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Published October 3rd 2018
Dipping the spoon into Yeppoon
Mural at Vue Wine Bar & Restaurant with Mary Carroll, CEO Capricorn Enterprise with Tanya Lynch owner of Vue Vue Wine Bar & Restaurant - photo @nadinecresswellmyatt
It was a whizz-bang trip to Yeppoon with scarcely time to lick the spoon clean in between food stops. But if my one-day of culinary adventures is any indication, the food culture in this coastal town is thriving.
All day breakfasts and so good. And I come from Melbourne, where towering brunches and great coffee are our weekend religion. Although, I have a sneaking suspicion that half of Yeppoon also comes from Melbourne. They are there escaping the cold or have realised what great value the properties are compared to our great southern metropolis.
If you are really hungry try Whisk's breakfast board with blueberry, apple and coconut quinoa oats and a serve of roasted pumpkin smashed avocado and poached egg on toasted sourdough with roast mushroom & tomato relish. Or for another sweet and savoury combo, order the sweet potato benny, roasted Roma tomato, smokey maple and pork sausage followed by double chocolate pancakes topped with cookie dough, ice cream, bananas, butterscotch sauce and macadamia pieces. Yes, they really have double course breakfasts on the menu as well as single dishes and half servings.
The fast service in this cafe is exceptional. They even advertise themselves as 'service that always exceeds your expectations!'
Peanut butter & caramel share-nut. Filled with peanut butter creme patissiere topped with caramel, peanut butter, caramelised peanuts and white chocolate flakes. Whisk Yeppoon Facebook
I am pretty sure some of the locals don't even know about this great cafe and providore. It is tucked away off the Yeppoon Road, so you do have to know where to look. But what a culinary treasure chest.
Kat Taylor simply has a gift. Any food she touches turns if not to gold at least to the golden opportunity for you to put something incredible into your mouth.
Kat magically turns tropical fruits such as mangoes, pineapples and rosellas into magical cordials with the use of other ingredients such as citrus fruits, lemongrass and ginger. She always uses minimal sugar.
Kat Taylor at Pigglettoes - photo @nadinecresswellmyatt
Her husband, Reg, brews the beer, which is the Monkey Pig Brewing arm of the business. You can order both paddles and individual small glasses.
Source Facebook Monkey Pig Brewing a & Pigglettoes
The extensive menu includes items such as smoked hickory and oracle beef sticks and whole banana prawns with special sauces. There are enchiladas and rice paper rolls stuffed full of goodness and of course, all served with Kath's perfectly accompanying dipping sauces.
But it is not just the thought that goes into the food but the thought for the environment that makes this small business such a stand out. Many of the ingredients come from the couple's 40-acre property and the rest are sourced as locally as possible This couple fully embrace the principles of sustainability in all they do. They believe in supporting the local community and in promoting. ethical tourism.
Come here for one of their Taster & Food van nights (2nd Friday of the month) and your group's designated driver receives complimentary non-alcoholic drinks. You can see their thinking. This is a way they can help keep the community safe. Take away one of their picnics and you won't find plastic coverings and containers but rather regular plates that you can return if you are able to. Wanting to take some of the amazing preserves home, then bring your own containers. If you use one of their containers be assured it will be recyclable or compostable.
Friday 10 am to 5 pm
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm (but check their website for special Friday night openings and special events such as brewing classes.)
Vue Wine Bar and Restaurant
Vue serves fabulous tapas and even meals. For a review of their evening meals click here. But I also wanted to alert you to their lunches as they do a great selection of gourmet salads and you can enjoy these while you look out over ocean views.
Lunch Tapas & Dinner 7 days/nights a week. Breakfast - Friday, Saturday & Sunday mornings from 7.30am.
32 Anzac Parade, Yeppoon
(07) 4939 8034 or Text 0437 010 651
I stayed above Vue at the ultra-new and modern Salt Yeppoon where every apartment has a view of the ocean. I found a lot to do in the region. Here is my list of recommendationsmost of which are new. Plus the exciting and mysterious Capricorn Caves are only a 30-minute drive away.
Families will also find some of the best playgrounds in the state in and around Yeppoon and all ages will enjoy the new, free-to-use ocean-view infinity pool (Yeppoon Lagoon). You'll feel like you are staying in an expensive resort but it's open to everyone.