Food Trails & Tales

The Coffs Coast yields some of the highest quality produce in the country – from growers producing small scale crops for local markets to larger scale agricultural enterprises and cooperatives exporting internationally. Transforming this produce into outstanding fare is a bevy of skilled and passionate local chefs, cooks, brewers, artisan manufactures, vignerons and foodies, dedicated to establishing the Coffs Coast region as a world-class destination for food… on this page we share their stories, recipes and more.

FOOD TALK

Making people happy is really what this is all about. It’s not about trying too hard; but it is about taking fresh, honest flavours, a little classic influence and then seeing the smiles of appreciation. Simple.
Matt Donovan, Surf Club Restaurant & Bar

Matt’s Famous Seafood Chowder

Matt Donovan is the talented and passionate head chef from The Surf Club Restaurant & Bar at Park Beach in Coffs Harbour. Here he shares the top tips to make his famous Seafood Chowder at home. “Success depends mostly on a rich, flavourful fish stock made simply from only the freshest of fish frames and… Read more »

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Food Fires Up!

There has been an explosion of food events and activities across the Coffs Coast, ranging from large festivals to intimate local produce dinners, foodie trail tours and delicious workshops. Pictured here are chefs Mitch and Hannah preparing for the Meet the Producer dinner held at Poplar Restaurant Bellingen in September – featuring Waterfall Produce’s organic… Read more »

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Macadamia Satay Chicken Burger by Bakarindi Bush Foods

Bakarindi Macadamia Satay won a GOLD medal at the prestigious Sydney Royal Fine Food Show in 2014 and is proudly hand-made on the Coffs Coast at Upper Corindi. An Australian version of an Asian classic using traditional Asian spices with Australian bush foods, try it in this family favourite recipe. Ingredients: 500gm chicken or turkey mince… Read more »

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Food Experiences