Meet Our Friends

At Kangaroo Valley Olives, Kangaroo Valley Kindred Spirits and Essence of Kangaroo Valley, we choose to align ourselves with others whose ethos of sustainability, locally sourced, as well as ethically grown and produced matches our own. Please support them as they support us.

Experiences:

Experience Nature Group – Extraordinary Adventures in Nature, Without Roughing It. From Day Tours, to Feasts in the Forest and Off Grid Experiences, they will connect you to nature in ways you never imagined possible.

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Wildfest – Annual Wild Nature Festival (Sat 3 Oct – Sat 24 Oct 2020). This year’s theme is ‘Witness the Regeneration’, as nature shows her resilience and the beauty of new life after the devastating bushfires. Make sure to book your place on the Highland Valley Forage on Saturday 24th October where you will experience a 10-course degustation indulgence as you walk your way through Morton National Park. Think premium produce, culinary artisans, award winning and regional beverages combined with accessible luxury and whimsical touches, presented in a unique natural environment – exceptional.

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Providores:

Kangaroo Valley General Store and Newsagency is open seven days a week, offering a range of fresh produce, locally sourced jams and condiments, a selection of cold meats and cheese and general groceries.

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Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery offers gluten free fudges, nut brittles and coconut ice, all hand made in store. With shelves bulging with produce showcasing many locally hand made products including honey, oils, olives, sauces, relishes, preserves and jams, the “Fudge House” supports many other small family businesses.

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Mrs Oldbucks Pantry (Berrima), is an institution in Berrima, catering to the finest and most discerning palate with superb, subtly flavoured jams, pungent mustards, award-winning local olives and extra virgin olive oils, tangy pure fruit jellies and chutneys, relishes and sauces along with pure peanut butter, decadent toppings, and fine speciality teas for flavour and health.

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Old Barrengarry Store – Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop is located in an 1880 heritage-listed building and welcomes guests to step back in time and enjoy their famous pies, made on the premises, with love and fresh ingredients. Take a seat on the old verandah with its spectacular views and just sit, relax and unwind.

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Shoalhaven Visitor Information Centre in Nowra offers a complete range of souvenirs, local produce, crafts, and other merchandise available for purchase.

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Wattle Bee Honey is located in the heart of the Kangaroo Valley’s Barrengarry Mountain, Wattle Bee Farm produces Honey and Beeswax, from very, happy bees who visit neighboring properties to source nectar and pollen.

Wattle Bee Honey is available exclusively from the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House & Ice Creamery, and at Essence of Kangaroo Valley we use this award-winning beeswax to make our Bella Bee Beeswax Wraps.

Cafes, Restaurants and Delis:

Hampden Deli, Dining and School (Kangaroo Valley), created by Nick and Stevie to be a learning and flexible dining hub with a fine dining quality. A place that can take local farming produce, picked fresh that morning, turned into a great product and sold that afternoon. A process that can be shared with their guests and done again the following day with a completely different freshly picked product.

Sourcing the finest local, fresh and seasonal ingredients, Hampden Deli pickles, ferments, brines, cooks, kneads, bakes and serves the best house-made deli produce they can.

For Nick and Stevie, Hampden Deli is an exciting venue that lends itself to many possibilities, including catering, take away deli goods, produce dinners, as well as guest chef degustation dinners, pop up and private events. Beyond this, Hampden Deli has a desire to teach and share its knowledge. With a high level of trained staff and expertise in the business, Nick and Stevie have a shared goal to pass on their knowledge in their cooking school.

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The Garden (Berry) is a social dining venue set in the heart of Berry and is the meeting place for locals and visitors alike. With a focus on seasonal ingredients, local produce and sustainability, The Garden is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner (and offers a range of wines, beers and spirits), coffee and cakes or just relaxed afternoon grazing and cocktails. With comfortable indoor seating at the front in Queen Street, leading through to a leafy, dog-friendly courtyard area at the back where outdoor lounges provide the perfect setting for afternoon drinks with friends, to soak up the sun and take your time!

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Fine Dining:

Bangalay Dining (Shoalhaven Heads) is inspired by its natural surroundings, with a strong focus on local and native ingredients, Chef Brent Strong is passionate about delivering quality food from local, respected producers and incorporating the foraging element in a sustainable and ethical way.

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Caveau (Wollongong) is an award winning fine dining restaurant and has been awarded a hat by the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide every year since 2005, in 2019 receiving its 15th hat!!

Specialising in 5-& 7-course tasting menus, Caveau works with producers, wine makers and artisans who emphasise organic, sustainable and bio-dynamic practices, and they use local products wherever available. This ethos goes all the way from base ingredients such as meat, fish and vegetables, to their choice of wines, oils and flour.

Hampden Dining (Kangaroo Valley) where Chef Nick Gardner shares his passion and worldwide experience from Hatted and Michelin starred restaurants through his unique and creative cuisine. In partnership with Stevie-Lee Bounader, Hampden Dining provides attentive service, a commitment to quality, a love of good food and a passion for what they serve. Weekly changing dining events await you – from intimate guest chef dinners, degustation and wine pairing dinners, to producer events.

