Visitors looking for Phillip Island produce need only drive through the lovely lush farmland to see there could be something for foodies. And the local producers don't disappoint!
The markets have lots of stands with produce from Phillip Island as well as regional foods, and are a must visit. Churchill Island Farmers Market always has me buying extra goodies that I can’t resist and I always come away with a bulging basket. With views to the mainland and cute highland cattle in the paddocks, it has to be one of the prettiest market settings in the country!
But there are other providores ready to offer you a gourmet experience.
Kite Haven Olive Oil at Rhyll produces amazing cold-pressed virgin olive oil. Look for their products at local markets and stores.
Phillip Island Honey is a regular at markets, with a range of honey varieties, sourced from hives on Phillip Island, as well as Gippsland and further afield. Apiarist David is happy to impart his knowledge of the industry.
And when you just want a coffee or light lunch, don’t go past The Island Food Store in Cowes for tempting homemade fresh food made by the owner/chef.
The motto of Island Primary Produce is “paddock to plate”. This Ventnor Road butchery offers premium quality meats from Phillip Island beef cattle, as well as the Gippsland area.
About 80% of their meat is from Phillip Island cattle – Angus, Limousin and Friesian which graze on the paddocks around the butchery.
They are suppliers the popular Cowes restaurant, Harry’s on the Esplanade.
As well as all the usual cuts of meat, there are several types of gluten free sausages.
If you are going camping or just want your meat to last longer in the fridge, vacuum packing is available.
Island Primary Produce also sells small goods and other farm produce - see what's in the fridge when you visit!
Island Primary Produce is open Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm, Saturday 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.
This popular café is alongside Island Primary Produce on Ventnor Road, Ventnor.
It not only offers coffee and lunches but lots more.
Phillip Island fresh produce from Phillip Island Community Orchard is often available. Customers can select olive oils from Kite Haven at Rhyll, bread comes from San Remo Bakehouse, and cheeses from Bassine Cheesery at Bass.
Wines come from Dirty Three Wines at Leongatha South.
My favourite eggs come from Freeranger Eggs at Grantville. These beautiful eggs are produced with no chemicals or food colourings and no cages.
Shelves are filled with imported gourmet foods.
In the refrigerator there are meals and salads to eat in or take-away.
There is not just food for sale though. There are lots of gifts as well - mostly beautifully handcrafted home decor.
Check out the range of olieve & olie organic skincare products. Based on the Mornington Peninsula, the oils are harvested from their 2,000 tree olive grove near Echuca.
Browse the bunches of fresh flowers and get inspiration for your garden with potted plants.
The lunch menu changes constantly but there are usually delicious pies, rolls and salads to choose from.
At the moment there are no gluten free lunch options but gluten free biscuits to nibble with your coffee are available.
Apart from tables inside or under the verandah, there are tables outside under the pine trees – a lovely spot on a hot summer’s day.
Mary the pig is a favourite with children and they enjoy having a chat with her over the fence as she munches treats or wallows in the mud patch.
The Shed is open 6 days a week from 8.00am to 5.00pm (closed Mondays).
If fish is what you are after, Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker Farm gives visitors the opportunity to catch their own trout as well as buy local Phillip Island produce made with the farm’s bush tucker.
Phillip Island has two wonderful award-winning wineries – take time for a tasting with food platters and maybe some light music. Both have wonderful views to soothe your soul.
Rusty Water Brewery Restaurant & Bar is a micro brewery with a range of hand-crafted beers. Can’t make up your mind which one to try? Buy a sample paddle and then make your choice!
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