For the first time I am finally writing a post about something in Australia! It seems silly that I have posted so much about Korean and Japanese cafes and restaurants but I am neglecting one of my favourite places which is only a 20 minute drive from my house. Visitors to Australia often don’t get to experience this part of Australia, but I think farm gate cafes and wineries are one of the best things to experience here. Nothing can beat fresh local produce and a beautiful setting to enjoy it in with friends and family.
Rich Glen Olive Estate is an olive grove between Yarrawonga and Cobram in Victoria along the Murray River. They don’t just make olive oil though! They have a huge range of salad dressings, dukkah, jams, flavoured honey, relish, sauces, and even a huge range of natural beauty and skin care products. And the best part is, you can sample everything!
The best way to really experience some of the delicious products is to get the Farmgate Platter for Two. Although it states that it’s intended for two people, there is definitely enough food to share between at least 3 or 4 people. The platter changes seasonally but generally includes dukkah & oil for dipping, cheeses from local cheesemaker Boosey Creek, home made dips, estate grown olives, salami and prosciutto, a mini salad with their famous Poppy seed dressing and a variety of breads, crackers and fruit.
It’s not just visually stunning but absolutely delicious! I’ve been to Rich Glen and had this platter three times within the past month with various visitors from Melbourne and lunch today with my best friend and I’m still not sick of it. Honestly if I could just eat cheese and antipasto platters for dinner everyday I probably would.
And don’t forget to get a drink and a cake! Every time I visit I am torn between getting an iced coffee or a ginger and lime cooler. The easiest way to solve this dilemma? Have both!
Just looking at this picture makes you feel relaxed right? You can choose between sitting outside in the sun, under the veranda (complete with heaters in winter and cooling water misters in summer), or inside the beautiful 100 year old store.
With all the yummy products to sample it’s easy to get so distracted that you don’t notice all the gorgeous details in the store. Make sure to take a pause to digest and have a good look around!
If you ever end up in in Northern Victoria (or Victoria in general, it’s worth the drive) make sure you let me know, any excuse to go here again is welcomed by me! Have a look at their website for more menu details and info.