Adelaide Hills

Cheese Platter Staple, Baylies Epicurean Delights One Of Adelaide Hills’ Most Beloved Businesses

You’ve seen them adorning many a platter, and they keep expanding; the Baylies Epicurean Delights story.

Photography by Jaz Anderson

There’s a reason why pairings are so important in food. Something that’s pretty special on its own can be majorly elevated to produce a mouthgasm with just one sublime addition.

The idea of pairing, is very important to local Adelaide Hills business, Baylies Epicurean Delights, and if that name sounds familiar it’s because you would have often seen their products adorning many a cheese platter.

Baylies Epicurean Delights are best known for the lavash and crackers, featuring a multitude of flavours that pair perfectly with different cheeses (and wines: which complete the trifecta of what we deem a perfect platter).

Their use of fresh and local ingredients has established them as a beloved brand in the Adelaide Hills.

All of Baylies Epicurean Delights’ products are free from GMO, additives and preservatives. On top of that, the use free range eggs and over 95% of their ingredients are Australian.

They even have a 100% organic, vegan line which is a recent and necessary addition for our dietary afflicted friends!

So who are the figures behind all of this and where did it start?! Angela and Robert Bell, British expats and now Adelaide hills locals, began Baylies Epicurean Delights in their own kitchen over twenty years ago.

Both have a long history of knowing their stuff with food, Robert as a trained chef in London, alongside Angela’s work quality controlling a large food production factory in the UK.

The couple bought Baylies in July 1996, at the time it was a boutique business that offered Christmas cake, panforte, and fudge.

From there, the business expanded to include fruit cake, sweet biscuits, crackers, lavash, grissini, tart shells, Christmas cakes, puddings, and spiced fruit.

It’s a testament to their use of local ingredients like fresh Australian butter and extra virgin olive oil, alongside their enviable relationship with many Adelaide Hill’s wineries who stock their products.

You likely have found the Baylies lavash, crackers, panforte, and spiced fruits serves on the grazing boards at Artwine, Cobbs Hill Estate, Nepenthe Wines, Golding Wines, Shaw & Smith, and Wolf Blass to just name a few.

Of course, you don’t have to drive into the Adelaide Hills to get a taste. Baylies are stocked across South Australia, in Foodland, Drakes Supermarkets, the Adelaide Central Market, the Adelaide Airport, local cafes, fresh fruit and veg businesses, and gourmet stores.

The gourmet nature of their products is apparent in the creation process and it all starts in trying to find what exactly customers are missing in their pantry.

After all, Baylies Epicurean Delights identity is home-made, delicious products that you’d expect in a family pantry.

From researching what their customers are looking for and what they’re interested in, to taste testing various flavours to get it just right (sounds like the dream job), the process can take up to six months, and from what is produced, we can tell it’s worth it!

Located in the Adelaide Hills, Baylies Epicurean Delights have seen firsthand the devastation of the SA bushfires and the coming together of their community.

With the fires at their factory’s street, the Baylies team count themselves as lucky for their factory still standing and their families safe.

The after-effects however, have meant that issues have rippled across the country like many other businesses, and the practice of buying local has never been more important.]

Baylies Epicurean Delights are on the cusp of a MAJOR launch, with their products making their way to our interstate friends and showcasing the delectable South Australian produce we’re so familiar with.

Victoria, New South Wales, and Western Australia throughout 2020 will soon be able to easily get their hands on Baylies’ products.

From humble beginnings to an incredible achievement, this Adelaide Hills local business is a perfect example of what our state has to offer.

To keep up to date with Baylies Epicurean Delights, give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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