Food, Wine, Whisky and Beer
Tasmania is known globally as a top destination for food and wine able to create unique food experiences with produce harvested locally creating a unique paddock to plate experience. What you may not have known is Tasmania is one of the great producers of Whisky and Beers being home to Australia's oldest continuously operating Brewery and a number of award winning distilleries including Lark and Sullivans Cove.
Tasmania is a place that prides itself on offering a real paddock to plate experience. There aren't too many places in the world where you can enjoy a meal made from ingredients grown, cultivated or harvested within such a short proximity. From sea food to raspberries you will always be able to find something that was proudly locally produced either right next to you or just over the next hill.
Tasmania is home to a number of great food and farmers markets where you can pick up local delights directly from producers. If you are in Hobart make sure to check out the giant Salamanca Market on Saturday morning and the Farm Gate Market on Sundays. In Launceston the Harvest Launceston Farmers Market happens every Sunday. These are great places to stop off and stock up if you are heading out on a road trip with plenty of fresh produce and carefully crafted snacks available.
Tasmania holds a number of great food and wine events throughout the year including Taste of Tasmania over new years and the cold yet always stunning Dark Mofo Winter Feast in June. These events are great ways to sample the best food and wine from throughout Tasmania all on the Hobart waterfront.
Tasmania is home to some of the best wine growing regions in Australia with a number selling direct to the public. If you are up north make sure to check out the Tamar valley which is home to wineries such as Jansz and Josef Chromy. Closer to Hobart go for a drive to Richmond and check out the wineries located in the Coal River Valley.
Tasmania has seen a boom in whisky and spirits distilleries in the last 10 years with many locally produced spirits competing for honours at some of the worlds most prestigious Whisky events.
There are a number of distilleries all over Tasmania you can visit including Lark with it's bar in the centre of Hobart, Redlands Estate in Kempton and Hellyers Road in Burnie. Tasmania's many distilleries are more than happy to explain to you the process and science behind what makes their whiskies and spirits unique while you enjoy a nip or a sample of their latest offerings.
Beer and Cider
If you aren't completely full and a little bit tipsy after reading everything else above then it might be worth stopping by and checking out some of the craft cider and beers on offer here in Tasmania as well.
Tasmania is home to Cascade Brewery in South Hobart which is Australia's oldest continuously operating brewery, make sure to stop by for a tour or to just hang out in the gardens and have a beer.
Tasmania being a major fruit producer is also home to some amazing craft ciders. If you are heading down the Huon Valley make sure to stop in at the Apple Shed and Pagan Cider, you won't be disappointed.