Food & Wine
FOOD & WINE
Mornington Peninsula wine and food have made this area a very popular destination. The Wine Food Farmgate Trail is a good place to start for locating places where you can sample, taste, eat and buy local produce, and enjoy the best of this region. More here
Flinders village caters for just about everyone. How do you fancy wolfing down hot fish and chips with your fingers on the cliff top overlooking the sea? Or perhaps enjoying a wood-fired pizza with a glass of wine? From spicy Thai cooking, Italian pasta, middle-eastern mezze, freshly cooked mussels down at the pier, Turkish-inspired cuisine at the pub bistro, gourmet chocolate dessert treats or just a simple café meal with the family – it’s all on offer here.
In the main street alone are the Flinders Hotel, Cook and Norman Trattoria, the Flinders Village Café and Wine Bar, Pier Provedore and Georgie Bass Café. The service is quick and friendly, the surroundings sometimes rustic but always congenial, the experience one to savour. It’s a question of which to choose – but you can always come back!
Just out of town are the wineries, many offering cellar door tasting and sales. Fine dining is available at outstanding restaurants, many of which have received ‘hat’ ratings in The Age Good Food Guide. Find out more
Vineyard restaurants are popular venues for celebrations ranging from birthdays to weddings and anniversaries.
Mornington Peninsula wineries are renowned for excellent pinot noir and whites that include crisp pinot grigio. Labour Day weekend Sunday in March is celebrated on the foreshore in Flinders with Piers and Pinots, an annual event since 2002. Over twenty pinot producers showcase their wines in a tasting from 12 noon to 3 pm.
When it comes to foraging for fresh produce, this area is superb. U-pick or buy by the punnet at the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm at Main Ridge from November to April. Pick your own cherries at nearby Red Hill Cherry Farm or at Ripe’n’Ready Cherry Farm . Locally grown blueberries, raspberries and other fruit are also available in season.
Artisan cheese makers Red Hill Cheese offer tasting at their cellar door and café. Team the cheese with handcrafted chocolates from Mornington Peninsula Chocolates available in the heart of Flinders at 45 Cook Street, opposite the general store.
Speaking of which, the Flinders General Store is legendary, tracing its origins to a simple shed that opened about 150 years ago. The Store now provides just about everything: groceries, fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, bread, cheese, delicatessen items, soft drink, alcohol, newspapers, magazines and even an in-house barista.