Marlborough – Taste Local Produce

Most people are aware Marlborough is wine country but it also boasts some of the best seafood and locally grown produce in New Zealand if not the world!

If you like good food and think that fresh is best then look no further than Marlborough. Havelock nestled at the head of the Pelorus Sound is the Greenshell™ Mussel Capital of the World and there are a number of fine establishments where you can sample these plump, flavorsome beauties. If mussels are not your thing do not despair, salmon, cod, crayfish (or rock lobster), clams and oysters are also readily available.

Forage for fresh garlic, asparagus and other seasonal specialties from the gate, pick your own stone fruit, apples and berries or find boutique award winning olive oils at local olive groves. I’m loving the new season potatoes and nothing beats fresh Marlborough cherries for a healthy but deliciously decadent treat. Local honey is another winner and Flaky Marlborough Sea Salt harvested at Lake Grasmere transports any meal out of this world. Award winning walnut oil, wild game, artisan cheeses, hazelnuts and saffron, the list just goes on and on.

A great place to start and get connected with the local food scene is the Marlborough Farmer’s Market. Its aim is to provide a venue for local food producers to sell edible goods directly to the consumer. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning and has a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Otherwise just get out amongst it, whether it be on a cruise in the Marlborough Sounds, a specialised food tour or one of the many restaurants and cafes. Just like wine in a glass, it just tastes better in Marlborough!

Marlborough Farmer’s Market – October to June, every Sunday 9am to 12 Noon at the A&P Showgrounds – rain or shine! 

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