Wide open spaces, high rainfall and lush green valleys. From Hobart on the southern tip, to Launceston in the north, Tasmania boasts the cleanest air and freshest water in the world.
Dining in Tasmania is diverse. From rustic country cafes to smart city venues the produce is invariably locally sourced and treated with respect and understanding.
Scattered around this island state, food producers operate mainly as cottage industries rather than big corporate entities. Differing values and cultures within these businesses mean consumers enjoy cared-for marbled steak from traditional cattle breeds, stone fruits picked from local orchards and sweet wild scallops plucked out of clean, ice-cold waters.
Five days of unearthing culinary delights offered in this unique corner of the world will leave you refreshed and invigorated.
Join us to cross the Bass Strait to a food lovers paradise.
Tuesday 14th November
Gather at an elegant bar at the end of the floating pier suspended over Sullivans Cove. In this all-glass building, with 280 degree water views, join the excited chatter during the first of many gatherings with fellow travellers whilst sipping on a glass of bubbly.
Just one minute walk from the wharf and we will be at one of Hobarts newest go-to venues. This tapas bar tucked into the lower level of the heritage listed City Flour Mills in the bustling Salamanca precinct will host us for our first dining experience.
Wednesday 15th November
Full Day Hands On Cooking Class Experience at one of Australia’s best Cooking Schools. This paddock to plate cooking experience is held on a working farm in a 19th century schoolhouse at Lachlan, in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.
Set on five acres, the school incorporates an extensive organic vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden. Also in residence are rare-breed pigs, chickens, milking goats, a flock of geese and honeybees. Fresh produce is grown and used in the classes along with ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisan producers.
In our two private classes of just 10 people, our host is a former food editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller and one-time apprentice of Tetsuya Wakuda. He’ll lead us through a delightful day of foraging, harvesting, cooking, learning, eating and drinking.
Dinner tonight is certainly not a degustation affair! After experiencing the cooking class you will be well watered and fed. So we’ll meet somewhere close to hand for a light bite.
Thursday 16th November
It will be well worth an early start for a day of adventure in the Huon Valley. The tranquil banks of the Huon River are surrounded by fruit orchards, farmland and the peaks of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This area is a veritable food lovers paradise.
A NEW feature for the 2017 tour is a visit to the sparkly just-built Bruny Island Dairy. Nick Haddow, owner, author and cheesemaker makes cheeses that are connected to his environment… cheeses with a distinctly Tasmanian character. He will show us around the farm and introduce us to MoT’s sponsored Swiss Brown dairy cow ‘Mottie’ (pictured (Zaido is the sire)) who is part of the small herd. Her raw milk will be used to make Nicks unique, traditional technique, artisan cheese.
Australias first commercial Saffron grower will lead us through growing and harvesting saffron. It is the worlds most expensive spice and to produce top quality product is a labour-intensive undertaking. Each crocus plant produces just one flower, and each flower grows three stigmas. The plant flowers over a 35-day period in autumn and the delicate process production is all done by hand. Around 220,000 flowers are needed to produce each kilogram of Australian saffron.
Tasmania has been home to Matthew and Sadie Evans since 2008. Now at Fat Pig Farm the couple have realised their dream in opening a restaurant on their property. Their Friday Feasts are a long farmhouse table affair, multiple seasonal dishes, and a few tailored, matched alcoholic drinks to celebrate the meal. They’ll take us on a tour of the farm including meeting their fat pigs. Immerse yourself in the reality of the SBS Gourmet Farmer television series and get to know Matthew and Sadie. There are two special staff members assisting with this venture whom we will get to meet as well. This will be a special lunch.
Friday 17th November
An adventure on a Hobart walking food tour is simply the best way to discover the city. The key focus is Tasmanian produce: stunning cheeses, sensational cool-climate wines, fresh seafood, charcuterie, pastries and more. Soak in the city’s history as we stroll between outstanding local businesses. Meet local industry professionals and find out Hobart’s secret ingredients – the produce, the culture, the people. The founder of this award-winning tour company is a sixth-generation Tasmanian, born and bred in Hobart. Along with ensuring you have the best culinary experiences she’ll throw in her local insights flavoured with a healthy dash of parochial passion.
You have the afternoon free to explore Hobart at your leisure.
Dinner tonight is certainly not a degustation affair! After experiencing the walking tour you will be well watered and fed. So we’ll meet somewhere close to hand for a light bite.
Saturday 18th November
Salamanca Market is one of Australia’s most loved outdoor markets and can be found every Saturday morning, along the historic Salamanca Place, next to the Hobart waterfront. The market has an eclectic mix of over 300 stallholders, showcasing the best that Tasmania has to offer. Enjoy the atmosphere, chat to the locals, watch the buskers and then grab something to eat and relax on the lawns.
Late afternoon we’ll jump aboard the MR-1 Fast Ferry for a 30 minute cruise up the Derwent River.
Arriving at the iconic Museum of Old and New Art admire the architecture and surroundings. Before dinner, gaze at the scenery and soak up a Tassie pre-sunset from the unique and spectacular, Turrell designed viewing .
Our Celebratory Dinner is held in the gallery’s exquisite restaurant. Bespoke furniture, panoramic views and immaculate service pull together what will be a memorable evening. This will be an exceptional experience.
Sunday 19th November
The final day of this exciting adventure will conclude with a wander up to historical Battery Point to enjoy a beautiful bakery cafe breakfast.
Click on 2017 Tasmania Registration Form and Terms for more details. To reserve your place, simply complete the Registration Form and email or mail to us.
Please call us at the office on 9319 1097 if you have any questions.
Tour price includes all food and experiences featured on the itinerary. You book and pay for flights and accommodation. Use those air miles! Details of accommodation costs for twin share per night for seven nights on application. We have secured group discount accommodation for our group.
*To receive BONUS Cooking Classes, payment must be made in full. Class Gift Vouchers to be issued once tour is complete.
Many thanks for considering this tour, we hope you can join us.
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