Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 57 www.retreat.artsestate.com.au 0411 702 068 info@artsestate.com.au Your hosts, Peter & Donrita Reefman 95 Boggy Creek Road, Calulu VIC Reefman Arts Estate Retreat Whether you visit our lovely farm in East Gippsland for an event or just retreat from it all, stay with us in the Guest Rooms in our home or more privately up in our Lavender Cottage, we invite you to experience life as we've grown it. • Sleep up to 13 guests at a time (2 x queen rooms, 1 x king single room plus 2 bedroom Lavender Cottage) • Enjoy complimentary home baked bread, home made jams and fresh eggs from the farm M507576AA Home of the PICNIC™ apple! Specialising in tree-ripened Picnic TM , Gala, Red Fuji,Pink Lady and Sundowner apples. Raspberries and other fruits over Summer. Set in picturesque surroundings on the Mitchell River on western edge of Bairnsdale just 1 kilometre on from the scenic Picnic Point Reserve. Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Drevermann St, West Bairnsdale Ph: 03 5152 6206 STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE Treat the tastebuds in East Gippsland Discover local produce that will tantalise the taste buds in East Gippsland with the East Gippsland Foodmap, an interactive online directory for local food producers and providers to promote their products and grow their businesses. East Gippsland’s green and beautiful landscape has a diversity of options for people wishing to grow, produce and sell food, so it’s not surprising to see many large and small independent growers taking advantage of the rich soils to supply wonderful products. TREE-RIPENED APPLES A long-time favourite with locals for its tree-ripened apples and friendly and knowledgeable service is Picnic Point Farm. The delightful names of older varieties ‘Gravenstein’ and ‘Coxes Orange Pippin’, as well as better known ‘Gala’, ‘Red Fuji’ and ‘Pink Lady’, are all synonymous with flavour, crispness and quality, as is the their own variety, simply known as ‘Picnic’. Operated by the Baldwin family for nearly four decades, new intensive grow- ing systems have replaced the old apple orchards in recent years with a significant focus on value adding. Apple juice, both plain and sparkling, has proved to be a winner so far, as has Picnic Point’s apple cider and raspberry vinegar. FRESH FOOD MARKET Situated along the Paynesville Road in Bairnsdale is David Lucke’s Fresh Food Markets, a local institution of the Gippsland area. Family owned and operat- ed, Lucke’s offers customers top quality local meats, seafood, fruit and vegetables. It also boasts its own smokehouse producing tasty smoked ham, bacon, kabana, smoked chicken and more. Dare to try the notorious Carolina Reaper chili kabana, which has a cult following with serious chili lovers! The friendly butcher shop service offers the conve- nience of a supermarket. There is a well-stocked grocery section with staples like bread and milk, plus a tasty array of specialty and locally produced items. Take advantage of the large customer car park with easy parking for caravans, boats and recreational vehicles. Lucke’s also has disabled toilet facilities, outdoor seating and even a grassed area to walk the dog. Discover the flavours of East Gippsland, including smoked smallgoods produced at David Lucke’s Fresh Food Market.

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