1. That’s not an oyster, THIS is an oyster
Tasmania’s oysters stand up against any in Australia or the world. These aren’t stingy little molluscs – plump, creamy and packed full of briny flavour, you haven’t lived until you’ve tried at least one, or a dozen. Whether you Get Shucked on Bruny Island, slurp some Tarkine Fresh Oysters in the state’s north west or munch on Melshell Oyster Shack’s amazing fare in Dolphin Sands on the east coast, there are world-class oysters to be had all over the island.
2. For the love of cheese
You can’t go anywhere on the island without discovering another fantastic locally made cheese. King Island Dairy is famous for its soft cheeses with outstanding cheddar to back it up. Ashgrove Farm produces uniquely Tasmanian cheese such as its native Bush Pepper Cheddar coupled with more traditional varieties. And Pyengana Dairy in the north east has produced clothbound cheddar for over 130 years that is one of the country’s most highly awarded. All perfect to pair with Tasmania’s world-renowned wine.
3. There’s fresh, and then there’s market fresh
Any foodie will tell you the real test of a region’s devotion to great vittles is their farmers’ market. Buying food straight from the source is the perfect way to create a picnic par excellence, and in Tasmania you’re spoilt for choice. In the north you have Launceston’s Saturday Harvest Market, plus the Providore Place Market in Devonport, while in the south is Hobart’s Sunday Farm Gate Market. Fill your picnic basket with freshly picked produce and find an ideal spot nearby.
If it’s a farm-to-fork experience you’re chasing, Tasmania has more than a few award-winning dining experiences for you to indulge in. The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery in the Derwent Valley has rapidly become one of the must-have Australian paddock-to-plate dining experiences. Devonport’s CharlotteJack Restaurant takes full advantage of the region’s enviable seasonal produce to create plates that will amaze. And Wild Harvest spoils locals and visitors alike on King Island to bring the ocean and paddock to your plate in a stunning location that is second to none.
5. Eat your way along the Cradle Coast
The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail lets your taste buds steer your adventure as they take you through the north and north west to more than 40 local producers. From the freshest of fruit, vegetables and seafood to indulgent honey, chocolate and cheese which can all be washed down with top-quality local wines, spirits and ciders, this is one trail well worth taking your time on. And if you need to recover from all that grazing, there is even locally roasted coffee to get you back on the road again.
6. Eat like a rockstar
Like a bit of rock and roll with your fine dining? Why not try a Flinders Island Helicopter Picnic. Stunning scenery meets opulent locally sourced food on this once-in-a-lifetime foodie adventure. Not to be outdone, Frogmore Creek will let you chopper in to its vineyard restaurant for a fine dining experience coupled with an enviable cellar-door. Or combine sightseeing the spectacular north west with strictly seasonal produce on a Woolnorth Aerial Paddock to Plate adventure. Starting in Stanley and taking in the ruggedly beautiful coast of Cape Grim, you’ll dine at the historic Woolnorth homestead. Our tip: try the beef.
7. When in Tasmania, do as the Tasmanians do
We don’t eat five star cuisine all the time here in Tassie and it always pays to ask a local where they like to eat. An insider tip can lead you to some unexpected eating spots you won’t find on TripAdvisor. Every town claims to have the best scallop pie, but really, the only way to find out is to try them all. Locals will travel from Hobart and further just for a wrap of Triabunna fish and chips. Although just as many will send you to Freycinet Marine Farm in Coles Bay or Dunalley Fish Market, too. So take the time to make friends and ask them for their favourite spots.