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It’s a small island. That means the paddock is never far from the plate. It also means the sea is not far from the plate either. In Tassie, the definition of fresh is given a new swiftness. At farm gate markets, your heirloom tomatoes may have been picked just hours before. We’ve found eight top spots where your food kilometres are often measured in metres.

1. GRANDVEWE CHEESE AND HARTSHORN DISTILLERY

It’s a world first and it’s happening here in Tasmania. Hartshorn Disillery is a micro distillery making small batch vodka and gin from sheep whey. That’s right, Head Distiller Ryan Hartshorn is using the discarded whey from his family’s acclaimed Grandvewe Cheeses business to craft his spirit blends that have reached the shelves of New York. Sample his gin at the Brooke Street Pier in Hobart where he’s often the one pouring or head to Birchs Bay and meet ‘the girls’ as Grandvewe’s sheep are fondly known, followed by a bite to eat on the deck.

Head distiller Ryan Hartshorn smelling vodka in the Hartshorn Disillery

…micro distillery making small batch vodka and gin from sheep whey

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

2. SEVEN SHEDS BREWERY

At Seven Sheds Brewery, you guessed it, there’s seven sheds. Australia’s former leading beer writer, Willie Simpson, put down his pen to open the Railton brewery back in 2008. His Kentish Ale has since been named among Australia’s top brews. Visit Willie at his brewery and meadery, where you might just get to sample one of his brewer’s reserves that have included Smoking Bagpipes, made with 100 per cent peat smoked malt. He also runs brewery tours, a great halfway ‘intermission’ when travelling between Launceston and Cradle Mountain.

Close-up of three bottles, Seven Sheds Kentish Ale

…His Kentish Ale has since been named among Australia’s top brews

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

3. FAT PIG FARM

Through his show, Gourmet Farmer’s Matthew Evans has undoubtedly left many dreaming of packing up city life and moving to a Tasmanian farm. Now, you can join Matthew at his Fat Pig Farm for a Friday Feast or hands-on Cookery School. The day begins with a gumboot clad stroll down to meet the pigs and gather seasonal produce before heading back for roll-up-your-sleeves learning. The farmhouse long table feast that follows is a celebration of the harvest, wrapped in fine country hospitality.

Gourmet Farmer’s chef and food critic Matthew Evans presenting at Fat Pig Farm Restaurant

…The day begins with a gumboot clad stroll down to meet the pigs and gather seasonal produce

Image Credit: Alice Hansen

4. MELSHELL OYSTERS FARM GATE

Some farm gates sell apples. Others line up little taters. But, not every farm gate sells oysters! The Melshell Oysters Farm Gate Shop at Dolphin Sands on Tassie’s East Coast affords stunning views of the Swan River. Enjoy an oyster or six while you watch Ian and his team busy at work. He’s been farming since 1984 and knows Great Oyster Bay well. Oyster sales direct to the public mean you get them at a great price, along with stellar views. Take some half shell oysters on your way, or shuck them yourself. You’ll find Melshell on Yellow Sandbanks Road.

Owner at Mellshell Oysters holding a plate of oysters in food van

…Oyster sales direct to the public mean you get them at a great price, along with stellar views.

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

5. HARVEST MARKET LAUNCESTON

Every Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm, a city carpark in Launceston transforms into a bustling, vibrant mini-town of farm gates. Truffles freshly dug, ethically-raised meats, organic dairy and sun-blessed berries fill the space. There’s locally roasted coffee and cheery buskers to liven the morning, surrounded by everything from hazelnuts and Tasmanian-grown wasabi to craft beers, rare breed pork, and free range Mt. Roland eggs. Follow the scents wafting from 71 Cimitiere Street.

Market goers smiling at the Wanderlust food track at the Launceston Harvest Market

…bustling, vibrant mini-town of farm gates

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

6. MEAT YOUR BEEF TOUR

Meat Your Beef is your chance to meet around 1000 happy Angus and Angus cross cattle on King Island. They wander 1100 acres of pure island bliss, just near Cape Wickham Lighthouse, the biggest lighthouse in the Southern Hemisphere. They are grass fed year round, with a dose of tasty kelp thrown in. Stay on for lunch and get the inside scoop on what it’s like to farm on King Island. Ask about the quail and free range chicken eggs as well as the flow hive too.

Grass fed Angus standing in paddock

…your chance to meet around 1000 happy Angus

Image Credit: Andrew Wilson

7. HELLYERS ROAD DISTILLERY

Been on a Whisky Walk lately? Take a peek behind the scenes at Hellyers Road Distillery on a walking tour of their working distillery. Watch as the latest batch distils and hear about Henry Hellyer, the man behind this North West distillery. Find out about the trail he carved back in 1827. As part of the half hour tour, you can pour and wax seal your own bottle of Hellyers Road. Stay on for a bite at the Distillery Café with views out across Emu Valley.

Whiskey Tasting Tour at Hellyers Road Distillery

…pour and wax seal your own bottle of Hellyers Road

Image Credit: Andrei Jewell

8. HONEY TASMANIA – THE BEEHIVE

Follow the swarm of honey lovers, straight to Exeter’s beehive. The Beehive not only offer more than 15 varieties of pure raw honey (all lovingly made by millions of local bees) but also Australia’s largest selection of honey alcohol. Whisky, gin and even beauty products made from beeswax can be found inside The Beehive. Explore further and look into the beehive display, witnessing how bees communicate with each other. This can best be described as a ‘waggle dance.’

Close-up of bees on a beehive at Honey Tasmania, Launceston

…look into the beehive display, witnessing how bees communicate with each other

Image Credit: Rob Burnett

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