A food lover's delight
While the Barossa is world-famous for its amazing wine culture, it's paired well with a rich passion for food.
The region's vibrant food culture is strongly infused with German heritage, where preserved and smoked foods are well loved, right alongside the abundance of fresh, delicious produce. Fruit, nuts and vegetables are all grown in the region.
Made with the finest produce
You'll also find fresh poultry, livestock, hare and yabbies. Is it any wonder the local cooks, chefs and food producers are so inspired?
Australian icon Maggie Beer is a champion of the Barossa. Her work as a regional cook, writer, commercial food producer, restaurateur and television presenter has pushed the region's local produce into the mainstream. Visit Maggie Beer's Farm Shop in Nuriootpa, for a tangy taste of verjuice or creamy Pheasant Farm pâté.
Butcher, baker, winemaker
Wine without cheese just isn't right. Follow the Barossa Cheese and Wine Trail to discover which tastes match well. Try the Butcher, Baker, Winemaker trail (and VIP experience) and explore the local produce the region has to offer.
Combine walking with wine on the Para Road Wine Path, linking four of Tanunda's cellar doors alongside the historic Para River.
The Appellation Restaurant at The Louise, which provides luxury suite accommodation, is a perfect example of fine dining with a regional twist. Local produce is sourced to create exquisitely fine seasonal menus.
Almost all of the cafés and restaurants in the Barossa will use fresh, local produce, often getting it directly from the producer. You can do the same thing by heading to the Barossa Farmers’ Market, held weekly near Angaston. Fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry and even free-range eggs are all available. You’ll also find delightful preserves, freshly baked bread and traditional smallgoods.
Visit Angaston and pop into Angas Park Fruit Company for all sorts of dried fruit and chocolate delights.
There's a local brewery too! The Barossa Brewing Company takes beer very seriously, making small batches of pure, traditionally fermented brews. They're open for tastings on weekends and will show off their wheat store to anyone who asks.
There are more than 80 cellar doors in the Barossa, many of which have food offerings as well. You could spend weeks visiting them all, so if you only have a few days, it's important to plan your visit.
After a visit to the Barossa, you may discover you’re a fan of more than the wine and that Barossa food has become a favourite too.
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Things to do
Here are some great ideas for you to try while you’re in the area.
There are plenty of events on in the Barossa. Here are some ideas you might like.