If you’re lucky enough to visit the stunning state of Tasmania, you simply can’t go past the sensational dishes and produce the Island state has to offer.
And to help convince you of that, we’ve created a list of the top 10 reasons why you need to enjoy, sip and munch on the delicacies of Tasmania.
The number one must try foodie treat is a Tasmanian scallop pie. Simply put, it’s a Tassie staple. Fresh scallops are gently cooked in a creamy curry sauce and are gently encased in deliciously buttery and crisp pastry. The absolute standouts are the the scallops sourced from Bicheno scallop fisheries then lovingly put together at Bakery 31 in Ross. You won’t be disappointed!
Sticking to the theme of pies – how can we forget the humble Aussie meat pie?! Tasmania’s famous National Pies are best eaten piping hot straight out of the oven. Each pie is made with 128 layers of puff pastry and wrapped around their butchers’ best cuts of Tassie meat. A simple yet stunningly perfect all-in-one meal you must taste whilst travelling.
Flinders Island Lamb
At the moment Tasmania looks like a very carnivorous state…we do promise this is the last meat laden item! However, Flinders Island lamb is the most succulent piece of meat you’ll ever eat. Tassie’s best restaurants use the tender milk-fed lamb in a number of dishes for the ultimate and decadent experience. No chewy bits here we promise.
Winemaking Tasmania create some of Tasmania’s finest wines and ciders, using only local Tasmanian grown produce from vineyards and orchards across the state’s pristine landscape. Better yet the team have recently released two new concoctions in time for summer: The Blushing Lady Sparkling Fruit Fusion – a cross between a wine and cider with hand-picked Tassie apples, cherries and Pinot Noir grapes; and the Black Devil Cider crafted from 100% fresh Tassie apples.
The wilderness surrounding Cradle Mountain is home to Leatherwood Honey. Cradle Mountain itself is a spectacular place to explore, and can be improved with a stop in at Mole Creek where you can taste and purchase the deliciously sweet and natural honey straight from the factory door!
Believe it or not Tasmania grows wild wasabi, and the clever team at Ashgroves Cheese have infused the zingy goodness with their smooth cheddar, which is made from the milk of happy grazing cows. You can buy the addictive block from supermarkets, however nothing beats eating it straight from the Ashgrove Cheese farm gate, where you can meet the cheesemakers and see the beautiful cows for yourself!
You can’t go wrong with a generous slug of olive oil with some freshly made sourdough – it’s a fact. Thanks to the rich volcanic soils and a cool climate, Tasmania is able to produce some of Australia’s best olives – Cradle Coast Olives are up there with some of the best! Check out their cellar door for the green-golden goodness with free tastings available Sunday-Friday each week.
Get Shucked Oysters
We all know that when it comes to finding a great oyster – the fresher, the better. You won’t be able to find oysters any fresher than the ones grown and harvested on the shores of beautiful Bruny Island. Get Shucked is a locally owned and operated oyster farm and bar that harvest and prepare oysters daily to ensure you are only eating the best of the best! This is one not to miss.
Sticking with the foodie treats from the sea, we can’t forget the outstanding Salmon our little state produces. 41 Degrees South is a working salmon and ginseng farm in Deloraine, run by farmer Ziggy Pyka. He raises the salmon in tanks and then smokes them himself. If you’d like to spend a little more time you can also take a self guided tour or bus tour around the farm to see how everything works. The small licensed cafe is also a must try, with a variety of salmon sandwiches, platters and burgers on offer. The real stand out – the salmon rillettes.
Last but not least, chocolate. What foodie experience would be complete without a dash of the good stuff? Well how about a whole chocolate experience?! Explore the chocolate museum at the House of Anvers and watch the confectionery experts at work. Not only will it have you in awe but it will have you drooling for more. Lucky for you, you can taste some moreish samples and purchase the ones you loved.