Taste Trail Open Days

For generations families have harvested the rich land and sea of the Moyne Shire Region. The Taste Trail Open Days creates a unique window for you to experience this delicious bounty straight from the makers, growers and producers – who are all opening their doors on the same day.

Taste Trail Map

Collect your trail map and tote bag from the Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre before embarking on this delicious road trip to 14 local producers. This year, the event extends to Mortlake on Sunday 14 January, with the vibrant Mortlake Market showcasing local stalls and exclusive deals at Clarke’s Cafe. Set aside this Sunday morning for a scenic drive through the land that feeds us, pass the mighty harvesters at work and animals grazing before taking in Mortlake’s country charm. 

Please note: the Taste Trail offers listed below are only available on 12, 19 and 26 January 2024, or 14 January 2024 for Mortlake Locations.

 

Event Dates:Friday 12 JanuaryFriday 19 JanuaryFriday 26 JanuarySunday 14 January (Mortlake location only)

Meet The Makers

144 Mt Eccles Road, Macarthur

Nestled amidst the stunning landscapes and just a stone’s throw away from the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Budj Bim Cultural landscape, Suffoir is your ultimate destination for a truly memorable craft beverage experience. 

Explore our estate-grown Pinot Noir, indulge in the delightful creations of The Three Alpacas beer range, and savor the distinct flavors of our handcrafted gins. In our unique cellar door, our passionate team is here to guide you through our range, sharing their knowledge and stories behind each product. Enjoy meeting the makers with free wine tastings with any wine purchase and free kids’ activities as well as finding out more about the farm animals that have inspired the product range.

Thursday – Monday: 11.00am – 5.00pm* *Closed: Christmas Day Price Guide: Gin tasting $18, Beer Paddle $16, Cheese Platters from $24

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2891 Princes Highway, Port Fairy

This independent abalone farm is known for its Ocean Road Abalone brand and a commitment to innovation and sustainability since its beginnings in 1996 – one of Australia’s first abalone farms and just 5 minutes outside of Port Fairy.

The farm’s team of dedicated aquaculturists produce 120+ tonnes of premium green tiger abalone annually, in a range of sizes, sold live or processed locally into canned and vacuum-packed, ready-to-eat, gourmet goodness.

Ocean Road Abalone can be found at seafood markets, specialty grocers, restaurants and of course in home kitchens around Australia. The farm also exports to major abalone markets and sells through its online store.

Take a tour of this rare facility and discover why abalone is one of the most expensive and treasured delicacies in the world, before enjoying a catered tasting experience – yum!

90-minute tour including 30-minute tasting experience. Bookings essential. Bring sun or rain protection. There will be biosecurity sign in and declaration on arrival. Gumboots provided. 

Friday Tours: 9.00am – 10.30am, 10.30am – 12.00pm, 1.00pm – 2.30pm, 2.30-4.00* *Closed: 26 January Price Guide: Tour $45 per adult, includes catered tasting. Children 16 and under may attend at no cost or with a $20 ticket to include a tasting.

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25 Bank Street, Port Fairy

We create chocolates and desserts using only the best, high quality ingredients. We are bold, bright, passionate, and always forward-thinking. We are there for our customers and deliver a unique and enjoyable experience to everyone.

Tuesday – Sunday: 9.00 am – 3.00pm* *check with the venue regarding public holidays.

Price Guide: Chocolate blocks from $10

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24 Sackville Street, Port Fairy

We are a New Age Beverage Company revolutionising the way people look at having a night out with friends. By offering sophisticated, non-alcoholic, sugar-free options you can have an enjoyable time, love what you drink and love yourself the next day too. 

For two days only, you can meet the makers behind these delicious beverages at their summer pop-up store as part of the Taste Trail Open Days!

Friday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm* *Closed: 26 January

Price Guide: 4 packs from $20

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29 Gipp Street, Port Fairy

Located on the water’s edge of the Moyne River in Port Fairy. The Wharf prides itself in the freshest seafood available, with Crayfish, Gummy shark, Beef & Lamb sourced locally. We source locally grown fresh seasonal produce to prepare innovative dishes, that reflect contemporary trends in Australian cooking.

Ideal for a drink as the sun sets, or a light meal with a bottle of wine. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining with some of the best views in Port Fairy, takeaway also available. Enjoy a 5% discount when you mention the Taste Trail Open Days.

Price Guide: Meals $38 – $40

Monday – Sunday: 11.00am-2.00pm and 5.00pm-8.00pm* *Closed: Monday-Tuesday before Boxing Day and after 8 January, Christmas Day and 26 January.

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Find Ken’s boat ‘Jasus’ floating by the wharf near 29 Gipp Street, Port Fairy

Australian seafood straight from the boat to you, taste fresh local fish, scallops, squid, prawns, cooked crays and more. Enjoy meeting the fishe rman and a special deal when you mention the Moyne Taste Trail and complimentary ice.

Monday – Sunday: 11.00am – 4.00pm* *Christmas Day: 10.00am -12.00pm

Price Guide: Items from $20

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1280 Princes Highway, Killarney

We use only the freshest ingredients straight from our own garden or our fabulous local fruiterer for our home-made preserves. Products depend on ‘in-season’ fruit. Enjoy meeting the makers and free tastings when you mention the Taste Trail Open Days.

Monday- Friday: 1.00pm – 4.00pm* *Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day

Price Guide: Preserves and Packs $5-$30

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1131 Princes Highway, Killarney

We are nestled at the foot of Tower Hill Reserve. Here, rich volcanic soil imparts distinctive depth and character to our exceptional wines. Savour an epicurean experience, perfectly paired with our exceptional wines. 