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Catering:

Dandelion & Mallow is a wholefood caterer, located in Gerringong, servicing the South Coast and Kangaroo Valley region. They believe food is a source of nourishment for your body and soul, take a holistic and conscious approach to sustainability and source local and organic produce from farms in our region. Each supplier is chosen for their produce and for their suitability to their ethos of sustainable and mindful food. Produce is turned into meals, made with love and care and plated beautifully for their customers.

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Wineries:

Centennial Vineyards, in Bowral offers award winning wines including reds, whites, sparkling and late harvest in a French Provincial style cellar door with a warming fire throughout the winter months. Centennial’s Cellar Door also offers a selection of quality local produce, perfect as a gift or to take home for your own pantry.

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Coolangatta Estate, the South Coast’s most awarded winery, offers estate-grown wines from the cellar door, along with a selection of local products.

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Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery and Retreat is a small organic winery on 40 acres of bushland, operating for 26 years with the first vines planted in 1994. Chambourcin has been the main varietal, due to its resilience to disease, essential when growing using organic practices.

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Silos Estate in Berry is a working vineyard operating from buildings used in the original dairy farm established in 1870. The premises have now been fully restored and are home to award winning accommodation, a cellar door, an art gallery and a restaurant.  Visitors can enjoy a walk around the vineyard followed by a tasting of wine and local produce.

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Breweries:

Jervis Bay Brewing Co. was founded by four friends (Irishman Oisin Sweeney as Head Brewer, along with Englishman Paul Walker and Australians, Ben Hutchings and Christian Wood) and opened in mid-December 2019, quickly become everyone’s new favourite watering hole, with excellent beer, live music, a chilled atmosphere and pop-up food vans.

The brew pub currently has five beers on tap – a raspberry wheat beer named “Loveboat” after the HMAS Jervis Bay, which was the first ship in the Australian navy where men and women served together; along with a pilsner, a pale ale, a lager and a black lager.

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Hampers:

Blue Wren Hampers is a locally owned business, in Batemans Bay, designed to promote NSW South Coast & Southern Highlands businesses through beautifully packaged gift hampers. All our products are from locally owned businesses and are made by some extremely talented South Coast & Southern Highlands people. Blue Wren Hampers provide Gift Hampers, Corporate Hampers and Wedding Favours.

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Supporting South Coast and Shoalhaven Growers, Farmers and Producers:

Slowfood Berry 2 Jervis Bay aims to connect sustainable local food producers and food consumers… and we can all help by continuing to support our local farmers. Slow Food believes that affordable access to locally grown foods should be available to all.

Good reasons to be supporting your local producers and farmers:

Locally grown food helps build better communities.

Local foods retain more nutrients as the produce is allowed to mature naturally and picked fresh and in season, while food that travels long distances is often picked before it’s ripe, and refrigerated for long periods.

Eating foods that are in season and eating chemical free and less processed foods can further reduce one’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Small and local farms provide numerous economic, social and environmental benefits beyond fewer food miles.

Shop local is more than just a trend, it’s a lifestyle. Rather than supporting faceless corporations, buying local when possible gives some control back to the consumer, and is in turn better for the environment, better for the economy, and better for the consumer.

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Creatives:

We are very grateful to be able to work with so many wonderful people across the globe –chefs, artists, stylists and photographers who help us bring our products to life.

Valerio Marini was born in Gallarate, near Varese in northern Italy, in 1950, Marini considers himself a humorist-illustrator. Cartoonist for the Il Giornale until 1994, then for Italia Oggi and La Gazzetta dello Sport and many others, he has been collaborating with Olio Officina since it began in 2010.

Marini makes our imaginations run wild as we try to imagine how olive oil and eroticism might be linked, but as any great artist would have it, the simple innuendos and tantalizing provocations help us make our own decisions on the connection. The options are never ending.

The inventiveness of Valerio Marini captures attention with suggestive illustrations containing subtle clues such as using the shape of the customary blue olive oil tasting glass and transforming it into the derriere of a lady seen from behind. This particular piece of work goes hand in hand with his catchphrase “Oil feeds our Eros.”

Marini comes up with every possibility to evoke the olive as a sensual fruit. From the olive tree, the fruit itself and to the oil it produces, for Marini it all falls under the category of seduction.

Amanda Kelly is a freelance photographer and food stylist, with a relaxed but professional approach to her work who specialises in all things related to the food and hospitality industry – food and restaurants, chef’s profiles, photography for cookbooks, social media and websites, product catalogues and corporate photography.

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Colin Talbot, a 30 year resident of Kangaroo Valley, is a freelance semi-professional photographer with interests across all photographic genres, however, specialises in nature, landscape, and creative photography. As a self-taught photographer without any formal training, Colin has always harboured urges to push photographic boundaries past established norms. He has invariably had a fascination with exploring the combined effects of light and time when these two elements are the only raw materials. Colin chooses “touch” and “feel” over technical excellence, “flow” and “balance” over conventional rules of composition, “light” and “shadow” over the perfect histogram, and sympathetic use of negative space to heighten “mood” and “emotion”.

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