Driving from Adelaide to Melbourne is one of Australia’s best road trips as there’s so much to see along the way and it’s very forgiving – you can do it in a few days, or extend it out to a week or two. The only problem with the shorter version is that you have to skip some of the good stuff. One activity that should never be skipped on this road trip is a visit to explore the delights at Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop.
Maggie Beer is one of Australia’s most respected names in cooking who has, despite having had no formal training as a chef, a career spanning almost 50 years. She is famous for her promotion of Australian produce and cuisine and has a strong belief in quality and freshness. Despite having a business which now produces products such as pate, quince paste, verjuice and gourmet ice creams for sale throughout Australia, Beer only sources produce from outside of South Australia where it absolutely cannot be found within the State.
We are big fans of Maggie Beer’s products, especially her pate and ice cream so were very happy to get the opportunity to visit Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop when we were in South Australia.
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is located in Nuriootpa in rural South Australia, with the commercial kitchens that produce the majority of products that are found in supermarkets across Australia located just a few kilometres away in Tanunda. The shop is a rustic, homely building which contains the complete range of Maggie Beer products for visitors to sample, as well as some small-scale produced seasonal products which are available in the shop only.
There’s also kitchen and small cafe which serves many of the products on offer. For lunch we went for the “Pheasant Farm Pate Picnic Basket” which contained pate, caramelised onion, freekeh salad and wood oven bread. We also tried one of the seasonal game terrine options that was on offer. The whole lot was very tasty.
Do be aware Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is not a restaurant. The food on offer is basically the products that are for sale – this is not a bad thing as the products are great, but it’s something to be aware of so that you know what to expect.
The Maggie Beer Farm Shop kitchen, where visitors can view cooking demonstrations.
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop isn’t just a farm shop in name. It’s located on the farm itself and visitor are free to walk around and explore the farm and its beautiful surrounds.
There are a lot of quince trees on the farm, the fruit of which are used, of course, to make Maggie Beer’s famous quince paste along with a variety of other quince products.
There are no shortage of pheasants running around the farm either.
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is a must visit if you find yourself in South Australia and get the chance to explore outside of Adelaide. The produce on offer is great, there’s loads to try and walking around the farm is a pleasant, relaxing experience.
Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop
50 Pheasant Farm Road
South Australia 5355
Telephone: (08) 8562 4477
Mon – Sun: 10:30am to 5:00pm