Food and Wine
As one of the premiere food bowls in Australia, the Southern Forest food region is surrounded by vineyards, orchards and rolling hills. It’s little wonder why the Manjimup region is a foodie’s paradise.
The locals have known about it for years. Maybe it’s the clear, crisp air. Or the extraordinary fertility of the soils. Maybe it’s the 365 growing days a year. Or the purity of the rainfall. Or perhaps it’s a combination of all. Every time you bite into an apple, slice an avocado, or are tempted by truffle or marron, or any of the other 50 varieties of fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts or wines that are produced in the region, you’ll get an understanding of what the locals have known for years.
Our Top 5 To Do:
1. Buy direct from the farm gate
Drop in at one of the many roadside farm stalls and grab fresh, delicious produce to enjoy during your stay or take home. It’s quite literally from the paddock to your plate.
Some farms offer tours and even pick your own fruit and nuts days. For more information check with the Manjimup Visitor Centre for dates and addresses.
2. HEAD TO THE FARMERS MARKET
No food miles, no cold storage, just a massive range of fresh produce available all in one place. Meet the farmer, find out how our food is grown and taste all sorts of delicious produce. If you are staying in self-contained accommodation, the farmers markets are ideal to grab everything you need to cook up a storm at the end of the day.
The Manjimup Farmers Market is on every first and third Saturday of the month in Manjin Park, right in front of the Visitor Centre.
3. EXPERIENCE A TRUFFLE
The region is one of the highest producers of black truffle in the world. With a musty, earthy smell and a lasting taste, the black truffle is one of the most prized ingredients in fine cuisine. Enjoy a truffle-inspired dish at a number of restaurants and kitchens across the region. During June to August, the experience of a real truffle hunt is a must do. For all things truffle, get to the Truffle Kerfuffle held in June.
4. TASTE A LOCAL DROP
The relatively cool climate provides a longer ripening period for the region’s vineyards. This is ideal for producing a variety of cool climate wines, especially pinot noir and chardonnay. Vignerons welcome visitors to sample our award winning wines at one of the many cellar doors like the one at Woodgate Wines on Hind Road.
There is a wide range of restaurants, cafes and kitchens where you can sit back, relax and taste the best seasonal flavours the region has to offer. The range and combination of flavours available, whether seasonal or year round means there’s always something new for you to try.
5. DINE ON SEASONAL FLAVOURS
Seasonal Produce Guide
The Southern Forests region are renowned for their world class fresh produce. We produce everything here: Stone fruit, root vegetables, citrus, leafy vegetables, milk, eggs, meat & seafood to name just a few. There is always something in season in our South West food bowl.