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The mere mention of Tassie food and wine sends many into a salivating spin. If you’re coming to Australia’s food bowl, dive in with insider knowledge. Follow our hand-picked menu – a degustation of sorts. We’ll take you from a hip city bar to a micro brewer in a paddock, then a solar powered vineyard to a 19th century school house for a cooking class. Let’s get on our tasting way with 10 must-do experiences.

1. SIP CIDER IN THE APPLE VALLEY

There’s a reason the Apple Isle name has stuck. Head for Willie Smith’s Apple Shed in the Huon Valley to find out about our apple-filled past. Four generations of growers carved out a living here, beginning with Willie, planting his first tree in 1888. Explore the museum, sip organic cider to live tunes on a Friday eve and order from a rustic menu packed with local producers. These folk love a good festival and even have Australia’s first alembic copper still purpose-built for apple brandy so add this to your sipping list. Combine The Shed with a tour of Tassie’s Cider Trail.

Two girls sitting on the sunny deck sipping cider at Willie Smith Apple Shed in the Huon Valley

…sip organic cider to live tunes on a Friday eve

Image Credit: Jonathan Wherrett

2. TASTE THE CHEESY DIFFERENCE

Ever wondered how good cheese might be from the happiest cows on earth? At Pyengana Dairy Company they have a secret contraption, tucked away in the lush hills of North East Tasmania. It’s a giant cow back scratcher. Meet the suitably-spoiled ladies, who wander just beyond the window of Holy Cow Café. At Pyengana, they’ve been perfecting traditional cheese-making techniques for more than a century. Be sure to also try a farm-fresh milkshake and their handmade ice-cream, both are delish!

Wheel of cheddar at Pyengana Dairy Company Holy Cow Cafe

…Meet the suitably-spoiled ladies, who wander just beyond the window of Holy Cow Café

Image Credit: Pyengana Dairy Company

3. CUT INTO THE BEST STEAK OF YOUR LIFE

A steakhouse located in a former art deco butchery shop. This is an apt locale for the best steak of one’s life. The Black Cow Bistro is where folk go who know their steak. The team specialise in premium Tasmanian grass fed, free range, dry aged beef. Perhaps a Cape Grim Rib Eye on the bone, aged 40 days, takes your interest? There’s tender Eye Fillet, fat-studded Scotch, full flavoured Porterhouse or slow-cooked Robbins Island Wagyu Rump (marble score 4+), cooked pink and served sliced with roasted garlic jus, sauerkraut and leaves. All this delivered with colourful murals on the side.

Dining experience at The Black Cow Bistro, Launceston

…This is an apt locale for the best steak of one’s life

Image Credit: Chris Crerar

4. HONE YOUR COOKING SKILLS

At the Agrarian Kitchen, find yourself milking a goat under the watchful eye of Rodney Dunn, in preparation for the day’s dessert menu. The farm-based cooking school is housed in a 19th century Lachlan schoolhouse, ideal for the shared feast that follows paddock-to-plate learning. The Red Feather Inn Cooking School also run classes ranging from Butchery and Sausage Making Class to Fresh and Fragrant Thai in Tasmania’s north. Then there’s Fat Pig Farm south of Hobart, where Matthew Evans has picnics, feasts and a cooking school too. Perhaps pencil October 25 into the diary for Spring on Fat Pig Farm.

Owner Rodney Dunn feeding pigs at the Agrarian Kitchen in the Lachlan Valley

…shared feast that follows paddock-to-plate learning

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

5. GOURMET WALKING AND EATING

Gourmania in the island’s south invites a taste of Hobart’s hot spots. With Mary, hop to all the best haunts and enjoy brekkie roving style. On Saturday’s, Mary includes a saunter through Salamanca Market, pin pointing the best produce. Taste.Walk.Talk is Launceston’s version of being guided through town by a very knowledgeable foodie friend. Brock takes you to hidden gems and watering holes, from lolly makers to pastry chefs, restauranteurs to cider makers. All you need to do is walk and eat and talk.