Our cuisine is crafted to celebrate the flavors of the Mediterranean, using locally sourced produce for an authentic, unforgettable feast. From picturesque vineyard views to the rolling landscapes beyond, every detail contributes to an atmosphere of laid-back sophistication. Enjoy meeting the makers, giant kids’ games and a complimentary courtesy bus is available for group bookings.

Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00am – 5.00pm* *Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Australia Day

Price Guide: Meals $12-$35, Wines $29-$57

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626 Princes Highway, Illowa

The rich volcanic soil of Tower Hill combined with pristine ground water were significant factors in the establishment of our SPRAY FREE market garden in 2018. Our initial focus was on garlic, but we soon realised that our farm was well suited to a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and fish.

Enjoy meeting the growers, giant kids’ games and a 10% discount on Picking Your Own Strawberries when you mention the Taste Trail Open Days!

Farm Gate Stall: open daily Pick Your Own Strawberries: open Fridays 10.00am – 5.00pm, or until strawberries run out!

Price Guide: Pick your own strawberries for $10 including 400g punnet.

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128 Commercial Road, Koroit

Is it a noodle shop serving slurpable bowls of goodness? No, it’s a craft brewery and distillery created by two mates, Noodles (Sam) and Doof (Alex) who wanted to make quality craft beer and spirits that are exciting, adventurous and approachable.

Most of the beers are made in small batches so they have seasonal availability and can utilise what is good, when it’s at its best. For Noodledoof’s range of spirits, they have teamed up with Worn Gundidj Bush Foods, utilising their expert knowledge of the surrounding area.

Enjoy 10% off takeaways during the Taste Trail Open Days and a tasting experience with the makers (bookings essential).

Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00am – 5.00pm (Fridays: 10.00am – late)* *Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day

Price Guide: 4 packs starting from $20, meals under $30

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5330 Great Ocean Road, Allansford

An ideal brunch or lunch spot for cheese lovers and your chance to taste the best milkshake on the Great Ocean Road. Our café menu is built around fresh local produce with highlights including a pecorino and raclette omelette, three cheese sourdough toastie, create-your-own cheese board and everyday favourites.

..such as smashed avocado, caesar salad and poached pear pancakes for the sweet-tooths. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the giant milkshake!

Monday-Friday: 10.00am – 3.00pm* *Closed: Public holidays

Price Guide: Meals $12 – $22

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4309 Great Ocean Road, Mepunga

Mepunga Wines is a small family operated boutique winery located on the Great Ocean Road, in Mepunga East, 20 minutes east of Warrnambool. We grow most of our grapes in Warrnambool and Mepunga, have a partnership with a Timboon grape grower and occasionally source grapes from the Grampians.

Our Single Vineyard wines are made in our winery, in a low-intervention way. We do not filter or fine our wines, which makes them vegan friendly. Most often we ferment with indigenous yeasts, in the aim of truly keeping each wine to reflect its environment of origin. We produce between 600 and 2000 bottles per year, mainly of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris,

Reisling, Sauvignon Blanc and small amounts of other varieties such as Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy meeting the Makers, free tastings and discounts when purchasing multiple bottles!

Monday – Sunday: by appointment Fridays: 11am – 3pm

Price Guide: Bottles from $30

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660 Childers Cove Road, Mepunga

Located just off the Great Ocean Road, overlooking picturesque Childers Cove, 26 kilometers from both Warrnambool and Peterborough, you will find Childers Cove Cheese Company.

A family-owned and operated micro cheesery, producing a range of soft and semi-hard cheeses as well as yoghurt and bottled milk. Operating in the true Farmhouse fashion Childers Cove Cheese Company use milk from their goats that free-range on the pastures free of synthetic chemicals. Enjoy meeting the makers, free cheese tastings and goat selfies as part of the Taste Trail Open Days!

Fridays: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Price Guide: Cheese from $10

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94 Dunlop Street, Mortlake

Home of the legendary Clarke’s Pies. Clarke’s Cafe offers a large variety of pies, pasties, bread, cakes, slices, biscuits, creamed cakes, hot meals, fresh salad bar, hamburgers, chips, and hot and cold drinks. Dine-in or take-away, indoor, and outdoor seating available. 

Enjoy a Plain Pie and Drink Special for $10.50 if you have a Taste Trail tote bag!

Monday – Friday: 7.30am – 3.00pm* Saturdays: 8.30am – 3.00pm Sundays: 9.00am – 2.30pm *Public Holidays: 9.00am- 2.30pm, Closed: Christmas

Price Guide: Meals from $10

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Market Square, 43 Officers Street, Mortlake

With a range of unique stalls, food, produce, art and crafts and live music, the monthly Mortlake Market is ready to welcome you! Markets take place every second Sunday of the month.

Sunday 14 January: 9am – 1pm

This year, the event extends to Mortlake on Sunday 14 January, with the vibrant Mortlake Market showcasing local stalls and exclusive deals at Clarke’s Cafe. Set aside this Sunday morning for a scenic drive through the land that feeds us, pass the mighty harvesters at work and animals grazing before taking in Mortlake’s country charm.

Why not make it a Mortlake weekend? If you arrive on Saturday 13 January you can book in to enjoy gemstone fossicking for Olivine at Mount Shadwell from 10am till 4pm, before a classic pub meal and a night at historic accommodation or Mortlake’s Caravan Park situated on Teatree Lake and a close stroll to the epic Dance-O-mat. 

Railway Place, Port Fairy

The Port Fairy Community Market runs at Railway Place on the second and fourth Saturday of each month and weekly during January. It brings together a selection of locally grown and handmade products and produce. 

The large variety of quality stalls ensures there is something to tempt everyone. So, whether you are looking for a unique gift for someone special or a delicious treat for yourself, the markets are sure to please.

Saturdays: 9am – 1pm

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