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Marco Romeo from Mondo Nougat, which is part of the Swan Valley Sweet Temptations Trail. Picture: ANITA McINNES

Sweet temptations promote the Swan Valley

THE Swan Valley Sweet Temptations Trail, which launched earlier this year, is one target of a new initiative to promote WA’s fresh produce and stunning landscapes to travellers.

Thirteen other initial trails including the Chittering Farm Flavour Trail are being promoted through tourism organisations as a way of showcasing the growing food and beverage tourism market.

The Swan Valley Sweet Temptations Trail allows visitors and residents to sample handmade artisan produce from French macarons, nougat, gourmet nuts, cakes, chocolate, honey sourced straight from the hive to fortified wines and sparkling Moscato handcrafted by third and fourth generation winemakers.

The Swan Valley trail takes you through the oldest wine region in Western Australia and the second oldest in Australia.

Unlike most of the other trails the Swan Valley trail allows visitors to enjoy a rural escape not far from the Perth central business district.

The trail also includes a tranquil picnic spot, Maali Bridge Park, located on the banks of the Swan River.

Most venues offer breakfast and lunch and their own signature coffee blends and speciality teas, meaning you will be spoiled for choice.

The Sweet Temptations trail includes House of Honey and Sticky Spoon Café, Swan Valley Vegetarian Café and Tea House, Olive Farm Winery, Maali Footbridge, Mondo Nougat, Morish Nuts, Maison Saint Honore and Pinelli Estate Winery.

The other trails included so far in the WA Food and Wine Trail initiative – supported by Tourism Western Australia – are the Denmark Food and Wine Trail, Blackwood Valley Farm Trail, Blackwood Valley Food and Beverage Trail, Albany Picnic Provisions Trail, Mount Barker Food and Wine Trail, Southern Forests Wine Trail, Fremantle Gusto Italiano Trail, Margaret River Food and Beverage Cycle Trail, Peel Craft Beer and Wine Trail, Tom Cullity Gourmet Food and Wine Trail, Bunbury Geographe Alternative Wine Trail, Chittering Farm Flavour Trail and Margaret River Small Family Winery Trail.

Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said food and wine tourism was one of the fastest growing sectors of the tourism industry worldwide, with almost 400,000 food and beverage travellers visiting WA each year.

“The food and wine trails initiative taps into this lucrative market, promoting our State’s fresh, safe, high-quality produce which can be experienced in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world,’’ he said. 

“Tourism WA is developing a food and beverage action plan to build on the success of the recent changes in the hospitality landscape including streamlined liquor licensing reform and the expansion of the Western Australia Gourmet Escape in 2019.”

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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