Kangaroo Island Food and Wine
The Enchanted Fig Tree | By Gastronomo Dining
For something extra special this Summer, book in for lunch or dinner (available in January) at The Enchanted Fig Tree on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island with Gastronomo Dining.
This whimsical 100-year-old Fig Tree is the perfect setting for your progressive dining experience that will hero local produce, created by a range of guest chefs including the likes of Simon Bryant (Tasting Australia Director), Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Emma McCaskill (ex The Pot & Magill Estate Restaurant). While renowned wine critic, Nick Stock, will curate a 100% Kangaroo Island wine list to delight the palate.
Open from 11th December 2020 - 30th April 2021, the menu will be inspired by sea, land and earth and will include a KIS cocktail on arrival. Book now to secure your place.
Cygnet River Artisan Trail
Spend a day making your way around the Cygnet River Artisan Trail, where a passionate group of producers have gravitated together to offer you some of the best experiences on Kangaroo Island. Take some time to stop by these trail makers for a chat, to hear the stories behind their businesses and try their products.
Taste some delicious island made wine at the Islander Estate Vineyards Tasting Room and Springs Road Wines. Make your way to Kangaroo Island Spirits to try the BEST contemporary gin in the world and their range of spirits and liqueurs. You'll love their quaint cellar door and sunny gin garden. Then make your way to Mini de Lights Food Van located at Emu Bay Beach and finish off with a stop at Tickety Boo Studio so see some Kangaroo Island-inspired art.
Navigate Kangaroo Island with the Online Map
Use this newly-launched interactive map to plan your itinerary to Kangaroo Island's local industries and then navigate your way around the island.
Plan out your route of Kangaroo Island to all the best spots to eat and drink, including farm gates, cellar doors, cafes, restaurants, markets, cooking classes and events.
More venues will be added all the time so unlike a printed map it will always be up-to-date! Give the map a go from your smart phone or tablet, and even email your itinerary to friends.
Take a look here: www.kimap.com.au
Penneshaw Market Days
Re-opening first Sunday in October 2020
Sample and purchase a range of fresh local produce from the very people who grow, farm or make it at the Penneshaw Markets. Breakfast, coffee and a great village atmosphere are all on offer.
The Markets take place on the first Sunday of every month October to April, plus additional markets are added during Summer and on Easter Sunday. Come along to the Penneshaw Oval between 9.00 AM - 1.00 PM where you will be delighted by a selection of Kangaroo Island’s top food producers.
Why not take advantage of SeaLink's special Market Day Fares to the island for $40* return per person on the day and enjoy lunch at one of Penneshaw’s cafes or the Penneshaw Hotel. Relax on the beach, hike on one of the great walking trails around Penneshaw or visit some of the island's unique cellar doors. *Conditions apply.
Tours, Packages and Experiences
1 Day Kangaroo Island Sip & See Day Tour
Discover Kangaroo Island's nature, wildlife and local wine & spirits on this new one day tour. Join us as we take you to visit Raptor Domain to see the incredible "In-Flight" Birds of Prey display and Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery, where you will stop for a delicious two-course lunch.
In the afternoon you'll travel to Clifford's Honey Farm, Kangaroo Island Spirits and finish with a structured wine tasting at False Cape Wines at their new Cellar Door on the beautiful Dudley Peninsula.
From $185 per person departing from Penneshaw, or $304 per person departing from Adelaide. Plus why not add an extra night and take your time on KI at a more leisurely pace, with our Kangaroo Island Sip & See Escape. Prices valid from 5th August 2020 to 31st March 2021.
3 Day Food and Wine Lover's Self-Drive Package
This self-drive package let's you move at your own pace. The package includes return ferry travel for 2 adults and a standard vehicle, 2 nights accommodation in a Sorrento Room at Kangaroo Island Seafront, Penneshaw including daily full buffet breakfast.
You'll also receive a bottle of Kangaroo Island wine on arrival, a $60 dinner voucher for Penny's Restaurant at the Penneshaw Hotel, gourmet lunch at Dudley Wines with a glass of wine per person and a wine tasting at Bay of Shoals, with a savoury platter included.
From $546 per person, twin share, this package is valid from 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.
