The Grain Store Craft Beer Cafe. Credit: Daniel Boud; Destination NSW
Food and wine in NSW
Quality produce, talented winemakers and some of Australia's best restaurants can be found in thriving culinary hotspots across Regional NSW. Discover small towns, colourful growers markets and outstanding cellar doors that all serve up fabulous fare.
The best of food and wine across NSW
Whether it’s lunch on the veranda of an old country pub, fish and chips on the beach, a devonshire tea in a quaint cafe or tasting fine wine made by a third generation winemaker, any exploration of the regional and rural areas of NSW begins and ends with food. It’s how you’ll get to know the people, the landscape, and see first-hand why NSW is such a unique place to visit.
Award-winning and top-rated restaurants are sprinkled liberally across NSW from Leura to Orange, Byron Bay to Mildura, with committed chefs attracted by the abundant, quality, seasonal produce. These innovative restaurants place strong importance on sourcing from local suppliers, and many are multi-award winners; try Muse Restaurant in the Hunter Valley or Biota Dining in the Southern Highlands.
Awareness of the importance of local produce is at the heart of the philosophy behind NSW’s farmgate trails and farmers’ markets, and are the best source for the best local and seasonal produce in the one convenient location. You can also stock up on delicious gourmet goodies at the farm gate, artisan bakeries, family-owned wineries and the regular farmers markets that are now a tourist feature of most major NSW towns. There’s everything from succulent organic figs to juicy peaches and crisp apples; you can even pick your own.
The state’s many wine regions are also hubs for great dining and local produce. Book a wine tour or wine tasting course in the Hunter Valley, Mudgee or the Southern Highlands and really get to know the local drops on offer. Pick up a rare vintage wine, a wheel of hand-made cheese or a crusty artisan sourdough loaf and head off on a picnic.
Located in historic cottages, convict-built pubs, at the foothills of mountains or overlooking beautiful bays and beaches, there are spectacular fine dining moments to be had in all parts of the state.
NSW has a broad range of exciting and diverse wine regions. Taste award-winning drops at local wineries, vineyards and cellar doors on a guided or self-guided wine tour through the State's picturesque country roads.
Join a tour with like-minded foodies and go straight to the source to catch, pick or cook fresh local produce. Marvel at the makers, farmers and producers of some of the best food experiences NSW has to offer.
The pub has been ingrained into Australian culture since colonial times. As the heart of a township, the charm of NSW's pubs is showcased in their historic architecture, open courtyards, fresh beer and quality meals.