Have a truly authentic gourmet experience and sample some of Australia’s finest produce, all bounty from Tasmania's rich soil, pure air and clean water.
A visit to Tasmania is also a great opportunity to learn about and try the produce for which the State has received global recognition. From cosy pubs to high-end bars and restaurants, they all have a big focus on their food and ensuring the very highest of standards of everything that they serve. Pride in Tasmania’s produce also extends to the many roadside stalls found across Tasmania, and you'll find the freshest fruit and vegetables with honesty boxes outside picturesque farms all around the state.
Tasmania is paradise for foodies where there is a huge range of cooking schools where lovers of the kitchen can learn how to prepare amazing plates. The cooking schools encourage students to pick fresh produce straight from the source at local markets and farms - they are always spoilt for choice with what is available throughout Tasmania. One great examle is Sally Wise Cooking School in Tasmania's Derwent Valleywhich provides a unique food experience. Classes with cookbook author and regular ABC guest Sally Wise feature the freshest of Tasmania's seasonal produce with classes on preserving, speciality classes on baking with yeast goods, sweet treats and slow cooking. The Sally Wise Cooking School is located in Molesworth just a 30-minute drive from the centre of Hobart (26 km).
With a reputation as a gourmet paradise, the state capital of Hobart is the place to sample the some of the best offerings. Head to an inner city restaurant for some delicious local fare or visit the famous Salamanca Market where hundreds of stallholders peddle fresh produce and handcrafts against the backdrop of sandstone warehouses. For more nourishment, settle into at a cosy cafe at Battery Point or West Hobart, or lace up your hiking boots to tackle Mount Wellington.
Fantastic World-class Wines
Tasmania is also home to some of Australia's leading cool climate wines with award winning pinot noir and sparkling wines that attract the interest of wine makers from around the world. Tasmania’s wines are made from grapes grown in climates similar to those of well known European wines. The milder summers and considerably cooler all year round temperatures ripen the grapes in a way that intensifies the flavour. The Apple Isle has developed a wine industry that now produces Pinot Noir, sparkling wines, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Gris.
Great Whiskeys, Gins, and Beers
The Apple Isle’s clean and green environment is also ideal for producing cider, whisky and gin. You'll find boutique breweries and distilleries showcasing their wares at cellar doors where you can sample the produce and find out the history and process straight from the maker. Take a tour at the Cascade Brewery, established in 1832 in South Hobart, this is the oldest continually operating brewery in Australia. Cascade has the unique status and rare among breweries worldwide, in that it operates its own maltings, producing malt for its mainstream beers from locally grown barley.
Heading out of the waterfront capital, the second largest city Launceston in the state's north is the gateway to the Tamar Valley wine region, boasting gorgeous countryside and some wonderful boutique wineries.
Tasmania's quality food and wine attract foodies from all over the world, this is just a quick overview of what is on offer in the island state - to find out more about cooking schools, wineries and anything else that is close to a foodie's heart, talk to one of our First and Business consultants so you can book a holiday for you and all your senses (especially your taste buds).
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