Top Tips for a Tweed Foodie Weekend
Explore The Tweed, NSW
Seeking an easy weekend getaway where fresh flavours are top of your holiday menu? Then, pack your bags and your appetite and head to the Tweed for a foodie escape, packed with farm-picked produce, artisan bakehouses, local brews, friendly markets, healthy eateries and awarded restaurants.
Take a seat seaside, find a river view or unwind in the verdant countryside to graze the days away and savour the Tweed's great tastes.
Read on to map out your Tweed foodie days, from breakfast to dinner, and all the meals in between!
Kick off your Tweed culinary days well-fuelled, from farm-fresh tastes and eggs done all the right ways to smooth coffee and flaky pastries.
Just-picked flavours are served up in vibrant vegetarian dishes at Farm & Co in Cudgen, with views over working crops and encounters with much-loved resident farm animals. Further into the valley, and set overlooking the Tweed River in Tumbulgum, is House of Gabriel, a dreamy eatery set in a 1900's bakery with sweet garden seating.
Try local favourite Bread Social in Tweed Heads for a street-side vibe paired with great coffee and buttery croissants or Tucker in Casuarina for a brekky menu of mouth-watering proportions. Continuing along the coast, be sure to put new arrivals Nectar in Cabarita Beach and Black Drop Cafe in Pottsville on your rise-and-shine list.
Come morning tea time, you'll likely be in need of more sustenance - so here are a few Tweed favourites to help you through 'til lunchtime!
Get yourself to Cubby Bakehouse in Chinderah to inhale freshly baked pastries and drool-worthy cakes or swing by Kingscliff for a local vibe and barista sips at Salt Mill.
If you're taking a country drive, stop by Murwillumbah to be tempted by endless French treats at Ben's Patisserie or further along in Uki seek out Bastion Lane Espresso and Art Post Uki for a combination coffee roastery, post office and art gallery. Nearby here is Elwood, an effortlessly cool cafe set in the green country town of Burringbar.
If it's award-winning fish n chips you're feeling, Terranora's Inky Squid is your go-to for fresh its golden crunchy bites and colour-filled salads, or choose from any manner of tastes at the Salt Village in Kingscliff from relaxed cafes to bistro dishes.
The Tweed's various clubs and pubs serve up flavoursome fare too, along with soothing views and friendly welcomes - if you find yourself in Kingscliff, you're on a good thing with the Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club, Kingscliff Surf Club and the Kingscliff Beach Hotel all on hand.
For kitchen garden goodness on a plate, be sure to book ahead for the iconic Mavis's Kitchen in Uki or Potager in Carool or, if you fancy a side of art with your gnocchi pesto, head direct to Gallery by Bacaro at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.
For an afternoon cheers or an evening soiree, the Tweed has your sips sorted too from craft beer and good times with the crew at Red Earth Brewery to an insta-worthy Ink Gin and tonic on the Husk Distillery lawn (plus - book in for a Husk Distillery Tour!).
Pull up a bar stool at the restored Art Deco Imperial Hotel in Murwillumbah, take a seat seaside for cocktail hour at Choux Box in Kingscliff or, to take home a new Tweed sip, jump online and buy a bottle of small batch gin made locally by the team at Stoken.
From pizza sessions and global cuisine to sustainable approaches and a celebration of seafood, round out your day of deliciousness with one of these top picks (tip: there are also plenty more palate-pleasing options!)
Bringing the flavours of Sardinia to Tweed Heads, Gallura Italian's menu reads like a foodies dream from chargrilled octopus and fritto misto to ravioloni, canoli and negroni - che buonissimo!
To taste what all the awards and hats are about, dress up and book ahead for a sustainably minded dining experience at Pipit in Pottsville, Good Food Guide's 2020 Regional Restaurant of the Year, or Fins Restaurant in Kingscliff where a vast wine list awaits and fresh, whole line-caught fish takes centre stage, or plate in this case!
Kick up your heels in the hinterland and get amongst the weekend in Tyalgum at Flutterbucks, with a regular Friday wood-fired pizza night, plus evening market, live music, gin bar, boutique beers and a whole lot of cheer.
A chilled night in at your overnighter can be just as easily filled with Tweed tastes! Pick up some local produce at a food market or select gourmet goods to create your own signature Tweed dish.
Bring a big basket to forage at the bustling Murwillumbah Farmers Market and check out the new Tweed Farmers Market (kicking off on Saturday 5 December) at Jack Evans Boat Harbour in Tweed Heads to hand-pick good food with a refreshing sea breeze.
Your taste buds will thank you for stopping by Keith in Murwillumbah too, where you'll find a packed providore pantry (fabulously called Keith's Shop of Really Really Really Good Things) from local cheeses and pickles to wines, gourmet take-home meals and ready to cook pizzas.
Rest your head and dine out in the Tweed all-in-one with these great food and accommodation combos.
Step in to the luxurious Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach and you may never want to leave - which is entirely doable, with Halcyon's hatted Paper Daisy at your service for breakfast and a 4-course evening menu, Halcyon Spa on hand to soothe and Australia's best beach in arms reach, just past the picturesque Halcyon pool.
Inland and set high above the bustle of the beach is Hillcrest Mountain View Retreat, an idyll of rolling green hills and wandering farm animals run by effervescent owners Craig and Paul – the latter just happens to be a chef, whipping up dishes to stop you in your tracks, a few short paces away from your comfy room.
Also on your dine + sleep list is ecOasis just near Uki where caterer Karissa doubles as resort owner and manager and, after checking you in, can furnish your rainforest villa with pre-ordered meals that will ready you for a good night's sleep (waking to breathtaking views of Wollumbin Mount Warning!).
Don't miss a single flavour on your Tweed weekend away - check out these local tours and experiences to delve deeper into the incredible local provenance of the region.
Tour a vast working plantation of over 500 fruit species from around the world at Tropical Fruit World, jump on board with Tasting Plate Tours, join an Aboriginal-led experience on Tweed Eco Cruise's Pot to Plate Adventure, catch crabs and visit an oyster farm with Catch-a-Crab or tour local breweries and farm-gates with Tweed Escapes.
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