The Shoalhaven region is renowned as being an amazing food bowl of some of the freshest produce in Australia. From freshly shucked oysters, olive groves, cheeses to fine wines – you’ll find them all within a short driving distance away.
Part of the Shoalhaven’s charm is being able to stumble upon farm gate sellers as you explore the many towns and villages. Stock up on culinary gems from honesty boxes of fresh eggs in Terara, lovely homemade jams, and fresh stone fruit from orchards.
Slip Down a Freshly Shucked Oyster
Greenwell Point, 13 kilometres north-east of Nowra, is famous for having some of the biggest and best oysters on the South Coast. You can try the oysters direct from the growers on the riverbank at Greenwell Point from Kingtide Oysters, Shoalhaven Oyster Service, Jim Wild’s Oyster Service, Newnham Oysters and Comerong Bay Oysters.
Stock up on Local Fresh Fish & Meat
Nowra’s finest fresh fish and meat market stock a variety of local fresh and frozen seafoods, meats and game meats. Nowra Fresh Fish & Meat Market are the largest supplier of meat and seafood on the South Coast of New South Wales.
Garden Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
A visit to Smadimi Estate, in Terara, 3 kilometres east of Nowra is a must do. The owner, Michael is a passionate ‘backyard grower’ and supplies his fruit and vegetables to locals through his farm gate. He has all sorts of produce, ranging from the everyday, to the exotic and experimental. He also has a small-scale vineyard and has bees that make the most delicious honey.
Hand Harvested Olives
From oils to table olives, Kangaroo Valley Olives brings to kitchens and tables across Australia the highest quality table olives, grown and produced in Kangaroo Valley. They offer locally grown olives from green to purple to black and from the small nuttier varieties to large and fleshy types.
The Schoolhouse Cheesery and Foxground Handmade Tea is located at the recently renovated, old Toolijooa schoolhouse building in Gerringong. It is the home of ‘The Schoolhouse’ cheesemaking, as well as tea processing for Foxground Handmade Tea, from their tea farm near Berry. They offer cheeses, teas, locally roasted coffee and home-cooked treats.
The boutique winery and vineyard called Two Figs is located 12km from Berry, at the top of one of Mount Coolangatta’s foothills overlooking the Shoalhaven River. The Winery produces fine wines including cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, chambourcin and verdelho.
Two Figs Cellar door opens daily from 11am – 5pm for wine tasting and wine sales.
The Shoalhaven Visitors Centre in Nowra also stocks a great selection of local produce including amazing gourmet preserves, relishes and chutneys, all made with love in the region.
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