Food & Wine

Baw Baw is a ‘foodie haven’ with fresh local produce available wherever you go to try or take home, abundant choices for dining out, and wines that stand up against the best.

Our small part of the world contributes 20 per cent of Australia’s total milk yield, so it’s not surprising that the name ‘Gippsland’ is synonymous with cheese. Baw Baw is home to world-class cheese makers Jindi Cheese and theTarago River Cheese Company whose produce is readily available at delis and stores across the region.

Baw Baw boasts a healthy orchard industry where apples, stone fruits, olives, honey and a wide range of berries are plentiful, as are locally grown vegetables including potatoes, tomatoes and asparagus. You can purchase local produce to take home from speciality shops spread across the region or from authentic Farmers Markets held in picturesque surrounds.

Discover the West Gippsland Wine Trail. Tour the countryside comparing sipping notes of local wine and discovering new favourites. Red, White or Rose, you will find them and fall in love with them all. Often the winemakers are on hand to discuss the inherent qualities of the cool climate wines, and to help guide you on a wine tasting adventure. A stunning combination of spectacular views, incredible wines and the character of the local enthusiasts awaits you.

No matter what your taste buds are craving, there is likely to be a dining option in the Baw Baw region to satisfy even the most discerning gourmet. There is a tantalising trail of culinary discovery awaiting you.

From a quick and refreshing coffee and cake alfresco, to a grand dining experience in one of the many fine restaurants, there is a style of eatery to suit every occasion. On menus across Baw Baw you will find the very best cheeses, succulent free range meats, fresh seafood, crisp produce and a wonderful collection of hand-crafted wines. Chefs are using more and more local produce with skill and flair when creating their diverse and exciting menus.

During the annual Palate of Passions Festival in February and March, food is celebrated at many events, including the signature World’s Longest Lunch. Have a memorable night out with good company at one of Baw Baw’s many family friendly country pubs. Whether you stop in Darnum, Noojee or Walhalla, along the way you’ll find roaring open fires and hearty pub meals and there is always a local larrikin to keep you entertained.

If dining out is not your thing, you can pick up gourmet delights at local markets or the many friendly delis and providores along the way. For a sumptuous picnic grab a loaf of fresh organic bread, local olives, preserves, meats and award winning soft cheeses.While you’re at it pop a few local ales and a nice bottle of the region’s best pinot in your basket and make sure you take a bottle home for your friends!

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