EAT AND DRINK
Fertile soil and the coastal climate make the Great Ocean Road region an ideal place to grow delicious produce we eat and drink. Combine the climate with the relaxed, easy-going nature of the region and you have the recipe for a modest, earthy foodie destination. From the vineyards and craft breweries scattered throughout the region, where makers will welcome you to their 'workshops' to share their stories whilst you sample their finest - to the numerous farm gates just waiting for you to discover them, there is something to suit all appetites.
BREWED TO PERFECTION
Along the Great Ocean Road brewing is at its best from beers to ciders, it’s all about creating the best local brew.
Blackman’s Brewery in Torquay have created a spot for you to come and taste some quality brews and catch up with your friends and family. The all-day kitchen is open whenever beers are being served. Blackman's have a core range of beers including the gold medal winning Smoked Porter, and silver & bronze winning Unfiltered Lager, all brewed on site.
Forrest Brewing Company is an independently owned, family run business, supporting a small regional township. Brother and sister duo Matt and Sharon Bradshaw resurrected and rebuilt the former general store in Forrest, opening its doors in late 2010. Four standard beers are available on tap and limited release beers available each season. The beer is produced in small 600 litre batches, the working brewery can be seen via a viewing window and all beers are brewed on site.
Otway Estate Home to Prickly Moses Handcrafted Beer and Forbidden Fruit Ciders, as well as the Estates own range of wines. Situated in the Otway Ranges and only 10 minutes from Colac. The brewery is open to the public each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
If you are a brewing enthusiast or just enjoy a tipple you will be pleasantly surprised by the range of local brews on offer as you tour the region.
It’s all the rage in the foodie scene to feature fresh local produce with the paddock to plate movement sweeping regional Victoria, bringing the freshest quality ingredients to diners. Along the Great Ocean Road we are toying with a few concepts of our own - ocean to oven, bay to BBQ and water to webber. While the catch phrases are a little clunky and may need some work the concept is simple – fresh seafood from our backyard served to you.
We love to buy direct from the fishing boats for the freshest catch and take it home (or to the restaurant) to be prepared and served to the delight of family, friends and guests. There is nothing more enjoyable than a feast of the finest freshly caught seafood that isn’t fussily prepared simply enhanced by some traditional flavours and seasonings such as lemon, salt and pepper and a few fresh herbs.
Some of the delights that may grace your plate include crayfish, snapper, tuna, kingfish, shark, salmon, flathead and garfish. It’s not just about the fruits of the ocean either river bream and whiting can be found in the fresh waters of the surrounding rivers.
Do yourself a favour and try some of our local seafood when visiting the region whether you cook it yourself or leave it up to our local chefs you won’t be disappointed.
BERRY BERRY GOOD
Just 20 minutes from Lorne is the farm gate of Gentle Annie Berry Gardens. Situated in the picturesque rolling hills of the Pennyroyal Valley the farm grows a range of berries, fruits, and vegetables. The fun part is that you can pick your own! Collect a basket from the shop and head out into the farm to gather your goodies. All fresh produce is priced by the kilo so you can take exactly what you need. You can also stock up on jams, chutneys and pre-made products at the shop.
After spending some time foraging, the farmhouse café is the perfect place for a break serving lunches, Devonshire tea, pies and cakes, drinks and ice cream. Special events can also be hosted by arrangement.
As the produce is seasonal so are the opening hours:
Opening hours in November, Thursday to Monday. 10am-5pm.
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday (November and February, March, April)
Open seven days a week December, January. 10am-5pm.
Closed Christmas day and New Year’s Day.