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Terrigal and the surrounding Central Coast region is becoming well known as a foodie destination, with a great range of restaurants and cafes, including the wonderful Seasalt restaurant at the Crowne Plaza.
What you may not know about, however, are the cottage industries here that are taking the world by storm, everything from Belgian chocolate to elderberry wine. It’s well worth touring the area to sample some of the local tipple.
Not your average winery, Fires Creek produces a range of fruit wine. The flavours vary depending on the time of year and what happens to be in season, and all the fruit is grown here on the property. In their beautifully landscaped gardens there are passionfruit and kiwi vines, elderberry trees and a range of citrus trees.
The elderberry and vanilla is the most popular, and goes nicely with a soft blue cheese, the black current and coffee goes down well as an after dinner liqueur and the lime fruit is lovely drunk as a spritzer. firescreek.com.au
Six Strings, so-named for its owners’ love for live music, was established just over three years ago and in that time has grown from garage band to rock star. Their range of craft beer is now exported as far as Brisbane in the north and Hobart in the South.
Starting at craft beer entry level with an American-style pale ale and an IPA, they now have a wide range of styles on tap, with darker heavier beers such as porter and stout on tap in winter, and lighter pilseners and lagers in the summer. And for Anglophiles, they do a mean ESB.
The brewery plays host to live music every weekend and even joins a couple of other local breweries in a Battle of the Brewery Bands once a year.
Gin is certainly the flavour of the month but it’s always been a favourite of mine so discovering this little gem was a treat. The range of gins distilled here are flavoured (ever-so delicately) with the flowers and herbs grown in their fragrant garden.
Their signature gin is the Botanica, which hints of orange blossom, jasmine, rose and honeysuckle – each gin has at least three botanicals – and the Mr Black is perhaps the most surprising, flavoured with organic fair trade coffee beans from El Salvador. distillerybotanica.com
Right next door to Distillery Botanica and still within scent of the aromatic garden, is a gorgeous little dessert café and Belgian chocolate shop. Relax in the garden setting with a chocolate-inspired high tea or attend a chocolate making class; “the most indulgent school you will ever attend”. https://www.facebook.com/pg/faithchocolatecompany/
Up the highway a few kilometres in Wyong you’ll find the Old Wyong Milk Factory, a repurposed dairy that was decommissioned in 1994.
Cheesemaker Russell Parson makes a wide range of cheese – you’re guaranteed not to leave the shop without buying some – but he’s most well-known for his award-winning haloumi and garlic and dill marinated goat feta. littlecreekcheese.com.au
Deborah Dickson-Smith is a travel writer, blogger, content specialist, mother, scuba girl and passionate eco-warrior. Deb has taken her three kids all over the world and in the process turned them all into travel addicts. Deb’s also passionate about ocean advocacy and blogs about diving here: www.diveplanit.com Follow Deb on Twitter and Instagram: @where2nextblog