A Guide To Father's Day In The Highlands
Not only do we get to celebrate the first day of spring on Sunday 1 September, we also get to celebrate Father’s Day! 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.
If Dad’s a wine buff, head into Argyle Street Wine Merchants in Moss Vale – tucked in beside Wine Mosaic Lounge - for a huge selection of local and international wines.
Or head straight into one of the Highlands awesome cellar doors or brewers for an afternoon of tasting and to stock up for Dad. You could grab a cab sav from Joadja Estate, (their Boysenberry Liqueur is also worth a try - particularly delicious poured over ice cream - just sayin'). Or take Dad along to Tractorless Vineyard’s exciting new super-chilled Urban Cellar Door and Brewery in Braemar for a tasting session, or just chill out for a few drinks or a bite to eat (and maybe buy him a bottle or two while you're there!).
The Cuttaway Hill Private Sparkling Winemaking Tasting is very cool and something fun you can do with the extended family. You can book it online. Cuttaway Hill Wines sell gift certificates for tastings and tour activities, so if Dad’s schedule is pretty hectic, grab him a voucher so he can book himself in at a later date.
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’s no shortage of awesome venues hosting some pretty special (and delicious) ways to celebrate Father’s Day. Here's a list of places around The Southern Highlands that are whipping up some yummo specials and feasts for Dad.
Mittagong RSL are catering to the buffet officianados and early risers by putting on a fabbo Father’s Day Breakfast Buffet. All the brekkie faves including waffles, bacon (mmmmmmm bacon), mushies, hash browns and more. Or if Dad is keeping an eye on the waistline, he can kick his special day off with fresh fruit, yoghurt and refreshing juices.
The Taphouse in Mossy has a pretty awesome deal for Dad. They’ll be shouting each table a free jug of beer – Dad’s choice, of course! Sweeeeet.
And Birch will be whipping up some hearty family fare with their ultimate family share menu. Grazing platters inspired by the good ol’ Sunday roast and hearty meats, with a next level dessert platter to finish the meal off. There are two seating times to choose from too – 11:30am and 2:30pm. Birch is super popular on days like this so give the guys a buzz as soon as you can to secure a table.
Check this one out for a chilled out Fatehr's Day - Bertha's will be grilling and smoking all day long - book Dad in for a feast and a tinnie or two.
Milton Park are getting back to nature and taking advantage of the weather on the first day of spring with a supercool Dad’s Day Out which is literally outside! Casual but stylish, this is a unique outdoor dining experience for the family. Local craft beers on tap, a whiskey and champagne bar (hellooooo!), lawn games, live music and outdoor food stations with a yummo spread of casual food with a gourmet twist! How good does that sound?
Mrs Oldbucks Pantry should definitely be on your list to pick up all the goodies that Dads and especially Grandpas love, love, love to eat. We're talking delicious jams, chutney, honey, dressings and incredible sauces (like the salted caramel sauce we absolutely recommend you pour in volumes over ice cream), teas, lollies... you get the idea! You can grab a selection of goodies and Mrs Oldbuck will put them into a hamper for you.
Retford Park Open Garden is happening over the Father's Day weekend. Perfect timing. The gorgeous gardens are full of rare and unique trees, a gorgeous homestead to drool over and even a family of emus to meet! Take along a picnic and some drinks and head on over for a day in the sun. Don’t forget to pack some games for the whole family to enjoy. Here's some more info on the Open Garden and House Tours running across the Father's Day weekend.
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.
If the man in your life has a taste for adventure or just loves to get outdoors a ticket to one of these awesome events in the 2019 WILDfest - from canoeing adventures to astro photography, plus some incredible foodie events - all celebrating our great outdoors.
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. And there are a lot. What a great gift! There is something in there to tickle everybody's fancy from cheese making, gardening, jewellery making, furniture painting, art, ceramics... we could go on and on. Check them all out here.
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.
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. Oh, and can you think of anything that goes better with BBQ than anything from the Kielty Sauce range? Loads of local stockists to grab
yourself Dad some.
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! And don't forget the local hardware stores if you can't go past buying him a handy tool.
Cameron’s Newsagents have a fantastic range of wrapping paper and cards to give the gift a final touch. Carter Collective (in Dirty Janes) and Bespoke Letterpress have 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.