The Canterbury High Country is famous for its landscape, but that is not the only reason to go and visit. Have you ever tried the local cuisine? These dining experiences are unique to the Mackenzie Region and a “must-taste” on any foodie’s travels.
A foodie’s tour of the Mackenzie begins just east of Fairlie at Fat Albert Smokehouse. Here traditional recipes are faithfully followed to produce the finest smoked goods, including salmon, duck, chorizo sausage and venison. Owners Keith and Alison Hatton strive to be chemical-free in their food production; most items are free from sulphites and many are gluten-free.
A pie lover`s paradise
A “must taste” is one of the delicious pies at the Fairlie Bakehouse. These famous pies are made with fresh, quality meat sourced locally with no additives or preservatives. Delectable handmade offerings include the traditional mince and cheese, a tasty vegetarian option, and the very popular pork belly with apple sauce and crackling on top. If you fancy a sweet treat, the cronuts and cheesecake brownies are to die for!
Continue on to Tekapo and enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine lovingly crafted at Kohan Restaurant. Bento boxes are a great way to sample a range of food and the restaurant’s views of Lake Tekapo are simply beautiful.
Cheese and Co
Have you ever tried artisan cheeses made in an off-grid converted shipping container? The Cheese Room near Twizel is a fabulous little spot, a must-do experience with great views and amazing handcrafted Ben Ohau Road cheeses.
A hidden gem
If you’re feeling thirsty, grab a few bottles from Burkes Brewing, possibly the smallest brewery in the country producing world-class craft beers. Dark Sky Black is an intriguing black IPA named in a nod to the Mackenzie’s starlight reputation. That and the rest of their craft brews are available from the local bars and the supermarket too, so you can enjoy a quiet drop on the deck of your holiday home or in the comfort of your hotel.
Whatever your tastes, the Mackenzie Region has something for everyone. Enjoy an awesome foodie tour surrounded by amazing scenery and topped off by the warm hospitality of the friendly locals.
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