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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 works toward attracting visitors to the region to showcase amazing local produce and educate both visitors and locals of 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 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, much of which is available at the Visitor Information Centre Shop.
A little taste of what's on offer...
AnneE's Brew Specialty Preserves are handmade the traditional way, in pots on the stovetop, without the use of artificial preservatives, flavours or colouring.
Glen Olives is run by Tom and Judy Hartmann, producing quality extra virgin olive oil from their Frantoio and Leccino olive trees on their family farm 7km north of Glen Innes.
Natures Beez Honey is 100% pure Australian honey brought to you by three generations of experience in the honey bee industry.
If you like to know where your food comes from, then weave your way around town, grab your produce to cook up at home or your accommodation, or sit and relax in the many cafés that prepare food fresh daily. Here are some local options to experience gourmet fresh food:
The Super Strawberry produces and sells strawberries, strawberries and cream, cakes, jams, sauces, milkshakes, 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 sell ready-to-cook meals such as beef & chicken kebabs, chicken pinwheels and marinated pork spareribs.
Smeatons Bakery has been in business for almost 80 years and uses its 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.
Glen Gowrie Distillery & Cellar Door is based in the picturesque area of Furracabad, where you can enjoy tasting locally their spirits when you visit their cellar door.
Glen Innes Highlands has a range of restaurants that 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 and also offers seasonal pork, lamb, seafood and vegetarian dishes.
New England Motor Lodge offers a seasonally changing bistro and restaurant menu. Enjoy chef-prepared popular classics cooked with quality ingredients and some local food heroes.
Glen Innes Railway Tavern sources local ingredients that complement the Chef's extended history in preparing Italian food, offering a large range of pizza, pasta and risottos.
The Great Central Hotel serves up perfectly seared steaks and lovingly crafted desserts.
The Local Glen Innes champions New England produce to feature throughout all their menus, including the very popular gourmet pizzas served up as part of their "After Dark" menu.
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Glen Innes Highlands acknowledges and pays respect to the Ngoorabul people as the traditional custodians of this land, their elders past, present and emerging, and to Torres Strait Islander people and all First Nations people.
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