A Guide To Father's Day In The Highlands
Sunday 6 September is when we celebrate Father’s Day this year! Dads, grandads, stepdads, father figures and funcles – whoever it may be. Find the perfect way to say thank you to the wonderful guys in our lives with The Fold’s Guide To Father’s Day In The Highlands.
It’s pretty hard to go past our kickarse local breweries if Pa loves a frothy! A growler filled up with his favourite ale from Eden Brewery would keep any beer fan happy. Or order a case of cans from Southern Highlands Brewing. They’ll deliver it free to yours or Dad’s front door if he’s local, in Sydney, Wollongong or Canberra – very cool! Check out the mixed carton – everyone’s a winner, then.
If Dad’s a wine buff head into Argyle Street Wine Merchants in Moss Vale for a huge selection of local and international wines. Thirsty Cellars, the new kid on the bevvie block, on Bong Bong Street in Bowral is also worth a visit for quirky and unique beers, wines and spirits.
You can head straight into of the Highlands awesome cellar doors for an afternoon of tasting to stock up for Dad – it’s only right you taste it first, right?? Tractorless Vineyard’s new set up at The Mill is ideal for sipping and selecting. And check out PepperGreen Estate’s pretty amazing wine tasting experiences. Book Dad in for a couple of hours with their super-savvy sommelier in their private cellar. If online ordering is how it works for you right now, then check out Cuttaway Hill Wines online wine store and grab some delicious local reds, whites and/or bubbles.
And whatever your special Dad loves to drink, there’s a vessel for it at Cookshop Plus! Beer? Ale glasses. Whiskey? Decanter and tumbler sets. Wine? Wine glasses. Cognac? Snifters. Moscow Mules? Copper cups. Champagne? Champagne flutes. And the list goes on, and on, and on. There’s lots to choose from, and the staff are really helpful in store as well, so if you’re not sure what you need, just ask!
There are some crackin' Father’s Day dining options to spoil Dad with, but make sure you book as soon as you can. Plus check out some of your other local fave's like Bistro Sociale at Berida Hotel which is a great place for a delicious dinner - a European-inspired menu and a pre-dinner gin at the gin bar! Sold!
Or book in for Centennial Vineyard’s Guy Tea, a blokey take on High Tea. You need to see the menu for this – it’s pretty kickarse and there’s a kids’ menus which looks just as good! Oh, and Dad gets a beer – yes, the Guy Tea runs in the morning but hey, it’s lunch time somewhere in the world, right? Centennial Vineyards Restaurant is also hosting a special Father's Day lunch if Dad is planning on a sleep-in. He won’t go hungry, that’s for sure – check out the menu here – AND Dad gets a free gift (handy if you forget to get one!).
If you're not a breakfast-in-bed kinnda family, bet Dad would be super-happy if you booked in for a fam brunch at his fave cafe on Sunday. We're thinking The South Hill Kitchen Breakfast.... chorizo, hashbrown, mushrooms, bacon... maybe a side of halloumi... mmmm. Or, you can head down the road to Mitta and book in for brekkie at Mittagong RSL. Serving their fave breakkie menu classics, plus a few extra special dishes, there is bound to be something for everyone. Plus, they have oodles of space to social distance, so you can enjoy your time with a little extra peace of mind.
Venues are restricted with numbers thanks to COVID so will fill up quickly.
Now, things are a little different this year and if staying in is the plan, there are plenty of local businesses to help you create something special for Dad at home. If Dad’s a bit of a foodie, there are still plenty of awesome restaurants offering up gourmet takeaway meals – have a look at the options from Birch and Ethos Restaurant at Links House.
Local caterer Black Hen Kitchen have created a pretty spectacular (as always) Father's Day Dessert Box.... hello cherry ripe slice, dunk-worthy cookies, double choc brownies, salted caramel and marshmallow Monte Carlos and rum sticky date pudding.....yuuuuum!
What about organising an aaaahmazing Grazing Box (or two) from Highlands Grazing Co. And then help Dad work his way through it. You can choose from the savoury selections but you absolutely need to check out the incredible Father’s Day Gift Box Nadia has created – they look SO GOOD they are almost too amazing to even touch…. Almost. Yum!
And if Dad likes his baked treats, touch base with The Batty Baker. Roxi creates some pretty spectacular cakes, cupcakes, macarons and more. Try her specialty, the South African milk tarts for bonus points.
To prepare a feast of your own, you could order some local meat (we're talkin' steak friends) online from Maugers Meats – they home deliver – and fire up the BBQ.
