Benni’s Cafe & Gelato Bar at Barossa Valley Chocolate Company

Barossa Valley for Kids, Discover, Family Friendly Eats, Regional Eats, Regional Features

The Barossa Valley Chocolate Company opened just before Easter 2019, and is a must-visit when you are in the area. Don’t plan on a quick visit just to buy some amazing chocolate though, there is so much on offer here you may as well book in for lunch at Benni’s Cafe and try it all! It’s a fabulous alternative to a traditional cellar door with so many initiatives that can be used as bargaining power for the kids!

A gelato bar greets you upon entry, with all of the delicious flavours made on-site, and free tastings available.

The huge vibrant chocolate store had our kids skipping from one end of the building to the other and is heaven for lovers of fine chocolate. If you can peel your eyes away from the vast selection available, you can watch the chocolatiers hard at work through viewing windows. You can find Ruby chocolate on the shelves, a unique chocolate that was only released in Australia in late 2018, and it is definitely worth a taste.

Benni’s Café is the real winner for hungry families. It’s a large and accessible cafe, with both indoor and outdoor seating and a great menu sure to please all members of the family. There are dishes to share, kids’ meals, burgers, pizzas, and a great selection of biscuits and pastries – even for the GF family members.

You can view the menu online here.

The drinks menu is also extensive with a range of teas, coffee, milkshakes, beers, cider and wine. Offering plenty of fun twists, like their thick shakes made with house gelato and we tried a raspberry ‘spider’ which my kids delighted in and have never considered the concept of ice cream in a fizzy drink before.

The Vineyard Road label has partnered with the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company and adjacent to Benni’s Café you will find their Barossa cellar door. In addition to the wine and food menu there are a number of tasting options including wine and chocolate pairing, beer and chocolate pairing and gelato and chocolate pairing self guided flights.

Just when you thought that it couldn’t get any better than gelato, chocolate, wine tastings and a fantastic café – it does! The Barossa Valley Chocolate Company has a dedicated space on-site to offer chocolate making classes, children’s birthday parties, and school holiday workshops, all at competitive and affordable prices. There are also a number of options for group experiences making it the perfect place to book an outing for grown-up birthdays, a girl’s day out, office lunch, or family celebration.

Last thing, give them a follow on socials – there is always something new happening from out door cinema events, to ever changing decedent hot chocolates in the cooler months.

In fine weather you may choose to sit on the deck and enjoy a view of the vineyard and the fenced off lake like water feature. There is also a grassed grassed area for the kids to run off some energy before you load them up with some amazing goodies from the store.

Barossa Valley Chocolate Company is fully accessible and there is plenty of room in-store and in Benni’s Café for manoeuvring prams or wheelchairs, including in the bathrooms. The staff are so welcoming, knowledgeable, attentive, and know their products inside and out. Their attention to detail means you can be sure that your dietary needs are addressed. Pet dogs are welcome on the grounds which can also be accessed from outside the building. There are plenty of highchairs available and changing facilities for the little ones.

You’ll find Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
64 Burings Rd, Tanunda
Phone: 1300 424 626
For more information visit their website at
www.barossavalleychocolates.com.au
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For other places and things to do with kids in the Barossa Valley check out this link

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