Gippsland is well-known for its diversity and beauty, which makes it a wonderful place to visit in retirement. But with so much to see and do, knowing where to start can be a challenge! Will you get out amongst nature? Experience a taste of history? Or feast on the array of world-class local delicacies?
To help you narrow it down, we’re sharing our top tips for planning the best Gippsland adventures for retirees – and in today’s article we’re focusing on all things gourmet. The region enjoys the ideal climate and conditions to produce amazing food and drink. It’s also home to some of the best farmers, chefs and winemakers you’re likely to come across. So, if you’re keen for a culinary experience that is truly memorable, read on to discover the gourmet highlights of Gippsland.
The rolling hills and green grass of Gippsland is home to many happy cows, and the region is famous for its milk and cheese. If you’re travelling from Melbourne, start your with a Devonshire tea at Caldermeade Farm & Cafe and watch the cows being milked first-hand. Or head to Bassine Specialty Cheeses in Glen Forbes to sample their range of handmade artisan cheese made on the farm in the purpose-built factory. Their milk and cream is also delicious and available to buy from the farm or selected stores in the area.
And if you are partial to a good cheese platter (who isn’t) Prom Country Cheese in Moyarra is worth a visit. With numerous awards under their belts, you won’t be disappointed. They are open weekends throughout the year, but closed during July and August for lambing.
There’s no shortage of delicious fresh produce available and you’ll find an array of fruits, vegetables and meats on offer at the local farmers markets on weekends. If you’d rather be a little more hands on you can pick your own fruit and berries when in season at various locations, including Macca’s Farm in Glen Forbes. Here you can also sample free-range pork and beef and a selection of tasty house-made treats in their café.
To browse a wide selection of gourmet Gippsland treats all in the one place, why not pop into a local general store? There are some beauties in the area, including the Borough Dept. Store in Korumburra, Olive at Loch (in the town of Loch) and Udder & Hoe which can be found in Kilcunda, Loch and Korumburra (inside the Borough Dept. Store).
These stores and others like them are committed to showcasing the best local produce of the region. Inside you’ll find local fruit, vegies, dairy products, breads, condiments, wine, cakes, flowers and more, all under one roof. You can stock up on items for your pantry at home or sample some of the goodies in the cafés located with.
Wine and Brews
No gourmet adventure through Gippsland would be complete without sampling the region’s wonderful wineries and breweries. The cool climate and fertile soils produce many beautiful wines including chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, shiraz and pinot noir.
There are some stunning wineries in the area, so hand pick your favourites or make a day (or two) of discovering the lot. One to pencil in is the Cannibal Creek Vineyard in Tynong North. Here you’ll enjoy award-winning wine and French-inspired food made on-site. Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat is another must-see. Set in the picturesque surrounds of Central Gippsland, sample the wines while enjoying a meal in the restaurant. You can even stay in the luxury accommodation to really make the most of your visit. And if boutique ales and spirits are more to your liking, the Loch Brewery & Distillery is another great place to stop. Situated in the former bank building and butcher’s shop, products are made on site and the cellar door is open Friday to Sunday.
Gourmet Delights on Your Doorstep
When it comes to gourmet delights, in the Gippsland region you are spoiled for choice. Those we’ve mentioned are just a small taste of what you’ll find. You can drive yourself and go at your own pace, or join a foodie tour. There are some lovely options available so jump online and see what appeals..
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a notebook and plan a day trip, weekend escape or longer break. And enjoy!
Over to You
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