Summer road trip, time to pack the car and leave the hot city for the beach. This weekend we drove the Great Ocean Road, visited the Seafood Festival in Apollo Bay, took our touristic photos of the 12 Apostles, and turned our hands purple enjoying the vast amounts of blackberries which grow wild on the side of the Great Ocean Road.
This weekend, Apollo Bay hosted the annual Seafood Festival. Food, Wine, Music and great people. On the menu was fresh caught lobster, wood fired seafood pizza, and something we have never seen before… Scallop Pies, a signature pie made by the local bakery. You absolutely must try this pie once for the experience, but first try the party pie size, much easier to eat. Inside they pile scallops, curry and leek. Next time you journey down the Great Ocean Road, make sure you visit this local bakery.
After visiting many of our local suppliers down the surf coast, we stopped at one of the car rest areas with a view over the sea. A few large blackberry bushes grew around the lookout which made for a tasty snack. The only thing better than hand picked blackberries, is the purple stained hands from the delicious juice. We stopped at a few more rest areas, and every time we stopped, picked more. Three for the bag, one for me.
Here are four great ways to use your blackberries at home.
Note: we contacted the local council and Vic Roads who confirmed they do not spray poison the blackberries. Do not pick berries on private land without asking the farmers as they may spray their bushes. We picked our berries on many of the car rest areas along the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy!