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Southern Forests Food Tour Autumn 2020

Open your eyes to an incredible and pristine area of Western Australia on our Food Tour.

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Southern Forests

4 nights ~ Manjimup, Pemberton and surrounds

Wednesday 29th April – 3rd May 2020

Join Tracey and Anthony Cotterell with local Southern Forests Food Council guides to explore our very own gem, 300km’s from our urban doorstep. This is an autumn getaway that will be truly memorable. A genuine experience.

Maybe it’s the clear, crisp air. Or the extraordinary fertility of the soils. Maybe it’s the 365 growing days a year. Or the purity of the rainfall. Or maybe it’s a combination of all these things. Truth is no-one knows for sure. One thing I do know is farmers put their lives into agriculture, country folk seem to have something special in their souls. You will love getting to know them as you discover the treasures they grow, the jobs they provide and their commitment to bring us the end user an exquisite array of nutritious food.

Whenever you break an egg for breakfast, break open broccoli into florets or cut an avocado in half to reveal the milky smooth flesh you’ll be eating the best the state has to offer, in fact possibly the best on offer, period.

This bespoke tour is a collaboration with Southern Forests Food Council and has been specifically designed for our group. We are so excited to be working with this wonderful initiative funded by Royalties for Regions. This not-for-profit organisation does such an excellent job.  Some experiences are only accessible for our group due to the close relationship SFFC has with its’ members. This tour does require a moderate level of fitness, as walking around farms, pack houses and nature experiences are included.

DAY 1 – WED 29th APRIL 2020

Charlie and Coleen have well over 3,000 chickens on their farm who must be among the luckiest in the world. We know they’re happy as the eggs these ladies lay are second to none and we are proud to use them in our cooking classes. With a genuine transparency you will be taken to the paddocks to see for yourself how the other half (of chooks) live!
Charlie has built many of the bespoke caravans where the chickens safely roost at night and where the fresh eggs are collected from each morning. This business is a real family affair with their 2 young sons assisting mum and dad around the farm when they are not at school.

Your hosts for the lunch will be one of the team from the Southern Forests Food Council Inc. (SFFC), a not-for-profit organisation established to represent the interests of local producers, culinary and agri-tourism operators and to foster the Southern Forests’ status as one of the nation’s key food bowls and culinary tourism regions.
The Southern Forests’ produces over 50 different fruits and vegetables, truffles and boutique produce, dairy and cattle farms, as well as award-winning wineries, and exceptional culinary experiences. The Food Council is playing a critical role in unifying the areas diverse producers through the creation of the Genuinely Southern Forests regional brand.
You will receive your welcome pack, and be provided with a full overview of the region and what to expect during your own Genuinely Extraordinary Southern Forests Food & Farm Experience.

The temperate Mediterranean climate of the Southern Forests is ideally suited to producing high quality, great tasting fruits and vegetables which are supplied both domestically and internationally. Today you will visit the family-owned and operated farm, by the ultimate couple duo and their children (3rd and 4th generation).
The farm includes a variety of tree fruits including apples, avocados, sweet persimmons (fuyu fruit), feijoas, chestnuts, walnuts, hazelnuts and macadamia nuts. Autumn is the perfect time to cruise around the farm in a purpose-built tractor and trailer, tasting the farms offering as you go. The perfect experience to kick start your tour.


Venue TBC depending on accommodation chosen.

DAY 2 – THU 30TH APRIL 2020

Established in 2011 by a marine biologist and nurse, their passion is to grow rarely seen and unusual vegetables. If they’re strange, funky or otherwise different, then that’s their specialty. Their love of seeing visual beauty matched with fabulous old flavours also connects with today’s discerning palates. They are passionate about introducing heirloom vegetables to consumers and love it when their customers get excited about trying them and experimenting with new recipes. This experience will introduce you to a world of cucurbit vegetables you never knew existed!

Established in 1990 to showcase the skill of local South West fine woodcraft artists, this gallery has long been an iconic tourism destination in the Southern Forests region. In recent years the adjoining cafe in partnership with local smoked goods manufacturer Holy Smoke has evolved to offer light cafe-style lunches incorporating  their range of products and in-season local fresh produce. Enjoy a platter style lunch after which a visit to the gallery will uncover the outstanding local timber artistry of local craftsmen and women.

Home to more than 2,200 Holstein Fresian cows, this global leader in ethical dairy has an incredible story of pioneering hard-graft, community, dedication to quality products and cutting-edge innovative methods. this afternoon, we’ll look at their state of the art dairy and creamery that now operates with a sophisticated processing system using robotic milking technology, low-temperature pasteurisation and environmentally sustainable packaging.

This local restaurant prides itself on showcasing the quality and diversity of produce from this amazing region. Your evening will focus around introducing your tastebuds to some of the produce you will visit during your stay, as well as other tantalising tastes and genuine food and drink experiences. The restaurant also proudly offers a diverse range of  locally grown and made wines, all of which can be tasted! The owner, Ed Fallens is an entertaining and friendly raconteur. In my experience, he has at least one story about every local food and wine personality you wish to know about!

DAY 3 – FRI 1ST MAY 2020

From 400 pristine hectares near Manjimup, in the heart of the Southern Forests of Western Australia, a multi-generational family business has developed a fully vertically-integrated agri-business based on brassica vegetables, lamb, beef breeding and eggs.

Using a hybrid system of bio-dynamic and traditional products, they produce a variety of delicious brassica vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, red, green, Savoy and Chinese cabbages and kale together with beetroot and silverbeet. A recent addition is their newly launched ‘Cauliflower Rice’. A value-added product that utilizes the deemed second-grade cauliflowers into a sought-after couscous and rice substitute.