Friends enjoying a class of wine at one of Hobart's hot spots on Gourmania tour

…hidden gems and watering holes, from lolly makers to pastry chefs, restauranteurs to cider makers

Image Credit: April Wright

6. TO MARKET TO TASTY MARKET

Get your produce straight from the farmer’s hand in Tassie. If you can’t eat it, drink it, grow it or meet the producer, you won’t find it at the Farm Gate Market in Hobart. Every Sunday the market hums with locals, farmers and producers. Same goes for the Harvest Market in Launceston. An inner city car park is transformed into a bustling farm gate affair, featuring everything from truffles and organic dairy to artisan pastries, berries and ciders. At Salamanca Market, you only have to overhear the bellowing ‘apples, apples, apples’ to know we’ve got your fresh produce covered.

Farmer selling fresh produce at Farm Gate Market Hobart

…An inner city car park is transformed into a bustling farm gate affair

Image Credit: Hobart City Council

7. FOODIE ROAD TRIPPING

The Cradle Coast Tasting Trail calls for a long drive peppered with delicious stops. Think craft beer in Railton, cloth matured cheddar at Ashgrove, smooth cool-climate Pinot at Ghost Rock and perhaps a hearty salmon burger at Tasmania’s (and likely the world’s) only ginseng and salmon farm, 41 South Tasmania. Then there’s Southern Wild Distillery, where distiller George will take you from the mountains to the meadows to the ocean through his gin flavours. With over 40 stops on the trail, one might need days to satisfy their hunger on this North West road trip.

Close up of Dasher + Fisher specialty gins from Southern Wild Distillery

…from the mountains to the meadows to the ocean

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

8. CRAFTY ALES

Those looking for a boutique brewery in Tassie need never look far. There’s micro-breweries sprinkled across the island, powered by passionate brewers. At Two Metre Tall, meet a brewer who happens to be two metres tall, serving up ales in his Derwent Valley paddock bar. Seven Sheds in Railton, is a tiny outfit that’s claimed big notoriety for their Kentish Ale. If you prefer your brew by the coast, Ironhouse Brewery it is. There’s so many oldies and brand new kids on the block that The Tasmanian Beer Trail is a great compass. Our list might go on forever…The Hobart Brewing Company, T-Bone, Shambles, Little Rivers, Bruny Island Beer Company, Saint John Craft Beer Bar, Captain Blighs….

Busy Saint John Craft Beer Bar, Launceston

…There’s micro-breweries sprinkled across the island, powered by passionate brewers

Image Credit: Chris Crerar

9. CELLAR DOOR HOPPING IN THE TAMAR VALLEY

It’s been named among the top 10 wine routes in the world. If you’re going to go cellar door hopping, make it through the Tamar Valley. Known for its sparkling and Pinot noirs in particular, the region is home to more than 30 vineyards. The sparkling wines out of these parts, some say, are second only to Champagne. Find out the story of Josef, a penniless 19-year-old who fled his war-town Czech village and created Josef Chromy Wines. Sip Jansz on its home turf. And sip slowly at Tasmania’s first 100 per cent solar powered winery, Moores Hill.

View over vineyard at Josef Chromy Wines

…The sparkling wines out of these parts, some say, are second only to Champagne

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

10. INDULGE IN HOBART’S DINING SCENE

Hobart’s dining scene is so hot, it’s hard to keep up with the newbies. Where once a small handful of go-to’s stood, there’s now a capital pumping with packed restaurants and bars. The Gold Bar is a petite speakeasy perfect for a Tassie gin, Brother Mine has opened its restaurant doors along New Town Road and Bar Wa Izakaya is becoming a firm fave for its Japanese sake and in-house made menu. Old Wharf Restaurant in the recently opened MACq 01 storytelling hotel is led by Saffire Freycinet’s former Head Chef Simon Pockran, delivering a strong seafood element. Then there’s Fico, Dier Makr, Landscape and others who might be considered new if there wasn’t so much new happening. Exciting times for Hobart Town!

Couple having gourmet lunch at MACq01 restaurant in Hobart

…petite speakeasy perfect for a Tassie gin

Image Credit: Adam Gibson

Banner Image Credit: Rob Burnett

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