Gold on our doorstep

If you’re a foodie visiting our region for the Noosa Food and Wine or a local who loves all things culinary; John Caruso discovers a short 40 minute drive north that will land you in one of the most fertile food bowls in south-east Queensland.

by @JohnCaruso on Tuesday, 08 Mar, 2016

Gympie is renowned as the “Town that saved Queensland” with the discovery of gold in 1867 and the area is celebrated for its beauty and diversity of landscapes which means that it’s the perfect getaway for day trippers or serious holiday makers.

Gympie Gold Regional Produce is all about showcasing and promoting the region’s growers and exporters along with the exceptional range of quality gourmet fresh produce.

Many long-established and world-renowned food producers call the region home. Businesses like Nolan Meats who produce and export quality beef that’s grown and farmed locally; Suncoast Gold Macadamias who process the finest quality macadamia nuts; and the Gympie Nestle Factory which roasts and bottles the coffee beans that go into your morning cuppa, Nescafe Blend 43 and Moccona.

Tempt your taste buds and delight your senses with ‘gold’ from offshore with Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy Straits producing export quality prawns, scallops and reef fish, or visit the inland producers of succulent Red Claw and Crayfish. Remember to pack a cold bag!

Family-owned farms are producing fresh, quality small crops, especially green beans with such amazing crunch and flavour that they’re sought after by leading airlines and restaurants around Australia.

The speciality orchards and groves in the beautiful hinterland produce the juiciest citrus, creamy avocadoes, crunchiest organic persimmons and a mind boggling array of specialty tropical fruit such as dragon fruit, feijoas, rosellas and jak fruit.

It’s little wonder that the Gympie region is also home to many high end, value-adding processors and distributors. They range from multi-national food companies to boutique enterprises, specialising in homemade chutneys, gourmet sauces and even organic skin care treatments. The quality continues in the kitchens of local cafes and restaurants, many sourcing their produce from local growers and producers.

Take time to explore and get to know the Gympie region a little better. Meet the farmers, some of them celebrities in their own right, visit the website to download the Food Trail Map. Relax, unwind and enjoy the hospitality.

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