New Product Launch - Fruit Gifts

Fresh Fruit Hampers help share the magic
Just in time for your special milestone celebrations, new baby arrivals and sympathy events, corporate gift buyers can now treat their team and workers to luxury gift hampers. As a way to send best wishes, award winning fruit gifts are second to none and ensure your personal message arrives amongst a basket brimming with the season's freshest fruit. 

Once confined to a specific few corporate clients, the exceptional fresh fruit packed baskets and hampers created by are now available to buy via next day shipping across all Sydney residential areas and CBD, and are sure to become a popular of get well soon gifts and edible arrangements.

Each edible fruit arrangement is not limited to just fruit only - you can elect to create your very own designer impression with a choice of gourmet luxury add-ons like French Champagne from the house of Moet - or Hunter Valley wine from respected winemaker Audrey Wilkinson. Why not make a luxury gift hamper suitable for a sharing celebration and add gourmet add-ons like quince paste, fig paste and dukka and antipasto. There is essentially no limit to the flavor combos obtainable across the website - don't imagine it is fruit only.

New Fruit Hampers Launched 2014

The new product launch behind 2014 fruit collection is made available in abundant portion size standard and large sizes. The standard fruit offering is called the Fruit Basket, and comes in a wicker basket complete with 17-20 pieces of handpicked fruit. The large fruit product is known as the fruit hamper and is a more complete design, with up to 30 pieces of fruit offered.

When asked what goes into a edible fruit arrangement for free delivery, Kacy Fletcher from was forthright to the point - "We feature a pineapple or melon as the foundation builder for the creation - they work really well to build around and give the other fruit pieces back up and leverage.

"Next, we add three or four bananas - again as a backing for the overall fruit layout. Now we have created a little bowl effect for the edible fruit arrangement - it is just an issue of filling in the basket with pairs and trios of fresh seasonal fruit," Kacy illustrates as she touches the boxes of just delivered fruit surrounding her,

"So at the moment you can expect apples, pears, avocado, grapes, mango, strawberries, stone fruit, nectarines, plums, peaches, cherries, oranges, mandarins, kiwi fruit - there simply is no fresh fruit arrangement idea we won't look into.".

FREE Delivery now included with Fruit Hampers

A key factor to consider in each and every gourmet gift hamper is the option for free delivery - and buyers who order from will rave to note that delivery is free all the time - no questions asked. Our market research suggested that busy mums and sidetracked executive assistants have little regard for extras and unexpected increases in price as they checkout on a website. So we made a change for office fruit at work - delivery free - always.

And it's a fair query about fruit baskets to question - just what do I do with a fruit basket once it is delivered? Kacy advocates for corporate and office fruit at work situations - the best way to share the visual appeal and striking presentation is to place the fruit basket in reception and leave is on display for the rest of the day - or at least until there is time to office share the fruit delivery. Then, simply peel the clear wrapping and peer inside the wicker basket to reveal a fresh fruit basket for all of us to share and enjoy.

Part of the success story behind an award winning and highly regarded established enterprise is giving fantastic service and reliable delivery terms. For extraordinary customer service - are peerless and enjoy a thriving social media appearance across Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest - plus a system of supporting fresh fruit blogs and highly commended feature articles all add weight and authority to the product. It seems get well soon gifts from the edible arrangement experts are here to stay in Sydney CBD and suburban areas.

Grilled Pineapple + Mango Salad.

1 pineapple, peeled, trimmed, cored, and sliced into 2cm slices.
2 to 3 ripe good sized mangoes, skinned, pitted and cut into cubes.
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander.
1 tablespoon sliced fresh garden mint.
1/4 teaspoon dry cayenne pepper.

Preheat your bbq and spray oil on the hotplates. Cook the pineapple rings for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until the pineapple is cooked through, the sugars start to blister up to the surface, and you can view the caramelisation get under way. Remove from grill and let cool down for a minute.

Cut the pineapple rings into 2cm wedges. Shake the pineapple with the mango, mint and coriander. Shower the cayenne pepper over the put together salad and serve while the pineapple is still heated.

This salad keeps well, covered in the refrigerator, for a couple of days. It works well hot or cool, as a lunchtime or barbeque side. Enjoy and remember to share your best wishes.

Fruits Baskets are bought in two overall sizes for convenience - the $79 and the $99 - so you always understand what you are receiving and there is very little lost when you prefer to create your own design.

