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CBR Trails: Forager’s Fantasy

Belinda Neame


The beauty of The Forage is we get to know and experience Canberra’s food scene on many different levels. From street food to fine dining, our food scene is pretty amazing. It’s been quite a task trying to pack things into 24 hours so if that idea scares you, why not change it up and do it over two days instead!


Capital Regional Farmers Market is the essential start to a Saturday. Make Bombolini’s custard and jam–filled artisan doughnuts your first stop because these babies sell out quickly (doughnuts are the best breakfast food and every mouthful is delicious!). Move on to more sensible morning fare at The Muesli Bar — handcrafted ‘build it yourself’ muesli and porridge where you choose what goes in it.

Stock up for the week at Dish It Up, where you’ll find award-winning fresh gourmet pasta: handmade gnocchi, cannelloni, ravioli, lasagne, sauces, and more! We also hit up The Brathaus for our German sausage supplies — you can get a sausage on a crusty bun with a choice of sauerkraut, cheese, German mustard and tomato sauce while you’re there or grab some packs to take home.

Capital Regional Farmers Market | Every Saturday 7.30am to 11.30am at Exhibition Park in Canberra, Flemington Road, Mitchell | capitalregionfarmersmarket.com.au


Take a short 30-minute drive from Canberra to one of our favourite ‘destinations’ — Some Café at Collector. This beautiful 1820s building has a rich history and housed a blacksmith, a butcher, a general store and other ventures over the years. It recently got a new lease on life when it was transformed into an unassuming and homely café that serves up a simple but flavour-packed menu made from local and seasonal produce. Even the eggs are from the chooks that roam freely out the back! After a bite to eat, pop into Collector Wines, also in the homestead, for a tasting or perhaps a bottle or two to take home.

On your way back into town for lunch; detour off the Federal Highway and pop through Mount Majura Vineyard for some tastings. A small vineyard and winery on the eastern slopes of Mount Majura, it’s a unique site producing single-vineyard wines of real character. The only trouble you will have is deciding on red or white!

Some Café
 | 5/7 Murray Street, Collector | Facebook @somecafécollector


Head across town to Narrabundah for lunch at The Kitchen — it’s a tiny space but there’s an amazing array of delicious home-style food to choose from: delicious heat–at–home meals (think Beef and Ricotta Meatballs with Napoli or Baked Chicken with Cannellini, Roast Tomato and Lemon); seasonal salads; or coffee and cake (old-fashioned honey jumbles are a favourite!).

The shelves are lined with housemade condiments and crackers, local cheeses, pâtés and terrines that change with the season. It’s the perfect place to put together a weekend picnic basket or gift.

The Kitchen
 Shop | 1, 2 Iluka Street, Narrabundah | canberradinnerrush.com.au


Make your way to Braddon to indulge in some chai-infused tea and a cupcake at Sweet Bones — an organic vegan café that is passionate about wholefoods. Their menu is extensive and they serve up breakfast and lunch, but the real stars of the show are their baked goods: cupcakes, brownies, cake pops and cookies. The café has a rustic, rock’n’roll feel and a friendly, local vibe. It’s a great spot to sit and watch Braddon’s colourful parade pass by.

Sweet Bones
 | Shop 8, 18 Lonsdale Street, Braddon | sweetbonescompany.com


Pre-dinner drinks are always a great way to start a night out. 54 Benjamin have a motto ‘the place where people know your name’ and that’s what’s so cool about this place. It’s a small bar in Belconnen that you’ll want to make your local — start with one of their carefully crafted cocktails and if you’re feeling peckish before you move onto dinner, you can always order one of their jaffles to keep you going.

54 Benjamin
 | 54 Benjamin Way, Belconnen | 54benjamin.com.au


You might recognise the team behind Bar Rochford from our Lemonade stand at The Forage — they’ve gone from selling cups of Grandma’s lemonade to a sophisticated but relaxed wine and cocktail bar hidden away in the iconic Melbourne Building. Their philosophy 
is all about fine food, exciting wine producers and good jams and the menu is made up of seasonally-focused shared plate options. You must try their hand-cut chips — they are the real deal! Grab a booth by the fire and enjoy the chilled out vibe.

Bar Rochford
 | First floor, 65 London Circuit (Melbourne Building) Canberra City | barrochford.com

Feature image by Bec Doyle Photography

This article originally appeared as part of our One Perfect Day article in Magazine: The Dream Issue for Summer 2015/16. Find out more about Magazine here



Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author