3 Day Food, Wine and Wilderness Tour with Kangaroo Island Odysseys
Join a luxury small group tour with tour operator, Kangaroo Island Odysseys. These personalised tours are curated so you can explore the island's wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas, emus and sea lions in their natural habitats, as well as enjoying the incredible local food and wine produce.
See the famous formations of the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, and visit unique small boutique food producers such as Kangaroo Island Spirits and Bay of Shoals Wines. A highlight of the three days is a three-hour marine adventure, where you'll have the opportunity to swim with our friendly but curious bottle-nose dolphins.
For more information on prices and departure dates, visit the Kangaroo Island Odysseys website.
A few things to put on your plate!
You’ll also find some of the best producers of organic honey in the world on Kangaroo Island. Our famous honey is made from the Ligurian Bee, imported from Italy in 1884 and still the only pure strain of bee in the world. The Island was declared a bee sanctuary in 1885. Visit Clifford’s Honey Farm & Island Beehive.
Abalone is a highly valued seafood delicacy often placed in the luxury category alongside truffles and the best caviar. Kangaroo Island Abalone is a pioneer of abalone aquaculture and has one of the largest operations of its kind in Australia. Kangaroo Island abalone and abalini can be purchased from The Oyster farm Shop.
The Oyster Farm Shop showcases the best of Kangaroo Island’s Aquaculture and Sustainable Seafood. Located in American River, you can buy farm-gate Deep Water Premiums and Coastal Cream Oysters plus KI Abalone, Marron and King George Whiting. Sample Sheoak Smoked Oysters and a range of home-made sauces and smoked oyster dip.
High-quality Kangaroo Island lamb is produced from leaner, low stress lambs and is proving popular on tables and in restaurants across Australia. Kangaroo Island cafes and restaurants always serve local ingredients and produce. Visit South Rock Lamb.
Try the local wine, gin, cider or beer...
Kangaroo Island is an official wine region of Australia and today there are over 30 growers, 200 hectares of wines and 18 labels. Ciders and spirits are also made locally.
For something different, visit Kangaroo Island Spirits and try their award-winning range of gins, spirits and liqueurs. You'll love their quaint cellar door, wonderful gin garden and just relax as you taste your way through their delicious range.
Enjoy the stunning ocean views at Sunset Food & Wine in their new modern bistro that has a focus on seafood and South Australian produce (check opening times before visiting).
Another worthy mention is Amadio Wines. You will find their cellar door located on 1 Commercial Street in Kingscote. Taste their Kangaroo Island and Adelaide Hills wines and enjoy rustic tapas style platters in their historical venue.
Visit South Australia’s best Cellar Door Dudley Wines. Their modern Clifftop Cellar Door is located only 12km from Penneshaw, where you can taste their range of handcrafted wines and gourmet KI pizza, while enjoying the stunning views from the deck.
The Drunken Drone Brewery is a small microbrewery located at Clifford’s Honey Farm. Taste their popular ‘Honey Wheat Ale’ that is crafted in small batches and made with honey from the renowned Ligurian Bee.
Head over to the Kangaroo Island Brewery to try their range of locally brewed craft beers. Taste your way through the brews, enjoy the atmosphere in their rustic, yet modern microbrewery and learn about their history on Kangaroo Island.
Located on the Dudley Peninsula, you'll love Kangaroo Island's newest Cellar Door Winery, False Cape Wines. Kick back here with their range of wines and enjoy their cheese platters and light meals in an idyllic setting amongst the gum trees.
Springs Road Kangaroo Island Cellar Door is located in Cygnet River and boasts gorgeous views from the deck. Stop by to try their small-batch wines and taste their 'Terre Napoleon' shiraz cabernet blend.
Pick up your Kangaroo Island Produce in Adelaide
Kangaroo Island products are available in a convenient location in the centre of Adelaide. Stock up on your favourite Kangaroo Island produce, spirits, wine, health and beauty products at the Kangaroo Island Stall in the Adelaide Central Markets, stall 17.
Browse over 450 products from 50 producers, or pick up a KI Coffee Roasters award-winning espresso, a light breakfast or lunch.
If you can't visit the Adelaide Central Market, see the online shop for the full range of Kangaroo Island products delivered Australia wide.