Remember, you always get free delivery fruit basket when you shop online with us for your get well soon rewards - so there is never any fee for shipment. Go ahead and place your internet-based gift buying purchase through the online site or call direct on 1300 284 684 to speak with the customer service gift hamper experts.

Corporate Gifts

traditional wicker basket hamper
Share some Gourmet Luxury -
a hamper is the Hunter Valley in a basket

Hunter Valley Hampers Design, a popular name in corporate gifts since 1988, are proud to make public the relaunch of their new blog Gourmet Hampers Australia. The new help and advice packed resource will emphasize current sales and advertising news from the Hunter Valley and explain why having a powerful brand identity is so vital in making a favorable impression with your corporate gifts.

The blog-- which will be found at - will also be packed with the most reliable tips on the best ways to get the most from your investment inbranded gifts, employee gifts and referral thank-you presents; ideal for corporate businesses planning to share their goodwill, exhibit at a tradeshow or host a revealing and insightful open day for customers in 2014.

Hunter Valley Hampers are an advertising products and gourmet hampers supplier and experts in tailor-making everything to do with gift baskets, hampers and corporate gifts. As you would assume, premium gourmet hampers don't come cheap, and it is the quality and exclusivity of the Hunter Valley Hampers brand name that has established a reputable niche in the market.

condiments and boutique wine
Thinking outside the basket - innovative designer gift ideas
For business gift occasions, ordering wholesale is an affordable and realistic option for even the smallest establishment. Each superior hamper and gift basket has an unmistakable purpose; making certain that you get highly regarded gourmet food and wine from the appreciated local vineyards, restaurants and paddock to plate providores of the Hunter Valley. Consistently sharing a luxury hamper proves to be a talking point and builds brand loyalty and ensures the greatest exposure of your organization.

As a focus on the vineyards and Hunter Valley wine country producers, producing a reputable corporate gift entails attention to presentation and making a meaningful lasting impression. Opt for a luxurious edible arrangement, wine and cheese hamper or twin pack wine bottle gift set to really wow potential clients, customers or investors. Alternatively, create a bespoke gift basket to match your brand's exact feel - using our significant range of local farm gate produce.

Now, thanks to the Gourmet Hampers Australia blog, choosing your corporate gifts could not be easier. Hunter Valley Hampers Managing Director Kacy Fletcher says: "After helping businesses market on their own effectively for many years, it's wonderful to finally have a system where we can share our know-how directly with a wider audience. Our new blog looks set to become the primary port-of-call for business owners and marketing teams across Australia, dishing out advice on all aspects of corporate gifts, gourmet hampers and fruit arrangements. This blog will work with our website to deliver a one-stop-shop for corporate gifts.".

Hunter Valley Hampers is based in the glorious Hunter Valley around two hours drive north of the noisy disarray of Sydney, NSW Australia. To find out more about the new blog and their range of corporate gifts speak to them through their website that can be found at

Top Ten Hunter Valley Gourmet 2014

Now we all love a list and this year we are sharing our suggestions for the Hunter Valley Gourmet Top Ten - featuring in no particular order some of our favourites and some of our new discoveries and some others who you might be interested in. 

Seriously, these selections are based on genuine Hunter Valley Gourmet and are not a paid list or clients of ours.  Word of mouth, referral and recommended to us by close friends, we are in a privileged position to share this list with you - the Top Ten Hunter Valley Gourmet for 2014.

Please, share your thoughts and nominate yourself, your business, or your own recommendation if you have a better suggestion or would like to be included in the next edition.  Above all we are fair, open minded and eager to share everything Gourmet about the Hunter Valley.

Great Gourmet Hunter Valley Wine Drives

Great Wine Drives - Gourmet Traveller
For decades the Hunter Valley has been Sydney's playground, a place to enjoy a weekend away in the country with family and friends all washed down with a healthy dose of local shiraz, semillon and chardonnay. Just close enough to make the couple-of-hours drive north of Sydney an easy run, the magical mix of vineyards, some outstanding wines and the imposing Brokenback Range continues to draw visitors, both local and international, to the region in ever-increasing numbers.

Hunter Valley Gourmet Restaurant

Leaves and Fishes Restaurant
Focusing on seafood, with an Asian kick, Leaves & Fishes started when co-owner Damian Burke began growing his own Silver Perch in the dam below Leaves and Fishes’ front deck. Harvesting and serving them in the restaurant, Sharon and he designed and built together, they became one of the first seafood restaurants in the Hunter Valley region. Offering good, fresh food in a friendly atmosphere has always been their continued goal.

