Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Gourmet Goodness in Tasmania

Before I came to Tasmania I had noticed my local supermarket seemed to be sourced entirely from Tasmania. This was one of the reasons I was looking forward to visiting. You can’t come to “Gourmet Tasmania” and not be impressed with the local produce. Almost without exception, every meal we’ve had has been delicious, and all locally sourced.

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

At every turn, we stumbled across another epicurean delight. One afternoon on the east coast we visited the Freycinet Marine Park and polished off a dozen oysters – each- just because we could. They had been in the water only a couple of hours before our visit. We bought them from a little shed in a field, then ate them in humble outdoor picnic surrounds with kookaburras watching us and laughing from afar. I love oysters and always have – if only I could do that every day.

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

 

We’ve had some memorable meals. After winding our way up the eastern coast, we ended up at Scotsdale, at a gorgeous little B&B. We had pre-arranged a dinner, and after a long day of driving, arriving at a beautifully renovated farm-house with a home cooked meal was just what we needed. Produce from their neighbours and fruit and vegetables from the garden made for a real treat.

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

As we travelled through the north-eastern part of the island, around Launceston and up through to Devonport, we couldn’t help but notice how much like New Zealand it looked, with green rolling pastures and a very agricultural feel. Not surprisingly we thought it was very pretty. .

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Arriving in Launceston and after a walk in the beautiful Cataract Gorge, a good lunch was deserved, so we were off to Stillwater, one of the restaurants we had been recommended. Sitting on the edge of the park, overlooking the river, the food and ambiance were fantastic.

We had booked a couple of nights at a very upmarket B&B just out of Hadspen. For the first night we ate dinner at the in-house restaurant. Like everywhere else we’ve been, the food was locally sourced and tasted fantastic. Choices included rabbit terrine, mushroom risotto, Coquilles St Jacques for entree and beef filet, chicken or pork belly for mains. However the dark chocolate semi-freddo for dessert trumped them all!

We had one day which was devoted almost entirely to sampling local delights. We discovered the “Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail”, which was filled with all sorts off local produce and available for us to sample. It included honey factories, berry farms, cherry orchards, cheese factories, a salmon farm and my favourite – a chocolate factory. I’ve always had a weakness for good quality dark chocolate so this was a must, and yet again didn’t leave empty handed.

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Tasmania, gourmet goodness

Surprisingly enough, even after a day of tasting our way around Latrobe and Devonport, we squeezed in one more gourmet meal, this time at the Black Cow, reputedly one of the best restaurants in Tasmania. Wow, they’re not wrong. It’s located in an old butcher’s shop, and suitably with that pedigree and that name, specialises in “premium Tasmanian beef, dry-aged, free range, grass fed, and artificial hormone free”. I briefly contemplated the 500g Rib Eye just because it sounded so good, but even if I hadn’t spent an entire day sampling fabulous food I know it would have defeated me. So I modestly selected the Eye Fillet with cafe de paris butter and wasn’t disappointed.

Tasmania is absolutely chock-a-block with gourmet goodness….I’m looking forward to my next visit.

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