Farm-to-Table destination dining

Destination dining restaurants and distilleries are flourishing across our region and we love that they are supporting our local farmers and growers. From paddy-to-platter delights and paddock-to-bottle wonders, these are our top picks for experiencing the beset of locally sourced culinary craftmanship and flavors.

Frida’s Fields
Long languid lunches tailored to locavores is the ethos of Frida’s Field. It’s a family-run farm set on a 120-acre regenerative farm in the Byron Bay hinterland just a few minutes drive from Bangalow. The menu is seasonal, fresh and ever-changing. Journey through paddy-to-plate curations made from veggies and herbs from the on-site gardens complimented with produce fresh from the region. Head Chef, Alistair Waddell (three time winner of the Australian Good Food Guide’s one hat award) serves up dairy cultured butter, wood fired grass-fed meats and seasonal greens – some of it cooked on an open fire! Advanced bookings are required.  P.S. They have a cute cottage for farm stays.

Harvest Newrybar
A long-standing favourite, Harvest Newrybar is an elegant restaurant set in a 100-year old converted farm house surrounded by lovely verandahs. Open for lunch and dinner on specific days, there’s a seasonal menu of creative cuisine made from the best of local and artisanal produce. Many of your greens are handpicked from the native garden.  Cozy up around the fire and enjoy sampling wines from smaller vineyards. We also love their rotating calendar of long brunches facilitated by experts in regenerative farming, honey farming and more. Harvest also have an on-site bakery and deli where you can pick up fresh sourdough and local produce.

Husk Farm Distillers
Don’t miss a visit to Husk Distillery situated on a 60-hectare farm in Tumbulgum roughly a 45-minute drive from Byron Bay. Husk Distillery is renowned as Australia’s first paddock-to-bottle sustainable distillery – producing an ink coloured gin infused with 12 botanicals, including Australian native lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepper berry.  Book a tour and enjoy a behind the scenes tour about the art of premium gin and rum distilling followed by a craft spirit tasting at the Cellar Door.  After your tour, why not indulge in a long lunch at Planters Kitchen café (open Wednesday-Sunday) and graze on seasonal food, some of which is infused with Husk beverages. Other events include ‘Husk at Dusk’ held the first Saturday of each month – a fun and casual Australian BBQ menu with cocktails, DJs and sundowners.

Cape Byron Distillery
Fancy seasonally crafted cocktails garnished with native finger lime and aniseed myrtle in a subtropical rainforest setting?  Located in the Byron Bay hinterland, Cape Byron Distillery is set on a regenerative farm that has been in the Brook family for over 30 years.  Experience the art of gin distilling and tasting plus enjoy strolling through the trees where you can see, touch and smell the native botanicals used in your gin. The signature tour is 1 hour and 45 minutes and is a must-do when you have visitors in town.

Check out Tintenbar Distillery where they ferment, roast and distill all the good stuff including Umeshu Japanese plum liquer, native botanical-infused Flinders Island Gin and farm potato Vodka. All seasonal, limited edition, small batches and organic of course!

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