With orchards, vineyards and restaurants placed throughout, the Mornington Peninsula is a destination for foodie connoisseurs. Here’s just a few of the most delicious items you can find south of Melbourne.
Just an hour from Melbourne, you’ll come across the majestic and idyllic Mornington Peninsula. Full of innovative cuisine, galleries, pristine beaches, mud spas and boutique wineries this southern stretch of land is the epitome of luxury. With orchards, vineyards and restaurants placed throughout, the peninsula is a destination for foodie connoisseurs. Here’s just a few of the most delicious items you can find south of Melbourne.
Fresh Lime Caramels
Hidden away in this gorgeous part of Victoria, you’ll come across a small manufacturer of exquisite handmade chocolates and caramels called Mornington Peninsula Chocolates. This inventive shop specialises in French, Swiss and Belgian couverture. The results are not only gloriously glossy, they’re magnificently unique.
Australian Pinot Noir
Rich with fine wine-growing soils, the peninsula is home to more than 50 boutique cellar doors, and not to forget the region’s renowned pinot noir. Want to be wined? Then Port Phillip Estate is a must with its austere front that opens up inside to a fabulous view of Western Port Bay. Take a seat at the long elegant bar for tasting.
What goes well with wine? Treating yourself to a plate of award-winning cheese at Red Hill Cheese. Their intimate cheese room is hidden in the forest and excels at producing a great range of sheep, cow and goat cheeses.
A flight of refreshing craft brews
Although you’ll never be low on drinks on Mornington Peninsula, you should quench your thirst with a wide range of handcrafted beers at the Red Hill Brewery. They craft four main beer styles; Golden Ale, Wheat Beer, Pilsner and Scotch Ale. With a seasonal special here and there. Located amidst a rustic bush setting in their own hop garden, this microbrewery offers more than just beer. Here you can enjoy a pint, a bite, and even stay the night.
Massive strawberry desserts
The place to be for strawberry lovers of all ages is Sunny Ridge. The family-owned property is located in the hinterlands of the Mornington Peninsula. It is the place to pick your own strawberries (Nov-April), indulge in sweet treats at the heavenly dessert cafe, enjoy farm-made ice cream or their unique strawberry wines and liqueurs. Just try to resist their strawberry temptations with lashings of whipped cream and strawberry syrup!
Soft Shell Crab Sliders
This dish will make you slide right off your seat. They are one of the special dishes at The Rocks Mornington and highlight a menu full of inventive and fresh local seafood. Aside from the delicious menu, this location offers a unique fresh air dining experience, with a great waterfront setting. If you’re still feeling peckish after all, try the lobster buns or Moreton Bay bugs. They’re to die for.
Various orchards dot the land around the peninsula and several produce ciders that make for a refreshing experience. At the boutique Mock Red Hill orchard you can kick back and relax in an original wooden cool store, whilst you sample a delicious range of fruit products including apple cider, juices and even a slice of yummy apple pie. Let your tastebuds run wild as you sip on cider and nibble away.
Farm to table food
With so much rich farmland and creative chefs, the peninsula is full of farm to table restaurants. Ten Minutes By Tractor collects the local harvest and cooks it to perfection. With a great selection of back vintages to taste, the restaurant menu is a worthy companion where French technique is applied to Peninsula produce, like roasted Hapuka, lovage purée, heritage cauliflower and persillade.
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