Tasmania is experiencing one of its best oyster-producing seasons yet, according to one farmer.
Speaking to the ABC, James Calvert – who has been cultivating oysters for over a decade – said that the quality of Tasmanian oysters is better than ever thanks to higher levels of rainfall over the past two years.
Demand for the delicacies is up by 300 per cent in the last 12 months, he said, adding that this is “unprecedented for winter”.
“Certainly we’ve never seen demand like this before, so it’s all positive signs for [the] future,” Calvert stated..
If you are planning a trip to Tasmania, you might want to head to Cambridge to check out the fascinating oyster farm, gourmet food shop and restaurant at Barilla Bay.
Located only a short drive from Hobart airport, this is one of Tasmania’s largest oyster farms – and a great place to sample some of the island state’s fabulous locally-produced food.
If you visit on the weekend, you can make your way out to the bay for a short oyster farm tour, where you can see where the oysters are grown and harvested – and you may even get to sample some of the delicacies, garnished with lemon or a dash of Tabasco sauce.
You’ll also find the onsite restaurant, which boasts incredible views of the facility, offers even more dishes for oyster-lovers to sample, as well as several options for vegetarians and people who prefer not to eat seafood.