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A foodie tour of the Riverina

Food I Am, Wagga WaggaCREDIT: Destination NSW

Long lunch with a view at Food I Am, Wagga Wagga.

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A foodie tour
of the Riverina

Food I Am, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: Destination NSW

Long lunch with a view at Food I Am, Wagga Wagga.

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Known as the food bowl of Australia, the Riverina is a foodie’s dreamland, with exciting food festivals and a cornucopia of fresh produce and great wines. Two must-visit towns in this region are Wagga Wagga and Griffith. Wagga Wagga is a nearly five-hour drive southwest of Sydney. From here take the slow route to Griffith via the Canola Trail for stunning views of rolling hills and fields of yellow canola flowers. Here are the must-visit foodie favourites in the region. 

Griffith 

First you should delve into the region’s fresh produce: the rich Riverina soils produce an abundance of citrus, grapes, hazelnuts and olives. Join a tour at Catania Fruit Salad Farm, near Griffith, which starts at the property’s old farmhouse then moves through the vineyard and orderly groves of trees. Your experience culminates in a tasting plate of fruits, nuts, preserves and wines. You can also stay the night in a three-bedroom cottage on the property. For wines with spirit, drop in on the cellar doors of one of the wineries just outside Griffith, including Calabria Family Wines and Yarran Wines

In town, there’s plenty of choice for places to eat. Try the local seasonal produce at Limone Dining. Tuck into traditional wholesome Italian at Zecca Handmade Italian. Choose salami, prosciutto and ham from Codemo Smallgoods. Check out olives, relish, pesto and more from Riverina Grove.  

Fourth-generation bakery Bertoldo’s Pasticceria is great for bread, biscotti and gelato. Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod produces premium, pond-grown cod, which you can purchase (fresh or smoked) from the retail outlet in Griffith. 

Not sure where to start? Book a food and wine tour with Bella Vita Riverina Tours and a local guide will show you the best the region has to offer.  

And if you time your visit, check out Griffith’s Spring Fest in October, when volunteers construct unique displays from oranges and grapefruit to decorate Banna Avenue. 

Griffith side-trips 

Learn all about growing hazelnuts and citrus on a farm tour of Glendale Orchard, just outside Narrandera, an hour’s drive southeast of Griffith. You’ll pass through Leeton, where French chef Eric Pages runs the popular Pages on Pine restaurant and grill. 

In 2020, the enormous Whitton Malt House opened 30km west of Leeton. Taste the small batch artisanal Voyager Craft Malts and craft beers from the cellar door and restaurant. Stay a while and take a walk around the lake while kids let off steam in the playground — you can even spend the night in one of the malt house villas.  

Griffith Spring Fest, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Citrus Sculptures on display at the Griffith Spring Fest.

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Griffith Spring Fest, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Citrus Sculptures on display at the Griffith Spring Fest.

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Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, Sandigo CREDIT: Narrandera Tourism

Hazelnuts from Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, Sandigo near Narrandera.

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Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, Sandigo CREDIT: Narrandera Tourism

Hazelnuts from Glendale Citrus and Hazelnut Orchard, Sandigo near Narrandera.

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Wagga Wagga 

New South Wales’s largest inland city, Wagga Wagga sits on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and has a vibrant food and wine scene. Start your foodie adventure at the Riverina Producers Market, held each Thursday afternoon at the Wagga Wagga Showground. Here, orange juice is squeezed from locally grown navel and Valencia oranges and local farmers set up stalls to offer freshly picked produce. Depending on the season, you’ll find super-fresh peaches, citrus, plums, figs and almonds, as well as excellent cuts of lamb and beef that are perfect for a barbecue.  

Visit Knights deli for locally sourced produce. Learn how to bake at Food I Am cooking school. Find out more about olives and olive oil at Wollundry Grove Olives, just outside town. Or head to Magpies Nest restaurant where you can enjoy regional foods and wines in a beautiful stone stables with sweeping views of the olive groves. Coffee-lovers should try The Blessed Bean, with its four different coffee blends, and Trail Street Coffee Shop, popular with locals and visitors.  

Head out of town to the boutique wineries, just a short drive from the city centre, including Eunonyhareenyha Winery, Borambola Wines and Cottontail Wines.  

Wagga Wagga side-trips 

Head north out of Wagga Wagga to visit Coolamon and Junee on the Canola Trail. In spring the roadsides are lined with fields of golden yellow canola. A must-visit is Coolamon Cheese for cheese and wine tastings and cheese-inspired meals. Join a cheese tour with expert cheese maker Barry Lillywhite, or pick up some delicious Riverina produce for a picnic.  

For sweet treats, the famous Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, housed in a four-storey 1930s flour mill, offers guided tours where you can watch organic licorice and chocolate being made before you indulge in a hot chocolate at the Millroom restaurant. If you’re visiting on the first Sunday of the month, drop by the Junee Rotary Sunday Market for fresh goods from throughout the eastern Riverina region.  

Food I Am, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a long lunch with scenic views at Food I Am, Wagga Wagga.

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Food I Am, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a long lunch with scenic views at Food I Am, Wagga Wagga.

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Canola Trail, Coolamon CREDIT: Destination NSW

The vibrant golden canola fields in Coolamon, Coolamon Shire.

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Canola Trail, Coolamon CREDIT: Destination NSW

The vibrant golden canola fields in Coolamon, Coolamon Shire.

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