If the fine art of eating and drinking is on your holiday wish-list, take a seat in the Tweed and loosen your belts! Good food and drink is a way of life here, from our coastal villages to country towns – we grow, harvest, distil, brew, prepare and share our local provenance all year-round.
You’ll find Tweed tastes at produce markets, kitchen gardens, organic eateries and award-winning restaurants.
Here’s our top 5 tips to help you have a gourmet Tweed escape when next you head our way!
1. Eat out
Graze your days away in the Tweed with a host of eateries serving up breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything else in between. Read on to get your appetite ready!
Book ahead to dine out at some of the Tweed’s iconic and award-winning restaurants, from the bucolic charm of Mavis’s Kitchen in Uki, seafood fare at Fins Restaurant, gastronomic delights at Pipit in Pottsville or modern Greek at Taverna in Kingscliff. And that’s just for starters!
Combine sightseeing with local tasting! Get your Insta-smiles ready aboard a Blue Ginger Picnics on Water or a Treasures of the Tweed tour with Tweed Escapes, catch crabs and visit an oyster farm with Catch-A-Crab or join Tweed Eco Cruise‘s Pot to Plate Adventure Aboriginal led experience.
2. Cook in
MYO (make your own!) Tweed-inspired menu with fresh foods cooked up at your overnighter or to take home. You’ll find fresh local produce at the Murwillumbah Farmers Markets or Tropical Fruit World, on the well-stocked shelves of Tyalgum‘s General Store, at Bucks Farm in the lush valley village of Chillingham and Farm & Co in Cudgen, just inland from Kingscliff, or at any number of classic roadside food stalls.
Complement your just-picked farm goods with some hand-made artisan tastes and you’ve got a meal ready to eat. Local must-eats are Woodland Valley Farm fresh farm-egg pasta, corn chips and tortillas from Dona Cholita, cheeses by Debbie Allard or Tweed Valley Whey Farmhouse Cheeses and the best morning crumpets by the Sourdough Crumpet Co.
Or let someone else, like the fabulous Graze with Sal, bring all the best Tweed tastes together for you in a lip-smacking platter.
3. Artisan Food on Show
The Tweed Artisan Food Weekend (from 27 to 30 November 2020, tickets on sale now!), is a flavour-filled long weekend of bespoke food and drink experiences celebrating the incredible people, place and produce of the Tweed.
In stunning locations, from sunny coast to lush hinterland, the four-day showcase of artisan events combines culinary flavours, local culture and fresh tastes from the region’s chefs and producers.
Celebrated local chefs, including Pipit’s Ben Devlin and Steven Snow of Fins Restaurant, together with well-known chef Christine Manfield, who also calls the Tweed home, will work hand-in-hand with farmers, distillers, fishers and growers to hero the distinctive provenance of the region.
There are cooking classes, long table events and on-farm experiences along with hands-on happenings such as pasta-making, learning about indigenous foods and gaining insights into local agritourism and regenerative farming.
4. Life is Sweet
Indulge your sweet tooth with delectable treats and flaky pastries from a range of Tweed bakehouses and eateries.
From Cubby Bakehouse in Chinderah and Choux Box in Kingscliff to Baked at Ancora in Tweed Heads, Ben’s Patisserie in Murwillumbah and Baker + Farmer in Pottsville, you’ll find life has never been sweeter! Also to include on your must-indulge list is the sumptuous High Tea found at Flutterbies Cafe in Tyalgum.
5. Drink up!
It’s not just food that the Tweed does well! Our region is home to some of Australia’s well-known and much loved sips too, from the colour-changing Ink Gin by Husk Distillery, fresh brews from Red Earth Brewery and all manner of teas grown right here in the Tweed at the Madura Tea estate.
There’s healthy juice and great coffee at newly opened Nectar in Cabarita Beach and coffee-lovers will also find espresso for days right across the Tweed, from Bastion Lane Espresso in Uki, Hymn Coffee and Ground Control in Tweed Heads, Tucker in Casuarina, Salt Mill in Kingscliff and Black Drop Cafe in Pottsville.
Still have an appetite?
For more inspiration on where to eat and drink, check out our latest Tweed Foodies Guide – you’ll also meet some of our local food folk, find recipes to try at home and discover a range of tasty drive itineraries from seaside flavour trails to a three-day inland grazing journey.