Food and travel writer Carla Grossetti sources local ingredients to fill up your picnic hamper: from melt-in-the-mouth artisan chocolates, to wood-smoked sausages, sourdough baguettes, Pepe Saya butter and craft beer.
Sutherland Shire Farmers Market
It’s no secret that there has been a surge of interest in the Shire food scene. It’s good timing, then, for the new Sutherland Shire Farmers’ Market, which welcomes food vans and stalls that serve everything from organic apples to melt-in-the-mouth pulled pork rolls and sugar-dusted churros. Join devoted fans taking the train to and from the market to fill their shopping baskets with everything from Thoroughbread sourdough and Pepe Saya butter to international offerings from a range of food vans.
Sutherland Shire Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm.
Visit their website for more information .
Mix and match from a selection of fine handmade treats from Nina’s Chocolates, founded by food technologist George Magganas in the ’90s. Nina’s Chocolates are made using Belgian couverture chocolate and fresh local ingredients for the fillings. Recommended: The Bailey’s Bomb with a milk ganache or the Caramel Popcorn, coated in a caramel sauce and ganache that pops.
27 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea, (02) 9526 6770 or visit their website.
Shark Island Brewery
Hidden in the industrial precinct of Kirrawee is where you will find this boutique brewer that doubles as a takeaway boozer when the cellar door is in full swing. The Shark Island Brewing Company, which is on tap at the Blind Bear in Cronulla, has a free sausage sizzle every Friday through winter. On August 8, food truck van Wholly Schnitt will make a cameo at the cellar door where you can enjoy tastings or ‘grab a growler’.
Unit 8/29-33 Waratah St, Kirrawee, (02) 9545 1914, or visit their website.
Rudi’s German Butcher
The big-hearted menu of meat and smallgoods at this family butcher run by Stefan Birmili (Rudi’s son) includes lots of surprises. Venture inside Rudi’s for Foodies, which opened in 1983, to find handcrafted artisan-German-style sausages, wurstwaren and charcuterie as well as grass-fed lamb and beef and born-and-bred free-range Bundawarrah Pork. As well as stocking specialty meats, the Kirrawee store stocks a range of imported mustards and pickles and artisan Australian cheeses.
148 Oak Rd, Kirrawee, (02) 9521 1414, or visit their website.
Bourke St Bakery
Space is a little limited if you’re with a big brood, but the Shire’s first Bourke St Bakery is a winner when it comes to sourcing fresh out-of-the-oven bread. There is a simple selection of sourdough, as well as options on the specials board for killer sausage rolls, or ham and cheese toasties washed down with excellent Single Origin coffee. It’s worth a trip for the bread alone to this offshoot of the well-known chain, which started out as a city store.
3/455 The Boulevarde, Kirrawee, (02) 9521 5511, or visit their website.