First, you fossick, then you feast
The easiest way to fossick for food in Tasmania is with a local. Feast and Fossick will take you to some of the best foodie spots. Eat oysters plucked straight from the ocean, sip Australia’s southernmost wines, and nibble cheese direct from the dairy.
Wine and dine
In the beautiful vineyards dotted around the Tamar Valley near Launceston, meet winemakers, sip wine and eat locally sourced food. Timbre Kitchen at Velo Wines pays homage to rustic food cooked over coals and fire. At Tamar Ridge Wines, contemporary French caterers Hubert and Dan gather the very best seasonal produce. With what they find, they create delicious platters to eat with your wine. They also host a pop-up restaurant at the winery every Thursday night.
Drop into a farm gate
Take a foodie road trip to sample salmon, truffles, ‘raspberry lust dust’ lattes, whisky and cheese from cows grazing just beyond the tasting room. The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail will take you to growers, farm gates and cellar doors.
Picnic at a brewery
Have you heard of the farm bar at Two Metre Tall? It’s a bar in a paddock that pours you handcrafted and hand-pumped farmhouse brews, while you sear your farm-raised beef over an open grill. Try some weird and wonderful brews, like the Salty Sea Stout, it’s brewed with mussels and seaweed! So come September, gather your friends, grab a picnic blanket and head to the Derwent Valley and settle in as the sun goes down. In March you can even help harvest the hops.
Find the best local chefs
It’s not hard to find a good meal in Hobart. The trick is knowing where to find exciting chefs that source unique local produce and turn it into an unforgettable dining experience. Templo only has room for 20 people, yet the menu is bold and the food fills the space with an amazing aroma. Franklin’s chef dives for her own abalone and sea urchins in time for lunch. The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery in New Norfolk grows a lot of its own food and has a changing menu based on what produce is available to them – so you will never tire of their small plates.