Four ways to indulge your tastebuds
Farmers market fresh
Soak up the community vibes while filling your shopping bags with the season’s best at one of the state’s local farmers markets. In Launceston, head to the Saturday Harvest Market where among long-time stallholders are ethical farmers and makers producing pork, honey, olive oil, berries, beef, seafood and vegetables. Every Sunday morning, the country comes to Hobart for Farm Gate Market, staffed by farmers and makers from nearby regions selling just-picked fruit and vegetables, locally made cider, wine and gin, farmhouse cheeses, seedlings, seafood, and seasonal treats.
The tastiest of trails
Turn your next self-drive journey into a food-lovers’ adventure on a Tasmanian tasting trail. Dotted with orchards and vineyards, farms and forest, the Huon Valley offers a raft of paddock-to-plate experiences – sample sheep cheeses, hand-smoked salmon and trout, seasonal fruit, locally-brewed cider and fortified fruit liqueurs. On the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, follow your nose to more than 30 of the north west’s finest farms, cellar doors, distilleries and makers to indulge in berries, cheese and decadent chocolate, taste cool-climate wines and sip gin infused with rare botanicals.
Cellar door favourites
Tasmania’s climate produces highly distinctive wines, so plot a course through one of the island’s wine trails and stock the cellar with your favourites. Among the east coast’s white-sand beaches and seaside towns is a constellation of boutique wineries where you can pair your tastings with local seafood or woodfired pizza. Up north, the lush Tamar Valley is best known for pinot noir and sparkling wines, and is packed with things to see and do, and luxe places to stay. In the Coal River Valley, make the lively historic town of Richmond your base as you sample the valley’s best cool-climate wines.
Oysters, abalone, scallops, crayfish – take your pick. Tasmania’s seafood is renowned worldwide and best enjoyed locally. On the east coast, you’ll find an abundance of fresh seafood; head to Triabunna for fresh fish and chips, Dolphin Sands or Freycinet for an oyster fix, and Bicheno for a fully-fledged seafood feast. Down south, Bruny Island has fresher-than-fresh local oysters, best enjoyed with a local wine or craft beer, and in the north west, the lively seaside town of Stanley oozes heritage charm and boasts some of the cleanest air and water going around – the perfect place to enjoy the catch of the day.