Apart from the magic scenery, lush growing environment, enchanting sunsets, an array of dining experiences and of course, the ‘vibe’, one of the main reasons for hosting a tour to this darling destination for food-focused travelers is that someone who is a master at passing on her culinary knowledge lives in the shire of Byron.
In this part of the country, the next destination never seems far away. We’ll travel along roads lines with banana plantations, macadamia farms and of course we’re in the midst of sugar cane country. There’s arts and culture, miles of national parks and beaches galore.
This tour is full of excitement with visits to primary producers growing food that we could rarely or never get to see on a farm in WA. Northern New South Wales is a rich food bowl with a warm climate and great soil. Let’s taste the best it has to offer us.
As this is a brand new tour, I’m still in the process of confirming all food experiences, so at this point in time I’ll simply list them here. As soon as I have everything sorted, I’ll create a daily itinerary on this page.
Belinda Jeffery’s food is fabulous! Home cooks applaud her baking skills – sweet treats with zippy assembly instructions which she generously shares in her multitude of cook books as well as savoury combinations that become favourites immediately they are cooked for the first time. And her recipes always work.We’ll spend a whole day cooking with Belinda in Federal, a picturesque village in the Byron Bay Hinterland. The venue is a 120-year old village hall that is lovingly decked out with everything we need for a day of cooking, laughing and learning… plus intermittent eating around the beautifully laid table too. This is a country experience that will remain in our minds and hearts for years to come.The classes we’ve booked consist of small groups of 8 people. We’ll have Belinda all to ourselves so it will be a very personal day in the kitchen together. During my research, she’s been spoken about so highly by everyone I’ve talked to – I personally think she’s one of the loveliest Australian food personalities and she genuinely loves cooking and people. You’ll treasure this experience!
We’ll take you to meet a man who grows exotic fruits in an incredible orchard. It’s been called a Garden of Eden, a haven of serenity with over 200 varieties of fruit from red pineapple to native Davidson plum and even the painstakingly labour-intensive vanilla plant.
I have planned a visit to a coffee plantation. Not many people get to see the coffee trees, taste the fruit, learn the on-farm methods and understand the bean roasting process, and then taste the coffee made by experienced baristas … all on the one plantation.
What’s the best way to get fresh organic vegetables delivered to your family’s group of nine Thai restaurants in Sydney? Grow them yourself of course! This innovative hard working young woman with a young family herself has realised her dream and is growing and harvesting much of what the restaurants need. One day she hopes to supply 100% of the fresh vegetables, fruits, aromatics and herbs. Not only satisfied with growing Thai produce, finger limes and Lemon Aspens grow alongside other Australian native and European species. Diversity and variety abounds.
Byron is full of wonderful chefs and cooks who love sharing their knowledge. On the cards is either spending time in the kitchen (and dairy) with an award-winning cheesemaker or one of Byron’s best bakers. Both these characters will teach us much, and there is much to learn in both these fields.
The eateries, restaurants and Cafes are too many to name. Rest assured you will be dining in a multitude of the best venues, many of which have a super-fresh, low food miles, paddock to plate philosophy.
Good Food writer Amy Cooper explains why Byron is an essential destination for curious cooks and food lovers.
“Once, they came for surf and soul-searching. Now, Byron Bay’s famous barefoot charms are just a warm-up act for a different main event: food.
The hippies and healers have always coexisted here with gastronomy’s raw materials: rich soil, temperate subtropical climate, nutrient-rich ocean and bountiful produce. But recent years have added investment and talent to Byron’s blueprint. Sea-changing chefs and artisans, whose paddock-to-plate ambitions have outgrown their city vegie patches and rooftop beehives, are flocking in.”
Byron is a relaxed place and we may even be lucky enough on a balmy evening at dusk to experience drumming circles and hypnotic fire twirling on the beach. During the day there is no shortage of things to discover as this intriguing town is big on uniqueness with some seriously stylish shopping. There will be time allocated for relaxing and/or enjoying some retail therapy on the tour, I promise.
Simply complete the 2019 Byron Bay Registration Form and return to our office. Print form, complete and scan back to us via email, photograph on your smart phone and text to Anthony 0409 969 929 or send by mail. We will then be in contact with you to confirm your booking.
Tour price includes all food, group transport during tour and experiences featured on the itinerary.
You book and pay for flights and accommodation, use those air miles! We have arranged a special accommodation deal for our tour participants at The Bower Byron Bay , otherwise you can choose to stay at a venue of your choice, but please be aware we will depart and return to The Bower daily. Please call Anthony on 0409 969 920 regarding accommodation details, if you have questions or would like to express your interest.
Please be aware some experiences are subject to change. Occasionally, changes in service providers businesses are unavoidable and outside our control. We strive to present you with the best any destination has to offer at the time of the tour.
Many thanks for considering this tour, we hope you can join us.
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