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Published October 12th 2017
A mouthwatering artisan adventure for the palate
If you are looking for a glorious day out just 25 minutes from the bustle of the city, you have to do the Swan Valley Sweet Temptations Trail.
You can pick up a map from various locations including hotels, Visitor Centre's and various locations in the Swan Valley.
On the trail you will sample the finest French macarons, scrumptious nougat, gourmet nuts, delicious cakes, handmade chocolate and pure honey sourced straight from the hive.
But is doesn't stop there. The Swan Valley is the oldest wine region in Western Australia and the second oldest in the country, so your journey will also take you to vineyards so you can sample fortified wines and sparkling Moscato handcrafted by third and fourth generation Swan Valley winemakers.
There is a place to stop for a picnic lunch on the tranquil banks of the Swan River, too. Maali Bridge Park is a beautiful picnic spot complete with picnic tables, park benches and a range of modern playground equipment for the children. Most venues offer breakfast and lunch if you would rather not picnic.
Image courtesy of House of Honey & Sticky Spoon Cafe Facebook page
House of Honey offers a wide range of honeys using traditional and sustainable farming methods. Learn about the world of bees, chat to the beekeeper, see the live bee display, of course sample the different honeys and meads (honey wine) and then choose your favourite to buy to use at home. There is a cafe serving a selection of light bites and ice cream. Amongst the different ice cream flavours is, of course, honey flavour. There is also a wide range of honey and beeswax products to purchase.
Swan Valley Cafe is a licensed vegetarian cafe and herbal tea specialist offering healthy, gluten-free, homemade breakfast and lunches, as well as a wide range of gluten free cakes, speciality coffees and lattes (including turmeric, beetroot and black pepper) plus their signature herbal teas.
Olive Farm Wines is Western Australia's oldest winery (established in 1829), offering an extensive range of aged fortified wines, sweet and dry sparkling wines, plus white and red wines. The Cheese Barrel is located a short walk from the cellar door, who offer refreshments and lunch.
Mondo Nougat has a massive selection of nougat made from the very best ingredients at their factory onsite. You will fall in love with their nougat and have a hard decision choosing which one you like best; crunchy, soft, nutty, fruity, spreadable, chocolate coated or maybe spicy is for you. Enjoy a coffee, slice of cake or gelato at the cafe.
Maison Saint-Honore is WA's only macaron factory open to the public and offers macarons (so many flavours) and a delectable variety of pastries handmade by their French chef using traditional family recipes. All products are made and sold here. You can also enjoy ice cream and a delicious all-day breakfast menu and watch their chef working. There is plenty of space to sit inside or outside with a little garden area for the kids to play in. The smell is wonderful in here!
Image courtesy of Pinelli Estate Wines Facebook page
Pinelli Estate Wines is a second generation, boutique family winery which handcrafts its wide range of delicious award winning wines. Be sure to sample the Pink Moscato Frizzante which is a low alcohol semi sweet wine with a hint of pink fairy floss and Turkish Delight undertones. The restaurant caters for vegans and has gluten free options.
I would recommend picking up a hard copy of the trail as there are special offers to be had at most of the venues. For example, enjoy a coffee and macaron for $5, buy one and get the second ice cream half price, buy one get one free in Morish Nuts etc.
More information is available here on the TrailsWA website.