With its enviable climate and perfect mix of coast and hinterland, the Moreton Bay Region is home to a number of food and agricultural businesses.
From afternoon nibbles and drinks by the bay, to sunset picnics off the beaten track, it’s all about treating yourself to locally-sourced treats and eats this season...and nothing is more delicious than the sweetness of farm fresh strawberries.
Our region is one of the largest strawberry producing areas in Australia, and as luck would have it, we are also home to Ocean View Estates Winery & Restaurant, the award winning, North Brisbane winery which can provide perfectly paired wine to accompany your strawberry delights, as well as the fine-cheese specialists: Little White Goat.
So, what are the best wines to match with this versatile, aggregate fruit?
Our North Brisbane winery experts recommend a sparkling rosé, such as Ocean View Estates signature ‘Sparkling Reflections’, which not only looks the part, but has a distinct poached strawberry flavour – great for an afternoon BBQ.
Prefer beer to wine? Ocean View Estates’ ‘Hibiscus Saison’ is a gluten-free beer fermented with hibiscus flowers and rose petals. Fruity in flavour and lacking the bitterness of a regular beer, it makes for the perfect beverage to complement this lusciously red, aggregate fruit.
The strawberries are picked, the wine is paired, now let’s put the finishing touches on your strawberry and wine feast.
Tucked away in the green pastures of Wamuran, Little White Goat specialises in a variety of cheeses, including the popular Persian Goat Feta.
Here, Little White Goat’s Buffalo Feta is teamed with strawberries and a date and pistachio paste. Deliciously sweet with a fluffy texture, the fine cheese is light with just the right amount of saltiness.
Jams, tarts and pies – they’re all enticing, especially at this time of the year. But for a modern twist on the traditional favourites, why not cosy up inside or enjoy an al fresco get-together with friends sipping strawberry-inspired cocktails?
Whether it’s fresh off the vine or trawler, or direct from paddock to plate, the Moreton Bay Region is brimming with fresh food options.
Ocean View Estates sources its micro herbs and garnishes from Blue Dog Farm (Ocean View), select local meat from Long Yard Beef (Bribie Island), and prawns and octopus from Crusty’s Seafood (Shorncliffe).