Tasmania has long attracted tourists and those relocating with its natural beauty, and now many are also coming for the cultural and foodie attractions. Many new wine bars and fine (but not always expensive) restaurants have emerged in the last couple of years, all using the quality produce that Tasmania is well known for, including salmon, oysters and cheese. Tasmania is also gaining a strong reputation of producing some of the best Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine in Australia. There are wineries in each region of Tasmania and many are open to the public for tastings.
Following are some links to help you discover the best of Tassie food and wine when you are out and about. Enjoy!
This is the official site for Tourism Tasmania and includes a comprehensive section on Tasmanian food and wine. You can find information and links to:
- Breweries and distilleries
- Farms and produce
- Food and wine events
- Vineyards and wine regions
- Food and wine tours
- Cooking schools and the ‘foodie’ scene
The Wine Tasmania site provides news and information about the wine industry in Tasmania, including wine trail maps for each wine region and details on wineries and events.
WineSouth is the Association of Southern Tasmania vineyards. They are best known as hosts of the annual Red Wine Weekend and White Wine Weekend. Their site includes a wine map and links to wineries in southern Tasmania.
In the north of the state close to Launceston, the Tamar Valley Wine Route includes 32 vineyards, most of which offer cellar door tastings.
The Australian Farmers’ Market Association website lists the markets in Tasmania – including in Hobart, Bellerive, Launceston, Burnie, Bream Cream, Deloraine, Devonport and Wynyard.
Now in its 20th year this festival is a celebration of fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley and Channel region. It is held in March each year at Ranelagh which is a thirty minutes scenic drive south of Hobart.
The Taste Festival in Hobart runs for seven days and nights each year, from just after Christmas until early in the New Year. The Taste showcases wine and food from across Tasmania. It is held in the historic wharf and Salamanca precinct.
Festivale is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmania’s food, wine and beer, arts and entertainment. It is staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park in February each year.
This annual festival, organised by the producers in the region, showcases North West Tasmania’s finest food and beverages. It is held in Sheffield’s picturesque King George V Park. It is normally held in April each year.
Island Menu is a food and photography blog written by two Tasmanians with a strong focus on the use of the wonderful fresh Tasmanian produce available. They aim to buy and source seasonally and locally where they can for both special occasion meals and everyday food. The recipes and the photos in this blog are inspiring.
The Food Tourist blog and foodie site includes a great guide to eating out in Tasmania and sourcing wonderful ingredients to enjoy at home.
Dining Out in Tasmania lists four categories of the best local Restaurants, Cafes, Hotels and Bottleshops in the state. It gives tourists and locals a way to find the exact location of an ideal venue anywhere in Tasmania. They also have a mobile app which you can get for free on iTunes.