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The Adelaide Hills grows an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables while artisan producers make everything from cheeses to jams, olive oil, ciders and authentic German breads and cakes. Stock up at a roadside stall or farm gate, visit a farmers market or drop into one of the many providores in the region.

Pick Your Own Fruit

The Adelaide Hills offers plentiful pickings indeed. Strawberries are in season from November to April at Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf. In December and January cherries can be picked at a number of orchards detailed in the Cherries SA Cherry Map. Figs can be picked at Willabrand fig orchard at Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton from February to April. The Apple & Pear Growers Association of SA co-ordinates the Pick a Pink Lady Weekend in Lenswood in early May where visitors meet the grower, discover how fruit is produced, pick some Pink Lady apples right off the tree, learn about and taste different varieties, purchase fresh apples to take home, enjoy home-cooked apple crumble and other local produce.  Magarey Orchard at Coromandel Valley is best known for its amazing pears and has designated open days. For more information see the fruit picking page.

Dining in the 'Land of Long Lunches'

The range of cafes, restaurants and pubs runs the whole gamut from casual to formal, but a respect for fresh seasonal produce is evident wherever you go. You'll be able to satisfy your craving for exquisite regional food at the wineries, with many offering gourmet cheese boards, regional produce platters, light meals and tasty wood oven pizzas. If you'd like to linger longer over lunch try The Lane Vineyard at Hahndorf, Maximilian's Restaurant at Verdun (with Sidewood cellar door), Gallery at Bird in Hand at Woodside, or Howard Vineyard's Clover Restaurant with Asian inspired menu at Nairne. The region's pubs date back to the early days of European settlement and you'll find them dotted throughout the Hills. The menus of pubs in some towns reflect their Germanic heritage, nowhere more so than in Hahndorf where you can expect no shortage of wurst, pretzels, sauerkraut and steins. Click here for a list of restaurants.

Adventures in Cheese

Lovers of cheese will not be disappointed with the innovative artisan cheeses found in the Adelaide Hills. Itineraries should include Udder Delights in Hahndorf's main street and Woodside Cheese Wrights in Woodside’s Heritage Park. Both offer tastings of their award-winning range of cheeses which are made by hand and beautifully presented, as well as cheese making classes.

Highlights include:

  • Udder Delights produces a wide range of milk and goat cow cheeses including 'King Saul', Australia’s first raw cow’s milk blue cheese approved for public consumption. The Udder Delights King Saul Raw Blue cheese is a premium product that is produced in limited batches each year. Also be sure to indulge in their fondue experience or high tea at the licensed cafe. 
  • Woodside Cheese Wrights is one of only four cheese makers in Australia licensed to produce raw milk cheese and these are available at their cellar door when available. They are also the only South Australian cheese maker to make buffalo milk cheese from local buffalo milk! Kris Lloyd's Artisan range features so many innovative styles including buffalo milk products and indeed a raw milk buffalo cheese, cheekily dubbed The Bolshy Buffalo.
  • For the lowdown on all the chocolate and cheese experiences in the Adelaide Hills, take a look at our Chocolate and Cheese Trail.

Chocolate Delights

You can visit several chocolatiers in the Adelaide Hills, including Melba's Chocolates & Confectionery in Woodside (perfect for kids), Red Cacao in Stirling, Cocolat in Balhannah, and Chocolate @ No. 5 in Hahndorf. Hahndorf Hill Winery offers a highly recommended chocolate and wine matching experience called ChocoVino. Visit the FruChocs shop in Hahndorf's main street to sample and buy this iconic South Australian treat (that's a ball of peach and apricot covered in chocolate for the uninitiated).

For the lowdown on all the chocolate and cheese experiences in the Adelaide Hills, take a look at our Chocolate and Cheese Trail.

Red Cacao in Stirling, Credit: Stirling Business Association / Darren Clements

Cooking Schools

Sticky Rice Cooking School in Stirling runs a very successful program of cooking classes covering Asian, Middle Eastern and European cuisine. Rilka's Real Food in Hahndorf specialises in food that is free from gluten, wheat, yeast and added sugar. Learn to make cheese at Udder Delights in Hahndorf and Woodside Cheese Wrights in Woodside. 

