Wining & Dining on Kangaroo Island

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South Australia is famous for its incredible cuisine, but for something a little extra special, hop on over to Kangaroo Island for a culinary expedition.

With Kangaroo Island being one of the premier food and drink exporters in the entire country foodies are well at home when it comes to the local produce.

A pristine island, complete with fertile land, crystal clear waters and no pollution means the produce grown here is of the highest quality. From fresh crayfish, snapper and whiting, to sweet honey and smooth wines, food and drink is an exceptional experience to be had on Kangaroo Island.

Food & Wine Trail visitors

With the local fare being such a big draw to the island, it should come as no surprise that there’s even a Food & Wine Trail visitors can follow. From farm gates to cellar doors you can sample a vast variety of local produce as well as meeting the local producers – giving you a real insight into the foodie delights of the island.

Seafood fan?

Seafood fan? Ferguson Australia’s seafood platter is a must – serving up some of the islands classics such as Crayfish and Prawns. Something for afterwards? Meet the famous Ligurian bees at Clifford’s Honey Farm in their glass beehive, where you can also taste delicious honey ice cream.

Take a tour of the 25 acre vineyard

For those looking for a complimentary wine, take a tour of the 25 acre vineyard at The Islander Estate where you can taste premium wines made by Bordeaux’s Jacques Lurton. After all, wine is seriously big business in South Australia, so missing out on the opportunity to sample KI’s selection of Cabernet, Sauvignon, Viognier and Grenache is simply not an option.

Celebrating the food and wine of Kangaroo Island, there are many events and festivals held throughout the year that are perfect for getting a taste of the local produce. Kangaroo Island Farmers’ Market runs every first Sunday of the month at Penneshaw on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula. You can expect everything from local lamb and olive oil to Freshwater Marron and sheep’s cheese.

A must visit is The Marron Café

Aside from the producers, you’ll also find lots of great places to dine offering great local produce at restaurants and cafes.  A must visit is The Marron Café in the Heartland of the island which showcases the island’s prized freshwater crayfish and the Vivonne Bay Store at Vivonne Bay for their famous King George Whiting Burger, while Bella Café in Kingscote specialises in pizzas as well as a dining room featuring local KI produce. .

Sampling some local goods

As well as sampling some local goods, you can take advantage of the incredible activities on  Kangaroo Island, such as watching Australian Sea lions at Seal Bay, Sand boarding down the dunes of Little Sahara, relaxing on Vivonne Bay Beach and taking in the sights of Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, both millions of years in the making.

Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours offer a two-day Wilderness Explorer Tour which offers an all-round experience of the island. Find out more at www.kiadventuretours.com.au

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