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Enjoy the tastes of Armidale

Take the high road and enjoy a bounty of delicious locally-grown produce and award-winning cool climate wines.

Lamb and beef raised here have long been sought after by chefs and specialist butchers across the state and further afield. Grazing on the region’s lush pastures, it seems, produces exceptionally tender and succulent cuts of meat. Orchards flourish in our high altitude climate. In season, you can buy freshly-picked berries, apples, pears and stone fruits from farm stands and local markets, or head out of town to pick your own – a popular activity for families with children.

Ask for advice and locals are likely to recommend starting the day with a robust espresso at their favourite café. At one hip establishment the baristas are up before the birds, coaxing their wood-fired oven into action and baking pastries and bread so popular the daily supply sells out by mid-morning. Blackboard menus across the region feature local seasonal produce the likes of ricotta hotcakes piled with berries and honeycomb butter, curried lamb pies and honey and lavender brulée, to name a few inspired dishes.


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Armidale Community Markets

The Armidale Community Farmers Markets are held in beautiful Curtis Park on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Come on down and enjoy a bountiful supply of fresh, local produce including fruit, vegetables, fish, cheese, eggs , meat and so much more. Grab a coffee from one the coffee vans and spend a lovely morning strolling around the markets.
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Armidale Farmers’ Market

The Armidale Farmers’ Market occurs on the second Sunday of the month in the historic grounds of Saumarez Homestead. Head along to buy fresh, local, seasonal produce, homemade gourmet food, wine and plants. Get a hot cup of organic fair-trade gourmet coffee and catch up with friends, or relax under a shady tree in the park. Find a real bargain and help reduce landfill by buying second-hand treasures at the car boot sale. The Armidale Farmers’ Market is a great outing on a Sunday morning. Come on down and have some fun shopping for seasonal produce or that special bargain. The markets are held on the grounds of the historic Saumarez Homestead, next to Armidale Airport.
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Petersons Armidale Guesthouse & Winery

The historic homestead, originally named ‘Palmerston’ was built in 1911 and it has been lovingly restored in line with traditional architecture. Owners Colin and Judy Peterson and their team would love to welcome you to the property, whether to stay at the guesthouse, to join them for a wine tasting or lunch at the cellar door on weekends, or for a special occasion such as your wedding day or anniversary function. Petersons Armidale Guesthouse is so proud that they get to share this beautiful pocket of NSW history with you. During your stay, explore the region or stroll through the vineyard, enjoy lunch and wine with us at The Cellar Door Restaurant on weekends, showcasing the very best produce New England has to offer. They are fully licensed, stocking Peterson’s Cool Climate, Mudgee and Hunter Valley wines along with sparkling wines from Peterson House. Their dining room at the guesthouse is open for dinner seven days a week and welcomes visitors from town as well as in house guests.
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The Welders Dog

Experience a huge range of craft beverages, local, regional, international craft beers and local award winning wines and spirits, Drink Less Taste More – that’s what they believe in. They are all about a culture of experience – the experience of new tastes, new brewers and a new atmosphere. They also believe in supporting independent brewers and local wineries and you’ll find an ever changing list of Australian producers on tap and in their fridge.
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Great Hops Brewing co.

Their goal at the Great Hops Brewery Armidale is to make amazing, flavourful beers. Great Hops Brewing co are not here to reinvent the wheel, but they are here to make good beer great. Their focus is to take classic styles of beer from around the world and put their own unique Australian spin on them. Think American beer culture with waffle fries, wings and slow-cooked brisket, partnered with a solid range of IPA, ale, stout, lager and a few German classics.
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Deano’s Smoked Trout Farm “Ardrossan”

Deano’s Springwater Smoked Trout Farm “Ardrossan” is set amongst rolling hills in the Northern tablelands of NSW, the property consists of 300 acres of pristine countryside. The fish farm itself is around 10 hectares. “Ardrossan” provides powered and unpowered free camping sites with an onsite camp kitchen with two BBQs and shaded seating along side the recreational dam with new toilets and shower facilities. We have a tackle shop with fishing equipment for hire and freshly smoked trout and dip on offer to purchase. We now have 8 spring water growing ponds, each 35 metres square. The fish farm itself is stocked primarily with rainbow trout, as well as brown trout and Atlantic salmon. All our fish are grown in spring water and as they are in an outdoor environment, they ingest a natural healthy diet of insects and other nutrients, supplemented with organic pellets.
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Armidale Markets in the Mall

Armidale Markets in the Mall are held on the last Sunday of each month with more than 50 different stalls making a regular appearance. A variety of stalls offering a huge range of quality handmade and handcrafted items, cupcakes, candles, bath and body products, skincare and makeup, handmade clothing, bags, shoes, linen, pottery, woodwork, plants, art, homewares, toys, puppets, stamping and scrap booking plus so much more. The markets are held in Beardy Street, Armidale and are run by the Armidale PCYC.
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Petersons Guesthouse and Winery, Armidale

Meander 10 minutes south of Armidale on Dangarsleigh Road and you’ll arrive at a long, tree-lined driveway whose reverence hints at the grand residence atop the hill.  The 100-year-old homestead emerges from the trees as you follow the circular driveway up to the stately porte cochere and step out onto…

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Guyra is famous for tasty glasshouse tomatoes and hosts an annual Lamb and Potato Festival, celebrating the specialties of nearby farmers. Elsewhere in the region, trout farmers, bakers, and cheese makers are among a growing number of small businesses producing delectable artisanal foods.

These days, vineyards in the region are generating quite a lot of excitement for producing cool climate wines of a distinctive style. Petersons Winery, located on a landmark pastoral property just outside Armidale, you can taste award-winning Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot, and, if you like, stay the night in the historic homestead.

At the monthly farmer’s markets, you’ll find local honey, home-made jams and chutneys, olive oil, teas and, of course, assorted garden vegetables and free-range eggs, among the array of local food products for sale.

Fortunately, much of the food grown here finds its way from ‘pasture to plate’ and onto the tables of local eateries. From casual family restaurants, cafés, clubs and pubs to fine dining rooms and cellar door establishments, there’s a diverse choice of dining options, as well as cuisines in the city of Armidale.

In warmer months, tables and chairs spill outside under shady umbrellas and trees. On summer weekends, it’s fun to share plates on the terrace at the New England Regional Art Museum and listen to live jazz. On weekends year round, you can head out of town to one of the local breweries that are creating quite a buzz such as Great Hops Brewing co and the Welders Dog Brewery. After a long day exploring everything the Armidale region has to offer, what could be better than a locally brewed cold beer?