Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

PAGE 34 I THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE G R E A T A L P I N E R D G R E A T A L P I N E R D GR E A T A LP I N E R D G R E A T A L P I N E R D BRIGHT TO MT HOTHAM & DINNER PLAIN TO 219 Great Alpine Road, Harrietville, VIC 371 P: 03 5759 2553 H A R R I E T V I L L E Harrietville Bakery bakes fresh bread, croissants, pastries and cakes daily. Run by a Swiss pastry chef, the quality of baked goods on offer at this country bakery is a notch above the rest. All pastries, pies and sausages rolls are made on-site each day and feature local produce including nuts, berries and fruit. Get in quick each day for the sausage rolls as they often sell out before lunch is over. • BAKERY• HARRIETVILLE Treat your taste buds Take a break in the Harrietville and Smoko area and treat your taste buds to some local wonders. BAKED AND CHOCOLATE PASSIONS Baking daily, the Harrietville Bakery will have your mouth watering at the thought of fresh bread, croissants, pastries and cakes, including vanilla slices that visitors travel from far and wide to savour. Geoff and Nikki Swan resurrected the town’s old general store, which had been closed, about two years ago and with Nikki having around 30 years of experi- ence in the industry, including a number of years in Switzerland where her three pas- sions were perfected - baker, patisserie and chocolatier - the little Harrietville bakery has made quite an impression. The shop was built in the late 1800s, its present day operation drawing visitors from far and wide. BERRY DELIGHTS Don’t drive through the little town of Smoko without dropping into its best-known produce attraction, Gunnadoo Berries, where you can have a berry nice time over summer and early autumn sampling the succulent produce. Producing a number of varieties, the farm has a berry for everyone including blueberries, red and black raspberries, blackberries, red and blackcurrants, boysenberries, loganberries, gooseberries, taiberries and silvanberries. Chestnuts, walnuts and hazelnuts are also available when in season and, of course, berry jams. Local honey and olive oil is also available. Rocky and Margaret Russo established Gunnadoo Berries 34 years ago and now supply Melbourne markets as well as sup- plying local businesses such as bakeries, eateries, and ice creameries. “People will travel miles for Nikki’s vanilla slices, and the pies are getting up there, too,” Geoff said. All pastries, pies and sausages rolls are made on-site each day and feature local produce including nuts, berries and fruit. Passion is evident in the gingerbread houses produced for Christmas and the hot cross buns at Easter, not to mention the traditional Swiss chocolate eggs and bunnies Nikki creates. Enjoy the delights of local produce during a visit to Harrietville and Smoko.

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