Legendary Food & Wine Trail:
Central Coast Short Bite
The Central Coast, north of Sydney and south of Lake Macquarie, is the third largest urban area in NSW and with that status comes a brimming variety of great food and wine options set among the region’s beautiful beaches, bountiful farm flats, rolling mountains and urbane city centre.
The hospitality industry catering to a population of almost 300,000, peaking further in the summer season, is innovative and varied offering something for every taste bud and pocket.
Traditional eateries, new contemporary offerings, surprising hidden treasures, farm gate choices and award winning wineries and distilleries make up the wonderful fabric of the food and wine experience.
A great range of local food and wine festivals bring together the best of the region and are a great day out. Check with Central Coast Tourism to find local food, wine and oyster festivals throughout the year.
Much sought after farm fresh product is also available at a regular series of local farmers markets. Click here to find them.
The Point Cafe, Avoca (pictured) is as close as you can get to the beach without sitting on the sand. Dine in comfort only a step or two from Avoca’s famed rock pool, scan the sands of this popular beach and enjoy a passing parade of holidaymakers and locals. Dine on a fabulous breakfast or lunch menu seven days a week. The menus are extensive and deliver generous quality. The staff are a stand out, friendly and efficient. This is a totally wonderful place to be!
Holgate is a tranquil rural location only minutes from a major thoroughfare through the Central Coast. The contrast is astounding and once in this locale you seem miles from the bustling traffic. Nestled amidst established trees and a picturesque garden is Firescreek Fruit Wines specialising in a handcrafted range of innovative and diverse fruit, flower and herb wines. These multi-award winning wines offer the visitor an adventure in taste and an opportunity to sample new varieties as the seasons change. A welcoming cellar door for tastings Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.
Nearby and hidden within the surprising confines of a sturdy walled garden entered through an impressive wooden door is Bamboo Buddha. At the Bamboo Buddha you are surrounded by hippy iconography, tropical rainforest and chiming bellbirds. Tables are spaced widely for peace and privacy. The food is killer vegetarian and there are wonderful nooks to enjoy viewing local art, taking a meditation glass or simply relaxing in this peaceful place. It is a nirvana of tranquillity set in Bali style gardens enhanced with tranquil koi and goldfish ponds.Drop by The Wyong Milk Factory to discover the history of the site along with enjoying the tasty treats at Luka Chocolates Chocolateria and the award winning cheeses of Little Creek Cheese.
Mingara Recreation Club in Tumbi Umbi is a very big and very impressive community club. Like the club, the dining choices here are expansive and appealing. Choose from the family friendly Burger Bar with its pizza and burgers; the impressive Indigo restaurant for a special night out, the more informal Indigo Café for great coffee and treats, Asian delights at the Fortune Cookie Noodle Bar, traditional Chinese cuisine at the Ming Dragon, the healthy options at Oliver’s and the popular casual options at The Coffee Club. Something for everyone in this impressive community focused club. And, the children will love the Playhouse child minding centre while parents explore the entertainment and eateries.
Terrigal is a long time holiday favourite through the generations simply because of its natural beauty and the great selection of restaurants and casual eateries many with stunning beach views. Florida Beach Bar at the Crowne Plaza Terrigal is an iconic bar that has recently undergone a facelift and it looks fantastic. A Moroccan theme meets the sands of Terrigal in this expansive bar with commanding views along Terrigal beachfront. This is a great place to drink in the views and enjoy a delicious meal, a broad selection of cocktails, wine, beer and great entertainment. Upstairs fine dining is the call of the night at Seasalt Restaurant with an innovative menu and brilliant sunset views through the floor to ceiling windows.
If you love great entertainment with your meal look no further than Lizotte’s at Kincumber. Owner Brian Lizotte combines his two great passions, great food and music at this special entertainment venue. He is brother to “Diesel” and for more than two decades ran a catering company sought by other entertainment industry big names. Now he runs Lizottes in Sydney, Central Coast and Newcastle specialising in dinner shows serving up great food and a well-known range of popular entertainers like Margaret Ulrich, Mark Seymour; Darren Percival, Jeff Duff and Glenn Rhodes and Josh Pike to name a few. It’s a multi award winning venue for a great night out.
You will be lured by the magnificent photography of leading Australian snapper Ken Duncan to his magnificent gallery at Erina Heights. The beautiful Ken Duncan Gallery is housed in a sandstone building surrounded by lovingly tendered gardens. Adjoining it is The Sanctuary Café. After taking in the wonder of Ken’s images enjoy breakfast, morning tea or lunch at the equally well appointed Sanctuary. The menu here is colourful, eclectic and so tasty. Well worth a visit at any time of day.