It's a place where fresh, local ingredients are appreciated, community is valued and our farmers, bakers and makers cherished and treated as friends.
Lucky for us our fresh produce is paired with beautiful scenery and iconic views. Our restaurants, cafes, breweries, and bars are nestled in some of the most scenic bayside and hinterland locations.
On this long weekend journey, we first take you to the bayside, straight out of the bay and fresh off the trawler then we venture into the hinterland, for a scenic drive and a visit to some award winning restaurants.
So, clear your diary and put on your stretchy pants. Here's how to make the most of three days in Moreton Bay.
If you're like us and get a little giddy at the thought of chomping down into a sun drenched, freshly picked strawberry, straight from the bush then you will be berry excited for Day 1. Meet the farmer and walk alongside them as you pick your very own strawberries at Rolin Farms. As the closest farm north of Brisbane and just off the Bruce Highway, Rolin Farms is the perfect start to your long weekend. In less than an hour from Brissy find yourself frolicking in the winter sun, with a cane basket in hand and the smell of sweet strawberries in the air.
Short on time? Duck in and grab some freshly picked and packed strawberries, ice-cream, jam or honey from their farm shop.
Kickstart the evening with a bevvy and a tray of oh-so-tasty oysters waterfront at Sandstone Point Hotel's very own The Oyster Shed.
Whether you prefer your oysters with a red wine vinaigrette, with ginger, chilli and lime, kilpatrick style or with a fresh lemon wedge, we promise you will be impressed when you shuck, sip and slurp Moreton Bay's best molluscs.
If you're not an oyster lover…don't stress. The Oyster Shed also serves fish and chips, crab, prawns, calamari and burgers too!
Stay overnight at the award-winning BIG4 Sandstone Point Hotel Resort located just next door.
When it comes to walking the walk and talking the talk, this farm favourite is doing Moreton Bay Region’s farmgate scene proud. Blue Dog Farm is a small market garden growing fresh produce naturally. They grow from locally sourced seed that is organic, open pollinated and often heirloom. Tended by hand, there are no artificial pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers used in the farming.
Stop by for some fresh fruit and vegetables before making your way five minutes down to road to Ocean View Wineries.
Nestled in the green hills of Mount Mee, Ocean View Winery boasts stunning vistas, cellar door experiences, handcrafted wine, elegant food, beautiful tasting platters and craft beer. Ocean View Winery produces estate grown hand-crafted wines which can be paired with locally-produced artisan eats at the a la carte restaurant for a well-rounded hinterland experience. During the cooler months, step out onto their lawn for a vino by a fire pit (pictured above).
Don't get lost dancing in the vines and forget to visit the providore. The fun does not end there. Take a bottle home and enjoy an award-winning drop from the comfort of your own couch. We highly recommend the 2019 viognier, a subtle symphony of passion fruit and violets with bubbles to carry the fruitiness across the palette.
Spend a leisurely afternoon drive through the hinterland. We suggest stopping off at the small towns of Dayboro and Mount Glorious before making your way to Samford for dinner at Pause Samford.
End day two of your foodie adventure with a decadent meal at Pause Samford. As a landmark restaurant on the Moreton Bay dining landscape, Pause is set in the heart of Samford. You’ll feel like you’re in Italy with the beautifully adorned two-storey restaurant and bar and food prepared by European trained chefs.
Pause use premium quality ingredients and use a “Slow Food” approach, with flavours driven by nourishing stocks, fresh herbs and loads of classic care.
Sip on a juice, snack on a bagel and start the day ocean side at the Redcliffe Markets. Stroll down Redcliffe Parade and pick up some fresh produce to take home with you (make sure you have an esky or cooler bag handy). Choose from Moreton Bay local vendors selling fresh strawberries, mushrooms, honey, herbs, fruit, veges and baked goods.
Once you have worked up an appetite shopping your way down Redcliffe Parade pull up a stump at Flock Eatery for a wholesome breaky. Flock specialises in farm-to-plate dining experiences offering fresh, seasonal and local produce all year round. Their ‘closed loop’ operation has made Flock one of Moreton Bay’s most impressive (multi award winning) paddock-to-plate destinations where all kitchen scraps are composted at LOOP. Growers farm in Samford.
Be sure to whip out your phone and take a cheeky snap before digging in…their food is too pretty not to share with your friends!
Spend the morning exploring Redcliffe - take a walk along the Redcliffe Jetty and be sure to jive your way down Bee Gees Way, the outdoor museum dedicated to the Gibb Brothers who grew up in Redcliffe.
You'll be hard-pressed to find seafood fresher than right here in Redcliffe. Enjoy some of the country's finest chefs who transform the seafood into mouth-watering culinary delights.
Straight out of the bay and fresh off the trawler, that's exactly how The Golden Ox serves up its seafood dishes in their award-winning Margate restaurant. Seafood lovers can't go past the seafood platters, with fresh prawns, oysters, scallops, crab and of course, Moreton Bay Bugs.
For a true trawler-to-plate offering, don't be shellfish and find out for yourself why Tempest Seafood Restaurant & Tepanyaki Grill are renowned for serving up the best seafood dishes. Enjoy a delicious seafood platter for two, as you overlook the Scarborough Marina.
If you're looking for some fish and chips to enjoy by the beach or in a nearby park, you can't go past the famous Morgan’s Seafood.
Do you love local produce? Meet our taste makers, discover food trails and explore culinary events here.
Due to COVID-19, Moreton Bay Region's Tastes of Moreton Bay month has been cancelled. However, it will be back in 2021 bigger and more delicious than ever. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be kept up-to-date.
We hope you enjoy your time exploring all the wonderful local produce our region the has to offer.
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