Best Local Produce in NSW
Discover an incredible array of fresh produce across Regional NSW. From cherries in Young and oysters on the South Coast, to the delicious wines of the Hunter Valley region, and cheese made in Coolamon. Discover rolling vineyards, orchards, pastures, and golden fields of wheat, barley and sunflowers, and sample the State’s best produce.
Shows, Fairs and Farmers Markets
A great way to celebrate Regional NSW’s variety of produce is at agricultural shows and fairs, such as the annual Royal Bathurst Show, one of the biggest shows outside of Sydney. Set on the banks of the Macquarie River, Bathurst is lovely, with pretty tree-line streets and wonderful heritage buildings.
In gemstone country of New England is the Inverell Annual Show which started in 1868. You can fossick for sapphires, gems and quartz crystals at nearby Billabong Blue Sapphire Fossicking Park and 7 Oaks Sapphire Fossicking, while here.
In many towns across Regional NSW you will find regular farmers and growers markets, where you can buy local vegetables, meats, preserves and more. Head to Lismore Organic Market on the North Coast, believed to be Australia's longest-running certified organic-only market. Or the Newcastle City Farmers Market, which features more than 150 stalls.
Food and Wine Tours and Trails
Explore one of the many food and wine trails across Regional NSW. Follow the 100 Mile Diet through Orange, Dubbo and Mudgee and discover vineyards, orchards and olive groves. Or indulge in chocolate, charcuterie and wines on the Tablelands Food and Wine Trail.
There are plenty of food and wine tours available across the State. Hunt for truffles and learn how to cook with them at Turalla Truffles, close to the town of Bungendore. Take a tailor made wine tour of the Southern Highlands with Grape Escape to meet the wine makers and taste the region’s wines.
Food and Wine Festivals
Another way to taste a region’s local produce is at delectable food and wine festivals, such as the Mudgee Wine & Food Festival, Orange F.O.O.D Week or the two month long Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival. Other produce festivals include:
- The National Cherry Festival in Young
- The Citrus Sculptures in Griffith
- Batlow Apple Blossom Festival in Batlow
- Narooma Oyster Festival in Narooma
- Casino Beef Week in Casino
- Northern Rivers Harvest Food Festival in Byron Bay
Whether you’re after paddock to plate, fine dining or lunch with a view, there are acclaimed restaurants across Regional NSW. Pair food and wine at Esca Bimbadgen in the Hunter Valley and enjoy the spectacular views. In Orange, dine on contemporary Italian and French cuisine at Lolli Redini or sample seasonal produce at Bendooley Estate Restaurant in the Southern Highlands.
Many of the State’s hotels and restaurants are located in historic buildings. At the heritage-listed Tathra Hotel in Tathra, on the Sapphire Coast, you can enjoy freshly shucked oysters washed down with locally brewed beer. In Silverton, dine at the iconic Silverton Hotel – a filming location for many movies including Mad Max and Mission Impossible II.