Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn – The Mid North Coast

Taste the Mid North Coast with Hayden Quinn

Cook, author, presenter and MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn has travelled around New South Wales discovering delicious local produce and meeting passionate producers for season two of Taste of Australia with Hayden Quinn. This week he hits the surf along the Mid North Coast and meets some passionate local producers.

“After a surf, Bels Bakery on Gordon Street is the perfect spot for breakfast.”

Bels Bakery in Port Macquarie.

This award-winning bakery in Port Macquarie held the title of Australia’s best pie for four years in a row. Drop in for a chat with Wayne and pick up a pie, pastry, cake or fresh bread.


“I’m always on the hunt for great produce, and at Ricardoes you’ll find wonderfully fresh, sustainably grown strawberries and tomatoes.”

Fresh Tomatoes, North Coast

At Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries there’s always something delicious growing inside the greenhouses. Pick your own plump strawberries, admire the towering tomato vines, and stock up on delicious jams, sauces and pickles.


“Rudi uses his family’s original recipes and makes some of Australia’s best smallgoods. You’ve got to try the cheese kransky.”

Mentges Master Meats

Rudi Mentges’ family started making smallgoods in Germany more than 750 years ago. He’s continuing the tradition at Mentges Master Meats in Taree, making German-style sausages, sandwich meats, ham and meatloaf. All products are made with local meat and organic herbs, and are free of artificial colours or flavours.


“The award-winning buffalo mozzarella will go perfectly with the tomatoes from Ricardoes – if you’ve got any left.”

Burraduc Buffalo Dairy on the edge of the Myall Lakes National Park

Burraduc Buffalo Dairy on the edge of the Myall Lakes National Park is famous for its hand-crafted mozzarella, curd, yoghurt and milk. Farmers Elena and Andrei Swegen run this innovative, ethical and organically-managed property, and are passionate about the welfare of their buffalo herd.