Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is heaving with visitors and the small buses just keep coming. The shop sells the usual strawberry themed things like jams and syrups, berry ice-cream, and freeze-dried strawberries either au naturel or rolled in white, dark or milk chocolate. Of course you can buy a punnet of strawberries for $7 (from somewhere else), while a fruit barn further down on the Peninsula has them for 89 cents. Get your hands dirty and pick your own 500gm punnet with Upick, which is available during strawberry picking season. The Dessert Cafe has a range of decadent sweets based – you guessed it – on strawberries. They all look irresistible, but I stay with the Devonshire Tea. The scones are way too big for a snack, so they are best shared or alternatively, go on an empty stomach. Robust like a damper, the scones are super fresh and considerably light. Seeing as though it’s a strawberry farm and there is jam galore for sale in the shop, this jam is runny and not particularly good. It is better than the corn syrup sweetened cheap varieties though – but still. You can’t fault the double thick cream. For 50 cents, grab extra jam and cream, as you need at least three times the amount of the runny jam to make a dent in the scones. Check the website for opening times as they vary throughout the year.
Tea: A selection of Sir Lipton tea bags served in a teapot.
Overall: Crowded and popular shop/cafe, ideal for super sweet treats.
Location: Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, 244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge VIC 3928
Ph: 03 5989 4500 sunnyridge.com.au
Reviewed in September, 2017