TASTE THE REGION TOUR

Take a tour around the beautiful Northern Rivers

Friday 30th June or Saturday 1st July 

8:30am to 4:00pm

Tickets $85

Our Tour Destinations for 2017 are:
Avocado Tom     |      Zentveld’s Coffee  |   Duck Creek Macadamias   |   Eltham Valley Pantry

 

The Ballina-on-Richmond Rotary Club invite you to be part of this tour around the beautiful Northern Rivers, highlighting a cross section of  fresh locally grown and produced products. The bus tours include a wonderful mix of venues, showcasing the best the Northern Rivers Region has to offer.

Tour attendees get to experience, explore, learn and indulge while touring our region. The specially selected tour destinations incorporate guided tours of the venues, food and beverage tastings and entertaining bus tour guides. Join in the fun and experience the beautiful country side, diverse mix of venues and the opportunity to meet the owners, producers, growers, experts and chefs of some of our region’s most stunning ingredients, this is indeed a unique opportunity.

 

Avocado Tom

The family farm, ‘Laurel Park’, near Alstonville, is the mothership for the operation of ‘Avocado Tom’. The farm’s combination of deep, free-draining Krasnozem soils, high rainfall, and a subtropical climate provide the ideal environment for the sustainable production of delicious avocados.

Marketing and distribution of our avocados follows a sustainable model which does not relying on the high transport costs and the inequities of dealing with terminal markets and multinational retailers but instead concentrating on supplying a premium quality, locally produced avocado to the region’s cafes, restaurants and independent retailers.

So come and enjoy the tour, taste and learn about the different varieties of avocados, enjoy the orchard walk and see what makes Avocado Tom tick. Find them on Facebook.

Zentveld’s Coffee Plantation and Roastery

Their dedicated coffee space and training room looks out over the coffee trees and beyond. Gorgeous plantation vistas indeed! Zentveld’s are opening their roastery specially for the ‘Northern Rivers Gourmet Bus Tour’.

Enjoy a fabulous local coffee, superb hot chocolate or leaf tea made by their most experienced and friendly coffee crew, followed by a wander to the ripening coffee trees and finish with a roastery tour …. experience the story of coffee from the crop to the cup.

See their website for more details.

Duck Creek Macadamias
 Duck Creek Macadamias is located in the Byron Bay Hinterland and has been one of Australia’s premium producers of gourmet macadamia products since 1987. Our artisan approach to processing, flavouring and hand packing right on the farm along with our exceptional quality to packaging enriches the consumer experience. From premium chocolate to scrumptious savoury to pantry must-haves, there is a flavour for every tastebud.
  • Tour through our macadamia trees on Fig Tree Plantation with Operations Manager, Thomas Lombard
  • A brief history of the macadamia tree and its origins
  • How we harvest macadamias (harvest time March to August) and processing from tree to finished kernel
  • A short video of production process: from roasting to chocolate coating & polishing
  • Sample our finished products including chocolate and savoury macadamias, macadamia honey and spread
  • Purchasing available on the farm – please see attached special Farm Gate prices HERE. EFT, Credit Card or Cash available.

Visit our website HERE for more details

Eltham Valley Pantry
The Eltham Valley Pantry is a cafe located in a 100 year old quaint farmhouse nestled within a picturesque rural setting of manicured lawns, landscaped gardens and row upon row of majestic Pecans trees. We are an active Pecan nut orchard and cafe which prides itself on being a tranquil oasis, offering an experience that cannot be found anywhere else in the Northern Rivers. Visitors are encouraged to leisurely wander the orchard, breath in the fresh air and treat themselves to a light lunch, housemade Pecan pie or artisan roasted coffee. Our giftshop is always stocked with freshly made Maple Roasted or Chocolate Dipped Pecans as well  as handmade wares sourced from local talents.
 
The Pantry is a perfect location to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, to have a meal with friends and family or simply to catch up over coffee. The farms ethos is wholesome farm fresh quality and this is reflected within all facets of The Pantry. Feel free to contact Ash and Matt on (02) 6629.1418 to make a reservation or visit www.elthampantry.com.au. We look forward to seeing you at The Pantry soon.

Tickets must be pre-purchased either Online or at Tonic Hair Body Beauty, River St, Ballina

BUS PICKUP POINTS AND TIMES

Buses Depart:

8.30 am Tamar St Bus Zone, Ballina

8.35 am River St, RSL Club, Ballina

8.40 am River St, Westower Tavern, Ballina

Bus tours proudly supported by Burnett Bus Lines and Ballina-Byron Tours