30th Oct 2020 | Tourism Editor
 
A FOODIE’S GUIDE TO EUROBODALLA’S TOP PRODUCERS

From freshly-shucked oysters to creamy artisan cheeses, fragrant bush honeys to elegant small-batch wines, the Eurobodalla region brims with top-quality produce. Here’s a roll call of just some of the region’s top providores, and the best ways to experience them while you’re visiting the region.

Alfresco Coffee Roasters

When you need a caffeine fix in Moruya, make your way to Alfresco Coffee Roasters on Church Street, which has amassed a loyal following for its ethically sourced coffee roasted on-site and brewed with passion. Grab a freshly-roasted bag of beans to go, or linger over the single-origin brew of the day in the rustic café space.

Batemans Bay Nut Company

With a variety of unique flavour combinations to choose from such as wasabi and seaweed macadamias and maple toasted pecans, Batemans Bay Nut Company nuts are the perfect local snack to have on-hand while exploring the South Coast. Stock up at its Citi Centre Arcade store, or look out for the company’s stall at local markets.

Bayside Deli Meats

Specialising in free-range and grass-fed beef, lamb, pork and chicken of the highest quality, Bayside Deli Meats in Batemans Bay is the place to pick up delicious, ethically raised local meats for a self-catering holiday. On the same premises, Deli on Perry has your picnic needs sorted, from cured meats to creative salads.

Bodalla Dairy

In the heart of the historic village of Bodalla, Bodalla Dairy has been producing some of the region’s finest dairy products for over 160 years. Drop into the Bodalla Dairy Shed, the on-site milk bar-style café, to sample one of its famous ‘living milkshakes’, or pick up some gourmet cheeses to take home.

Big Niles Brewery Co

Opened by former professional BMX rider Cam White in 2019, Big Niles Brewery Co – named for White’s American bulldog – is one of the Eurobodalla region’s newest craft breweries. Take a swig of the South Coast at its on-site taproom in Dalmeny, which has a relaxed, leafy beer garden.

Clyde River Berry Farm  

Fresh fruit tastes even better when you pick it yourself, and during December and January, you can pick your own blueberries at Clyde River Berry Farm, 40 minutes’ drive north of  Batemans Bay. Simply bring your own bucket (or borrow one) and pick to your heart’s content, drawing on your willpower not to tuck in until you get home.

Durras Lakes Growers

Stock up on hydroponic vine-ripened tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, and more at the Durras Lakes Growers farm gate store in Benandarah, just north of Batemans Bay. A delicious range of sauces, jams, relishes, pickles and even ice-creams made from their own harvests is also available for sale.

Guerrilla Roasters

Dedicated to using ethically sourced and fully traceable beans from around the world, Guerilla Roasters roasts and brews some of the best coffee on the South Coast, which you can sample from the source at their Moruya roastery door from 6.30-11am Monday to Friday.

Markets

Short on time? Regional markets such as the Sage Farmer Market (held on Tuesdays in Moruya’s Riverside Park) and the Moruya Country Markets (held on Saturdays in the same location) offer the ultimate one-stop local produce experience, where you can chat to local growers, producers, and artisans as you fill your shopping basket.

Mogo Fudge

With a quarter of a century of experience under their belts, the folks at Mogo Fudge know their fudge. From lemon sorbet to rocky road, you can choose from more than 40 flavours at its Mogo store, which doubles as a café, ice-cream bar, and old-school lolly shop.

Mogo Village Honey

Take an exclusive peek into the secret life of bees and discover how delicious South Coast honey is extracted on a beekeeping tour run by the family behind Mogo Village Honey. You can also purchase honey and pure beeswax straight from their sheds in Mogo.

Montague Coffee

Ask any Narooma local where they get their morning brew, and chances are it’s at Montague Coffee, a boutique roastery and coffee shop on the Princes Highway. Nab a pavement table and sip your favourite coffee while watching the world go by, or grab a brew – or some beans – to go.  

Mr Bold Catering

Looking for the perfect picnic hamper to enjoy in the Eurobodalla region? Look no further than Mr Bold Catering in Narooma, which prepares delicious grazing hampers and take-home meals showcasing the best local produce as part of its catering service. You can also pick up lunches-to-go from its kitchen shopfront on Wednesdays, with the menu changing weekly.

Mystery Bay Kelp

Packed with essential nutrients and with a mild flavour base, Ecklonia radiata (common kelp- pictured) is foraged from local beaches to create Mystery Bay Kelp’s popular range of delicious and nutritious seasonings. Book a foraging tour to learn more about the health benefits of kelp, see where it is harvested, and taste the entire ‘mbK’ range.

Narooma Bridge Seafoods

Whether you’re after a tray of freshly-shucked oysters, live or cooked rock lobster, or perhaps a haul of fresh prawns, the passionate fishmongers at Narooma Bridge Seafoods, beside the northern end of Narooma Bridge, have you covered. 

Oyster Shed on Wray Street

Love oysters? Then you’ll be right at home at the Oyster Shed on Wray Street, a family-run farm gate kiosk on the banks of the Clyde River in Batemans Bay. Slurp down fresh oysters while soaking up the river views at one of the Shed’s outdoor tables, or grab a dozen to go (opened or unopened) to savour later on.     

Perfect Honey Company

Look out for the two honey brands (Nothing But Honey and Blue Hills Bees) produced by the Moruya couple behind Perfect Honey Company in local supermarkets, or purchase honey and beeswax wraps direct from their online store.

Tilba Real Dairy

Established in 1891, Tilba Real Dairy was the first cheese co-operative in NSW. Sample its award-winning cheeses, milks, and other decadent local produce from the source at the ABC Cheese Factory, its factory and store in Central Tilba, where you might also spot cheesemakers at work through the factory window.

Tilba Valley Wines & Alehouse

Housed in a historic property on the shores of Corunna Lake, Tilba Valley Wines & Alehouse sets the scene for a lazy afternoon getting a taste for this emerging South Coast NSW wine region. A range of craft brews from Eurobodalla and beyond are also available, along with an imaginative lunch menu, and live music on weekends.

The Pearly Oyster Bar

Stock up on all three oyster varieties grown in the Clyde River (Angasi, Pacific, and Sydney rock) at The Pearly Oyster Bar in Batemans Bay, run by a local oyster-farming family that has been supplying fresh oysters and seafood to the region since 1973. 

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