Tasmania is renowned for its many food and wine festivals, but every now and then there's one that manages to stand out from the rest, with the King Island Long Table Festival one that is sure to surprise and delight visitors and locals alike!
King Island is a location "famous for its cheese and beef", counting seafood, "abundant" game foods and locally grown fruits and vegetables among their delicious line of produce too.
Co-founder of the Long Table Festival, Cynthia Daniel, says that the festival offers activities not usually available to tourists, and is a "rare opportunity" to get a behind the scenes look at life on the island.
The foodie gathering is a three-day event that showcases all the island has to offer from "paddock to plate".
The Long Table Festival includes kitchen sessions, farm tours and a fantastic four hour long lunch!
The first day of the festival will see visitors venture out to Camp Creek Organic Market Garden in the morning, then make King Island seafood discoveries at Currie Wharf, take a trip to the Hydro Renewable Energy Wind and Solar Farm, tuck into a picnic lunch, then spend the afternoon at a bee apiary, beef farm and dairy farm.
The second festival day is jam-packed with kitchen sessions and culture tours with an array of activities such as a kelp craft shop, learning secrets from the chef in preparing a gourmet meal, visiting an alpaca farm and heading out on a penguin tour.
The last day of the festival has the last kitchen session on breadmaking, where the chefs will instruct you on how to make the perfect focaccia, and seek your cooking expertise in the final preparation of the festival's banquet.
The final grand event, the four hour Long Table Lunch, will round around at 12:30 with guests tucking into the island's most delicious produce at the Golf and Bowling club for an afternoon of gourmet delights and fantastic company.
Tickets are $150 per person (resident rate $85 per person) and are available now at the Currie Newsagency or by direct deposit and cheque. Details are available from the Long Table website.