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Eat. Taste. Central

Highlands Cafe has entered into the Central Otago Eat.Taste.Central campaign.  This is E.T.C’s third successful year of promoting Central Otago’s amazing produce and producers.  E.T.C is a month long event where you can take your palate to somewhere it hasn’t been before.  Local cafès, restaurants and cellar doors collectively produce a ‘Central Otago Regional Menu’ that celebrates the region.  With its narrow seasonal windows of risk, Central Otago grows some of the world’s finest flavours and produce. Soft buttery walnuts, pure thyme honey, creamy cheeses, peppery olive oil. All washed down with a lovingly crafted local beer or sampled with a boutique Central Otago wine.


This year Highlands amazing chef Tamara Trent has produced two menu entries into E.T.C.

Pie category – Slow cooked Venison, Plum, Dark Chocolate & Thyme Pie

Doesn’t that sound incredible!?  Tamara has used as many locally sourced ingredients as she can – the Venison, the plums and the wild thyme are all from Central Otago’s door step. Whittaker’s dark chocolate makes a great feature in this pie to accompany the thyme.  All encased in light flaky pastry, who could want more!?  Actually….You want beer with that!  Claude and Jana from Seahorse brewery here in Cromwell have brewed up a special beer to accompany this pie delight – Cheery infused Oak Golden Ale – delicious!





Sweets and Deserts category – Apricot and Peach slice with Walnut Streusel

Featuring local Apricots, peaches and walnuts; this is amazing to share with a friend at the end of your lunch or to accompany a glass of Quartz Reef bubbles.  The slice is perfectly balanced with the walnut topping without being too sweet.  A not-to-be-missed treat!




Come and see the welcoming team at Highlands Cafe to try our menu entries; they will help you through the voting process.

For more information or for the list of other participants in the E.T.C campaign follow this link



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September 24, 2019

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