Where To Get Your Christmas Seafood + Ham In The Illawarra
Time To Get Organised And Start Your Christmas Feast Prep!
The big day is quietly and quickly approaching and it’s time to get organised.
Personally, we believe Christmas is all about one thing: THE FOOOOOOD [Oh, and spending lots of time with the people we love of course…ahem].
So to help you get on the front foot this festive season, here’s a handy list of some local spots to get your seafood and ham for your Chrissy feast.
WHERE TO GET YOUR CHRISTMAS SEAFOOD
Getting to call this coastal part of the world home is just the bees knees! Especially when it comes with the added bonus of having delicious seafood right at our fingertips. Here are 5 absolute must-visit seafood spots around town to make sure your table is heaving with oceanic goodness this Christmas.
And you can also check out our Eat + Drink Business Directory for other local seafood markets and suppliers.
Shellharbour Square Fish Market
These guys have one of THE BIGGEST selections of fresh seafood in the Illawarra. You’ll find them in Stockland Shellharbour Shopping Centre and they also have online shopping on their website, a great option if you want to avoid the December retail madness.
There’s a huge selection of fresh fish, prawns and seafood and they even sell fresh seafood and bbq platters if you want a bit of everything.
BONUS: If you spend more than $150 online they’ll even deliver it for FREE! Chrimbo has never looked easier.
Aish’s Seafood :: Berkeley
Perched right on the lake in Berkeley, this is the place to go to get your super local lake prawns. They usually get those tasty little morsels into the shop pretty regularly but are popular so a pre-order might be the way to go.
They’re also known for top notch lobster, mud crabs and oysters plus heaps more. All their seafood is sustainably caught so you can feel at ease chomping down some Chrissy lunch.
Harbourside Fish Market :: North Wollongong
Home to some of the Illawarra’s best cooked and fresh seafood, this fish market has a wonderful selection of shellfish, and fresh fish plus their oysters are freshly shucked and absolutely divine.
If you plan to pre-order they usually have a $150 spending minimum and orders will close a week before Christmas day.
Right on the harbour at Kiama you can’t go wrong here. Australian Prawns, Rock and Pacific Oysters and locally caught fish yes, please!!! Kiama Fisheries knows how important seafood at Christmas truly is and usually open early and shut late on Christmas Eve – ideal if you’re a bit more of last minute Larry [or Lucy].
Harley & John’s Seafood :: Fairy Meadow
Serving top quality seafood in the Illawarra for over 30 years, Harley & John’s Seafood recently became the first independent fish market in all of NSW with a certificate MSC chain of custody. This promises that the seafood they sell can be traced to certified sustainable fisheries…. Woah great stuff guys!
They have loads of different types of prawns, crustaceans, molluscs and fresh fish and have recipes and tips on how to cook them if you’re new to the seafood game or just feeling like trying something new. Orders will close around 21 December but keep an eye on their socials for updates.
WHERE TO GET YOUR CHRISTMAS HAM
Can you imagine Christmas WITHOUT a tasty gooey glazed ham adorning the centre of the table? We shudder at the thought!
Here are four places to grab your ham and maybe some other meaty options too!
Want more? Check out our Eat + Drink Business Directory for a list of local butchers and delis.
Hasties Toptaste Meats :: Wollongong
The hams here are made right in the store. Can’t get much more local than that!
They’re all Australian pork and they recommend pre-ordering because they are POP.U.LAR.
Hasties also sell packs and trays for all your other meaty Xmas needs, and even offer home delivery so you can get that ham-to-door service, nice!
Purebred Meats :: Thirroul
Champions of free-range products, the hams at Purebred Meats are smoked to perfection. They have both traditional and nitrate-free hams depending on your preference. Give them a buzz to pre-order yours or try your luck in the shop.
If you feel like adding something a little European to the table this year, pre-order their delicious rolled Porchetta…. Trust us your taste buds and lunch guests will thank you!
JD Meats :: Gerringong
You’ll find both half and full hams available here, perfect for however many mouths are on your guest list.
Plus they’ve got a great range of turkey, chicken, duck and pork so you can go the whole hog [pun intended] if you want to. Orders are already flying in so better get [Christmas] cracking / crackling!
Superior Meats on Addison :: Shellharbour
Those in Shellharbour know Superior Meats is one of the best places to go for your Chrissy ham.
Traditional smoked free-range ham in both whole and half are available to pre-order. Orders usually close a week before and are likely to sell out so we suggest you get in early.
While you’re in the store picking up your hammy bundle, take some time to browse all their pantry goodies including herbs, sauces and pickles. You might be able to grab all the ingredients you need for your glaze or even a last-minute gift.
Graze Butchery :: Balgownie
Known for their top-quality meat and gorgeous deli section you can be rest assured the hams at Graze will be the gold standard. They also sell lots of organic and local condiments and sauces to really make your feast stand out. Let’s make it a fancy Christmas this year!
Hawthornes Meats :: Woonona
This is the place to go for that ‘love your local’ butcher feel. Dave and his team want to ensure your Christmas Day is the best one yet.
Get your hands on a delicious free range Otway ham that has been honey cured and smoked……drooling! Other tasty table additions include free-range rolled pork loin, free-range turkey chicken and duck plus a turkey buffet on the bone!
If you want to try something a little different they have quail, spatchcock and even dry aged steaks [ooh la la]. The cut-off-date for orders is usually around a week before the 25th so make sure not to miss it.
We can’t wait to see all your fabulous Chrissy feasts! Stretchypants at the ready, people.
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