Port Macquarie food and wine
Port Macquarie is booming as a destination for wining and dining. Enjoy wine tasting in the Hastings River region, slurp on freshly shucked oysters, pick your own strawberries, savour locally brewed craft beer and more. The region is renowned for its restaurants, festivals and markets, which are epicentres for good food.
You can buy local oysters harvested from the Hastings River and Camden Haven estuaries at fish shops and restaurants. You can also purchase Camden Haven oysters directly from grower Rockin’ Oysters, near Laurieton and North Haven, from October to June.
Pick the best strawberries you've ever tasted at Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries, a hydroponic farm near Port Macquarie. The monthly Wauchope Farmers’ Market and annual Slice of Haven Festival are local events that celebrate the region's produce. The vineyards in the Hastings River region are also worth a visit.
The Cassegrain family, who trace their winemaking heritage back to 1643 in France, revitalised viticulture in the area in the 1980s. Cassegrain Wines is a short drive west of Port Macquarie. You can visit the cellar door and tour the winery, and then indulge in French fare paired with Cassegrain wines at Seasons restaurant, which overlooks the sprawling estate.
The Little Fish Cafe & Vineyard is another pretty spot to graze on food and wine while surrounded by vineyards embroidered into the hills. For lovers of wine, cheese and chocolate, head to Bago Vineyards, near Wauchope, a pretty storybook of a town. The young and young at heart can play hide and seek in the twists and turns of the 2km Bago Maze.
Other cellar doors with delightful attractions include:
Port Macquarie is home to the The Stunned Mullet and Bills Fishhouse & Bar, two restaurants that are fixtures in Good Food Guide. The craft beer scene in Port Macquarie is also gaining momentum: beer lovers can sample locally made beers at the Black Duck Brewery & Bar and Wicked Elf Beer.