The Coffs Coast certainly packs a punch when it comes to food and drink
The local food scene has gathered momentum in recent years, with new breweries, wineries, restaurants and cafes showcasing the best in local produce. There are so many culinary adventures just waiting to be discovered. Whether it’s locally brewed craft beers, high-quality spirits or fine wines that you fancy, take a tour down the Coffs Coast brewery trail and taste all that this region has to offer.
The Barrel Run
Visit all these places and more with custom brewery tours from The Barrel Run Custom Tours! Operated by Jaie, whose passion for good quality spirits, wine, liqueurs and unique craft beer led him to launch a brewery tour company to support local businesses on the Coffs Coast. Sit back, relax and let The Barrel Run take you on an exploration of Coffs’ best artisan spirits, speciality wines and craft beers.
King Tide Brewing
This brand-new brewpub in the heart of Coffs Harbour is already making waves in the local craft beer scene. With locally inspired brews and a cutting-edge brewhouse, they are pumping out a full range of frothy creations. This is a place to relax with friends and enjoy a fresh quality beer while dining on delicious food from their European-inspired menu.
Woopi Brewing Co
Woopi Brewing Co is a local’s favourite: a proud community craft brewery. They aim to celebrate and connect locals and visitors in a family-friendly environment that reflects the region’s relaxed and vibrant beach culture. And what better way to experience the lifestyle of Woolgoolga than over a delicious cold beer with great food, good friends and live music.
Jetty Beach House
Jetty Beach House is relaxed and welcoming, serving up great vibes, fab food and excellent drinks. With glorious views over the historic jetty, Muttonbird Island and Coffs coastline, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends. The team hosts tastings for Gallows Brewing Co, the brainchild of three Coffs locals hellbent on producing great beer. Their latest brews include a clean, crisp IPA (on tap at Jetty Beach House), a choc coffee stout, a mango pineapple sour and a tropical pale ale. The real question is – which one will you try first?
Critters Distillery is truly one of a kind. This bespoke distillery produces high-quality vodka and gin from scratch using native Australian botanicals. Their spirits are made from one hundred per cent Australian wheat and cane sugar, leading to an exceptionally smooth and clean character. They are also passionate about sustainability, using recycled packaging and repurposing any waste materials. Take a tour of the facility, meet their head distiller and taste a range of delicious cocktail samples paired with an Australian antipasto plate.
Perched right on Coffs Harbour’s breathtaking coastline with stunning views of the marina, Latitude 30 is the place to go for the freshest seafood in town. Their famous seafood platters feature eastern crayfish delivered daily, as well as crabs, prawns, oysters and more fresh off the boat. Designed for sharing, this tapas-style dining creates a perfectly relaxed atmosphere. All their dishes feature locally sourced seasonal produce, with an extensive drinks list to complement. Executive Chef Marcus Blackwell grew up on the Isles of Scilly, and managed restaurants in the UK before opening Latitude 30 in 2011 – and it has remained a local favourite ever since. His philosophy is to keep it simple and let the produce speak for itself.
No trip to Coffs Harbour is complete without a visit to the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op! Situated on the marina, this is where you can find the town’s freshest seafood, delivered straight from the boats every day. The Co-op is owned by a group of 40 local fishermen committed to supplying the region with freshly caught seafood. It is best known for its award-winning snapper and prawns and supplies local restaurants (including Latitude 30) as well as restaurants around the country. If fresh, delicious seafood sounds right up your alley, then the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-op is a tasting opportunity you won’t want to miss. Plus, they serve up some of the best fish and chips in town!
Bite Food and Art Tours
Explore the stunning Coffs Coast region on a walking tour showcasing the city’s great local eats. Bite Food & Art Tours is a great way to connect with others and experience the local community through its fantastic foodie destinations. A friendly local tour guide will share insights and stories about what makes the Coffs Coast region unique. The three-hour Urban Bites Tour will take you on a walking tour around Coffs CBD, where you can sample a diverse range of tastings and enjoy a sit-down lunch. You can also visit the Coffs Coast Growers Markets to meet local growers and producers. For something a bit different, take the Art, Bites and Sips Walking Tour, which allows you to also explore the local creative art scene with a local artist and see the best of Coffs’ street art, galleries and crafts.
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This original article was written by Emily Riches, published in True Blue for Rex, and on trulyaus.com