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Taste NSW: Must-try foodie experiences this Summer

October 19, 2017 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Covering almost a million square kilometres with geography ranging from Outback desert to fertile valleys and coastline, the diversity of growing conditions in New South Wales (NSW) ensures world-class produce can be found at every turn.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the State’s fine produce is a credit to our farmers and producers, and a great reason to get out and experience everything NSW has on offer.

“From tasting some of the world’s best oysters on the South Coast to mingling with local producers at a farmers’ market in the Riverina, now is the ideal time for gourmands to plan their destination dining itinerary for the summer months in NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

“I encourage you to discover the best of NSW’s local produce in rural and regional areas, whether it’s off a restaurant menu, straight from the farm or a fishing boat or at a local farmers’ market.”

Here’s a snapshot of some of the best farm gates, markets and fresh seafood in NSW this Summer.

Summer seafood

Looking for local seafood on the North Coast? Try Northern Rivers Seafood in Ballina and The Bay Seafood Market in Byron Bay for fresh seafood straight from the fishing boat. Also, Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative and the Commercial Fisherman’s Co-operative in Newcastle are well worth a visit.

Also on the North Coast, a side trip to pretty Soldiers Point near Port Stephens is its own reward: you can buy oysters from Holbert Oyster Supplies or stop for a meal at this waterside shop. Another renowned oyster farm further north, right on the shores of Wallis Lake, is Barclays Oyster Farm in Forster, the State’s largest supplier of Sydney Rock oysters.

Heading South? Detour to Greenwell Point to meet Jim Wild, Australia’s champion oyster shucker at Jim Wild’s Oyster Service. Jim, who is also renowned for his Hawaiian shirts, grows Sydney Rock and Pacific oysters in the estuary of the Crookhaven and Shoalhaven Rivers.

There are two great reasons to head into the seaside town of Tathra: the wharf, the only remaining coastal steamer wharf in NSW, is a beauty and the backyard Tathra Oyster shop, where you can try fresh Sydney Rock oysters grown in the pristine waters of Nelson’s Lake in Mimosa Rocks National Park. This National Park is a 17-metre strip of coast, known for its sea caves and towering rock stacks.

If you’d like to collect your own wild oysters – as well as dive for mussels, crayfish, urchin, and abalone, sign up for the scuba-diving and Ocean to Plate experience at Eden’s Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Adventures. You’ll don a wetsuit and brave the waves to learn all about sustainable collection techniques before preparing the day’s catch for a delicious water-side seafood feast.

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