Tickle your palate and tempt your taste buds with flavours from nature’s top shelf. The Adelaide Hills grows an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables while artisan producers make everything from cheeses to jams, olive oil, ciders and authentic German breads and cakes. Stock up at a roadside stall or farm gate, visit a farmers market or drop into one of the many providores in the region.
Strawberries at Beerenberg Farm in Hahndorf (November to April)
Cherries at various orchards (November to January)
Figs at Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton (February and March)
Apples at ‘Pick a Pink Lady’ Weekend in Lenswood in May - meet the grower, discover how fruit is produced, pick and buy apples fresh off the tree, taste different varieties, apple crumble and other local produce
Enjoy Hills pub culture at stylish and historic hotels, with beer gardens in summer, cosy bars in winter and German flavours in Hahndorf.
Linger longer over a winery lunch at The Lane Vineyard in Hahndorf, Maximilian's Restaurant (with Saint & Scholar cellar door) in Verdun, Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard and Pike & Joyce in Lenswood, Golding Wines in Lobethal, and Howard Vineyard's Clover + Stone Restaurant in Nairne.
Three hat fine dining at Hardy's Verandah Restaurant at Mount Lofty House in Crafers with views over Piccadilly Valley
Load up at traditional bakeries in Lobethal, Hahndorf, Stirling and Mount Barker
Melba’s Chocolates and Confectionery in Woodside to see a working factory
Boutique chocolatiers Red Cacao in Stirling (with acclaimed dessert bar on Friday nights) and Chocolate @ No. 5 in Hahndorf
ChocoVino chocolate and wine matching at Hahndorf Hill Winery in Hahndorf
The FruChocs shop in Hahndorf to try and buy an iconic local treat
Inglewood Inn for a gin and chocolate paddle, pairing local craft gins with luxury chocolates
Udder Delights Cheese Cellar and Woodside Cheese Wrights to try and buy artisan cheeses or take a cheesemaking class
Sticky Rice Cooking School for classes with professional chefs specialising in Asian, Spanish, Seafood, Vegetarian and Middle Eastern then stay the night in their luxury villas
Udder Delights and Woodside Cheese Wrights for cheesemaking classes
Hahndorf Inn to make your own traditional German apple strudel, and the ‘Strudel and Stroll’ combining strudel making with Hahndorf Walking Tours
Discover the vibrant atmosphere and pick up fine seasonal produce and locally made gourmet foods at the Adelaide Hills Farmers Market in Mount Barker, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market or the Uraidla and Stirling markets.
There are plenty of opportunities to buy local produce direct from the growers in the Adelaide Hills at roadside stalls and farm gates. Seasonal offerings include everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to apple pies, jams and bunches of flowers. Some favourite stretches for roadside stalls are between Verdun and Balhannah, and between Piccadilly and Summertown/Uraidla.
Favourite roadside stalls, farm gates and shed door sale locations include:
Beerenberg Farm Shop in Hahndorf for an incredible array of jams, sauces and condiments and 'pick your own' strawberries (November to April)
Cherry orchards with shed door sales, and some ‘pick your own’ (November to January) as detailed in the Cherries SA Cherry Map and Fresh Cherries app
Walkers International in Mylor with berries from its farm shed (October to May)
Green Valley Strawberries in Hay Valley for fresh strawberries and Green Valley Café with a delicious emphasis on strawberries (October to May)
Nirvana Organic Farm in Longwood for a diverse collection of cool climate produce including raspberries, currants and gooseberries in summer, to chestnuts (autumn and early winter)
Glen Ewin Estate in Houghton for pick-your-own and pre-picked figs (February to April)
Magarey Orchard in Coromandel Valley for amazing pears and fun open days
The Green Shed in Gumeracha for Certified Organic and Chemical Free Produce including fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, eggs and olive oil
Buzz Honey in Hahndorf for an incredible range of honey and associated products, plus the fascination of watching busy bees at work in the observation hive
The Epicurean Way seamlessly links the four iconic wine regions of Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale, Barossa and Clare Valley, showcasing sumptuous local produce and a superb array of wines, set against a backdrop of spectacular scenery
Adelaide Hills Kids' Food Trail for family-friendly foodie experiences
The Eat Local SA program will help you discover restaurants, pubs, cellar doors, farm gates, retail outlets, accommodation and culinary experiences all over South Australia who go the extra mile to showcase all that is wonderful about our food. Download the app to find participating Eat Local SA venues near you as you travel, and look out for the Eat Local South Australia signs to help you uncover the regional food secrets of the Adelaide Hills.