Not like you need any more of an excuse to head up into our beautiful Adelaide Hills, but we think we have found something you need to put in your calendar for each and every year. Fig picking at the sensational Glen Ewin Estate at Houghton.
The seasonal delight is only open for between 4 to 6 weeks each year (dependent on weather), commencing around the start of February (again dependent on the blasted weather). You will need to be quick as the clock is ticking.
Picking fruit with the kids is always such a fun little outing but Glen Ewin offers so much more than just rocking up, chuck some fruit in a box and leave. The estate itself, is massive. Ginormous is Mr 5’s fave word at the moment and it seems appropriate here. 12,000 trees across 74 acres in fact. You drive down a long winding dirt road, past the amazing cellar door (will get to that in a tic), 2 incredible function venues and eventually you finish up in fig picking country. The stunning grassed area lined with what I have since been told are London Plane trees, make for the perfect way to finish off your fig pick. They have some chairs and tables, plus picnic rugs to use if needed, but they also have…wait for it….a bar. Right in the garden. An actual bar amongst the trees. We picked up some of their famous fig gin and with light food (uh hello cheese platter) also available, please don’t miss this or you will need to wait another year. Its kind of like adult Christmas.
Costing only $5 bucks each and with kids under 12 free, it is also a great value outing for the family. If you want to take home a heap of the figs you pick, it will set you back $10 a kilo. Not bad! You can also bring your fur baby too (on a lead of course). Bring the footy, the kite, the dog, the frisbee…whatever! This is a sensational spot.
If you have any room left after your figsperience (an actual word I have been informed) and are still hungry, pop up to the cellar door which apart from stocking some fantastic gins and wines for you to try, they also do meals with a fully serviced restaurant. Brunch on the balcony overlooking the incredible scenery with a box of figs stashed away for later…..if you can think of a better way to spend the weekend let us know. We highly recommend the kids brunch menu. Great value and the pancakes were delish. Just don’t tell Mr 5 that I stole some while he was running off playing on the grassy hills. The Cellar Door restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday
There is a $5.00 entry fee to the orchard and children under 12 are free. You’ll be provided with a box or two into which you may pick as much as you like and charged for the fruit you pick. $10 per KG
- Family Friendly
- Dog Friendly (leads essential)
After picking you are welcome to stay at the Figbar, have a cold drink and/ or light meal (cheese platter). The Figbar is open every day. There’s picnic rugs to borrow and plenty of shade under the avenues of London Plane trees.