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Published March 15th 2014
Delicious and custom made ice cream
The Barossa Valley is built on good food and wine but despite its long history and traditions, there are still terrific new producers coming up with top quality new ideas like Barossa Valley Ice Cream. A relative newcomer to the Barossa culinary landscape, it's ice cream so good you'd be forgiven for assuming was a recipe that had been passed through generations and refined over decades.
Barossa Valley Ice Cream was established 14 months ago and operates a primary outlet through the Barossa Farmers Markets every Saturday morning. As you travel through the Barossa you may notice the trademark candy striped, ice cream stocked freezers at cellar doors, along with Kermit the Ice Cream bike also appearing at local events and festivals.
A comprehensive flavour selection on offer includes the ice cream classics of Belgian Chocolate, Vanilla Bean and Rum and Raisin to originals like Balsamic Roasted Strawberry, Lemon Cheesecake and Toasted Almond with Apricot Ripple. Delightful sorbets include Lemon, Mango and the Barossa inspired flavour of Pear and Verjuice. Plenty of dairy free and gluten free options cater for all dietary requirements and a 'poster child' for the Dairy Authority, production standards and quality are second to none.
Barossa Valley Ice Cream is a new venture by established foodie and self-described hedonist, Julie Donnellan and partner Les. Julie has travelled the country, going where flavour leads her and amassed an impressive list of achievements along the way. After visiting Adelaide in 1997 from interstate, Julie was moving back here 6 weeks later! Following the move she continued to follow her passion in various food and wine roles from McLaren Vale through to Norwood and Barossa. Her experience includes hospitality positions in front of house, head chef, marketing, writer and trainer. There is no doubt that each of the skills are attributing to the instant success of Barossa Valley Ice Cream. When Julie couldn't find the ice cream she wanted to eat, she made it!
Quality in, equals quality out for Barossa Valley Ice Cream. At the heart of every batch of are whole foods, naturally grown and locally sourced, wherever possible. Milk comes from just up the road at Greenock Jersey Fresh Milk - an esteemed local producer with a product perfect for ice cream foundation. The kind you have to shake before you pour. Eggs are all fresh and free range from Clare or McLaren Vale, and throughout the extensive list of flavours on offer, the theme continues: the strawberry flavour comes from real Adelaide Hills strawberries, Orange and citrus from real Riverland fruit and Belgian chocolate from, well, real Belgian chocolate. And so on.
According to Julie, it's about taking the best produce, handling, storing, mixing it well and giving it time to settle and infuse. Good picking of figs this week? Sounds great. The Barossa Valley Ice Cream production engine will fire up and churn out a batch of something unique and delicious. If you're lucky you might get to sample a secret flavour at the next farmers market, or see it on the menu at one of many local restaurants, supplied by Barossa Valley Ice Cream.
Speaking of unique and delicious… special requests and flavour creations are more than welcome at Barossa Valley Ice Cream. Haven't been able to get Heston's bacon and egg ice cream working in your own kitchen? Have a crazy flavour combo in mind you just can't find anywhere else? You could make that dream a reality! Julie is happy to accommodate custom orders and requests for flavour combinations, and the small batch production means you can place a custom order for as much or as little as you need and get the personal attention and quality that Barossa Valley Ice Cream deliver, every time. Julie says that she often gets a phone call from someone saying "I'm coming to the farmers market next week, can you have a flavour ready for me?" A perfect option for a bespoke gift or something completely original at your next party or event.
Barossa cellar doors are jumping on board with a large number already making space for the freezer, housing a rotating stock of Dixie cups, complete with spoon and napkin ready to eat. As the cellar door experience evolves around Australia, Barossa Valley Ice Cream adds another element to the experience with perfect alternative or sweet treat when you are visiting with the kids, something for the designated driver or a quick pick-me-up for a wine soaked palate…
The first real summer for Barossa Valley Ice Cream has had ice cream in production 7 days a week. This winter, Barossa Valley Ice Cream will still be in production but take the opportunity for a break from market sales May-July. Of course, ice cream is an anytime food.
Make some time to get to the Barossa and indulge your taste buds in Barossa Valley Ice Cream. Then see if you can stop at just one…
Fabulous article, and I speak with direct experience (Carmella's Curries) right next to Julie at the Barossa Farmers Market. I get to taste them all every week and it doesn't get any better! I take a big tub home very week and it my pure taste indulgence every night! www.carmellascurries.com.au