The Hobart

Winter in Tassie is Made for Eating

by Stephanie Williams
Winter in Tassie is Made for Eating

You’ve heard it before, and we’ll say it again, Tasmanian produce is amazing. And winter is the perfect time to get out and eat it all. Explore the markets, head straight to the farm gates or expand your cooking skills across the island.

Food Markets I’m biased as it’s my home market but the Farm Gate market each Sunday morning in Hobart has got to be one of the best. It’s a great spot for breakfast with friends, and pick up some supplies while you’re there. If you’re up north on a Saturday morning, Harvest Launceston is a must visit, if only for a cracking bacon and egg roll, not to mention the awesome entertainment program. For something more intimate, the weekly Willie Smith’s Artisan and Produce Market showcases only local artisan wares and produce. The Bream Creek Farmers Market is on the first Sunday of every month, featuring local growers, cooks, brewers, producers and makers.

Paddock to Plate Will you go to any length to check the provenance of your meat? Then head to King Island to experience a one and a half hour Meat Your Beef tour of a family-run 2000 acre beef property. Cape Grim Beef is produced in the far North West Coast and you can tuck into a top steak a stone’s throw away at the Cape Grim Grill at Tall Timbers in Smithton. Check into a tiny cabin on Fork n Farm, a 24 acre property, and pick fruit and vegetables that will end up in your dinner that night.

Ocean to Table Interest in where seafood comes from and how it’s produced is increasing. All over Tassie you can head straight to the source and taste some of the best seafood in Australia. Particularly interesting and delicious right now is the native Angasi oyster – if you see them on a menu, be sure to try them. Jump on the ferry over to Bruny Island and stop in at Get Shucked or head toward the airport to pick up freshly shucked oysters from Barilla Bay Oyster Farm. The east coast is a strong hold for high quality seafood. The Freycinet Marine Farm near Coles Bay sell freshly harvested mussels, oysters and local Tasmanian Rock lobster, abalone, scallops, urchin and salmon, or head up or down the coast to find excellent seafood, fish and chips at The Gulch and The Lobster Shack in Bicheno and The Fish Van in Triabunna.

Cheese Please From rolling green hills comes excellent milk. From excellent milk comes divine cheese and on the island we’re very spoiled. Bruny Island Cheese Company export their cheese all over Tassie and the mainland, especially right now with their Cheese Club offering. A yum gift for any interstate friends in lockdown! Up north, Ashgrove and Pyengana Dairy Farm Gate Cafe are worth diverting for if you’re on a northern road trip.

Cooking Schools Expand your cooking repertoire and get to know local produce even better with a cooking school class. Want to learn to cook like a Nonna? At the Farmhouse Kitchen at Wattle Grove in the Huon Valley you can try a Winter Warmer Masterclass, where you’ll prepare seasonal Tassie produce in the traditional Italian way. Since 2007, Sylvia’s Kitchen has been welcoming students in the Tamar Valley, taking them on a journey through cuisines from all over the world. If you like your cooking with a side of luxe, make a weekend of it and check into The Red Feather Inn at Hadspen.

Love this

Cold Water Wake Up Call
It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about or participating in cold water swimming right now.
A Short Geelong Getaway
Since the Spirit of Tasmania terminal moved from Melbourne to Geelong late last year, a visit to Geelong has been on the radar.
27 Hobart Friends Get Snipping For One Off Wine
The borders were declared shut in Tasmania on the 30th of March, 2020; the first stare to do so amid the COVID- 19 pandemic and hard lockdown of Hobart followed.
Danphe Nepalese and Indian Food + Peppermint Bay Bar and Bistro
Nepalese food is a comfort in our house. Having spent much time trekking and mountain climbing in Nepal as a younger man, Nepalese food is something I always love to go back to.
That’s DR Hannah Gadsby To You
From Smithton to Netflix and the Emmys stage, Tasmanian stand up comic Hannah Gadsby has forged an unlikely path. Following on from the massive success of her shows Nanette and Douglas, Hannah brings her new show Body of Work to Hobart this month.
PODCAST: Incat founder Robert Clifford on why electric boats are the future
Robert Clifford is the founder of Incat, a Hobart company building fast ferries for the world. Always looking to future opportunities, he has identified where Hobart sits in the next wave of transportation. For more of this interview listen to The Hobart Magazine podcast.
Is Tourism Ready For More Forestry Wars?
Tasmanian forests are special. They’re home to centuries-old trees, including the tallest flowering trees on the planet, and support unique native species. Yet not everyone agrees on how these forests should be managed.
Hobart Chefs: When The Obsession Becomes Real
Tasmania’s brand as a foodie haven is cemented. But within the local hospitality industry there are those who love to use local produce...and those who are next-level obsessed with it. We spoke to a bunch of Hobart chefs who are top of the game when it comes to fostering relationships with local farmers and growers.
Did You Know Australia’s First Female Doctor Was Hobartian?
Tasmania, despite its small size and population in comparison to the mainland, has produced more than its proportionally predicted percentage of significant figures and heroes of Australian history. 
Return Travellers Adding Pressure to Hobart Housing
For all of us 2020 was a year like no other, punctuated by rapid change and plenty of new challenges. For vulnerable people in Tasmania, including people facing homelessness, those on low incomes and those facing increasingly higher rents, it was very challenging. We are seeing a growing demand for homes in Tassie from international travellers returning home, people moving for work and others seeking the lifestyle that our Apple Isle has to offer.
AboutContributeAdvertiseNewsletter Sign UpContact
June 2024

Stay up to date with everything happening at the Hobart Magazine.

Thank you to Luke Brokensha for mobilising his friends and local residents recently to host two rubbish clean ups along the Hobart Rivulet after heavy rains.
The warm weather returns...hello summer.
Need a laugh? Check out @theinspiredunemployed feed on Instagram.
Moto Vecchia Cafe in Bellerive and Czegs Cafe in Richmond have joined the Clarence City Council dementia program, creating dementia-friendly spaces for all patrons.
It’s hard to believe it’s not standard practice to have a working phone in every aged care room - shared phones make private conversations impossible and increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Tacks on the tracks. Mountain bikers beware of tacks being left on certain tracks on the mountain.
Just when you think your cousins are alright. NZ Opposition Leader Judith Collins took aim at Tassie during her recent (unsuccessful) campaign, calling us Australia’s “poor cousin.” She also seems worried about us nabbing tech businesses, “It’s a lovely part of the world but do you necessarily want to go there with your high- tech business? Possibly not,” she said. We beg to differ!