A highlight of the Barrington Coast is its local produce where visitors can enjoy the very best in fresh and artisanal food and drink. You'll find the Great Lakes Food Trail offers an exceptionally good foodie experience.

Experiencing the best in local produce

When you experience local fresh produce you are by its very nature experiencing an artisan's product. Small scale and niche production centres around expertise, innovation and quality. It's about provenance and fully understanding where the food and drink we are eating and drinking comes from.

Additionally, if I am cooking with eggs for example, I want to know those chickens live a good life. And similarly, with milk and bread I want to know that the farmers have been adequately compensated for their milk and raw ingredients. From an economic sustainability perspective too, buying and supporting local produce keeps money in the local economy – it keeps people in jobs.

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Coastal Brewing Co tap pour dark beer
Yeo Farm Australian White Lamb 2
Great Lakes Paddocks wines
Great lakes food trail long table farm free range organic pork
Glft valley view farm organic garlic 2
Glft coastal brewing local micro brewery
Glft burraduc buffalo cheese hanging
The Great Lakes Food Trail is a collection of award winning producers and providores who share a passion for ethical and sustainable production.
Helen Black, The Coastal Brewing Co.

The Great Lakes Food Trail

After opening Forster's first brewery in 2016, we were astonished at the success our Coastal Brewing Company. In Spring 2017 we became part of the Great Lakes Food Trail that follows the scenic Lakes Way between Bulahdelah and Rainbow Flat. Running twice a year, the Great Lakes Food Trail is a collection of award winning producers and providores who share a passion for ethical and sustainable production. By working together, these producers and providores have been able to raise the profile of local produce in the Barrington Coast region.

Fellow producers and providores on the Great Lakes Food Trail include water buffalo cheese dairy Burraduc Farm, Palms Microbakery, Old Inn Road Vineyard, beef producer and winery Great Lakes Paddocks, garlic farmers at Valley View Farm, lamb and pork producers as well as regenerative farms at Yeo Farm and Long Table Farm, Maltese culinary delights from Josant, pastry and dessert chef Nadine the Cake Queen and chef and whole food caterer, Sarah Wilton.

Locally-made beauty products from The Natural Deodorant and Wild Temple Naturals are also part of the Great Lakes Food Trail as well as community contributors: The Brush Turkey Café, Bulahdelah Mens’ Shed and Beehive and Bungwahl Public School.

In addition, the Trail also has a number of accommodation partners including Seal Rocks Lighthouse Cottages, Simple Pleasures Camping Co and Bombah Point Eco Cottages.

Visitors to the region can access a range of local produce through onsite cellar door/tap room, local markets, delis, bottleshops and as well online local produce store – Farm to Fridge.

The Great Lakes Food Trail has played a key role in our brewery’s development. Not only through providing an avenue to market the Coastal Brewing Co beers but it’s also provided us with the opportunity to meet many like-minded people. We work closely with fellow producers and providores on the trail. In particular, we love that our spent grain from the brewing process is picked up on brew day and goes off to feed the pigs and chickens at fellow food trail producer, Long Table Farm, based in Coomba Park.

The Barrington Coast has a bounty of local produce for you to experience and we look forward to welcoming you to our brewery tap room as part of the food trail or during our normal opening hours. Be sure to keep an eye out for our beers at local restaurants and bars next time you visit.

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The Coastal Brewing Company

The Coastal Brewing Company

The Coastal Brewing Company is a family-owned microbrewery based in the coastal town of Forster, NSW. Following incorporation in 2016, premises fit-out and equipment installation in early 2017, production commenced in May 2017. Being based in Forster and part of the wonderful Great Lakes/Manning Valley, community is playing a big role in the brewery’s strategy and operations. For The Coastal Brewing Company, it’s all about L.I.F.E – that’s local, independent, fresh, everytime. Using all natural ingredients on a 1,200 litre brewhouse, the brewery produces fresh, craft beer for sale in kegs to restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs. Beer is also canned onsite and sold through bottlestores, restaurants and bars. The brewery also has a Tasting Room where it offers brewery tours, a beer tasting experience (using 89mL or 200 mL tasting size glasses) and fills ‘growlers’ and ‘squealers’ for take-away consumption. Six packs and cases of 24 cans are also sold from the Tasting Room. Building on its  L.I.F.E focus, all of the Coastal Brewing Company beer names link to the natural beauty of the Great Lakes/Manning Valley area in NSW. The head brewer is David Black who has a Graduate Certificate in Brewing from Federation University. Prior to establishing the brewery he spent 25 years as a Chartered Accountant with a large accounting firm.  Co-owner Helen Black has 20 years’ experience in marketing and looks after sales, customer care, communications, freight and distribution at the brewery.

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