Local produce on the menu for our hospitality operators

Hospitality NT recently joined forces with NT Farmers and Tourism NT on a local produce tour aiming to further develop connections between hospitality operators and our world-class food producers.

We know that locals and visitors want to see local produce and a strong local story as part of their hospitality experience.

We have such great local producers and unique Top End flavours which we are keen to see further integrated into our local hospitality offering.

Our inaugural Top End Food Trail saw 60 chefs, restaurant owners and managers and beverage representatives board our “Territory Foodie Bus” from Darwin to Katherine, stopping along the way to speak to local producers and learn more about the incredible ingredients available right here in our own backyard.

The highlight of the event was an amazing bush tucker inspired five course degustation menu at the newly refurbished Nitmuluk National Park Visitor Centre. The dinner was matched with wines by Wirra Wirra with Chief Wine Maker Paul Smith at the event to explain their provenance story – a clear showcase of what local producers and venues can be doing.

The Territory’s horticulture industry is growing from strength to strength, with amazing fresh produce ripe for usage across our hospitality industry.

Hospitality NT, Tourism NT and NT Farmers will continue to collaborate and push for more NT foods being the ‘hero’ on local menus throughout the NT.

We thank the Department of Industry Tourism and Trade and Tourism NT for their support and acknowledge Simone Cameron from NT Farmers for her hard work, engagement and information she brought to our table.

We would also like to thank all the businesses that participated in the food tour:

Pine Creek Mango Farm

Katherine Food Ladder

Foxalicious – Asparagus and Mango farm

Kumbidgee Restaurant

Nitmiluk Visitor Centre

Eva Valley Meats

Sarah Andrews