The Islander newspaper is again proud to present a colourful and informative publication to residents and visitors of Kangaroo Island: the KI Food Wine and Art Guide 2018-19.
The 52-page book is the perfect go-to guide for people to use as they make their way around the island, discovering some of its best kept secrets.
The businesses represented in the Food, Wine and Art Guide 2018-19 provide friendly and dedicated service to their customers, and welcome you to call in and sample what they have to offer.
Click here or on the Food, Wine and Art Guide image to view the entire publication.
EXPLORING THE ISLAND’S OFFERINGS
By STAN GORTON
Journalist at The Islander Stan Gorton has just moved to Kangaroo Island from the Far South Coast of New South Wales and shares his take on all the island has to offer.
As a new resident of Kangaroo Island, I am quickly realising that it will take a lifetime to get to know everything the island has to offer.
I am amazed to hear visitors say they are coming across to the island for a day or two and hope to see everything in that short time.
There is no chance at all and visitors will need at least three or four days, a week is better, to see all the attractions.
But truly getting to know the island will probably take close to a lifetime.
A keen boater and fisherman, I am enjoying exploring the waters off the island, although I have only really been checking out the bays around Kingscote.
There is so much more to discover, including the sometimes treacherous and challenging waters of the rugged South Coast and also Backstairs Passage.
I am looking forward to the completion of the new boat ramp at Emu Bay, which should facilitate the exploration of the northern coastline.
On the land, I have enjoyed targeting and releasing the island’s isolated populations of black bream that cling onto existence in the small but productive river systems.
Not being released are the delicious marron that I have been chasing, but then there are many more waterways I want to explore with the landowners’ permission, of course.
Having moved here from the incredibly rich and equally stunning Far South Coast of New South Wales, I am aware of the value good food, wine and art can bring to a location and community.
In my previous life, I was a regular guest on the television show River Cottage Australia, and still a mate of the host of the show Paul West.
It was a lovely to see Paul on the island when he visited for this year’s Tasting Australia events.
He too was mightily impressed with what Kangaroo Island has to offer and he plans to return with his family to further explore.
Kangaroo Island has a lot to offer in terms of food and wine, but I think it still has a long way to go to fully promote and take advantage of this resource.
I believe there is still more opportunity for more restaurants, cellar doors and tourism attractions.
In my short time here, I have found out about how our farmers and primary producers are taking advantage of the island’s clean, green image and isolation to market their products as high-end.
So for instance wheat goes to make Tim Tams and barley goes to Coopers Brewery.
I think all our food, wine and art outlets should continue to take advantage of the island’s unique location away from it all.
We don’t have the numbers of tourists as the mainland, but that’s what makes the island so special and a destination for those who want unspoiled landscape.
We really are Australia’s zoo without fences, and also Australia’s food, wine and art destination without parallel.