The Farm Byron Bay
With so many run-of-the-mill food establishments operating, it’s either easy to blend in with mediocrity, or equally, to stand out from the crowd. The Farm Byron Bay is clearly in the latter category. On a recent trip to Kingscliff, I took the 30 minute drive to Byron Bay to check it out for myself.
Operating under a very clear philosophy of farm to table, this is an overall experience that sees The Farm Byron Bay leading the way in proving that sustainability and good food can exist in the same sentence (or mouthful).
But it’s not just about the food either. With a mantra of “Grow, Feed, Educate”, The Farm Byron Bay is passionate about teaching the community about food, where it comes from and how it’s brought to the table.
This working farm is made up of a group of farmers and small businesses, who all contribute to the success of The Farm in some way. Everything produced on The Farm is chemical and spray free.
TIP: Plan to spend a couple of hours here. As you can see below, there’s plenty to do.
The Produce Store
Under the roof of a very large tin shed is a gourmet foodies dream. Shelf upon shelf, row upon row, of chutneys, jams, olives, cereals, preserved fruits, chocolates……the list is never-ending.
There’s a cold room, full of fresh produce, cheese and other dairy products and smallgoods.
Set on 86 acres of farmland, there is plenty of room for gardens! What I loved was the garden beds containing herbs and other edible plants. It obviously provides easy access for the chefs, but it also provides such a pretty backdrop.
I could almost come here just for the animals (if the food wasn’t so good too!). At The Farm Byron Bay the care of their cattle, pigs and chickens is a key priority.
The Three Ducks Restaurant is the icing on the cake at The Farm Byron Bay. With a large outdoor area and a wrap around verandah, this is Australian dining at its best.
There’s nothing fancy about the decor, but its strong rustic feel makes it warm, homely and comfortable. The kitchen is outside and runs the length of the seating area, providing great access to people like me to watch the chefs in action.
The menu is comprehensive, without being over the top and only ever includes food that is fresh, seasonal and farmed sustainably. Where possible, the produce comes from The Farm Byron Bay, but can also come from other local producers.
As you can see from the beautiful blue sky in all of these photos, it was a great day to sit back on the verandah and drink a couple of the 56 beers that they have on tap here.
Whilst it was all terrific, the highlight of my meal was the smoked potato mayo. The taste was sublime and like nothing I had ever had before.
If you don’t want a big meal, or you are looking for a slightly less expensive meal, the Three Blue Ducks operates a more casual affair outside. Here you can order some quick meals and sit on the grass nearby.
NOTE: Three Blue Ducks is open seven days a week but bookings can only be taken for dinner. Be warned, it is hugely popular, particularly on weekends. With lunch commencing at 12.15pm, I recommend that you get there early. We arrived at around 11.30am, spoke to the host and mentioned that we wanted a table for lunch. She was kind enough to put our name on a list as well.
The Bread Store
The Bread Social as it’s known is run by three local bakers and the bread is cooked on-site. Baking everything from sourdougbreadds to fancy pastries, it’s all available for take home purchase or to eat at the cafe.
Nursery and Florist
Outside the main building is a small tin shed where you can browse for gifts for the home and garden. You can also purchase plants for your own garden or select from a beautiful range of flowers.
Take a tour
On the day we were there, families were jumping into carts and going on tours all over The Farm. Private tours and school groups tours can also be undertaken.
Or just walk around yourself
The grounds are just beautiful. You can also order a picnic hamper from the Three Ducks Restaurant and sit out on the lawn to make the most of our beautiful weather.
Byron Bay has long had a reputation for good times with a laid back, even hippie lifestyle. The beach, surfing and alternate ways of the community is what attracts visitors.
It’s great to see a business of this quality coming to Byron Bay, bringing a sense of style and quality, without being pretentious. So if you are planning a trip to Byron Bay, don’t just go for the beautiful outdoors, make sure The Farm Byron Bay is on your list.
The Farm Byron Bay
11 Ewingsdale Rd
Ewingsdale NSW Australia
With easy access off the Pacific Motorway, it is 40 minutes from the Gold Coast and 90 minutes from Brisbane.
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Kerri now travels regularly with her husband, Stirling, where eating great food, drinking quality beer and wine, and cooking international foods are integral to their adventures.