Sunday, January 9, 2011

Foodie Hiking

This week we had a call from Fair Dinkum Food campaigner Richard Bovill. 'I know you like produce but do you also like walking and could you come on a hike on Northdown on Saturday, followed by lunch in the Ghost Rock Vineyard?' Could you say no to that? We made sure we ordered some coastal produce, too, so we could pick up for hilbarn boxes at the same time (strawberries from the Berry Patch in Turners Beach and freshly dug carrots and red onions from Nathalie and Johan in Kindred).
9am. Along with Richard and his party, we set off from Moorland Beach, Northdown led by Mick and Jackie from Hedonistic Hiking (they're in Tasmania to suss out spots for possible food and wine hikes). If you're keen they come here, check them out and make sure you let them know!

From Moorland Beach, we headed inland through the stunning coastal property of Northdown which has belonged to the Thomas family since the early 1820s. And for the next 12 kilometres, in 30 degree heat, we shared a relaxing and informative hike through grazing pasture, bushland, farmyards, a cherry orchard, onion and poppy fields, and finally, neighbouring Ghost Rock Vineyard for an alfresco lunch prepared by Mick and Jackie (pictured below) using luscious local produce and Ghost Rock wines. Thanks to our host Richard, local guide Mac Russell, and to Mick and Jackie for making the day sing. We really hope you include Tasmania along with north east Victoria and Tuscany in your Food, Wine and Walking holidays.

1 comment:

Killiecrankie Farm said...

awesome trip Hil - what another ideal way to do your market research - and with such fine company and scenery :)