tasmania is always a favourite; full of locavores, exceptional produce & the best cheese served with a side of serenity

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Elsewhere | 20 Comments

Wearing thermal underwear, laughing at the cold and lining up for a scallop pie at the Salamanca markets is when I know I’m in Tassie. Although people question my mental health when visiting the Apple Isle during winter; it’s my favourite time of year to visit my favourite place in Australia. MONA’s Dark Mofo winter festival was starting, fireplaces were roaring and scarfs/ gloves / heavy coats became essential items. Of course visiting Tassie at any time of year comes with a guarantee of exceptional local produce such as leatherwood honey, apples, cheeses, beef, truffles, cherries, stone fruits, wasabi, saffron, beer, cool climate wines, cider (I’m not a hipster), abalone, oysters, rock lobster and scallops. And just so you know, you can never eat enough scallops.

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The most impressive thing about Tassie is their locavore movement. Local food (and organic) is passionately supported by the community and readily available at farmers markers, independently owned grocers and on the side of the road. This is one of many reasons (I think) Tasmanian’s are more evolved in contributing to a healthier food system within their state. I also took the opportunity to attend a rally of 5000 for World Heritage as listed forests have been under threat from the current government. As a result, the little pollinators responsible for Tassie’s famous leatherwood honey were also under threat (no tree, no bee, no me). But wait! There is a happy ending; it was a win…World Heritage listed forests remain safe!

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For this Tassie visit we stayed put in Hobart ticking essentials off the list; Salamanca markets, Battery Point (Jackman & McRoss Bakery-so good!), MONA, eating at every given opportunity and ferrying it over to Bruny Island.Bruny Island is off the south-east coast of Tassie; you catch the ferry at Kettering (30 mins from Hobart). Never has the term β€œBlessed are the cheese makers” (Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’) applied more than to the cheese makers of Bruny Island Cheese Company. This is the best artisan cheese in Australia, I’ve been a fan for years. Eating cheese with a local pinot noir on a beautiful, serene and largely uninhabited island is some kind of wonderful. Thankfully I belong to their cheese club (Oen is the best). So worth doing the planes, cars and ferries thing just to eat cheese in this location :: Jem x

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20 Comments

  1. Gourmet Getaways
    July 5, 2014

    What a fun visit! Cheese and wine pairing are one of the best experiences to have, especially in Tasmania. Thanks for sharing!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

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    • lostinutensils
      July 5, 2014

      Exactly Julie – quality cheese and wine anywhere is good πŸ™‚ The best wineries in Tassie are around Launceston in my opinion.

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  2. Velva
    July 7, 2014

    This would be a wonderful place to visit. I enjoy communities that have a local food movement. I enjoy being part of it-Even if I have to thermal underwear ( I live in Florida).

    Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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    • lostinutensils
      July 7, 2014

      Lol. Wearing thermal underwear is totally worth it Velva! Other states in Australia could certainly take a leaf out of Tassie’s book around local food. Brisbane’s climate is similar to Florida so I can relate πŸ™‚

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  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 7, 2014

    It’s hard to get a bad meal because the produce is so good there! πŸ˜€

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    • lostinutensils
      July 7, 2014

      Definitely Lorraine. The produce is ahead of its time and keeps getting better πŸ™‚

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  4. Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts
    July 10, 2014

    Yay markets πŸ˜€ That scallop pie sounds amazing!

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  5. Padaek
    July 10, 2014

    Have not yet been to Tas, but so want to go to see the picturesque countryside and eat all of the gourmet locavore good food. Gourmet Farmer has really helped market the artisan/local produce of the state, and judging from the beauty of the state, a lot of Tas produce would be exceptional quality. I can’t drink cider so I’ll never be a hipster, although I have tried Tas wine and it works. Tassie’s famous scallop pies sound heavenly! Your photos are really wonderful!! πŸ™‚

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    • lostinutensils
      July 12, 2014

      Thanks for that Padaek…I think you would love it. You’re right about Mathew Evans, he’s really a non-official Ambassador for some of Tassie’s fine produce. His book ‘The real food companion’ is one of my all time favourites. And the scallop pies are heavenly! πŸ™‚

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  6. Emma
    July 11, 2014

    Well I’m even madder because I want to move there! I love Tassie and you’ve described it so well. I visited a few years ago in autumn/winter and gained 4kg from all the beautiful food πŸ™‚ Probably if I moved there I’d have to take up jogging or something.

    And does drinking cider mean hipster now?! (please no.)

    That’s awesome you attended that rally! The most upsetting thing for me in the last Tassie election was the new premier threatening to tear up the forestry agreement, devastating.

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    • lostinutensils
      July 12, 2014

      Lol Emma! In fantasy land I would definitely own a house in Tassie for country getaways…with a gym πŸ™‚ (for delicious food dilemmas) Hipsters are into cider apparently but I don’t drink it much anyway so there can be no accusations πŸ™‚ And thankfully it was a win for World Heritage…some of the most beautiful forests on earth.

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  7. ChopinandMysaucepan
    July 11, 2014

    Dear Jem,

    Tassie is one of the most amazing and beautiful places in Autralia. Love the Salamanca markets and that creamy looking chicken pie!

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    • lostinutensils
      July 12, 2014

      Thank you! It really is…and the Salamanca markets are one of the best around for sure πŸ™‚

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  8. lizzie @ strayedtable
    July 19, 2014

    I too love Tassie, mind you I don’t think I could brave a visit in winter. Great snaps and that scallop pie – num num.

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    • lostinutensils
      July 19, 2014

      Lol…there would definitely be more love for Tassie in Summer Lizzie πŸ™‚

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  9. sherry from sherryspickings
    July 20, 2014

    I looooove Tassie in winter or anytime. We went one year for my birthday which is in June and it was gorgeous. blue sky sun and freezing temps but so wonderful…. and the food of course oh just everything.

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    • lostinutensils
      July 21, 2014

      Exactly how I feel Sherry…just everything is good about it!

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  10. Function 9
    March 8, 2015

    Love Tassie!

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