Celebrate Eat.Taste.Central on the Otago Trails this spring!
Celebrate Eat.Taste.Central on the Otago Trails
20th October to 12th November 2023
Eat.Taste.Central is an annual Spring celebration of local cuisine where you can take your palate to somewhere it's never been before! Local cafés, restaurants and cellar doors collectively produce a 'Central Otago Regional Menu' to celebrate a World of Flavour.
With most of the venues showcasing local produce for E.T.C. located along the Otago Trails, it's a wonderful opportunity to take the time to explore the tastes of Central Otago by bike. So, slow down and discover a range of cafes, cellar doors, country hotels and restaurants that have combined local and regionally sourced ingredients to create a special Regional Menu celebrating Otago's unique World of Flavour.
Eat & Taste Your Way Along the Lake Dunstan Trail
The Lake Dunstan Trail winds through the vineyards at Bannockburn Inlet [Photo: Will Nelson].
If ridden in its entirety, the Lake Dunstan Trail is a challenging 55km, grade 2-3 trail. However, the easier section of the trail between Cromwell and Bannockburn and as far as Coffee | Burger Afloat before the steep Cairnmuir Ladder climb, is the perfect distance and grade for a gentle weekend walk or ride allowing you the time to slow down and discover a range of cafes, cellar doors and restaurants that have combined local and regionally sourced ingredients to create a special Regional Menu.
Scroll though the short videos below from each of the establishments along the Lake Dunstan Trail which have lovingly created a dish for Eat.Taste.Central 2023.
Carrick Winery & Restaurant, Bannockburn Inlet
Excelsior Mini Miner's Pies - rich braised beef, wild thyme, and Martinez pancetta.
And / or Wild Cairnmuir Rabbit Terrine - wild rabbit, duck, and pistachio.
Experience a True Taste of Central Otago along the Rail Trail
The Otago Central Rail Trail meanders through the countryside near Waipiata. [Photo: Geoff Marks]
The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand's original Great Ride and has become affectionately known as the "ale trail" thanks to the abundance of cosy country pubs conveniently located every 15km or so along the ride.
As well as the great pubs, the Rail Trail offers the opportunity for walkers and cyclists to taste sensational local produce at the cafes and restaurants the full length of the 152km trail. Whilst many people choose to ride the whole trail as a multi-day experience, it's also perfect for a day ride to sample the regional menus celebrating Eat.Taste.Central.
Check out the videos below to see what the local Rail Trail chefs have cooked up for E.T.C. 2023.
Centennial Court, Alexandra
Coffee Infused Venison -wild venison infused with coffee on a herb & potato Rösti, with honey glazed asparagus and smoked beetroot, over buttercup purée.
Spectacular views at the Cloudy Bay Shed, near Cromwell [Photo: Will Nelson].
Although not located directly on a cycle trail, it would be remiss not to mention The Cloudy Bay Shed and Highlands Pit Stop Cafe which both have a mouthwatering menu on offer and are only a short detour from the main cycle networks.
Find out what you can expect below!
The Cloudy Bay Shed, Northburn Station Road, Cromwell
Wild Thar Fillet | Beetroot Variations | Foraged Spring Greens Bouquet