The region’s many restaurants are of course perfect spots to sample some of our top locally-grown produce. The menus are stacked with seasonal fare, often listed with the names and origins of the various locally-sourced meats, veggies, herbs, cheese and more. We spoke to head chefs in the region to find out their favourite local ingredients.

Look out for these on their menus (seasonally dependent) or source them from local markets and grocers to recreate your own dishes.

Star of Greece (chef Shawn Peddle) – Kuitpo pine mushrooms straight from the forest. You can see the sirloin dish above. 

Peter Reschked’Arry’s Verandah (chef Peter Reschke, above) – Fleurieu lamb from Ellis Butchers and you can see the farm from the restaurant.

McLaren Vale Visitor GuideThe Salopian Inn (chef Karena Armstrong above) – leaves and herbs from the Salopian Kitchen Garden. The Kitchen Door, Penny’s Hill (chef Nelly McGlew) – Feijoas from local gardens. Coriole (chef Tom Reid) – Fleurieu alpaca from Mt Compass and Coriole’s Kalamata olives. 

McLaren Vale Visitor Guide

McLaren Vale Visitor Guide

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