The Barossa food story

The Barossa, renowned for its world-class wines, has a rich and flavourful food culture that has been gently simmering away since the arrival of English and German settlers in the 1840s. In so many ways, this culinary heritage is the backbone of the modern Barossa community. This is a region where food traditions thrive as part of everyday life, and where innovative new food businesses, both large and small, are inspired to create new Barossa food.

The Barossa food story is a multi-faceted, continually evolving ode to seasonality and regionality. It tells of fruit ripened to perfection and vegetables bursting with real flavour. Of milk and cheese that taste of goodness and of poultry, pork and lamb that are fed well and nurtured with kindness. Of artisan food prepared with care and passion. And of time-honoured recipes passed down through six generations. 

It is a story that weaves tradition and innovation into an edible, timeless tapestry.

Inspired by Barossa’s culinary pedigree, a fresh crop of talented and energetic food producers are on the scene with products as diverse as cheese, pastry, bread and olive oil. Now the Barossa shopping list has expanded further to include unpredictable offerings such as chocolate, coffee and tea.

This is Barossa’s contemporary food culture, sustained by tradition and informed by modern artisans. Heritage meets innovation, and the reinterpretation of Barossa’s culinary folklore sits easily alongside traditional methodology. Here is a food culture that continues to thrive, one that resonates with the resilience of its people and, above all, offers a heartwarming welcome to all.

This is a delicious story, one that fills the heart as well as the belly, giving comfort as well as contentment.

Graham Linke with mettwurst