An army of passionate foodies and local producers have been working together to create some unique culinary experiences across the Shoalhaven. A huge focus is placed on locally-grown, with ingredients travelling as few miles as possible before it reaches the plate. To be fair, it's not very hard to achieve that, in a region that's brimming with some of the best vegetables, dairy, seafood and meat in Australia. Many of our cafes and restaurants pride themselves in being part of the Earth to Table movement, where ingredients are sourced from local providores with a high level of food traceability. Menus are constantly changing due to seasonal availability, ensuring that you only eat the very best produce our farmers have to offer. The region is well known for its amazingly fresh seafood and a selection of boutique eateries that beautifully capture the essence of paddock to plate. Find out where to indulge in some scrumptious local Shoalhaven produce that will keep you coming back for more!
The Gunyah, Woollamia
Set amoungst the tree tops The Gunyah restaurant is a unique fine dining experience located within Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay. Lovingly sourced local and regional produce and only the freshest ingrediants means that the menu changes regularly with the seasons. The meals reflect a relaxed approach to cooking using flavours and techniques that showcase our multicultural heritage and creative use of indigenous ingrediants. All meals are paired with a selection of our woderful regional wines so you are sure to capture the complete flavours of the Shoalhaven.
The Harvest Berry Mountain, Berry
Harvest Berry Mountain is an amazing paddaock to plate experience bringing the best of its locally grown produce on Berry Mountain to the town dining experience in central Berry. This exciting venue showcases executive chef Brent Stongs creations of slow cooked meats from the onsite smoke house and fresh veggies from the garden completemented with the finest craft beers and spirits including their very own brew created by renowned head brewer, Neal Cameron. The Cafe is open for breakfast and they offer an A La Carte restaurant and Beer Garden options lunch and dinner.
South On Albany, Berry
South On Albany is situated amongst premium wine and farming country in Berry. Their menu is small and changes regularly to feature the freshest ingredients cooked with a creative European influence. Dishes include local snapper, kingfish and oysters from Greenwell Point as well as free range pork from Nowra Hill. South On Albany also gets much of their produce direct from locals in Berry, picked from their very own home gardens.
Milk Haus, Milton
Tucked behind the beautiful hills of Milton lies widely acclaimed wholefoods cafe, Milk Haus. Located within an old cheese factory with views of the garden, it is a picturesque location to spend a morning. Ex-Canberra restaurateur, Danielle McKeon created a veggie garden and chicken coop next to the cafe, that is perfectly perched on an old farm. You can even watch ingredients being picked and then cooked in the open kitchen. It doesn’t get much fresher than that! The Milk Haus menu is fresh, healthy and modern - changing constantly with the seasons so there's always something new to try.
Many of the local towns in the Shoalhaven were originally settled as fishing villages and have maintained their reputation as some of the best spots on the coast for fishing. In particular, Greenwell Point is famous for having some of the biggest and best oysters on the coast due to its location where the Shoalhaven and Crookhaven rivers flow down from the Great Dividing Range and meet the ocean. You can try the oysters direct from the growers on the riverbank at Greenwell point from Goodnight Oysters, Kingtide Oysters, Shoalhaven Oyster Service, Jim Wild’s Oyster Service, Newnham Oysters and Comerong Bay Oysters. Alternatively you can have Greenwell Point oysters served to you at local restaurants and wineries Silos in Berry or Coolangatta Estate, paired with local wine to match.
Part of the Shoalhaven’s charm is being able to stumble upon farm gate sellers as you explore the many towns and villages. Stock up on honesty boxes of fresh eggs in Terara, as well as sweet and lovely jams. A famous highway find is the fresh stonefruit from Martin's Orchard in Wandanian. Last but not least, The Olive Farm in Falls Creek is well worth a visit too.
Our must-try blend of local Shoalhaven produce is deliciously unique, a result of a passionate food culture that's taking the region by storm. An experienced farming heritage combined with the dedication and imagination of local chefs has really put the Shoalhaven on the foodie map.
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