Best Local Produce in NSW
Taste bountiful fresh produce across NSW, from Australia’s cherry capital in Young to Australia’s Oyster Coast on the South Coast, from the Riverina’s food bowl to the fertile Liverpool Plains. There are rolling vineyards, orchards and pastures, and golden fields of wheat, barley and sunflowers.
A fun way to celebrate NSW’s great variety of produce is at agricultural shows and fairs, such as the annual , one of the biggest shows outside of Sydney. 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 Glen Innes Pastoral and Agricultural Show, which started in 1869. The captivating town of Glen Innes is near UNESCO World Heritage rainforest. Or look to the stars in Parkes and combine a visit to the CSIRO radio telescope with the Parkes Agricultural Show.
You’ll find many more shows and fairs in the pretty countryside, coastal hinterland, seaside towns, riverside towns along the Murray and other waterways, and in the Snowy Mountains. In the wine regions, enjoy food and wine tours or explore wonderful food and wine trails at your own leisure.
You can browse fresh seasonal produce at farmers and growers markets, too. Another way to taste a region’s local produce is at delectable food and wine festivals, such as the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival in Mudgee and the Orange F.O.O.D Week in Orange. Other produce festivals include:
- The Young in
- The Citrus Sculptures in Griffith
- Batlow Apple Blossom Festival in Batlow
- Narooma in
- Tastings on Hastings in Port Macquarie
- Casino in
- Northern Rivers Harvest Food Festival in Byron Bay
At acclaimed restaurants, many in wine regions, chefs use local produce to create mouth-watering, innovative dishes. Biota Dining in Southern Highlands, Muse Restaurant at the Hungerford Hill winery in the Hunter Valley, and Fleet on the far North Coast are just three of the fine places to eat.
You can savour local produce at many pubs in NSW. For paddock-to-plate pub dining, try Graze at the Willow Tree Inn, southwest of Tamworth. At the heritage-listed Tathra Hotel in Tathra, on the Sapphire Coast, you can enjoy freshly shucked local oysters washed down with locally brewed beer.