The Tweed Valley in Northern New South Wales now has a unique foodie offering with the opening of the Husk Farm Distillery this week.
Australia’s first paddock to bottle agricole rum distillery, Husk Distillery is located in the agriculture rich Tweed River, Tumbulgum, offering stunning views across the Valley to Wollumbin Mt Warning and beyond.
The brand-new distillery will house a cellar door, cocktail bar and Planter’s café. Visitors can sample a cocktail list that will change seasonally and focus on showcasing Husk’s spirits together with native bushfood and locally growth produce. First up is the winter menu – expect flavours including roasted wattle seed, flamed lemon myrtle and lilly pilly.
For tasty treats, enjoy a loaded grazing board or some Ink Gin and Husk Pure Cane chocolates paired with Blackboard coffee from the Planters café while taking in the views across the open green pastures to the Tweed river and Wollumbin (Mt Warning).
Venue Manager Andrew Jones said “We are committed to using local produce and supporting the farmers of the region, the menu has been crafted to compliment the cellar door with the freshest ingredients the region has on offer.”
Husk is all about all about the local community and collaboration, they have teamed up with Tweed bakery ‘Baked@Ancora’ to create a traditional Caribbean ‘rum baba’ cake using Husk Rum. A classic provincial dessert menu will complement the range of spirits on offer at the distillery.
After tasting the delights of Husk, visitors can see how it all happens with a guided tour of the distillery, including an Ink Gin and tonic on arrival and Husk rum tasting flight in the Barrel House.
The tours will run from Wednesday to Sunday, at 11am. 1.00pm and 3.00pm, at a cost of $35 per person – a designated driver pack is available upon request.
Situated on a 60-hectare farm with grazing cattle, sugar cane and twelve hectares of uncleared remnant rainforest, the Husk Farm Distillery is more than just about producing great product. The Messenger family who own and operate the farm distillery are committed to the protection of this important rainforest.
Distiller and founder Paul Messenger said, “we follow sustainable practices growing the raw materials for our rum and feeding the waste streams from both rum and gin back to our happy herd of cattle. What they can’t eat becomes nutrient rich compost to go back on our rainforest plantings, crops and gardens.”
‘Our fertile land and mild climate, along with our local cane varieties, our people and methods of production define our provenance and give our rum its unique terroir,” Messenger says.