When we were staying in Mildura we mentioned to a fellow camper our plan of heading to Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley, “Oh you have to go to Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop” she said… So when we arrived we had a look on the map and decided to walk the 5km to sample an ice cream or two. Maggie Beer’s shop is filled with lots of lovely things to try, with sample pots on most surfaces. We grabbed clean spoons and got stuck in, sampling everything from the Salted Brandy Caramel sauce, pates, Quince Glaze and Dukkha, before treating ourselves to a cider and ice cream in the sunshine.
When we returned to our campsite we met a lovely couple, who invited us to nibbles at their much more impressive camp set-up (we had a £15 tent and £3.25 chairs… they had a trailer-come-tent-caravan with all the kit, including folding buckets). We mentioned to them that we had been hoping to go to the Barossa’s Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday morning and a $30 food challenge arose. The following night we returned from the market with our purchases and we all sat down and had dinner together. It turned out Jack and I were the only pair to make it to the market and even we nearly didn’t make it. A few words of advice before heading to a farmer’s market, check the scale of your map before attempting to walk, double-check the closing times of the market and ensure you have cash! We walked a kilometre before realising we wouldn’t make it if we continued and returned to the car to drive in. Ron and Amanda gave the walk a valiant effort but after 7km realised they wouldn’t make it before close and resulted to buying their supplies from the delis and butchers in the town! That evening we enjoyed South Australian prawns, salamis, cheese, chutneys and kangaroo sausages with plenty of wine. We were warned that we would gain weight coming to the Barossa Valley with all the amazing food and wine to be sampled!