Be sure to pick up these foodie (and wine) goodies while you’re in Kangaroo Valley. No, seriously…(By Megan Arkinstall)
1. Malt bread – Kangaroo Valley Bakehouse
Located in the centre of the village, the Kangaroo Valley Bakehouse is famous for its Scottish Malt Loaf. People are said to come from far and wide to buy this dense, sweet, sticky bread. And we can vouch for its wicked goodness – it’s packed with sugar and spice and all things nice. Tel: 02 44 652 668
2. Fudge – Kangaroo Valley Fudge House & Ice Creamery
When they bought Kangaroo Valley Fudge House & Ice Creamery in 2011, owners Mick and Paula Woodney continued to hand-make its famous fudge, coconut ice and brittle to the same old-fashioned recipes that have been used for 25 years. The cute-as-a-button confectionary store is located in the heart of the village and let us tell you, you’ll be coming back for more. The fudge is so creamy (try the rich vanilla flavour made from organic Queensland vanilla bean) and the brittle is to-die-for. kangaroovalleyfudge.com.au
3. Olives – Kangaroo Valley Olives
Boutique olive producer Kangaroo Valley Olives grows, hand-picks and processes the olives at the on-site plant, so these products are local as local can be. The fresh olives are de-bittered naturally using only salt and filtered water, the EVOOs are of extremely high quality and purity, and the tapenades, dukkhas and vinegars are moreish to boot. Book a tasting with knowledgeable olive grower Brenda Sambrook. kangaroovalleyolives.com.au
4. Wine – Yarrawa Estate
A 20-minute drive to Upper Kangaroo Valley along some winding roads will bring you to a family-owned winery, Yarrawa Estate. But we didn’t leave with just wine – if the cellar door isn’t too busy, owners Mark and Sue Foster take visitors to their orchard to pick oranges, mandarins, lemons and limes (for $3 a kilo) accompanied by their gorgeous golden retrievers Muscat and Jack.
5. World’s Best Pies – Old Barrengarry Store
It’s a big call! You can’t come to the Valley without stopping in at the heritage-listed Old Barrengarry Store, beautifully preserved from a bygone era, for one of its pies. Freshly made every day from scratch – no commercial sauces or flavourings – the flavour list includes steak and mushroom and country lamb and veg, but you really can’t go past the Traditional Aussie.