With a predominantly Italian family background, this chef recently returned home to the Southern Forests in April 2016 after a 16-year working history at Frasers restaurant in Kings Park, Perth. He opened his own place, the name he chose was inspired by two hungry willy wag tail birds that his daughters regularly fed. Focussing on sourcing from local producers, he offers quality cafe fayre with an Italian leaning and today’s lunch will give you a taste of his connection to this region.

The farm of this third-generation potato growing family is situated in the beautiful Middlesex Valley of Manjimup. This area is renowned for its ideal growing conditions and rich karri soils where potatoes have been grown for decades. This afternoon, this dedicated young farmer will take you through his family story, the growing cycles, varieties they’ve chosen to grow and their recent independent branding initiative. Passionate innovative and generous, this grower is a wonderful example of the next generation of Southern Forests primary producers adapting to change in a fast-evolving and demanding market place.

Included on our previous tours and back by popular demand, this well known wine producer of Italian heritage will be sharing his knowledge of traditional self-sufficient growing and food preservation passed down through generations of his family. Following a wander through the vegetable patch, enjoy a smorgasbord of home-grown and sun-dried tomatoes, cheeses and salamis paired with his award winning wines followed by home cooked wood fired pizzas.

DAY 4 – SAT 2ND MAY 2020

With a similar Group Settlement story origin to many in the Southern Forests, the 700 acre property in the Yanmah sub-region has seen early dairy cows, export cauliflower, cattle, sheep for wool production, plums and now the beginnings of a value-adding industry producing fruit leathers and snack bars.

14 of the 700 acres produce 15 plum varieties that in season are sold fresh throughout IGA supermarkets in WA. Seeing an opportunity to utilise riper fruit that would otherwise go to waste from his own property and others in the region, this producer set up a fruit leather and drying business. Today you’ll experience the beginnings of this exciting waste-minimalisation, healthy value-adding initiative.

Located on the Munda Biddi Trail, this property features famous trees of Commerce, Culture, Legend and Literature. It was planted between 1987 and 1993 and features 50 species over 9 hectares. The centrepiece of the wood is marked by four species planted as spokes of a wheel: Commerce represented by the English Oak; Culture by the Cedar of Lebanon; Legend in the European Ash and Literature is represented by the Laurel. The wood is mainly at the bottom of a hill and is an ideal afternoon stroll after a boxed picnic lunch. There are some old building ruins (1951) from past tobacco growing days there as well.

This third generation young and passionate primary producer who recently joined the SFFC Committee of Management, returned to the family farm in recent years and chose to diversify by including passionfruit; a fond childhood taste memory. Along with the infrastructure for growing, he has invested in the grading, pulping and value-added equipment necessary to sell jarred pulp into the retail market. For our last farm tour of the day, you’ll be meeting Mitchell and talking and tasting all things passionfruit.

This retired physiotherapisc couple had been looking for a project for their self-sufficient farm and stumbled across finger-limes, otherwise known as citrus caviar. With two empty paddocks sitting idle on their property in Pemberton, they planted their first trees from parent stock in 2006. The fruit thrived and in 2011 they sold their first harvest in just 6 weeks, supplying eager Perth chefs. Your experience of this fascinating and delicious native fruit will reveal the amazing popping-texture, beautiful lime green to pink colours and distinctive fragrant refreshing taste.

With a relaxed, local-centric atmosphere and focus on regional wines and seasonal Southern Forests produce, this local bar opened in 2017 offering the community and visitors alike a modern small-plate dining and drinking experience like no other. Tonight’s dinner will be a selection of delicious tapas-style dishes designed by Pauline to capture the season and match with their local wine list offerings with helpful advice of choices from Mitch.

DAY 5 – SUN 3RD MAY 2020

What began with a passion for wine in 1987 for Vic Kordic, has blossomed into an operation producing award winning wines, extra virgin olive oil and verjuice. Brothers Paul and Mark Kordic now head the vineyard and produce cool climate wines with elegance and unique character.

This beautiful property boasts olive trees that are over half a century old, providing magnificent shelter for their vineyard. Handpicked and cold pressed, this stunning oil captures the pure essence of the variety and brings perfect spice and flavour into a gorgeous balance.

Today’s experience will include a tour through this iconic property, a tasting of the family’s delicious products and a farewell country morning tea spread incorporating the abundant seasonal produce of this beautiful region before departure.


Ready to Pack Your Suitcase?

Tour price includes:

  • All food and experiences featured on the itinerary (no-one goes hungry!)
  • Accommodation at the well appointed Kingsley Motel in Manjimup
  • Group travel to Southern Forests from Perth, transport during the tour (of course) and then back to Perth.

Tour price does not include:

  • Breakfast – the motel offers a good breakfast if you think you need it! There will be opportunities for you to purchase fresh produce during our travels for breakfast if preferred. Or when we stop for coffee each morning pastries will be available for you to purchase.
  • Hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverages. We will be stopping to collect fabulous coffee/tea each morning on our way out in the bus at your expense. A number of experiences include a beverage (some non-alcoholic and some alcoholic), but any extra can be purchased by yourselves.

Simply complete the 2020 Southern Forests 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 969 920 or  send by mail. We will then be in contact with you to confirm your booking.

You are welcome to call Anthony regarding accommodation details, you may just have questions about the tour 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. All tour experiences are subject to natures seasonal weather.

Many thanks for considering this tour, we hope you can join us.

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Tracey Cotterell

Tracey Cotterell
Tracey Cotterell


Tracey has been in the food industry since completing her Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management in 1982 in the UK. She worked for an outside catering company in London, then joined her parents in rural West Sussex running

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