TWEED residents wanting to give the taste of home are treading a steady path to Byron Gourmet Foods at Kingscliff to do their Christmas shopping.
The Marine Pde shop and coffee outlet boasts arguably the most comprehensive range of Northern Rivers' products in the country.
And at this time of year owner Sam Spiers and her team are kept busy packaging-up various-sized wicker hampers and Santa sleighs for customers gifting their pick of local products to interstate and overseas friends and family.
As the store's name suggests, the majority of stock is derived from Byron Shire like spice pastes, blends and recipe bases from Zest Byron Bay, Byron Bay Chocolates, Byron Bay Muesli and Duck Creek Nuts based at Newrybar.
Then there's the Byron Bay Chilli Company's range of chips and sauces, Byron Bay Cookies, Nimbin Valley Rice and Australian Kalamata Olives from Casino.
But the Tweed is also showcased including Madura Tea at Clothiers Creek whose fans include NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to the award-winning sauces, spreads and dressings of Ozganics Organic Foods at Murwillumbah.
"Local foods for local people," is how Sam sums up her business philosophy.
"The more we do that the better it is for everyone.
"We have so many excellent products, why not?"
Byron Gourmet serves Byron Bay Coffee of course, which has a big following.
"The best coffee in town. It's got a real depth of flavour to it," said Sam.
Sam opened the adjoining Huey's Restaurant in September with chef Clive Pearce using local products and produce wherever possible. Sam said when they first opened the shop in February last year the shelves quickly swelled with new product lines as the tight-knit foodie community began giving her lists of producers they recommended she also stock.
"The area's growing a reputation for high quality food and organic," said Sam.
"People want wholesome good food."
Byron Gourmet hampers start from $20.