Self-sufficient and hard-working, the Barossas early settlers brought their food traditions with them, instilling the regions cuisine with a strong German influence. Preserving, smoking and baking were a part of their everyday life and remain an important element in modern Barossa Cuisine. Growing alongside our famous vineyards is an abundance of fresh produce including fruit, nuts, vegetable and citrus. Combined with poultry, livestock, yabbies and hare, they provide endless inspiration to the chefs, cooks and food producers throughout the region.
Visit a Barossa butcher and youll find smoked mettwurst, lachschinken and bratwurst sausages or drop in at one of the local bakeries for traditional breads and yeasted cakes like bienenstich and streuselkuchen. At specialist food outlets, cellar doors and supermarkets theres an array of local products with distinctly Barossa flavour pickled onions, and gherkins, olives and olive oil, egg noodles and a variety of chutneys, pickles and preserves to tantalise the taste buds. Finished off with some local dried fruits or Barossa cheese and quince paste, youve got all the elements ofr a sensational picnic or an unforgettable meal.
The Barossa boasts over 60 places to enjoy local produce with friends and family. Our restaurants, cafes and bakeries all offer delicious menus making food fresh to order in the kitchens and the majority of them featuring produce from around the Barossa. With a growing number of cellar door dining options, you may like to book in a light lunch at a winery whilst you are enjoying a day out wine tasting. Need a good coffee? The Barossa has several coffee houses dotted throughout the region, all of which are fabulous places to sit, relax and enjoy a light lunch and coffee.
If you are after a good schnitzel, then go no further than our local pubs and hotels. With each town home to a pub or two, you dont have to go far to pull up a pew at the local front bar.