Bundaberg: A foodie’s paradise
If you’re a lover of fresh local produce and buying straight from the farmer, Bundaberg is the perfect spot to put on your bucket list. From beautiful fresh seafood and avocados to sweet potatoes and the tastiest strawberries I’ve ever eaten, there is a foodie’s paradise waiting to greet you.
Get your taste buds dancing
Truly experience paddock to plate with breakfast at Indulge Café. Having heard amazing things about this local icon, I couldn’t wait to experience the hype for myself and it didn’t disappoint. Using all local produce, the seasonal menu will leave you salivating for days (maybe even weeks) to come. With so many delicious options to choose from, don’t be surprised if you find yourself undoing the top button on your pants to fit in just one more scrumptious mouthful.
Strawberry lovers will find themselves in heaven between May and November each year in ‘Bundy’. With seven strawberry farms dotted across the region, you certainly won’t be short for choice. If you have some time to spare, pick your own at SSS Strawberries or choose one of their pre-packed punnets. If you’re happy to explore a little, take a drive towards Elliot Heads and make a stop at Luscious Fruit for some more sweet and succulent strawberry delights. Trust me, you won’t regret it!
Stop at one of the many roadside stalls and pick up some fresh produce straight from the farmer. The produce on offer will vary depending on the season but is always worth a look. The stalls mostly operate on an honesty box system, so it’s a good idea to have some spare change on you. I picked up a kilo of sweet potatoes for $2 and they were the most delicious sweet potatoes I’ve ever devoured! Sweet potato chips, anyone?
To market, to market
If you’d like to save a little time and pick up a few items in one spot, Alloway Farm Market is the place to go. They source all their produce from local farmers and a seasonal range is on offer including apples, avocados, onions, cauliflower, tomatoes and snow peas, just to name a few. If you’re a fan of figs, pick up some of the well-known local Forbidden Figs. With a winter crop produced in Alloway’s greenhouse, you’ll be able to indulge all year round. It’s also a great opportunity to purchase a bunch of fresh flowers.
There’s nothing better than fresh seafood straight from the trawlers. If you’re a fan of spanner crab and crustaceans, Ocean Pacific Seafoods in Port Bundaberg is the place to go. If your belly is starting to grumble, why not make a stop at Grunske’s by the River in East Bundaberg, which offers fresh and cooked seafood. Grab some take-away lunch, sit by the river and plan your next stop.
Stock up the pantry
As soon as I heard the name Nana’s Pantry, visions of my grandma’s kitchen stocked with freshly-made biscuits, cakes and jams raced through my mind. Nana’s Pantry is all this gloriousness and more! With a wide range of local gourmet produce including local honey, fudge, Claxton olives, products from Baffle Creek Dairy and Emilia’s pasta, it’s a great place to grab some snacks for your travels or those special additions for your pantry at home. Craving something sweet after lunch? Treat yourself to some of their gelato. It’s made fresh on site each day from local ingredients.
There are many more amazing farm gates and retailers to explore in addition to the ones above. Check out the Pick of the Crop food guide for a full list of what’s on offer and a seasonal guide for fresh produce.