The food scene on Kangaroo Island is bubbling. It’s local, seasonal, boutique, artisan and always close to its source.
The wondrous and wild Kangaroo Island is a favourite destination for locals and international visitors because of its naturalness. Filled with abundant wildlife, secret, pristine beaches (without a soul in sight) and scenery to boot, the locals are now beginning to hang their (Akubra) hats on food.
The food scene on Kangaroo Island is bubbling. It’s local, seasonal, boutique, artisan and always close to its source. There are some great by-products of being isolated from the mainland – less disease, greater biosecurity and unique products reflect wild, island landscape.
Follow our top 5 suggestions to #EatDrinkKI your way around the island like a local.
1. Sunset Food and Wine, Penneshaw
Tell me more: Start your food journey at Sunset Food and Wine – the island’s newest food destination. If you’re after great food, spectacular views of the ocean and a relaxed atmosphere, you’ll be happy perched on the deck. Sunset Food and Wine specialise in modern Australian cuisine with a focus on seafood and local, seasonal produce as its hero. Jack Ingram was formerly the Executive Chef of Southern Ocean Lodge, so we grant you permission to expect attention to detail.
2. The Oyster Farm Shop, American River
Tell me more: You can’t come to Kangaroo Island without enjoying the local seafood. There’s no better place on the island to devour oysters, marron, abalone and King George whiting all in one place than The Oyster Farm Shop. Look for the turquoise shack with old petrol pumps out front and you know you’ve arrived. With everything prepared fresh on site, walk across the road to the jetty, dangle your legs over the edge and tuck right into the oysters farmed 200 meters away in American River.
3. LifeTime Private Retreats, Snellings Beach
Tell me more: For your first two nights on the Island we recommend your shack up in style with LifeTime Private Retreats. For one of the most enviable locations on Kangaroo Island stay at the Cliff House. With your own private access to Snellings Beach, a hot tub, outdoor patio and views fit for a Queen, you won’t want to leave. Enjoy the Cliff House to the full extent and have each meal catered for you. The team will come to prepare dinner out on the patio while you sit back and spot the local pod of dolphins with a local vino in hand.
4. Hannaford and Sachs, Snellings Beach
Tell me more: While staying at one of Life-Time Private Retreats’ properties, depending on the time of year it’s an absolute must to dine in either the Shearing Shed or Enchanted Fig Tree. The 150-year old shearing shed is ambient with candle light, antique furniture, chandeliers and 1920s music playing from the gramophone. Play a game of croquet on the lawn before dinner or enjoy the sky full of stars with some local red wine to keep you warm.For the summer months you’ll be taken to another world by dining in the Enchanted Fig Tree. With "dining rooms" buried deep within the tree, all you see of the outside world is dappled light streaming through the fig leaves. This is such a unique foodie experience! The food is fresh, local and created with love.
5. KI Spirits, Cygnet River
Tell me more: Kangaroo Island Spirits is conveniently located just outside Kingscote. We highly recommend having a designated driver as it’s hard to say no when sampling the varying gins on offer! The distillery is rustic, family operated and intimate. The cellar door is a hive of activity and all the staff love and know their gin. Indulge yourself by having a glass of gin with their signature golf-ball-size ice cube, local herbs and dehydrated fruits. It’ll be the most impressive gin and tonic you’ve had! While you’re there, say hi to Charlie, the cellar door chocolate lab for us!