Hunter Valley Gourmet BBQ

Tuscany Wine Estate Gourmet BBQ
Located in the heart of Australia’s premium wine country; Hunter Valley and only being a 2 hour drive from Sydney, many other factors such as the professional team with a high level of service ensuring you are made to feel you are at home; it is the food.

The Mill Restaurant at Tuscany Wine Estate Resort does not serve function food, rather prides itself on every meal with menu’s designed to give the highest quality, freshness, unique, variety; not your run of “The Mill”  experience.  Apart from the food we have the opportunity of offering various dining locations, ensuring those long stays offer a different dining experience each evening in both location and menu style.

Hunter Valley Gourmet Boutique Tours

Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Tours
This tour is a great introduction to the depth of Wine Country's industry! Yoll travel with a wine qualified host and experience insights into the industry not afforded everyday visitors to the Valley.  Also included are olive, cheese and handmade chocolate sampling.  Lunch consists of "clean, green" produce - a scrummy antipasto platter full of mouth watering selections.  On long weekend or event weekends,  a cafe style menu is provided.

Hunter Valley Luxury Accommodation

Blackwattle Gourmet Luxury Accommodation
Blackwattle Luxury Retreats offer two exclusive self-contained luxury cottages with romantic couples accommodation and luxurious small group self contained accommodation. The beautiful Lovedale location, in the world renowned Hunter Valley wine region of New South Wales of Pokolbin, Rothbury, Lovedale and Mount View, promises the ultimate getaway with the best of the Hunter Valley within just a few minutes.

Hunter Valley Gourmet Smokehouse

Lovedale Gourmet Smokehouse
Located on the picturesque Majors Lane Vineyard Estate in the heart of Lovedale, we are now home to Majors Lane Restaurant, Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry, Lovedale Smokehouse CafĂ©, Majors Lane Cooking School, Majors Lane Wines Cellar Door and a Gallery of Local Art. 
We pride ourselves on showcasing the Hunter Valley’s best produce by offering a unique dining and tourism experience, and would like to thank the following publications and television programs for helping us spread the word about Hunter Valley producers:

Hunter Valley Gourmet Pizza

Hunter Valley Gourmet Pizza
A family owned business that has been in the Hunter Valley since 1998. We have expanded since then to include three locations with plans for more all across the hunter.  Nick and Nicky have been in the industry since 1976 when it was still in its infancy. They have grown and evolved along with the styles and tastes that have led to its current form.

Tinklers Fresh Hunter Valley Produce

Fresh Hunter Valley Gourmet Produce
Utilising our fertile soils and farming experience, we grow an abundance of seasonal produce including table grapes, peaches, nectarines, avocados, figs and mixed citrus. These and many other seasonal vegetables are available fresh or there is a wide range of jams, marmalades, pickles and relishes to chose from.

Hunter Valley Tour Guides- Two Fat Blokes

Hunter Valley Gourmet Tours
With an amazing 140 different wine outlets, over 50 outstanding restaurants the task to choose the right ones to visit can be a daunting one. We are also blessed with stunning natural beauty and an abundance of wildlife and that famous lay-back ‘Hunter Lifestyle’.  In fact, one of the world’s most respected wine magazines named the Hunter Valley as one of the top ten wine travel destinations in the world for 2013. The Hunter Valley is the only Australian wine region to make the list.

Binnorie Gourmet Cheese Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Gourmet Cheesemaker
Set right in the middle of the Hunter Valley's fabulous Pokolbin vineyard district, Binnorie Dairy produces a range of cheeses with distinctive characters unavailable outside the region.  One of the ways this is achieved is by using only locally sourced milk.  "In the same way that wine reflects its regionality, due to soil variation and climatic conditions, so it is with dairy produce."
It is a real pleasure to keep seeking and finding hidden gems in and amongst the Hunter Valley Gourmet Region to share.

Four Simple Health and Diet Tips

artisan gourmet food for gourmet hampers
Simple Fresh Local Artisan Gourmet Food

 Four Simple Health and Diet Tips

The latest diet fad and new age trend may spark your interest - but nothing beats simple good health. Looking to the past for inspiration, we are now following the simple diet and meal plans of our grandparents for less complicated and more healthy food options. Finding a fruit basket filled with simple unblemished fruit direct from the markets is the ideal way to keep in touch with natural, wholesome goodness.

Here's some easy to follow tips to keep your diet simple and healthy.

Look back at what your grandparents ate.
Most likely they did not start their meal preparation with jars and cans of sauces and a flavour base as they are now called - but instead real ingredients and simple flavours. Whist there is a place for thick sauces and decadent toppings - there is also a clean simplicity in presenting fresh food without added extras.

