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Visit the Snowy Valleys – and find out what’s in season.

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The crispness of an alpine apple.  The subtle notes of a cold climate wine, grapes grown with utmost care. The cellar doors staffed by vignerons – the opportunity to meet the growers of fruit destined for some of Australia’s best wines. The ciders crafted with love, and breweries built by the dream of best friends. The unmatched beauty of a farm-to-table dinner under the stars. The farmgate stores nestled on the edge of the orchard, just off the road, open when the fruit is ripe. The markets where the season dictates the availability of goods, ensuring that only the freshest produce is available. These are experiences that can’t be mass-produced. They can only be enjoyed in small batches, on nature’s schedule, but that’s what makes them great.

Chestnuts, blueberries, olive oil, raspberries, honey, beef, lamb, and, of course, apples are produced in and around the towns of the Snowy Valleys. Truffles, the rare and highly prized fungi, flourish in the cool climates of Tumbarumba and Batlow. They match perfectly with Tumbarumba’s premium sparkling wine, and can be found in restaurant dishes across the region when in season. Truffle seeking dogs sniff out the mature truffles from late June to early August. On occasion, truffle hunts are open to the public, and for some visitors, these events are one of the highlights of the cold winter.

Tumut Farmers Markets are held every Friday at the Connection (Cnr of Wynyard and Russell Sts) and provide an opportunity to buy the freshest local produce direct from the farmer. Roadside stalls also offer in-season produce across the Snowy Valleys, the most well-know of which are Wilgro Orchards and Mouat’s Farm, both north of Batlow on the road between Tumut and Tumbarumba.

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Restaurants and cafes across the region showcase our delicious local produce in their carefully prepared dishes. Some of the highlights include Nimbo Fork, near Tumut, who recently won the Australian Good Food Guide Reader’s Choice Award – Modern Australian for the Snowy Mountains region. In Tumut, excellent coffee, healthy breakfasts, treats and lunches await at the Coffee Pedaler, in the main street. Dine inside, alfresco, or grab a take away and picnic in the park. Kat’s Whiskers Café also offers great coffee with gluten free and paleo options on their menu. Healthy delicious treats are also available from Simply Wholesome.

Courabyra Wines, near Tumbarumba, is celebrating their success after winning the Australian Good Food Guide Reader’s Choice Award – Café for the Snowy Mountains region. Open for lunch and afternoon tea Thursday to Monday, with bookings highly recommended, you’ll find amazing food with views to match. While you’re here, make sure you taste their award-winning wines.

Nest Cinema Café Books in Tumbarumba offers an experience like no other. Not only will you find delicious wholesome food, and great coffee, but the opportunity to view new release movies in a boutique cinema with comfy recliner chairs, and experience amazing musical artists in an intimate setting. Here you’ll find a monthly produce and handmade market, as well as local produce at the cafe. A range of special events are hosted throughout the year including the “Feast with a Farmer – Fireside Dinner Series”.

Follow the Snowy Valleys beverage trail from Tumut to Tumbarumba, via Batlow, to experience Pretty Parrot’s gins and liqueurs, the craft beers of Tumut River Brewing Co, the ciders of Wilgro Orchards or Crafty Ciders, and the premium cool-climate wines of Courabyra Wines, Johansen Wines, Obsession Wines, and Tumbarumba Wines Escape. You might want to plan this over an entire weekend to enjoy it fully, and make sure you arrange a designated driver, or a book a tour with Tumbarumba Touring Co.

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Allegiance Wines Tumbarumba

Allegiance Wines Tumbarumba on Jingellic Road at Mannus is the region’s Tuscan-style cellar door. This beautiful vineyard is located in the naturally blessed foothills of the Snowy Mountains, producing high...

Alpine Café and Fuel

Khancoban Service Station and Alpine Café. Drop in a get some fuel for your car and fuel for your belly, eat-in or takeaway. Parking available

Coach House Kitchen Tumut

A BYO ‘noshery’ featuring local, seasonal produce. We are a ‘no menu’ cafe cooking what’s in season, what we have in our gardens and fridges and….. what we feel like!...

Courabyra Wines

Courabyra Wines is a family-owned and operated vineyard nestled in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, producing some of the finest cold-climate wines. The award-winning wines are the result of...

Crafty Cider

When you visit the Crafty Cider Cellar door, enjoy a free tasting of their six unique ciders. While there, check out the interesting animals that live on the property, which...

Gone Barny Cafe

Only moments from the end of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, Gone Barny is a wonderful family-run nursery and café. Just off the Wagga Road, and serving coffee, amazing milkshakes,...

Jingellic Pub (Bridge Hotel)

The Bridge Hotel is located on the banks of the Murray River at Jingellic, a pretty little town on the New South Wales side of the river. Enjoy good old-fashioned...

Johansen Wines

Currently closed due to bushfire damage. Come and meet the family from Johansen Wines and taste their award winning cool climate wines. Set in an old converted shearing shed, surround...

Jolly Berries

The cool climate of the Snowies produces the most intensely flavoured and high-quality blueberries. Jolly Berry is a family-owned farm producing blueberries and various blueberry products including sauces, jams, toppings,...

Ladbroken Distilling Co.

At Ladbroken Distilling Co. they take pride in handcrafting a range of uniquely Australian spirits using locally grown produce. They put time, craftsmanship and flavour into every bottle, to capture...

Local at Learmont’s

Local at Learmont’s is a cooperative run and owned by makers and producers to bring you the freshest, locally produced and made produce, craft and art you could ever find...

MKS Cafe – Adelong

MKS Cafe Adelong is a cute little coffee shop with a leafy courtyard. Situated beside the park in the main street of Adelong, it’s the perfect place to stop when...

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