Taste Trails are our specially curated 'Insider's Guides', providing local insights into some of the region's best experiences. We've included maps, drive times (from Port Mac's CBD) and details of each stop, so you can easily plan your own self-drive trail (note that operator opening times and booking requirements vary, so please check details before hitting the road).  

You can also visit our other Taste Trails: Brews + Burgers | Wine + Wonder | Creatives + Curios | Bars + Bites

On our Producers + Providores Taste Trail, you can  pick your strawberries fresh off the vine, meet the farmer, eat your oysters fresh from the river, watch your coffee beans being roasted, and take home some of the finest locally produced fare. Read on for more!

Insider's Guide to Producers + Providores

Port Macquarie, Wauchope, Camden Haven

Get ready for a true taste of Port Macquarie! Our first three stops on the map are located within our industrial estate, a short 5 minutes drive from Port's CBD.

Stop 1 - The Other Chef, Makers & Providores - are a local institution, and the go-to place for local growers who wish to produce and sell the finest quality condiments, fresh pasta, spices, preserves and more. Drop in and say hi to passionate foodies and owners Monica & Eric, who will be happy to show you around (with tastings thrown in)! Take a taste of our region home with you, or pick up a tasty gift.

The Other Chef, Makers & Providores

The Other Chef, Makers and Providores specialise in making award winning jams, relishes, sauces, pickles and other essential condiments, using locally grown ing...

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Stop 2 on the map, just 5 minutes out of the CBD and just up the road from The Other Chef, awaits Holy Goat Coffee. Stop in for a finely brewed coffee or book in for a coffee appreciation course to take your experience to the next level.

Holy Goat Coffee

At Holy Goat Coffee they create truly awesome boutique coffee. Using the highest quality roasting techniques available, they've created an assortment of blends ...

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Also in the industrial estate, you will find Stop 3, Peak Coffee Roastery & Brew Lab. This very cool set up and local success story is all about R&D. Bean selection, roasting in their traditional cast iron drum roaster and brewing, are taken to the next level with passionate producers and baristas. Coffee courses also available along with a range of home and commercial coffee, and equipment. A must for coffee lovers.

Peak Coffee

Peak Coffee Australia in Port Macquarie is the first coffee roasting business to be located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Armed with a cast iron tr...

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All this talk of coffee and our minds are wandering to pastries! And fresh sourdough. And incredible home made pies and sausage rolls. Get in early to avoid disappointment at Urban Grain Bakery (near Port Central Shopping Centre). Our particular faves are the sourdough Nutella donuts and almond croissants, all made fresh in house by the talented team.

A pleasant 15 minute drive north from town is Stop 4, award-winning visitor favourite, Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries. This working farm, weather-protected, open 7 days and admission-free, is noted for its outstanding pick-your-own strawberries. On-site Café Red is a must-visit for the region’s best scones with farm-fresh jam and cream.

Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Farm, Port Macquarie

Just a minute or so off the M1 roundabout - Ricardoes (free entry) is an ideal swift refreshment stopover along the road or an indulgence for all ages to whil...

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Stop 5 - If you're looking for an authentic country farmer's market, you'll find it in the charming country town of Wauchope! A pleasant 30 minute drive west of Port's CBD, Wauchope Farmers Market is held on the 4th Saturday of each month (8am-12pm) at the Wauchope Showgrounds. This market has a philosophy of providing fresh, healthy produce and product to the community, often hand-picked the day before the market. Enjoy the buzzing atmosphere, then head into the township of Wauchope to peruse its unique boutique shopping and cafes.

Wauchope Farmers Market

The Wauchope Farmers' Market is held on the fourth Saturday of the month. The Wauchope Farmers' Market provides an opportunity for local farmers and food produc...

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Stop 6 - A 35 minute drive south-west of the CBD is the famous Bago Maze & Winery, which is also home to Baba Lila Handmade Chocolates. This delightful shop (adjacent to the Cellar Door) is modelled on a traditional Russian Caravan, reflecting owner/chocolatier Tash's heritage. Indulge in unique handmade chocolates and book into one of their chocolate art workshops.

Baba Lila Handmade Chocolates

You will be tempted by our Russian inspired, Australian fusion, handmade chocolates.Manufactured on the premises of Bago Maze & Wine, our kitchen & shop front ...

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Plus, we recommend... Baba Lila is right next to the Bago Maze & Winery's Cellar Door, so it's only fair that you stick around for a wine tasting paddle (after which you'll certainly get lost in their impressive hedge maze). A short drive away is the equally impressive Old Bottlebutt, a grand and gracious ancient Bloodwood tree, which is well worth the detour (it's also a beautiful 600 metre stroll through the forest which you may well need after all that wine and chocolate)!

Stop 7 - Drive 30 minutes south of the CBD to the semi-rural village of Kew, where you'll find the delightful Squeaky Gate Farm Shop. Selling the finest local produce including sourdoughs, olive oils, honey, fresh fruit and veg, teas, spices, giftware and more.

Squeaky Gate Farm Shop

Squeaky Gate Farm Shop located in Kew, the Camden Haven area of New South Wales. The shop is based on the "Farm Shop" concept in the United Kingdom, selling qua...

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If you've got time, don't miss:

Kew is located only 5 minutes from the charming village of Kendall 'The Poet's Village'. There you'll find the Kendall Craft Co-operative, for quality hand-made gifts and keepsakes.

Time to head home, and we recommend taking an extra 15 minutes to go via the stunning Camden Haven, then make your way through Laurieton, North Haven, Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills to get back to Port. It's so much more interesting than the highway and there's lots to see and do (and some of the best beaches and waterways you'll find anywhere, in our humble opinion)!

And if you love fresh seafood, don't go past Laurieton Riverside Seafoods! They are a traditional seafood cooperative where most of the product is caught locally. It's 'Net to Plate' at its best! Enjoy fish and chips overlooking the pristine Camden Haven River.

22 March: Editor's note: The low-lying areas of the Camden Haven have been significantly flood affected. Access to these areas may be impacted for several weeks (note Laurieton Seafoods is open and trading). Check for the latest on the floods here.

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