Embrace local tastes and seasonal produce for your best Christmas spread yet with our top picks for local producers to add local flavour to festive feasting.
The Australian holidays are all about summer sun and al fresco dining, and there’s no better time of the year to embrace in-season, native produce. With world-class lamb, pork, beef and bountiful seafood, pristine summer fruits and vegetables and local artisans selling cut-above condiments and baked goods, Western Australians are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting the very best for their Christmas lunch. We’ve rounded up our selection of top producers you should save room for on your holiday table.
It doesn’t get much more quintessentially Christmas than a clove-studded leg of ham. Likely served cold at a West Australian holiday lunch, you can’t go past locally raised Linley Valley pork for your festive spread. Go the classic route with the ham leg, or try a rolled porchetta with a nutty stuffing and shatteringly crisp crackling.
A roasted lamb leg makes a showstopping centrepiece on any Christmas table, and Amelia Park’s South West born-and-bred lamb is juicy and flavourful. Embrace festive flavours of cherry and orange in a sweet and sticky glaze, or add some local flair to your meat with Margaret River’s Crunch Preserves. The small-batch condiment producer’s limited-edition Christmas range includes an orange and gin ham glaze and a cranberry, orange and Champagne sauce, while the full range includes chutneys, relishes and savoury jams featuring native flavours and local ingredients that are a great addition to any spread.
Where to find it: Linley Valley Pork can be found at select IGA and Farmer Jack stores, as well as a number of butchers and independent supermarkets, while Amelia Park lamb is stocked at Woolworths and select IGA stores throughout the state. Shop Crunch Preserves at select Woolworths, IGA and Farmer Jacks stores, as well a range of specialty grocers – find your local stockist on the Crunch Preserves website.
A festive summer feast wouldn’t be complete without platters of incredible, locally sourced seafood. Harvested from along the Western Australian coast, Leeuwin Coast Akoya, with their ocean-fresh flavour, are a decadent addition to your seafood selection, and can be served raw, cured or cooked. Enhance the delicate flavour by curing them with lime juice and serve them with caviar for a luxed-up spin on oyster ceviche, or gently smoke then, then lay them atop toasted sourdough overloaded with flavoured butter for a rich and creamy bite.
We also love the flaky Glacier 51 toothfish, a clean and sweet-flavoured fish sustainably harvested off the coast of Western Australia, and Karumba banana prawns. Given the quality and fresh flavour of our seafood, let the produce speak for itself and serve your platter simply with plenty of lemon wedges, some creamy Marie Rose sauce, and a light and tangy citrus dressing.
Where to find it: Find Akoya at Angelo’s Seafood South Perth, Boatshed Deli, Fins Seafood, Fisho Singleton, Get Pickled and Get Shucked, Great Southern Seafood, Great Southern Supplies, Kailis Leederville, Seafresh Innaloo, Sealanes Retail, Two Groupers Fish Supply and Universal Seafoods. And find Glacier 51 toothfish at Seafresh Innaloo and Myaree, Seafood Seacrests, Central Seafoods and Fins Seafood, and Karumba prawns at your local grocer or supermarket.
Fruit and vegetables
With a plethora of seasonal fruit and vegetables available there’s no reason not to make your Christmas table a cornucopia of summer produce. Feature sweet and juicy local berries from Berry Sweet Farm in desserts, with strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries all in season over the holidays. Use them to top an airy pavlova with and cap it off with some fresh passionfruit, or stir either through a homemade semifreddo with chunks of nuts and chocolate for a fresh, festive summer dessert.
Make the most of the sweet, juicy summer stone fruit on offer from WA Stone Fruit, including apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums. These fruits lend themselves to salads to accompany Christmas lunch (think nectarine, tomato, stracciatella and basil), make a great base for fruity and refreshing cocktails, and are incredible cooked into a variety of cakes and pies. For a simple festive dessert, caramelise a medley of stone fruit in brown sugar, butter and a splash of your favourite festive tipple for a boozy, warm fruit salad. Perfect on its own or as a side to any of your classic Christmas puddings.
Where to find it: Get your Berry Sweet Farm fruits direct from the farm in Bullsbrook, and local stone fruit from a number of farms through the Perth hills and from select farmers markets – check the full list at the WA Stone Fruit website.
Baked goods, sweet treats and decadent desserts
From breakfast pastries to desserts, nothing says festive season indulgence quite like an endless array of sweets and baked goods. Start your day off with pastries and freshly baked breads from Hunter Bread or grab some hot-from-the-oven 24-hour-fermented sourdough or a fruit and nut loaf from the Bicton bakery and slather it with creamy artisanal butter and local honey, for a homely but delicious breakfast.
Round out your dessert selection with vanilla and dark chocolate panna cotta or some creamy tiramisù from Sal’s Pasta, and make sure to grab some Italian almond and vanilla short biscotti to serve with coffee while you’re there (you can also shop from the incredible selection of hand-made pasta, seasonal ravioli, and the many authentic sugos and pestos on offer, all of which make a great accompaniment to your lunch).
We’ll also be finishing up our dessert table with some bespoke, handmade confectionery from Sue Lewis Chocolatier. The sumptuous fresh chocolate truffles feature classic native flavours, including lemon myrtle and saltbush caramel, and make a great addition to a dessert grazing board, while the artisan bars make for a perfect hostess gift or present for your favourite foodie.
Where to find it: Shop Hunter Bread goods direct from the bakery in Bicton, but be sure to pre-order for Christmas Day, Sal’s Pasta from their storefront in Cottesloe, and Sue Lewis online or from their shop in the State Buildings.