Samuel Shelley
Samuel Shelley
Travel Tip

7 tasty drop-ins around the island

Alice Hansen
Coming to Australia’s food bowl? With a little insider knowledge you’ll be dropping in on the tastiest spots around the island. From micro-breweries in paddocks to farmers markets in the central business district, let’s get on our tasting way with seven of the best foodie drop-ins in Tasmania.

1. Gourmet walking and eating

Join Taste.Walk.Talk to see the best of Launceston’s foodie hot spots – from watering holes and lolly makers to pastry chefs, restaurateurs and cider makers. All you need do is eat and walk and talk.

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Tourism Tasmania & Chris Crerar
Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston

2. From market to tasty market

Get produce straight from the farmer’s hand. 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. Same goes for the Harvest Market in Launceston where an inner-city car park is transformed into a bustling farm gate affair.

3. Foodie road tripping

With over 40 stops, the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail calls for a relaxed drive peppered with delicious stops. Think craft beer, cloth-matured cheddar, cool-climate wine and a salmon burger at what’s likely to be the world’s only ginseng and salmon farm.

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Rob Burnett
Ashgrove Cheese,

4. Crafty ales

There are micro-breweries powered by passionate brewers all over Tasmania. At Two Metre Tall, meet a brewer who happens to be two metres tall, Seven Sheds claimed notoriety for their ales. The list goes on – Hobart Brewing Company, Shambles, Little Rivers, Bruny Island Beer Company, Saint John Craft Beer Bar, Captain Blighs….

Four glasses of beer at the Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Julia Smith
Beer tasting at Bruny Island Cheese Co.

5. Cellar door hopping

It’s not just enviable cool-climate wine territory and cellar doors you’ll find in the Tamar Valley. There’s also hazelnuts, lush orchards, pastures and a world-class fave not to miss – Jansz Tasmania, a sparkling that put Pipers River on the world map.

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Rob Burnett
Josef Chromy, Relbia

6. Cider in an apple shed

Find out about Tasmania’s apple-filled past as you sip organic cider to live music (Friday nights) and order from a rustic menu packed with local fare. Don’t skip the smashed pink-eye potatoes, order two serves!

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Samuel Shelley
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, Huon Valley

7. Cheese brought to you by very happy cows

Discover a dairy farm that’s been perfecting traditional cheese-making techniques for more than a century and a secret contraption that ensures the happiest cows on Earth – a giant cow backscratcher

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