We have designed the space to encourage interaction with our customers, to listen and learn from your feedback, about what you like, what you use, how you use it and what you would like to see in our range. This will add value to our product development, open us up to new concepts and stretch our thinking. Feel free to explore our interaction stations.
The Foodstore has relocated from The Plaza across the road and takes our tasting and product experience to the next level. The Foodstore is fresh, light and interactive so a beautiful shopping experience. Our staff welcome you to mingle with them and ask lots of questions.
The Tasting Table
Just inside the door is flavour heaven. Our tasting table contains sixteen Barker's of Geraldine products (on rotation) for you to interact with and learn what ingredients go into making them, feel ‘informed’ by our usage suggestions, and explore and enjoy how delicious they taste.
Fruit Syrup Tasting Station
It’s simple- and complimentary! Grab a glass, choose a syrup from our range, dilute one-part syrup to six-parts water - sparkling or still - and enjoy! Don't forget you can purchase them from the Foodstore too.
The Eatery is full of energy and life, created as an engaging and inspiring place for customers to experience Barker wonders and connect or reconnect with one another over a seasonally inspired food and beverage menu.
Our menu has been crafted to consider the fresh ingredients we have access to locally and that complement our products from within the Barker's of Geraldine and Barker's Professional ranges. From local free-range eggs and cheeses to local salmon and artisan salami we are blessed with great taste sensations.
The Eatery seats 100 people inside and up to 50 on the balconies. We have highchairs for younger toddlers.
Condiment Refill Station
On placing your food and beverage order you can head to our Complimentary Condiment Station to choose/experience different flavour combinations with your meal. Replenish your condiments or add to your plate or tasting ramekin. It is a great way to explore a wonderful range of our products you haven't tried before and if they become a favourite they are available to purchase from our Foodstore.
Why not add a ‘special touch’ to a product by labelling it with your name or label it as a gift for someone special? Yes, our interactive iPad will allow you to make magic by creating a personalised product. Its all part of our special experience at the Foodstore.
We are excited to have the beautiful river walkway at our back door which will burst with colour when the rhododendrons bloom. It's not unusual for a keruru or native wood pigeon to fly on by or hear the call of the plentiful bellbirds which nestle in the sycamore trees.
At the Foodstore & Eatery we know how important it is that our customers find parking easy, so we have 21 car-parks surrounding us plus 3 car parks for disability permit holders. The entrance and complex are wheelchair friendly. For larger vehicles, we recommend you use the public carparking available around the corner.
Sustainability at the Foodstore
From conception, we wanted to ensure that the Foodstore & Eatery reflected Barker's longstanding sustainability principles.
It started with choosing local partners from South Canterbury to design, build and furnish the Foodstore & Eatery, thus creating and maintaining local jobs. We cleverly built in really design features that use our recycled Barker's of Geraldine Syrup bottles, making them into light fittings, as well as using local joiners to make all of our table holders, serving platters and crates using locally milled Macrocarpa wood. From there it was ensuring that we used local artisan food producers to supply our menus so that the food didn't travel too far to be enjoyed, and was grown and ripened in the lush valleys of this fertile region.