Sunday, April 24, 2011

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop (Adelaide)

Address: Pheasant Farm Rd, Nuriootpa SA 5355
Tel: (08) 8562 4477
Trading Hours: 10.30am – 5pm, 7 days. Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop is a South Australian Icon, and ground zero for where it all started. This venue paints a picture of her rich history and humble beginnings as a pheasant farm, cityslicker escaping the hustle/bustle for a tree change.

The menu here is limited and called "Picnic Fare" - you take your basket and are free to roam the farm to find either a table or grassy spot to enjoy your meal.

Above: Pheasant Farm Pate Picnic Basket - "Pheasant Farm Pate served with caramelized onion, freekah salad and wood oven bread". They give you a whole tub of the pate, which is too much to eat in one sitting but SO moorish and indulgent. The pheasant farm flavour of pate is unique - pheasant is gamier than duck once again, but lighter. I also sampled the Duck, Sherry & Green Peppercorn Pate but my favourite is the Duck, Vino Cotto & Star Anise Pate.

Below: Homemade Pheasant Terrine - "Pheasant and porcini mushroom terrine wrapped in sour cream pastry with salad greens, Vino Cotto vinaigrette and Maggie's Cabernet Sauce". WOW - this pastry is to-die-for, such a gourmet delight! The pheasant meat was like light mince between chicken & pork - very flavoursome and savoury. Definitely something delightful and different, to please even the most simple of palates!

Inside the farm shop is an opportunity to taste Maggie Beer's extensive range of pates, jams, wines, cooking spices, liquids and much more.
There is also a small display of some live pheasants - they are such gorgeous feathered birds its hard to imagine they make such a great feed...