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Visit the Snowy Valleys – and find out what’s in season.

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The crispness of an alpine apple.  The subtle notes of a cold climate wine, grapes grown with utmost care. The cellar doors staffed by vignerons – the opportunity to meet the growers of fruit destined for some of Australia’s best wines. The ciders crafted with love, and breweries built by the dream of best friends. The unmatched beauty of a farm-to-table dinner under the stars. The farmgate stores nestled on the edge of the orchard, just off the road, open when the fruit is ripe. The markets where the season dictates the availability of goods, ensuring that only the freshest produce is available. These are experiences that can’t be mass-produced. They can only be enjoyed in small batches, on nature’s schedule, but that’s what makes them great.

Chestnuts, blueberries, olive oil, raspberries, honey, beef, lamb, and, of course, apples are produced in and around the towns of the Snowy Valleys. Truffles, the rare and highly prized fungi, flourish in the cool climates of Tumbarumba and Batlow. They match perfectly with Tumbarumba’s premium sparkling wine, and can be found in restaurant dishes across the region when in season. Truffle seeking dogs sniff out the mature truffles from late June to early August. On occasion, truffle hunts are open to the public, and for some visitors, these events are one of the highlights of the cold winter.

Tumut Farmers Markets are held every Friday at the Connection (Cnr of Wynyard and Russell Sts) and provide an opportunity to buy the freshest local produce direct from the farmer. Roadside stalls also offer in-season produce across the Snowy Valleys, the most well-know of which are Wilgro Orchards and Mouat’s Farm, both north of Batlow on the road between Tumut and Tumbarumba.

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Restaurants and cafes across the region showcase our delicious local produce in their carefully prepared dishes. Some of the highlights include Nimbo Fork, near Tumut, who recently won the Australian Good Food Guide Reader’s Choice Award – Modern Australian for the Snowy Mountains region. In Tumut, excellent coffee, healthy breakfasts, treats and lunches await at the Coffee Pedaler, in the main street. Dine inside, alfresco, or grab a take away and picnic in the park. Kat’s Whiskers Café also offers great coffee with gluten free and paleo options on their menu. Healthy delicious treats are also available from Simply Wholesome.

Courabyra Wines, near Tumbarumba, is celebrating their success after winning the Australian Good Food Guide Reader’s Choice Award – Café for the Snowy Mountains region. Open for lunch and afternoon tea Thursday to Monday, with bookings highly recommended, you’ll find amazing food with views to match. While you’re here, make sure you taste their award-winning wines.

Nest Cinema Café Books in Tumbarumba offers an experience like no other. Not only will you find delicious wholesome food, and great coffee, but the opportunity to view new release movies in a boutique cinema with comfy recliner chairs, and experience amazing musical artists in an intimate setting. Here you’ll find a monthly produce and handmade market, as well as local produce at the cafe. A range of special events are hosted throughout the year including the “Feast with a Farmer – Fireside Dinner Series”.

Follow the Snowy Valleys beverage trail from Tumut to Tumbarumba, via Batlow, to experience Pretty Parrot’s gins and liqueurs, the craft beers of Tumut River Brewing Co, the ciders of Wilgro Orchards or Crafty Ciders, and the premium cool-climate wines of Courabyra Wines, Johansen Wines, Obsession Wines, and Tumbarumba Wines Escape. You might want to plan this over an entire weekend to enjoy it fully, and make sure you arrange a designated driver, or a book a tour with Tumbarumba Touring Co.

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Harvest by the River cafe and function centre

Cafe and function centre, in shady surrounds by the Tumut River. Enjoy organic coffee, smoothies, cold pressed juices and home cooked food in a relaxed environment. Sit back and enjoy...

Nimbo Fork

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Oriental Hotel Tumut

The Oriental Hotel Tumut has been on this site since the early 1850’s. It was originally called the Queen’s Alms. It has a large wrought iron veranda, solid cast iron...

Pretty Parrot Tasting Room

When you come to the Pretty Parrot Tasting Room you can taste their award winning Gins and Australian Native Liqueurs. Purchase their products direct, sit down and relax with one...

Simply Wholesome

Simply Wholesome is locally owned family business that provides the community and surrounds with the opportunity to buy organic whole foods from bulk bins. They stock a wide variety of...

The Coffee Pedaler Tumut

Open seven days, providing amazing coffee and food in the main street of Tumut. Indoor and alfresco dining. Gluten Free and Vegetarian options. Bonsoy, Milklab Almond Milk and Lactose Free...

The Commercial Hotel Tumut

Just a twenty minute drive south of historical Gundagai, the century old Commercial Hotel sits in the heart of delightful Tumut. In addition to a well stocked bar, bottle shop...

Tumut River Brewing Co

Tumut River Brewing Co started with large plans but a small goal; they wanted to prove that they could start micro-brewery in stunning Tumut. Having reached that goal nearly five...

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