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From fresh seafood and fine wine to fruit and tasty desserts, these food and wine experiences offer up Tasmania on a plate.
It's easy to make a long list of Tasmania's great food and wine experiences, but not so easy to narrow them down to just five! Here are some of the best and most interesting, in no particular order.
Josef Chromy Wines, Relbia, TAS
1. Visit the Josef Chromy winery
Set in the idyllic surrounds of the bountiful Tamar Valley wine growing region near Launceston, the Josef Chromy winery is an award-winning combination of excellent wines, a welcoming cellar door and one of the state's more celebrated restaurants.
In fact, 'Joe' Chromy is a pioneer and living legend in the Tasmanian wine scene, having developed some of the state's best wineries before launching his eponymous vineyard and visitor experience in 2007. The wines produced here are synonymous with quality, with over 14 trophies and 170 medals to prove it.
Finely crafted from pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc grapes, these cool climate wines are marked by character and elegance and can be sampled at the cellar door, which is situated in a charming 1880s farmhouse, is listed among Australia's top cellar door experiences. The contemporary restaurant overlooks the picturesque vineyards and lake, and serves fresh local produce and innovative dishes to enjoy with signature Chromy drops.
The Agrarian Kitchen, Lachlan, TAS
2. Boost your culinary knowledge at The Agrarian Kitchen
As a sustainable farm operated by food lovers who are eager to share their culinary passion and knowledge with the world, The Agrarian Kitchen sums up everything that is great about Tasmania's food culture.
Situated on five productive acres in the beautiful Derwent Valley near Hobart, The Agrarian Kitchen was established by formerAustralian Gourmet Traveller food editor Rodney Dunn and his wife Severine Demanet in 2007. This boutique food experience is housed in a charming 19th Century schoolhouse, which is now a prime Tasmanian destination for learning about growing, harvesting and cooking produce, from paddock to plate.
The range of seasonal cooking classes is extensive, covering everything from charcuterie, smoking and sourdough to craft beer, preserves and mouth-watering sweets and desserts. Each class sources produce directly from the farm or nearby suppliers and the school has a no-waste philosophy that is equally seasonal, sustainable and traditional.
Bruny Island Long Weekend, Bruny Island, TAS
3. Enjoy a long weekend at Bruny Island
Located just off the Tasmanian mainland near Hobart, Bruny Island is a treasure trove that boasts some of the state's best scenery, produce and wildlife in one stunning package.
The Bruny Island Long Weekend provides all of this and more in an unforgettable three days of invigorating walks, wildlife discoveries, fresh local produce and luxury camping. This rustic guided getaway explores the untouched wilderness of the South Bruny National Park via breathtaking coastal walks, with plenty of time to meet the locals behind some of the island's best food and wine.
Delicious gourmet ingredients are collected during the day, culminating in evening campsite meals miles from civilisation, with nothing but the sights and sounds of nature as a backdrop. The multi-skilled guides source and transform local produce – including Murrayfield lamb and blue eye trevalla – into amazing dishes and match them with excellent Tassie wines.
Each day of the Bruny Island Long Weekend offers its own unique experiences, from harvesting fresh oysters directly from the shore and sampling wines at Australia's southernmost vineyard to taking an award-winning Pennicott wilderness cruise before flying back to Hobart via seaplane. It might sound like a jam packed escape, but there's plenty of time to breathe in the fresh ocean air, taste the flavours of Bruny and savour this feast for all the senses.
Salamanca Market, Hobart, TAS
4. Go weekend market hopping in Hobart
On crisp early Saturday mornings in Hobart, the historic Salamanca precinct comes alive with market stalls, sights, sounds and tempting aromas. Salamanca Market is one of the biggest outdoor markets in the world; you can find just about anything there, including fresh produce, ready-to-eat dishes and delicious locally made beverages. Sip on a ginger beer, sample fresh fruit or relax in the park with a tasty meal made fresh on site with quality local ingredients.
Even more fresh produce and delicious eats can be found at the weekly Farm Gate Market in Bellerive on Saturdays and Hobart's city centre on Sundays. These markets are the beating heart of Tassie's small and unique organic and artisan food culture. Here, you can sample everything from carefully crafted cheeses and bread made from flour ground in a 19th century mill to rare meats and amazing sushi. There's more than enough to assemble a deluxe picnic feast and a friendly chat with stallholders will soon reveal a genuine love of food and knowledge of how it's grown and prepared.
These growers, makers and artisans are part of a rich and vibrant community and are the true food ambassadors of Tasmania: connected to the environment and passionate about the food they sell. There are also regular produce markets in country towns near Hobart on weekends, from the Huon Valley Growers and Makers Market in Franklin to the Big River Grower's Market in New Norfolk in the Derwent Valley.
Ashgrove Cheese, Elizabeth Town, TAS
5. Embark on a Cradle to Coast tasting trail
Tasmania's north west is the state's food bowl, full of nutrient-rich red volcanic soil, freshly caught seafood, vegetable and dairy farms plus a growing list of artisan food producers, wineries and eateries. It's easy to explore the region by car, passing through inland towns and valleys towards Cradle Mountain and hitting the scenic coastal roads all the way to Stanley.
Devonport is a good starting place and quickly leads to the sweet delights of the House of Anvers chocolate factory and the Spreyton Cider Company. Further south, the Mersey Valley is famous for its agricultural heritage, fertile pastures and dairy farms backed by the dramatic Great Western Tiers.
Closer to the 'Cradle', the towns of Chudleigh and Mole Creek are home to honey farms that produce Tasmania's rare and unique Leatherwood honey, sourced from the ancient rainforests of Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Beer-lovers flock to a backyard shed in the topiary town of Railton to visit Seven Sheds, one of Tassie's smallest breweries with a big reputation.
Back on the coast, the Hellyer's Road Distillery in Burnie makes award-winning whisky and leads to more amazing produce in the far reaches of north west Tasmania, known locally as the End of the World. But that's not all the North West has to offer: many more food trails are waiting to be discovered.