The Coffs Coast packs a punch when it comes to food and drink. Whether it’s freshly caught seafood, fine wines, craft beers or incredible coffee, there’s a foodie experience here to tickle your taste buds.
The local food movement has gathered momentum in recent years – and the stories behind many of our most successful producers are as fascinating as the flavours they create. Food and drink offer an insight into the eclectic communities of the Coffs Coast, allowing visitors to connect with and learn about local producers on tours, at markets and even at the farm (or brewery!) gate. So whatever you have a taste for, it’s here to satisfy those cravings.
Woolgoolga’s Critters Distillery is a bespoke operation producing high-quality vodka and gin with personality and passion. Husband and wife team Chris and Nicola Fraser focus on Australian ingredients and support local suppliers while carefully perfecting the fermentation process and crafting a meticulously clean product. Critters are one of the few Australian distilleries that produce spirits from scratch. They also repurpose any waste materials to remain as sustainable as possible.
Enjoy the Distillery Experience to learn how their spirits are created using Australian wheat and locally sourced sugar and botanicals. Then view the state-of-the-art equipment for the fermenting process, and taste delicious cocktails paired with local foods. Finish your visit by treating yourself to a bottle or two to take home.
Bite Food Tours
Bite Food Tours provide unique experiences for visitors who love food. Choose from walking tours that fuse art and food in the Coffs Harbour CBD or create your own custom experience that combines the best of the beach, hinterland and city. With wineries, cafes, coffee roasteries, restaurants, farms and seafood outlets abounding, the choices are endless. Grab a group of friends and let your imagination lead the way!
For something different try one of the new Terrible Art Classes. Tours are conducted by friendly professional guides who share the stories and insights that set the Coffs Coast food scene apart.
Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative
The Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op, situated at the International Marina, has been reflective of a vibrant working harbour for generations. The Co-op is owned by a group of 40 local fishermen committed to supplying the region with freshly caught seafood. The co-op is probably best known for its award-winning snapper and prawns, and supplies locally caught seafood to restaurants around the region and the country.
If fresh, delicious seafood sounds enticing, then the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op presents a tasting opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Artisti Coffee Roastery & Espresso Bar
Delve into the fascinating world of coffee at Artisti, conveniently located between Coffs Harbour and Sawtell. View the roasting facilities and warehouse while sampling the vast selection of blends and single origins that are roasted in-house.
Friendly, expert baristas are on hand to share their knowledge and love of great coffee. Visitors can browse the broad range of coffee-related accessories and purchase products directly from the source. Or simply take in the heavenly aroma of roasting coffee and enjoy a cup or two.
Two Tails Wines
This boutique winery is located in the heart of Nana Glen village, nestled in the picturesque rolling hills of the Orara Valley. An award-winning family-run vineyard, Two Tails has been operating for 30 years. It produces unique grape varieties such as Villard Blanc, Chambourcin and Jaquez, and other more familiar styles such as chardonnay and muscat.
Visit the winery’s cellar door for tastings and stories from the sommeliers. And for a delectable menu featuring local produce, the winery also boasts Velvets Restaurant, with vineyard views and alfresco dining. An enchanting B&B is also available for guests wishing to extend their country escape.
The Coffs Coast has embraced the craft beer movement with two exciting new craft breweries established serving up something new and fresh. In the heart of Coffs Harbour, King Tide Brewery is a brewpub of fabulous design. This social venue for the Coffs community is a place to relax with friends and enjoy quality local beer, brewed by locals. The on-site kitchen cooks up locally-focused food to match a range of brews. Up north in Woolgoolga, the microbrewery equipment of Woopi Brewing Co gleams and the locals line up to taste the latest beers and local flavours – come and quench your thirst!