Do you travel on gourmet quests? Planning your breaks entirely around food? Passionate pleasuremongers will be chuffed to know Tassie dishes up hearty servings of luxe gourmet experiences. Think modern art meets fine dining, oysters straight from the ocean (complete with waders and a glass of sparkling), high flying gourmet picnics and seafood foraging tours. Here are a few tasty moments that will wrap up your epicurean dreams nicely.
1. Ocean-to-plate feasting
Hit the high seas on a cruise reserved for serious gastronomes. Tasmanian Seafood Seduction takes you to Bruny Island and the very same waters that provide for some of the world’s famed restaurants. Creamy goodness is only seconds away from your lips when you reach Get Shucked’s bottomless pit of plump Pacific oysters. Further south guides haul up crayfish pots and leap overboard to deliver on the promise of sea urchin and abalone. The gathering ends in an ocean-to-plate feast prepared before your very eyes and washed down with a local brew or vino.
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2. Marine farm madness
On the Saffire Freycinet Marine Oyster Farm Experience don a pair of waders and walk out to a dining table in the sea on a working oyster farm located in a stunning panoramic setting looking out to The Hazards on Tassie’s East Coast. Develop an understanding for marine ecology and a taste for Pacific oysters straight from the ocean, washed down with a glass of local sparkling.
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3. Art and epicurean extremes
Mona has a smorgasbord of out-of-this-world experiences for gourmet gluttons. Feed your hunger at The Source Restaurant where the menu changes daily and the focus is on what’s local and seasonal. At The Golden Hour spend sunset with a stranger for a communal dining experience where you soak up sunset courtesy of James Turrell’s rainbow rooftop spectacular, Amarna 2015, then retire to the Wine Bar for top-notch tucker and friendly banter with the stranger on your left. Join a posh-as wine tour with tastings in the Barrel Room or Cellar Door.
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4. From the air, to the paddock, to the plate
Begin your Woolnorth Aerial Paddock to Plate Tour with a luxury flight over the North West Coast of Tasmania to land at Woolnorth for an in-depth tour of the farming operations of the Van Diemen’s Land Company, Woolnorth Wind Farms and Cape Grim. Your tour concludes with a local gourmet paddock-to-plate spread with a menu highlighting seasonal, regional delicacies matched with the Zdar range from Josef Chromy Wines and served in the historic precinct at Woolnorth. Think Cape Grim Beef, Cape Grim Water, Robbins Island Wagyu Beef, Bolduans Bay Oysters, local seafood including crayfish, abalone and calamari.
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5. Tickle your taste buds
The Red Feather Inn Cooking School provides a wealth of culinary knowledge via owner Lydia Nettlefold, her in-house chefs and visiting guest chefs. They all have a passion for good food, the enjoyment of cooking and the quality of Tasmanian produce – and love sharing their knowledge with others through their cooking classes. Learn the culinary tricks of the trade with like-minded foodies using locally sourced ingredients and you’ll soon be as passionate about Tasmanian produce as they are. Together with the Red Feather Inn luxury accommodation, this cooking school just outside Launceston is an experience to savour.
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6. Settle into a gourmet sleepover
Fancy a walk in Tassie’s deep south with the promise of a gourmet sleepover? Bruny Island Long Weekend will lead you along coastlines, feed you produce at the source and wine and dine you before you slip between crisp sheets and linger in hot outdoor showers. It’s off-the-grid with luxury in mind. Meet a local oyster farmer who’ll shuck your oysters as waters swirl about your ankles. Drop in on a local farm to collect free-range pork that’s been slow cooking in the farmer’s smoker overnight. Then hop aboard an adventure cruise to travel under the Southern Hemisphere’s highest sea-cliffs. Keep watch for whales, playful dolphins and lively fur seals.
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7. Go behind the label
What sets Josef Chromy apart is a desire to go beyond the traditional offerings of a cellar door. Yes, there’s wine tastings and barrels and beautiful vines. But Josef Chromy Wines in the Tamar Valley has a way of merging more into the experience. Try the Go Behind the Label wine tour. This is the part where you get to ask all the questions during an informal vineyard discovery tour, topped off with a two-course lunch of Tasmanian produce, naturally matched with Josef Chromy’s finest.
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8. Fly to a secluded picnic
Spend a day in the wilderness on a highflying gourmet picnic where Tasmania brings the stunning scenery and delicious food and Par Avion makes the magic happen…depositing you in the South West Wilderness and having you back in the island’s capital in time for cocktail hour. If you really want to impress someone, design your picnic with a helicopter pilot as your chauffeur. Ask Par Avion, we’re sure they have the perfect East Coast spot in mind for your private, gourmet getaway.
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9. Fine time for wine
Meet Andrew Pirie of Apogee Vineyard, regarded as the ‘Godfather of Sparkling’ in Tassie. He invites wine lovers the world over to taste bubbles on par with Champagne in France, which is an offer too good to refuse. If you want to know the science of sparkling wine and why this little pocket of Tassie has the perfect climatic conditions, the staff will happily oblige. Or you can just drink the stuff.
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