Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

PAGE 48 | LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE BAIRNSDALE Two delicious finds in Bairnsdale The Old Grain Store The Old Grain Store has recently been through a major restoration that has transformed it into a striking dining venue. Detailed timber work, warm architectural features, and spacious, open areas make for a pleasurable dining experience, whether it’s for brunch, a long lunch or a delicious dinner. There are also outdoor dining tables, which are popular for meeting up with friends. The head chef has applied his 15 years of industry experience to develop an impressive menu of delicious meal options, prepared in the engaging open kitchen, using as much seasonal local produce as possible. A wonderful casual option on offer is a grazing platter to share, best enjoyed with your favourite local beverage, selected from the extensive drinks menu – which includes beers, wine and cocktails. The Old Grain Store can also host and cater for events and gatherings of up to 120 people. If you are looking for a relaxed place for a meal or just a quiet drink with friends, this charming 100-year-old venue is sure to win your heart. Picnic Point Farm Set in picturesque surrounds next to the Mitchell River, Picnic Point Farm, on the western edge of Bairnsdale, is renowned for its variety of freshly-picked, crunchy and delicious tree-ripened apples, as well as delicious apple juices, apple cider, other seasonal fruits, and even a raspberry vinegar. Established by Mary and Reg Baldwin more than 35 years ago – and with the couple’s next generation now taking more and more responsibility for the business – Picnic Point Farm grows a range of apple varieties known for their crispness and flavour, including Gravenstein, Coxes Orange Pippin, Gala, Red Fuji, Sundowner and Pink Lady. The Farm has also developed and trademarked its very own apple variety, called Picnic, which is a seasonal favourite with the locals. New intensive growing systems have replaced the old apple orchards, and there is an increasing focus on value-adding, exemplified in the farm’s growing range of flat and sparkling apple juices, ciders and vinegar. Picnic Point Farm is open for sales weekdays from 9am to 5pm. The Old Grain Store offers excellent food and drinks in a warm and stylish setting. Delicious crisp apples being freshly picked at Bairnsdale’s Picnic Point Farm. 21 Wood Street, Bairnsdale Phone: 03 5152 2100 C theoldgrainstorebdale Upmarket Bistro. All dietary requirements catered for. Come in and try our new Summer menu. It has something for everyone. Lunch & dinner: Tues - Sat. Free courtesy bus available PB8326 PB16122 Home of the PICNIC™ apple! Specialising in tree-ripened PicnicTM, Gala, Red Fuji, Pink Lady and Sundowner apples. Raspberries and other fruits in Season. Set in picturesque surroundings on the Mitchell River on western edge of Bairnsdale just 1 kilometre on from the scenic Picnic Point Reserve. Open Mon to Fri from 9am to 5pm. Drevermann St, West Bairnsdale Contact our Facebook page or phone 0417 585 208 PICNIC POINT FARM