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Published January 9th 2015
Where else can you dine with Peacocks?
A famous South Australian attraction is a day spent up at the breathtakingly beautiful Barossa Valley. It is a feast for all your senses as you breathe in the fresh, crisp country air while wandering through exquisite vineyard after vineyard. Of course, no trip to the Barossa Valley would be complete without a visit to the cellar doors of the best wine-makers in the country. Couple that with the finest local cheeses, great company and a one of the most picturesque views that no photo can ever do justice, and you have a recipe for an true local experience.
But of course, a way to someone's heart is through their stomach, so before you leave the Barossa Valley region, make sure you don't miss a gastronomical adventure that Maggie Beer will take you on. Maggie Beer's Farm shop, found in Nurioopta, has been established for over 25 years. Open every day from 10:30am to 5pm*, it is here that you can not only satisfy your tastebuds with the finest local produce, but you can also partake in so much more that makes a visit to the Farm Shop an entire adventure in itself. For those interested in learning more, Maggie invites you to attend her daily cooking demonstrations. These are held at the Farmshop in a beautiful homely-decorated kitchen. However, a small note, these demonstrations are aimed at small groups or individuals as there are limited spaces. Larger groups may book a demonstration by calling the Farmshop in advance.
If cooking demonstrations aren't your thing, you can simply wander around the Farm Shop where you can sample, taste and purchase Maggie's wide range of produce including limited edition seasonal produce. Maggie Beer's Farm Shop stocks all types of verjuices, vinegars and oils, along with sauces, jams, jellies and glazes, nuts and spices, tea and her infamous pates just to name a few.
Photo credit: Maggie Beer's website
If all you want to do is simply be taken on a culinary feast, take a seat inside (or outside on a beautiful day) and allow yourself to wander off into another world as you sit in the tranquility of nature and enjoy the gastronomical delight in front of you. I would highly recommend a window seat so you can pair your meal with not only a glass of red, but also an uninterrupted view of the lake. My personal recommendations from Maggie's Picnicfare Menu would be the 'Pheasant Farm' Terrine – it is simply divine! Maggie also has a selection of Picnic Baskets where the pates and combinations of flavours and textures leaves you wanting more (but don't forget their desserts!!). Visi www.maggiebeer.com.au/visit-us/menu for Maggie's full picnicfare menu.
Finally, after an incredible meal, what more could you want than a slow meader through Maggie's beautiful farm? Here, there is a pond you can wander around; vineyards to explore and even farm animals to see. We even managed to see a few peacocks on our visit! It truly is a beautiful moment just to sit in nature after experiencing such creativity and talent that goes into every dish at Maggie's farm shop. So go, make a day of the Barossa Valley and head to Maggie Beer's for lunch. Delight in the beauty and creativity of her food and produce, savour the best of the local produce and allow yourself to be completely immersed in the wondrous world of Maggie Beer.