The idea to write an article exclusively about Byron Bay food produce was formed after a conversation with a local food producer. Originally the editorial was going to feature only 5 companies but due to the abundance of high quality brands I felt it would be too restrictive. That is why the concept has expanded and turned into a series of three.
Without a doubt this region encourages innovation and creativity. I have illustrated that in previous reviews by showcasing the talents of brands like Byron Bay Muesli, The Monday Food Co, Brookfarm and Paleo Pure. There are also local companies (Made with Raw Love, Chow Cacao) featured in an exclusive international book I am writing about dark (dairy free) chocolate. Here are five more craft producers that are a prerequisite for appreciators of fine gourmet food.
Byron Bay Jerky
Byron Bay Jerky is a family owned business situated in the picturesque Byron Shire hinterland region. The brand was originally established in 2002 by farmers Graham and Melissa. In contrast to most commercially manufactured jerky and biltong the company uses no chemicals like Sodium Nitrite, Sulphur Dioxide, Potassium Sorbate etc. This means the meat has more depth and flavor. I got to experience all their products which are perfectly paired with a platter of seeds, nuts, olives and a glass of red wine.
Byron Bay Peanut Butter
Byron Bay Peanut Butter is a company dedicated to quality and optimum taste profiles. The business is the brainchild of food fanatics James and Tim. What sets their incredibly delicious gourmet peanut butter apart from many other supermarket products is the quality of the ingredients. Essentially the brand works with local farmers to source the finest high oleic Australian grown peanuts. The only other additives are organic (small batch) harvested macrobiotic salt, which is bought from a supplier in Adelaide.
Byron Bay Olives
Even though Antoine Quezel originates from Sanary-sur-Mer, South of France, he fell in love with Byron Bay whilst travelling. In 2016 he started trading at Bangalow Market and his phenomenal handcrafted olive product range became an instant success. This acted as a perfect launchpad to establish his brand Byron Bay Olives (previously Detour en Provence). I was privileged enough to sample some of the company’s delectable marinated olives and garlic. Certainly these sensational Mediterranean inspired appertisers are unlike anything I have experienced outside Europe.
Hemp Foods Australia
Prior to moving to Byron Bay entrepreneur Paul Benhaim founded the UK Hemp Industry in 1993. Impressively he also created Europe’s best selling health snack which is called 9Bar. Presently Paul owns/operates Hemp Food Australia, which sells a diverse selection of 100% certified organic products. Within the range there are soaps, oils, hulled seeds, flour and even recipe books. There is also a superior grade protein powder that can be used in smoothies and brownies.
The history of Waliz Nuts dates back to the mid-1980s and was established by Liz and Paul Hudson. Presently the company operates on a large scale producing 500 Tonnes of macadamias each year for the global and domestic wholesalers. Impressively they farm all their products (from root to fruit) and pride themselves on being 100% Australian owned/operated. They also sell a superior range of nutritious bars, roasted nuts, oils and nut butters, which are completely Moorish.