Botero Espresso Maclean

Clarence’s coming of age

The fertile Clarence Valley has always produced an abundance of great food, but it’s only recently that local eateries have truly started embracing the ‘gate to plate’ food philosophy. 

The community has been key in the change, with a dynamic group of people leading the charge to build a better food culture in the region. Annual “Gate to Plate” and “Feast in the Field” events, held in January and April respectively, both highlight the benefits of choosing locally grown fresh produce that is in keeping with the seasons, and remind people about where our food really comes from.

Yamba prawns are Wooli oysters have long been celebrated, but there’s more to the region than these delicacies alone. Simply head to the Yamba Farmers’ Market on a Wednesday or the Grafton Growers & Farmers Market on a Thursday and you’ll find a plethora of organic fruits, vegetables, meats, homemade sauces and more.

Irons and Craig, Yamba

Irons and Craig, Yamba

Local restaurants such as the very trendy Irons and Craig in Yamba, the riverside Austin & Co. in Grafton, and the delightful Caperberry Café in Yamba are a few of the great eateries where you can experience the gate to plate philosophy in practice.

Where to dine:

Irons & Craig
29 Coldstream Street, Yamba
02 6646 1258

Café Leche
27 Coldstream Street, Yamba
0423 263 503

Austin & Co.
1 Duke Street, Grafton
02 6643 1010

The Laneway Café
3/63 Charles Street, Iluka
02 6645 7022

Vines at 139
139 Fitzroy Street, Grafton
02 6642 5500

Botero Espresso
275 River Street, Maclean
02 6645 5541