Taste unexpected delights on Yorke Peninsula
Yorke Peninsula is renowned for its surf beaches, national parks and adventure packed family escapes. You’d be forgiven for letting other regions come to mind when planning a culinary getaway, but read on, because Yorke Peninsula has some tantalising surprises in store.
Whether you're on the road with kids or enjoying the sights on a romantic couple’s retreat, Yorke Peninsula is emerging as a destination for foodies – and of course – it wouldn’t be South Australia without some top wine.
A taste of Cornwall on the Copper Coast
The Copper Coast has a Cornish legacy that’s been lovingly preserved by the iconically crimped & classically baked Cornish Pasty. Be converted to Cornish cuisine at the The Cornish Kitchen Bakery, Moonta as well as a number of other bakeries in the region producing this Cornish treat.
Did you know? The traditional Cornish pasty had a savoury filling one end & sweet on the other, and the crimp was used by miners as a handle and then thrown away to avoid eating arsenic.
If you’re in the vicinity during the month of May in odd-numbered years (next festival is 2019), the Kernewek Lowender Festival celebrates in true Cornish style, with dancing around the Maypole and an abundance of pasties to sample.
Something sweet from the Spencer Gulf
Yorke Peninsula showcases European inspired cuisine, with cafes and bakeries producing delicious coffee, and fresh breads in just about every town. Get a taste of Western Europe with the Coffee Barn and Gelateria, Moonta – tempting all who pass with delectable homemade gelato in flavours like caramelised fig, turkish delight and apple crumble or indulge your senses with something from the popular Minlaton Chocolaterie.
To wine or not to wine? There is no question
Wine, always wine. You might not have heard of the small but sprightly Barley Stacks Wines but with a cellar door open for tasting south of Maitland, this award winning winery produces quality Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rose and some interesting Viognier blends. Taste the multi-award winning 2013 Shiraz which really put Barley Stacks on the viticultural map.
Just opposite on the Gulf St Vincent coast in Ardrossan, you’ll find Emoyeni Wines producing Shiraz and Riesling. Contact them for cellar door tastes and sales.
No road trip is complete without a good coffee and cake pit stop, but Meraki Sole in Ardrossan offers so much more. With artistic, flavourful coffee, delicious sweet bites and gorgeous savoury breakfasts and brunches. Set amongst rustic decor with a country charm and walking distance from the beach – get out that sharpie and mark Meraki on your map.
For the more health conscious, Nook and Nourish in Moonta is somewhat of a revelation. Offering organic coffee, fresh juice and smoothies and a variety of herbal teas and guilt free desserts, the reviews speak for themselves.
If you’re staying or passing through Port Vincent, stop off for a treat in the quaint Chill Out Ice Creamery and Coffee Gardens. Revered by locals and tourists alike, we hear the coffee is just about as good as the conversation. Friendly, fun and well worth a stop.
For a one-stop regional produce shop, great coffee and fresh food you can’t go past Taste The Yorke in Moonta. Taste The Yorke offers a range of locally made jams, chutneys, chocolates and other delectable treats.
Dining and local produce – the pub way
We all enjoy a good pub meal and Yorke Peninsula takes pub fare to new heights.
The Coopers Ale House at Wallaroo Marina offers a range of local produce so you can dine until your heart’s content (or your stomach in this case).
If you’re in the mood for sharing then you can’t go past the alehouse seafood platter. There’s also a huge range of locally produced meat and veg options and the popular wood fired pizzas. If you’re wondering what to wash it all down with, there is plenty of the state’s most popular beer on tap – a brand with close links to Yorke Peninsula, with Yorke Peninsula grown barley found in most glasses of Coopers beer, as well as boutique beer and cider if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you’re hungry and hankering for a place to chow down on the Gulf St Vincent, the Dalrymple Hotel offers quality dining overlooking the beach at Stansbury. Get amongst it with the locals and kick back for a relaxed afternoon or evening.
With an emphasis on local produce there’s a huge variety of oysters and other local seafood available to purchase whilst you’re in Stansbury – so why not take a taste of the Yorke home with you?
For a comprehensive list of food and wine in the region be sure to consult the official Yorke Peninsula Food & Wine Guide – complete with map so you can plan every bite.