Eat and drink your way around Kangaroo Island this spring.


What's in season? Eat and drink your way around Kangaroo Island this Spring.

Average spring temperatures are 19°C maximum and 11°C  minimum

The warming days in spring on Kangaroo Island bring animals out and encourage plants to sprout fresh and bright new green growth, and colourful roadside blooms.  Picturesque morning mists on dewy native vegetation and excited birdsong herald days of calmer seas and burgeoning life everywhere.

 

Canola is the third largest source of the world’s vegetable oil. Its GM Free status on the island sets paddocks ablaze with cheerful sunny yellow blooms in contrast to the verdant pastures. Apiarists collect its fresh liquid amber from hives dotting their edges, which makes the best-creamed honey. The proliferation of flowering native vegetation keeps the apiarists busy extracting complex flavour profiles. Make sure you call into one of the Honey outlets to see what is happening, you may even see an extraction in process.

 

Cheese making continues with highly nutritious spring milk from the ewes, the ripening rooms will be filling up fast.  Be sure to take a tour and tasting of their award winning products.

Lambs are fattening on the lush grasses and venture away from mum to frolic in the sun. In the late spring, they will be at their best for your table, and lamb back strap is perfect on the BBQ.

Marron, our prized freshwater crayfish, come out of their winter hibernation, begin to crawl and grow fatter and more flavoursome.

How lucky are we!  The impacts of an oyster spat shortage in South Australia will start to be felt this year. We are lucky enough to have our own local supply of Pacific Oysters on Kangaroo Island.  Supply is limited so prices are slightly higher this season, however, the quality is looking superb! The KI Native Angasi oyster is now also being farmed, with a completely different taste to Pacific Oysters. They are available in small quantities at The Oyster Farm Shop, and selected outlets around the Island.

Baby goslings have begun to hatch and are running free on green pastures with their mothers, to grow fat for summer eating.  Amazing that something so little will be so delicious very soon.

Cooking schools will be in full swing, and regular weekly dates await busy hands to prep, cook and eat their way through the seasonal produce on offer.  Make sure you book ahead to guarantee your spot.

Make your first port of call our Sunday farmers’ markets. Throughout the year, the Kangaroo Island Farmers’ Market is held on the first Sunday of the month at Penneshaw; and the Kingscote Farmers’ Market on the second and fourth Sundays at the Bay of Shoals winery. Here, growers and producers are eager to tell their story while you sample wares steeped in nearby habitats, climates and soils. Snap up a bottle of new season Extra Virgin olive oil, stay for brunch, wrap your hands around a cup of hot coffee or sample the local vino. Take your time… it’s Kangaroo Island where the pace is languid and the atmosphere social.

Our catering teams on Kangaroo Island provide an exquisite taste of our regional produce and the offerings are diverse: fine dining, cooking over coals, simple and sweet or food truck heaven. From meals prepared at your accommodation to a romantic proposal, anniversary, birthday celebration or even a wedding we can help create a delicious and everlasting memory with our beautiful Island as the backdrop!

Many of the local Farm Gates and Cellar Doors are hidden off the main roads, so be prepared to grab a map and plan your foodie trail carefully. Of course, detouring down dirt tracks is all part of the adventure. On arrival, you’ll be rewarded with a sensory experience as several cellar doors and restaurants also boast remarkable ocean views. If you’ve got questions about their processes, there’s every chance the producer is somewhere nearby.

Remember, the dining is fine, casual or pop-up. Eateries dot the island from Penneshaw to Rocky River, Kingscote to Snellings Beach, check out the Eat and Drink pages for the best locations and call ahead for updated spring hours. Events pop-up across the Island throughout winter, and also off the Island, so make sure you check out the Events pages to keep up to date.



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