My Barossa Day #1 - Where food is hero
Submission by Taryn Wills (PR/Marketing - Tourism Barossa)
Life in isolation has me dreaming …. dreaming of My Barossa day.
If this latest experience has taught me anything it’s how grateful I am to call Barossa home. Surrounded by local produce, world famous wine and gin, a strong and welcoming community and stunning landscapes, sometimes it’s easy to take things for granted. Like the simple act of visiting our favourite coffee place for our morning caffeine fix, brunch with the family, a long indulgent lunch or even late afternoon drinks with friends.
When this is all over, here’s how I’ll be spending my first day out of isolation in the Barossa.
(Note: This itinerary is more of a day out with friends. Stay tuned for my family itinerary, which may or may not include a few of my favourite places below)
Starting the day off the right way with incredible coffee and breakfast, with a South America twist at El Estanco in Greenock. This quirky café is a favourite for locals and is gaining quite the name for itself with visitors too. Julian and Abby (owners) like to spice things up so the menu is always changing, but the ‘chilaquiles’ are an absolute stand out if you ask me. If you’re dining in for lunch, expect tasty, flavour filled dishes that celebrate Julian’s culture, best enjoyed with a glass of wine from that celebrates ‘little and local’ producers.
I guarantee you’ll leave with a smile on your face and plans for your next El Estanco visit.
To walk off the deliciousness that was El Estanco, my next stop , the Tanunda main street, perhaps fuelled by a my second (or third) coffee for the day from Darlings Food with Passion, and a little window shopping and retail therapy at Daisy Loves George (because who doesn't love pretty stationery) and Alabaster.
Then it’s onto a late lunch at Harvest Kitchen (perhaps swinging past a couple of favourite cellar doors including David Franz and Seabrook Wines). Harvest Kitchen is an all time favourite amongst not just my friends, but my family too (just ask the kids about the fried chicken). If you’re lucky enough to be seated outside, you’ll be surrounded by sweeping views over nearby vineyards and when it comes to food, you can’t go past the Feed Me Like A Barossan option – as the name says, your dish selection is placed in the hands of the kitchen team.
Expect vibrant, flavoursome dishes boasting local and seasonal produce and what seems like a never-ending amount of food. If you’ve opted for dessert (and I suggest you do) Harvest Kitchen’s infamous salted caramel popcorn Sundae will have your forgetting the weeks you’ve spent tucked away in isolation. Make sure you take your time here, to fully enjoy the wine, food and surrounds. A Harvest Kitchen experience should not be rushed.
To round off My Barossa day, I can’t go past a quick visit to Seppeltsfield Road Distillers and a cheeky G&T on the deck before retiring on my couch for the night armed with a glass of Barossa Grenache (perhaps from some online wine shopping during isolation).
For now, I’ll keep dreaming about My Barossa Day, knowing that sometime soon I’ll be able to experience this all first hand. Until then, I’ll just have to enjoy my slice of the Barossa from home (with a glass of Barossa wine, of course).