Eat & Drink

8 Delicious Things To Do In Tasmania

Tasmania is also a gastronomic hub like no other.

With rolling verdant hills, incredible waterscapes, lush forests and valleys, Tasmania is also a gastronomic hub like no other. Rich in fresh produce and uniquely tasty experiences, there’s really no place in Australia like the Apple Isle when it comes to regional wining and dining.

With top-ranked restaurants, eclectic cafes, cellar doors and producers of countless artisan goods, there’s never been a more delicious time to put Tassie on your culinary bucket list.

#1 Freycinet Marine Farm

Where: 1784 Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay

Freycinet Marine Farm

Image: Freycinet Marine Farm / Facebook

Pacific Oysters, you say? Succulent Tasmanian Blue mussels? Scallops, abalone, fresh rock lobster and locally fished salmon? Yes, yes and yes.

For connoisseurs of the fine marine kind, visitors can stock up and take home, or enjoy an in-house feast at Freycinet Marine Farm. Situated on the eastern Freycinet Peninsula, roughly 2.5 hours from Hobart, guests sup on the best and freshest that the region has to offer. Oyster farm tours also available.


#2 Franklin

Where: 28-30 Argyle Street, Hobart

Set up in the revamped hold of a disused 1920 Ford warehouse (later the hub of The Mercury newspaper), Franklin consistently ranks among the very best restaurants in the nation. David Moyle’s innovative, artistic dishes fly out of the open-plan kitchen with aplomb – it’s simple and delicious food, driven by locally sourced and seasonal produce. Think sea urchin on nasturtium leaf, grilled beef-heart mortadella, and fresh Pacific oysters with an incredible range of biodynamic wines to match.


#3 Farm Gate Market

Where: 104 Bathurst Street, Hobart

It’s all about Tasmanian produce, and getting to know your farmer at Farm Gate Market, a humble Hobartian get-together that spawned into the city’s (and one of the country’s) most popular Sunday rituals. Expect trestle tables bursting with artisan olive oils, wines, spirits, breads, cakes, jams, locally roasted small-batch coffee and more.

It’s on every Sunday from the 8:30am bell ring (rain, hail or shine).


#4 The Whisky Trail

Sullivan's Cove Whiskey

Image: Sullivan’s Cove Whiskey / Facebook

With lovers of a stiff, peaty dram rejoicing at the profusion of world-class whisky on offer in Australia, you’ll find most of the good ones down south. And by good, we mean world-class good – as in, comparable-to-anywhere-in-the-world good. Even Scotland good.

So it’s no secret that some of the best small batches to come onto the market in recent years are Tassie-born, most notably Sullivans Cove, whose French Oak Cask took out the single malt gong at the 2014 World Whisky Awards.

Hit the Tasmanian Whisky Trail and sample the island’s best.


#5 The Agrarian Kitchen

Where: 650 Lachlan Road, Lachlan

For a bona fide Tasmanian paddock-to-plate immersion, head direct for The Agrarian Kitchen. Set on five lush acres in the Derwent Valley town of Lachlan, under an hour from the capital, the 19th century schoolhouse remains the island’s first (and foremost) hands-on, farm-based cooking school.

A working farm featuring Wessex Saddleback and Berkshire pigs, milking goats, geese, honeybees and Barnevelder chickens, the Agrarian Kitchen prides itself on its extensive organic vegetable and herb gardens. It’s the perfect spot for a cooking class to re-instil your connection with Mother Nature, in one of the most idyllic settings possible.


#6 Stillwater

Where: 2 Bridge Road, Launceston

Stillwater

Image: Stillwater

Decked out in a gorgeously restored 1830s flour mill on Launceston’s Tamar River, Stillwater has been racking up its fair share of awards in recent years. It does contemporary Tasmanian fare with incredible flair – the top-value five-course dinner degustation is the prime drawcard, along with generous a la carte choices, exceptional service and memorable ambience.


#7 Black Cow Bistro

Where: 70 George Street, Launceston

Set in a former butchery, Black Cow, a carnivore haven in the guts of Launceston, is the place to go for an excellent steak. A fresh venture from the team behind Stillwater, the menu speaks for itself: a delectable range of dry-aged, free-range, hormone-free local beef and 40-day-aged Cape Grim rib eye with truffled béarnaise.


#8 Fat Pig Farm

Where: Somewhere south of Hobart (make a booking and they’ll send you directions)

Fat Pig Farm

Image: Fat Pig Farm / Facebook

From the Black Cow to the Fat Pig: welcome to Tasmania’s most innovative and educational porcine farm. Located “somewhere south of Hobart”, Fat Pig grow food and raise healthy, happy livestock.

They also offer three main experiences: a cookery school to learn, the farm to purchase delicious goods, and the restaurant to eat. A nourishing, intelligent, and deliciously well-run enterprise with good food vibes aplenty.

Lead image: The Agrarian Kitchen / Facebook