Online shopping a foodie heaven

WHEN it comes to online shopping, fashion might rule the roost but foodies are increasingly heading online and, with just a few clicks, having the cuisine of their choice delivered to their doorstep.

This week GT takes a look at a few of the boutique producers in the Hunter Valley selling their wares online.

Adina Vineyard and Olive Grove

The family-owned estate in Lovedale not only produces wines, has a restaurant and accommodation on site, but also grows and processes its own olive products.

Its online shop offers sweet, fortified, white, red and sparkling wines as well as a range of delicious olive products, vinegars and dukkah.

An order of Adina's Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar, Farm Fresh Dukkah, olive oil and tapenade will have you set for a lazy summer lunch or dinner.

Adina general manager Daryl Broadbent told GT their online business continued to grow, albeit slowly. He said their demographic, aged 50 and above, were less inclined to shop online than their 30-something counterparts, but predicted this to change over the next decade.

Darby Street Quality Meats

This butcher sources meats from Somerset meats, who also supply restaurants such as Paymasters, Bacchus and many more clubs, pubs and resorts across the Hunter Region. Deliveries are available to the lower Hunter at this stage.

Products on offer include Cowra Lamb, Otway Free Range Pork, Nolans Private Selection Beef, La Ionica Hormone & Chemical Free Chicken, as well as free-range poultry and game, veal meats and products, sausages and rissoles, wagyu and deli meats, bacon and smallgoods.

Every Wednesday a selection of products are also offered as online-only specials.

Hunter Belle Cheese

The hand-made cheese producer delivers a range of cheeses as well as quince paste, olives, cheese knives and fig and date compote to Newcastle, Sydney and the Central Coast (other areas during cooler months).

The cheese, which is made at their factory in Muswellbrook, is shipped with ice packs to maintain freshness.

Choose from a range of cheeses, including Camembelle (award-winning camembert-style cheese), Goldenbelle (washed rind cheese), Bluebelle (camembert style with blue veins for a mild blue cheese flavour) and a range of feta, cheddar and plenty more.

Banana Barn

For no fuss, no frills, fresh fruit and vegetables delivered in a flash, it's hard to go past Banana Barn. The site has a wide choice of seasonal fruit and vegies including an ever-changing specials page.

Once joined up, you'll also be tempted with regular emails of seasonal specials such as mango trays, stonefruit and cherries, as well as recipes to make the best use of the fruit and vegetables you order. For those who have an unchanging weekly shop, you can also make a repeating or standard order.

Banana Barn delivers to Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Lower Hunter Valley.

The Chilli Factory

Keen to tackle the world's hottest chilli? Visit the online shop of Morisset's The Chilli Factory and have it shipped to your door, if you dare.

The factory grows the Trinidad Scorpion Chilli Butch T - measuring an intense 1,463,700 Scoville units of heat, it is the Official Guiness World Records hottest chilli - and makes a range of chilli sauces and relishes.

And with names such as Scorpion Strike, Devil's Delirium, Taipan Venom, Dragon's Blood, Funnelweb Bite and Morning Afterburn, you know the chilli sauces are going to pack a punch. Each product comes with a heat rating out of 10 to help you choose.

The Chilli Factory website also features relishes, jams, satay sauce, a range of Chilli Factory merchandise ("I survived the Scorpion Strike") and even seeds for you to grow the chillis from scratch.

 Hunter Valley Chocolate

Lovedale's Hunter Valley Chocolate Company & Fudge Factory has more than enough chocolate to keep even the most serious chocoholic happy, from dark and milk chocolate to white, chilli and even sugar-free chocolate.

For serious addicts or to feed the family, the shop also offers a range of products in bulk such as chocolate-covered almonds, bullets, honeycomb and more.

The chocolates are posted in polystyrene boxes with refrigerant packs to maintain a cool temperature during shipping.

SUCCESS: Adina Vineyard’s manager Daryl Broadbent. Picture:Peter Stoop

SUCCESS: Adina Vineyard’s manager Daryl Broadbent. Picture:Peter Stoop