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Live the delicious life in Spring

It’s not just the flowers and the crops that start blooming in springtime North of the Murray. After a sleepy, rugged-up winter, all aspects of life across our region seem to emerge, full of colour and vitality.

Agriculture is at the heart of life across our region. From Mulwala to Howlong, and from Corowa up to Urana, hardworking people are producing the highest-quality produce available anywhere. And locals and visitors alike can take advantage of this commitment to quality by sampling the best our region has to offer.

Fresh from the farm

When you talk to the maker or grower, and taste what they have made, you’re getting the freshest food experience possible. And that’s why our regional farmers’ markets are so popular.

Ease into another beautiful spring morning by grabbing a coffee and browsing the fresh fruit, vegetables, sauces, olives, bread and more. Alongside locally-made jewellery, our markets reveal the diversity and creative spirit of our community.

Visit the monthly markets in Corowa (1st Sunday of the month) and Yarrawonga Mulwala (Rotary Club Market, 3rd Sunday of the month and Farmers’ and Craft Market, 4th Sunday of the month), and keep an eye out for seasonal and annual markets in our smaller villages. There’s also a fun market over the border in nearby Rutherglen on the 2nd Sunday of each month. That’s all of your Sundays sorted!

If you’re not in the area on market day, you can always pop into the Corowa IGA. This dedicatedly local supermarket proudly stocks more than just Tim Tams and instant noodles. Check out their hand-picked range of local wine, chocolate, flour, pickled delights, lamb and beef (from Jillamatong near Canberra), goat, pork (from Riverview Farms near Corowa) and more!

Prepared with love

Local eateries know when they’re onto a good thing. Many of our cafes, pubs, clubs and restaurants are taking advantage of the spring weather and the local produce to offer delicious meals. There’s lots of choice this spring: a lakeside café, a riverside restaurant or the beer garden of a small village pub? There’s no wrong answer! As the weather warms up, you’ll find more to taste North of the Murray.

So whether it’s gourmet pizza, local beers and Rutherglen wines at Blacksmith Provodore, all-day breakfast at ½ Acre Coffee Lounge & Nursery in Mulwala, or generous pub/club meals right across our region, you’re in for a treat: Honest, fresh food prepared for you by people who are proud of what they do.

More to experience

Travel around Corowa, Mulwala and Howlong, or venture further north to Urana and our regional villages, and you might discover something new or unexpected.

In old flour mills in Corowa, you’ll find the popular Corowa Whisky and Chocolate. It’s a place to grab lunch, sample different whiskies distilled on the premises and try, buy – and even make – chocolate creations.

There are a few craft breweries in and around Rutherglen, but for beer aficionados and completists, head to the terrific Balldale Hotel for a can of their own “Kick Off” pale ale. And, of course, Corowa is just across the Murray from the famed Rutherglen wine region, with plenty of delicious drops available to try and buy.

You’re welcome

Spring has sprung, as they say. And there’s certainly a spring in the step of locals here North of the Murray. We’re looking forward to hosting you, and showcasing our best seasonal food and drink. Come and say hi.