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The food and drink scene in Tasmania is such that it will make a foodie out of even the most indifferent diner. With a wealth of incredible natural produce on the doorstep of Tasmania, the food is vibrant, fresh, and local.

Masterchef Australia put the country on the global map as far as food goes. And rightly so, because the region is a hub for some brilliant produce as well as a dining scene that is internationally renowned. Among the popular food destinations in Australia, Tasmania definitely stands tall. This little island is racing to the top of everyone’s to-do list when it comes to great food options. The quality in Tasmania across the board – cafes, bars and restaurants – is high.

So what does the ‘Provedore Island’ of Tasmania have to offer? Well! The better question would be, what doesn’t it have? From the freshest of seafood (think freshly shucked oysters and a dash of lime by the seaside), a range of seasonal fruits – from berries to stone fruits and more. A dairy industry that innovates constantly on great products, craft beer, new world wines, and signature whiskies that would make any connoisseur happy. The region is filled with organic farms, acres of orchards, large stretches of vineyards and several small enterprises creating some great things.

Best of local produce

Seafood: Being surrounded by the sea, the seafood here in Tasmania is of top notch quality. For some of the freshest oysters head out to Bruny Island, Coles Bay as well as Swansea and Barilla Bay. Indulge in some Ocean Trout near Macquarie Harbour. Try some deep-sea fish like the trevalla (blue eye) or the striped trumpeter as well as the popular Atlantic salmon that is available from the Huon estuary and D'Entrecasteaux Channel south of Hobart. The squid, rock lobster, abalone, scallops as well as mussels are any time delights that are always available.

Meat: Meat lovers will know that Tasmanian beef is the best, with it being grass-fed and hormone free. King Island and Flinders Island offer you the best of this meat. Wagyu beef from Robbins Island should be on your must-eat list. Cape Grim is another great spot, on par with Tokyo. A lot of game meats are also available with the likes of quail, wallaby, kangaroo and farmed venison making for quite the treat.

Fruit: The region’s relatively cool climate makes it perfect for several great fruits – berry and stone fruits being the most popular. Think a range of raspberries, cherries, apples and pears. Besides fresh fruit, a lot of homemade jams, sauces, fruit wines as well as ciders and juices made from this fresh produce are easily available. The stalls at Hobart’s Salamanca Market and Farm Gate Market as well as Launceston's Harvest market are where you should head.

Cheese: You will be surprised at the high quality of cheese that comes out of Tasmania. The only hiccup being that legally, all milk has to be pasteurised here. The blue cheese will convince you that you are in the right place for cheese. The Pyengana Dairy Company, close to St Helens is a great stop. Do try Grandvewe Cheeses, south of Woodbridge for their organic cow and sheep’s milk cheeses. Ashgrove Cheese near Deloraine, Bruny Island Cheese Co and of course, King Island Dairy are not-to-miss cheese places.

Dining out

Tasmania has a burgeoning dining out scene and to use the cliché, has something for everybody. Here are some great recommendations for you to look out for:

Cheap eats

Hobart has some great cheap eat options for you to choose from. If you are into some clean eating and are interested in a paleo-menu, the Café Lola, close to the red Marine Board building is where you should head. When walking around Salamanca Square, you may want to stop at the Machine Laundry Café, which as the name suggests, is a laundrette and a breakfast place. Sawak Café brings some Malaysia to Tasmania and Mure Lower deck (the Upper Deck is a fine dining space) is great for all the fresh seafood that comes in. The Seafood chowder is what you should be trying here.

Cafes

Tasmania has some great cafes for you to try and you should make a beginning with Ecru Coffee, a small place which constantly has their roasters humming in the background. A great coffee experience is a guarantee. Lost Freight is as exciting as its name. Set in a shipping container, this café is located in Springs. A great place to stop at when hiking to Mount Wellington. Parklane Espresso is for the serious coffee drinkers and has several great roasts, besides offering single origin roasts as well.

Restaurants you must try

There are so many great restaurants in Tasmania that it can get overwhelming at times. So here are a few to help you get started and then you can go on a culinary discovery of your own.

Franklin in Hobart is definitely a place for you to try simply because the head chef ensures that it is a produce-driven menu. The menu changes every day and serves up breakfast and dinner. A definite must-do on your list.

Stillwater, located at Ritchie’s Mill, serves up contemporary Tasmanian cuisine and has a brilliant five-course degustation menu that you could choose for a luxe evening out.

The Glass House at the Hobart Waterfront offers sharing plates with a distinct Japanese influence and uniquely Tasmanian ingredients like abalone salmon among others. It has a cocktail menu that is quite inspired.

You can’t quite nail what it is that makes Templo, in Hobart stand out, but know for sure that a meal here is one that you are going to remember for a long time.

You can also indulge in a range of food-related experiences – go berry picking, eat oysters, head out to some food and wine festivals, sharpen your cooking skills, take guided food tours and so much more. The craft beer and wine scene in Tasmania is excellent and there are several ways to sit back and enjoy some great tipples.

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