It’s home to over 50 different types of fruits and vegetables, truffles, nuts, wine, gourmet products, beef, sheep and dairy farms as well as extraordinary culinary experiences to tempt your tastebuds – but it’s one of the least known regions in the south west.
The Southern Forests’ climate and environmental influences allow farmers and producers to grow crops during the warmer summer months, advantageously contra-seasonal to many other food producing regions.
Responsible for producing a much wider variety of produce than other regions, the Southern Forests produces 50 percent of Western Australia’s apples, 70 percent of Australia’s avocados (October – mid February), 90 percent of Western Australia’s broccoli crop (mid December to mid May), 85 percent of the Southern Hemisphere’s black truffle harvest, and almost all of Western Australia’s marron production.
The Southern Forrest Food Council is charged with promoting the high quality produce that comes from the area. It represents local producers, culinary and agri-tourism operators who live and work in the region, with a goal to ultimately establish the Southern Forests region as an internationally-recognised top culinary tourism destination.
There’s a four day Food and Farm all-inclusive tour providing visitors with a unique opportunity to meet genuine farmers in the pristine Southern Forests of Western Australia and truly experience where good food comes from.
All images: Jessica Wyld