Sometimes the food itself doesn't need to be embellished and improved upon - like steamed broccoli is just perfect the way it is - no need for a slathering of butter. In the same way the simple gesture of offering a get well hamper for delivery to John Hunter Hospital can be just the tonic for a battered ego once you are laid up in the ward. No need for fancy balloons or trinkets - just the simple honesty of fresh fruit and a genuine personal message.

Seek out Get Help online

Just a simple Google search can reveal an amazing breadth of helpful forums, blogs and user advice so you cna start moving towards a healthier you. By adopting a whole-life approach to living simple and appreciating things like fresh fruit hampers and living without added sugar, you can certainly begin to feel the benefits within days of cleansing your system.

Simplify Your Entire Existence

In 2014, we have complicated our lives in so many ways it is sometimes difficult to get outside all the noise and pare back life to the bare essentials - like people who matter, doing a job that inspires and motivates you, and finding some sort of inner peace. When you make the change to a simple life, you are embracing the simple food philosophy also, giving the fresh benefits of fruit gift baskets full power to have an impact in your life.

I hope you can take some positives from this article about healthy food and fruit baskets and share what you have learned with family friends and your social networks. As a leading authority trusted by experts in the fields of fruit baskets and gourmet hampers, we wish you the best in making the lifestyle choices that will maximise your own health and multiply your gratitude and gratefulness.

Fruit Baskets with Apples

Australia's Best Apple Fruit Baskets
generous fruit hampers filled with fresh fruit wrapped to go
Fresh Fruit Hamper delivery makes a smiling, stunning impression

Apples are a mainstay of the traditional fruit basket or get well soon hamper and make a bright, crunchy contrast to the other softer fruits.  Apples are absolutely authentic and original when it comes to the fruit world – they do not grow true to seed – which means each and every seed in your apple has a different potential apple variety! 

There have been in excess of 7500 varieties of different apples documented over time and of these, there are still about 150 plus still in commercial production!  That means there are plenty of different tastes, types and textures for you to choose from when you are assembling a fruit gift idea.

There is also the growing movement for apple growers to favour heirloom and ancient apple varieties over the newer variations, so the older classics are constantly evolving for the modern marketplace.  In Australia, commercial constraints like transportability, colour retention and longevity of flavour has strongly influenced the varietals available – which means you are most likely to see these Australian Apples.

Bogle – a miniature Aussie apple with golden red blushed skin – perfect for baking.

Bonza – Crisp eating apple derived from the Jonathan.

Gala – a cross originally from New Zealand, with better tasting strains like imperial, royal and regal making the best for the table.

Golden Delicious – from the US, pale green with golden flecks – ideal for eating and cooking with.

Granny Smith – Originally from a seedling in Sydney, now widespread across the world – a tart green eating apple.

Jonathan – A smallish popular eating apple that is not seen often due to it's poor storage.

Pink Lady – From Western Australia, a cross between the lady William and Delicious apple with good eating flesh.

Red Delicious – the most widely grown dessert apple in the world, with a distinctive crown of ridges around the “freckle” at the base of the core.

Red Fuji – from Japan, the most distinctive feature for this eating apple is the honey core which is a concentration of sugars – highly desirable. 

Sundowner – another WA cross, this apple is a mellow version of the pink lady with simlar long term storage abilities.

Australia boasts the ideal climate to grow apples, with a noted lack of apple pests that plague other continents and an ideal climate to ensure sustained vigorous growth.  We don't have to suffer the scourge of Apple Blight or hard to control pests like apple codling moth. 

It is the buyers perogative to ensure that a diverse range of tasty, appealing apples are brought to market by making strong preferences for these strengths and not buying product that lacks any desirable qualities.  Choosing fresh apples has become very difficult due to the long store time and prevalence of cool rooms for fresh fruit at all major fruit and vegetable markets across Australia.

But in saying that, the long term storage of apples has always been a feature of the fruit – going back centuries earlier people were in need of fresh fruit over the long dark winters.  So it is quite wrong to think that the long storage times of modern fruit are wrong or not expected – it is just part of what has worked for apples and apple growers

I am happy to say that for our Sydney Fruit Baskets we have established trusted relationships with a network of quality assured fruiterers and markets so we can ensure you get the best eating fruit in your gourmet hamper.  After all, when you make the connection with you are relying our expertise and professionalism to get the best fruit for your dollar.  And we think that's pretty special...