including Hampden Deli Dining and School. The Milton Showground Markets is held on the first Sunday of every month, except June and April and offers over 70 stalls.
Meat & Seafood
Get a taste for some delicious Angus Beef from the experts at Brooman Farm Co near the towns of Milton and Ulladulla. This farm lies on the Clyde River and grows cattle that’s free from any artificial nasties. The owners welcome farm visits and you can even get some meat delivered to the door of your holiday house during your stay. If seafood is more what floats your boat, you’ve come to the right place! We have a number of local farmers that provide top quality selections from our incredible oyster coast to local eateries and restaurants. If you’d like to take a tour on the water and catch some oysters for yourself, then chat to Jim Wild’s Oysters Service for a seafood experience to remember. You can also enjoy his fresh produce at the lovely riverside location with a beer or a bottle of wine or just grab a takeaway to enjoy at home.
Fresh Fruit & Local Farmgates
Does anyone else have fond memories of childhood road trips, where you’d stop along the side of the highway to grab a tray or two of delicious fruit? Keep this family tradition going by making a pit stop for some stonefruit at Martin’s Orchard. Peaches, nectarines and plums are sold directly from their Wandanian farmgate on Princes Highway from late October through to early February. If you’d like the slightly more hands-on approach, then have a go at being a farmer for the day and pick your own food at one of our local farms. Local growers can arrange harvest experiences where you can gather your own fruit, veggies, herbs and eggs, direct from their properties. Pick berries straight from the bushes at Clyde River Berry Farm, visit Terrewah Farm for spray-free produce in picturesque Kangaroo Valley or pick your own chestnuts during the autumn harvest at Sassafras Nuts.
Want to indulge in a mighty feast without all the guilt? Don’t worry, you’ve ventured into wholefoods heaven down in the Shoalhaven. Milk Haus is an incredible wholefoods canteen that specialises in paddock to plate dining. The simple and healthy menu features ingredients picked direct from the kitchen garden or produce sourced from nearby growers. It’s a great place to sit down for a hearty breakfast amongst the rolling hills of Milton. Just a short drive away, you’ll also find the Wholefoods Store Milton and Empower Wholefoods & Wellbeing in Ulladulla, both offering up a range of wholefood products as well as organic, biodynamic and local South Coast produce.
Baked Goods & Sweet Treats
Indulge your sweet tooth at our many cafes and village bakeries. The Milkwood Bakery has scrumptious, hot pies that will make your belly very happy! Stop to fuel up a bit with a coffee before exploring Berry’s quaint town centre and local shops. For those who are visiting further south, Flour Water Salt in Milton is the perfect place to settle in for a yummy sandwich made with fresh, artisan bread or a sweet pastry to give you that little sugar hit.
Fill your shopping basket with delicious deli items for your kitchen and pantry. Many of these goodies can be found at farmer’s markets in addition to speciality stores scattered throughout the region. Kangaroo valley Olives sell handpicked and naturally processed olives direct to the public. They also have a variety of extra virgin olive oils that are the perfect accompaniment to summer salads. Over in Falls Creek, Contadino Olive Farm are a family owned business that sells olives and olive oils as well as honey, sauces, jams, chutneys and relishes. Stock up on a bunch of these yummy pantry staples for your very own home or gift them to friends and family as little souvenirs.