Tourist in my town: Pot to Plate with Tweed Eco Cruises

Pot to Plate is an interactive history lesson like no other. A joint venture between Luther Cora, from the local Yugambeh Tribe, and the Petersen family from Tweed Eco Cruises — it’s an immersive experience which has become famous across Australia and Asia.

“The Pot to Plate is less of a tour and more of an invitation to join our table,” Kylie Petersen from Tweed Eco Cruises told Blank GC. “The concept being that stories and experiences are shared by everyone at the table including Luther and Eric the Crab Man (our resident professional crabber). I believe we have created a truly unique experience, both for our region and Australia.”

The adventure, which has been featured on TV shows in Hong Kong and China and on the Sydney Weekender with Mike Whitney, starts with morning tea served up on the sandbank. Guests can enjoy coffee and tea from the Tweed region and a selection of biscuits and locally grown fruit, while Luther provides a musical backdrop on the didgeridoo.

To start the day’s fishing, Luther leads the group spearing fish and crabs in the mangroves using traditional hunting methods, passed down from the tribe’s elders. He cooks the crab or fish up on a fire pit on the beach for all to try. Back on the boat, Eric the Crab Man guides the tour through the Tweed River to an oyster farm to sample the day’s catch with a glass of champagne. On the way back he demonstrates how the modern crabber gathers bait and catches crabs.

After spending the morning catching your lunch, everyone sits down to eat together, sharing stories of the many different cultures around the table. Eric and Luther explain the history of the Tweed, while guests are invited to talk about their own towns and countries. The catch of the day is cooked in a seafood boiling pot onboard the boat and is then served to the table with spanner or sand crabs, oysters (with homemade sauce), prawns and a selection of fruits and salad grown by the Petersen family themselves.

This “behind the scenes” tour shows you two traditions — the indigenous side and the professional fishing family side — it’s a chance to learn about where the food you eat comes from, while enjoying local fresh seafood you have helped catch.

“The Tweed has so many farmers and producers, so we really try and use everything from our region for this tour — from beers, wines, soft drinks to cheese, fruits and salads,” said Kylie. “Our Pot to Plate adventure is one of kind, something I am very proud of because we have been able to highlight so much of our region and traditions, and pass on our passion, all by joining our table!”

The Pot to Plate tour is limited to 15 people, at $330.00 per person, and runs for approximately four hours. For more information visit tweedecocruises.com.

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