If you are out and about, pop in to buy Dad some treats from our local stores. Seriously - the Highlands is the place to shop for delicious food treats. The Whey Café and Dairy Store at the Robertson Cheese Factory has a huge range of cheeses and local delights to choose from, Bendooley Estate Larder for a range of yummy sauces and rubs that he'll love. Check out The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop in Berrima for lovely jams, honey and other delicious goodies. And if dad’s got a sweet tooth, swing by Bowral Sweets and Treats for something tasty, and Ms Peacock Chocolates for some next level honeycomb….. droooooool time! So many gorgeous shops to visit. So many!
Father's Day Dessert Box from Black Hen Kitchen
Father's Day boxes from Highlands Grazing Co are available in two varieties
A membership to a local golf course should go down well with a Pa who putts! Here's a list of golf courses (with the all-important 19th hole) across the Highlands and click here for an article we put together with more info about where to tee off locally.
Head to The Fixed Wheel if cycling is his thing. This'll be a winner! They've got loads of bikes and accessories to make sure Dad is safe, speedy and comfortable when he gets on his bike. A big range of bike shoes, you'll find some Garmin products, super-comfortable (and padded) bib shorts, Dirt Surfer mud guards and Silca floor pumps for when Dad is feeling a little deflated. If cycling isn't your thing, the team are really helpful and can help you choose the best gift, or sort him out with a Fixed Wheel gift voucher so he can go in and choose something for himself.
For all other sporty dads check out these sports stores.
And if Dad is a bit of a groover, surprise him with a ticket to this! Leo Sayer will be singing and dancing his way through two live and intimate performances at The Loch in Berrima. If THAT doesn't make Dad feel like dancing, we don't know what will! #sorrynotsorry. We love you Leo!
Cutting edge Garmin accessories from The Fixed Wheel in Bowral
For the Dad who is always keen to learn, you should check out all of the upcoming talks, workshops and courses happening around the Highlands. What a great gift! There is something in there to tickle everybody's fancy from cheese making, gardening, jewellery making, cooking, furniture painting, art, ceramics...
If Dad likes to channel his inner Masterchef, than book him in for an Italian Cooking Experience with Stefano Marvello. Stefano has created a purpose-built cooking school in Bowral where he’s sharing his love of home-made delicious Italian food. Soooooo good.
Or get in touch with Steve at the 1910 Ironworks in Wildes Meadow. Steve runs awesome blacksmithing classes. Dad will learn how to forge, create and make some pretty special items – it’s so important traditional skills like this are kept alive, right?
If the Dad you’re buying for is all about looking luxe in The Highlands (or perhaps not so, and needs a bit of help – but shhhhh, we won’t tell him!), shop the men’s fashion shops locally to give his wardrobe a little makeover. Click here to check them out.
We love the men's section at Heavenly Scents & Gifts at Mittagong for manly accessories - beard combs, wallets, belts, lotions and potions and more. Loads of options for the guys.
Bowerbird on Argyle in Mossy have a super-stylish range of products for Dad - glasses (the ones for reading and the ones for drinking from!), watches, quirky art, gardening tools, after shave, stunning overnight travel bags and stacks more. Head in to check out the man cave section.
Superb Design & Interiors in Mittagong is another shop you should visit to find Dad a gorgeous gift. Choose from a big selection of cookbooks and coffee table books and Superb Design is a fab spot for those special finds; like some incredible book ends.
Fashionable and stylish accessories for Dad at Bowerbird on Argyle.
Unique and stylish gifts at Superb Design and Interiors Mittagong
Fire It Up
How about getting the man a BBQ? The way we see it it's a win-win, really. Head in to chat to the team at Highland Fires and BBQs in Mittagong. They're the Highlands' specialist Weber dealer and will be able to help you find the perfect BBQ for you... erm, we mean Dad.
Still not sure?
Hhhhmmm how about something fun from The Sell Block? You can never go wrong with a book - here are our local bookshops. Does your Dad appreciate antiques? Surprise him with that piece he's never go around to framing? Visit one of these fab shops for a cool gift for Dad - from a wallet to a lamp - anything goes!
If the manshed is looking a little bare and Dad likes big boys toys (and handy tools!) head to one of the Gubbins Pulbrook Mitre 10 stores across the Highlands to check out their huge range of power tools. There'll be a whole lot of drilling and sawing and cutting goin' on!
And to give your gift the final touch, head to Pretty Little Present in Springett's Arcade for all things wrapping and cards - they have a HUGE selection of card (make sure you don't forget to get Dad a card!), Carter Collective (in Dirty Janes) and Bespoke Letterpress for some awesome local card and wrapping options too.
WhatEVER the Father in your life loves, let's all shop locally for him!
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This article was written by the fabulous Eloise Hughes in 2018 and updated by The Fold Team in 2019 and then 2020!