Farmers Markets

Discover the vibrant atmosphere and pick up fine seasonal produce at the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market in Mount Barker, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market or the Uraidla and Stirling markets. See the Markets & Shopping page for more information.

Bakeries

Bread making has been a time-honoured practice in the Hills since the first European settlers arrived. You'll find traditional bakeries in most towns and villages including Lobethal, Hahndorf, Stirling and Mount Barker.

Roadside Stalls and Farm Gates

It feels great to buy local produce directly from the grower and there are plenty of opportunities to do this in the Adelaide Hills at roadside stalls and farm gates. Offerings vary depending on the season and can include everything from jams to bunches of flowers.

  • There are a number of permanent stalls to be found on the road between Verdun and Hahndorf, and between Oakbank and Balhannah.
  • The Beerenberg Farm Shop just out of Hahndorf would have to be the ultimate 'farm gate' selling the company's incredible array of legendary jams, sauces and condiments as well as offering opportunities to 'pick your own' strawberries from November to April (check here to see if the strawberry patch is open).
  • Green Valley Strawberries at Nairne is a farm gate shop selling strawberries that are picked and packed daily and is home to the Green Valley Café, serving coffee, homemade and local sweet treats with a delicious emphasis on strawberries! 
  • Nirvana Organic Farm in Heathfield offers a diverse collection of cool climate produce including raspberries, currants and gooseberries in summer, to chestnuts in autumn and early winter - available at the farm gate. A large range of jams and preserves are also for sale. Educational farm tours are available as are study courses in subjects such as biodynamics, composting, vegetables and poultry.
  • As well as pick-your-own, pre-picked figs can be purchased from Willabrand fig orchard at Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton from February to April.
  • The Green Shed in Gumeracha offers a wide range of local produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, eggs and olive oil - specialising in Certified Organic and Chemical Free Produce.
  • A number of cherry growers in the Adelaide Hills sell cherries direct from the farm shed in season (November to January depending on varieties and the season) - see Cherries SA cherry map for details.

Gourmet Products

Baylies of Strathalbyn is a gourmet food producer with its kitchen and shop in Woodside with its full range available for purchase direct to the public. Visitors are welcome to sample the wide range of products on offer including shortbread, seasonal and specialty cakes, gourmet crackers and biscuits, conserves, fudge, praline, confectionery, lavosh, tarts and tart shells.

Tumbeela Native Bushfoods in Verdun is a premium grower of Lemon Myrtle, Mountain Pepper Leaf and other native bushfoods. Tours of this working farm are available for groups of up to 20 people by prior arrangements - see, pick, taste and smell the joys of Lemon Myrtle trees!

Food Trails and Touring

  • The Epicurean Way food and wine touring route seamlessly links together the four iconic wine regions of Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa and Clare Valley showcasing sumptuous local produce and a superb array of wines, set against a backdrop of spectacular scenery.
  • Discover Hahndorf's fabulous food offerings on the Plentiful Pickings Picnic Trail. Use discount vouchers at Hahndorf's iconic and artisan producers to turn your cooler bag into the ultimate Adelaide Hills foodie hamper. Collect a Plentiful Pickings cooler bag and ice sheet for $35 from the Adelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre or Somerled Wines in Hahndorf's main street then use the accompanying discount vouchers worth more than $40 to stock it with goodies for a picnic or to take home to enjoy. Participating producers and providores include Udder Delights Cheese Cellar, Beerenberg Farm, Chocolate at No. 5 Chocolatier, Somerled Winery Cellar Door and Providore, Harris Smokehouse, Kitchen 2C and The Menz FruChoc Shop

Eat Local South Australia

Eat Local logoPerfect for those passionate about eating and buying authentic local food, the Eat Local South Australia initiative provides an easy way to locate it on menus and in stores around South Australia. While travelling through the Adelaide Hills watch out for Eat Local South Australia signs identifying participating venues including restaurants, pubs, cellar doors, farm gates, retail outlets, accommodation and experiences.