A group of intrepid farmers, fisherman and winemakers have a plan to turn the summer haven of NSW’s South Coast into a year round tourism destination for foodies.
The Gourmet Coast was dreamed up by South Coast truffle farmer Fiona Kotvojs, hydroponic tomato grower Greg Lissaman and winemaker Lucy Wilson. The idea? A chain of immersive food experiences throughout the region where tourists could visit, eat, sip and savour the delights of the South Coast.
By summer, towns like Bega, Bateman’s Bay and Narooma are a holidaymaker's playground, touting some of Australia (and the world’s) best beaches. But despite all the beautiful scenery, lush rainforests, quaint beach towns and knockout food offerings, the South Coast struggles to attract tourists in the winter months. With no big draw cards tourists would pass it by, opting for a city stay in Byron Bay, Wollongong and Sydney or a ski lodge in the Snowys.
The gourmet trail aims to remedy this and remind people that the coast isn’t just a summer destination. The founders hope this initiative will bring an influx of much needed tourism over the low season after a difficult 2020.
Intrigued yet? Wait until you hear about the experiences on offer.
As well as food and wine tastings you can enjoy farm and factory tours, gourmet picnics, long lunches, dinners, truffle hunting and even cooking classes with the locals.
A trip down the Gourmet Coast could involve feasting on Sydney Rock Oysters, freshly plucked from the gorgeous Pambula Lake; becoming a star pupil in Gin School or meeting some fluffy Highland cows. It really is a choose your own adventure kind of escape.
The trail has been quickly embraced by local businesses. Ten have already signed up but there is a huge scope for growth with plans to expand the trail to showcase 50 businesses by winter.
We’re already hungry just thinking about it! The trail will be launched in April 2021 but there's nothing stopping you from creating your own gourmet journey now.