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Regional foodies: taste the Tweed
Head south of the border to sip ink gin, frolic amongst sunflowers and graze beachside in the Tweed.
The Tweed is a hidden gem in the Northern Rivers, flanked by its noisier neighbours the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. Just south of the border and a slight 1.5 hours from Brisbane, there are a stack of foodie finds from the coast, river and hinterland to discover for a day trip of short vacay.
Stop by this riverside bakehouse for the most drool-worthy cakes and sweet treats on the coast. The brains behind Paddock Bakery and Bam Bam Bakehouse have opened south of the border, and it’s worth the detour to the laid-back town of Chinderah. Cubby’s signature baguettes feature across the all-day menu at this much-loved local haunt.
This popular hinterland haven is a stunning spot for a hearty country-style feast housed in a stunning Queenslander with lush valley views. Menu highlights include organic chicken liver parfait or slow-cooked lamb shoulder with roasted beetroot, hommus and Persian fetta.
Unstoppable since launching, this family-owned distillery is home to the world’s first colour-changing gin! With laid-back weekend vibes, laze with fellow imbibers as you sip rum or gin cocktails on the lawn and soak up the afternoon sunshine.
From humble beginnings as a working farm and roadside stall, this family enterprise has grown (pun intended) to create a community of like-minded lovers of sustainable farming and nourishing food. Farm & Co is a true paddock-to-plate experience with an organic market garden, farm store and café, plus an Insta-worthy sunflower field.
There’s a new home for boutique brews on the coast with the much-anticipated opening of Red Earth Brewery in Cudgen. Housed in a rustic shed on an avocado farm, head brewer Zeke (ex-Stone & Wood) will be experimenting with an avocado beer that’s sure to appeal to the avo-lovers. Expect chilled tunes, food trucks and good times.
Kick off the weekend with lunch in Pottsville at Pipit, recently recognised in the Good Food Guide as 2020’s Best Regional Restaurant! Helmed by chef/owner Ben Devlin (ex-Paper Daisy, noma) the restaurant is a labour of love from this passionate chef. With a focus on sustainability (there are no hoofed animals on the menu), expect a menu of sustainably sourced local seafood, heirloom poultry, and plant-based deliciousness alongside an exciting bar offering.
Sink into the banquette seating and relax at the chicest dining room on the coast at Paper Daisy! With dreamy interiors by Anna Spiro and a creative menu by executive chef Jason Barratt, it’s clear to see why this hatted restaurant is uber popular, with coastal flavours across breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails.
Get yourself to Kingscliff’s sunniest outpost at the Greek-inspired Taverna. With a menu designed to share, including local favourites such as fried local squid with seaweed, sesame and pink peppercorn mayo and the baked pumpkin with beetroot tzatziki and ancient grains. There is a killer cocktail list, too, for beachside cocktails (as one does on holiday!).
You’re guaranteed the best seat in the house with an alfresco dining experience at the beach or by the creek with 100% local and seasonal produce and handcrafted ceramic tableware, crystal glasses and linen napkins thanks to Blue Ginger’s picnic packages! Did someone say girls’ weekend?
Do you feel the need, the need to Tweed?
The writer was a guest of the Tweed.