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Glen Innes Highlands has the perfect climate to produce distinctive gourmet foods.
You're in great company when you visit the areas many bistros, restaurants and cafes. International flavours such as Indian, Chinese and Thai can also be found in many of the eateries.
Warm up in the cooler months with a great coffee in one of our friendly café’s and treat yourself to some homely cakes.
Visit one of our many pubs and taste some of our delicious gourmet foods and wines at local markets and events.
The Gourmet Fiesta is held at the Glen Innes Show each February and is a celebration of local food, wine and lifestyle.
Each year the Gourmet Fiesta team work towards attracting visitors to the region to showcase amazing local produce and educate both visitors and locals on the ways to enjoy the seasonal bounties on offer.
The Fiesta is about educating as well as enriching the experience for all, whether living in or visiting the Glen Innes Highlands.
If you are wanting to experience a traditional, friendly country show with an inspirational, forward-thinking perspective, a visit to Glen Innes this February is a must.
The Gourmet Fiesta team are always looking for new regional artisan producers who would like to promote their wares and be part of the festival fun!
There is a huge variety of locally grown and made produce in Glen Innes Highlands. Many of which are available at the Visitor Information Centre Shop. Here are just a few:
AnneE's Brew Specialty Preserves are handmade the traditional way, in pots on the stove top, without the use of artificial preservatives, flavours or colouring.
Glen Olives run by Tom and Judy Hartmann, producing quality extra virgin olive oil from their Frantoio and Leccino olive trees on their family farm 7 km north of Glen Innes.
Natures Beez Honey is brought to you with three generations of experience in the honey bee industry. It’s 100% pure Australian honey.
If you like to know where your food comes from then weave your way around town, grab your produce to cook up or sit and relax in the many cafes who prepare food fresh each day. Here are some local options for gourmet fresh food:
The Super Strawberry produces and sells strawberries, strawberries and cream, jams, sauces, milk shakes, Byron Bay coffee and local produce.
Campbells Butchery personally purchased grass-fed yearlings.
Hoopers Country Meat sell their own hams smoked on the premises.
Bruce Family Butchery have easily prepared meals such as beef & chicken kebabs, chicken pinwheels and marinated pork spareribs.
Smeatons Bakery has been in business for almost 80 years and uses their original recipe for pies and sausage rolls.
Glen Pie Shop’s specialties include lamb & rosemary pies, a variety of pasties including cornish, cheese & asparagus and gourmet breads.
Our region is perfect for the discerning producer of craft beer, vodka, gin, meade and more. Here are just a few in the area;
Glen Gowrie Distillery has recently opened in the picturesque area of Furracabad, enjoy tasting locally made spirits at their cellar door.
Glen Innes Highlands has a range of restaurants who serve up the best of our local produce. Here are some of the venues in our area that offer a rural fine dining experience to remember:
Hereford Steakhouse Char Grill is renowned for local beef, they also offer seasonal pork, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes.
New England Motor Lodge enjoy their bistro or restaurant menu, changed seasonally. Enjoy chef prepared popular classics cooked with quality ingredients and some local food heroes.
Railway Tavern menu is rich in locally sourced ingredients and with the Chefs extended history in Italian food, they offer a large range of pizza, pasta and risottos.
The Great Central Hotel serves up perfectly seared steaks and lovingly crafted desserts.
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