Feb
27
2014

Must-see sights for foodies

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Tasmania is ‘heaven’ for foodies, with plenty of delectable delights to sink your teeth into. 

Here are some of the best destinations for lovers of all things food related, where some of the fruits of Tasmania can really be enjoyed. Make sure you get a taste of them all! 

Federation Chocolate

Chocolate is one of life's greatest pleasures, and thankfully the Federation Chocolate factory offers some great opportunities to enjoy this marvellous treat. It's located at Taranna on the Tasman Peninsula, which is less than 100 kilometres from Hobart, quite close to Port Arthur.

Visit this family-owned business that makes some truly mouthwatering handmade choccies. See how this fantastic food is created and sample of a variety of flavours. 

You can also take in some fascinating history while in Taranna, with the Federation Heritage Museum. This delves into the area's convict, saw milling and blacksmithing history. 

All about seafood

Surrounded by ocean, Tasmania is a natural haven for delicious seafood. There are many places where this can be enjoyed. Why not start off with Barilla Bay Oysters? 

This site is located in Cambridge, near Hobart’s airport in Tasmania's south. 

Here, shellfish are grown and harvested in clean and pristine waters, with a perfect climate nurturing the entire process. You can take a look at the farm itself before you try this tasty delight for yourself. You'll notice the extremely fresh and natural taste of the oysters, thanks to the wonderful environment they've been raised in. 

If you are in the north of the State pay a visit to the 41 Degrees South fish farm, wetland and ginseng plantation. To get here, you'll have to head to Deloraine. 41 Degrees farms salmon as naturally and sustainably as possible. Wander the farm seeing how it all works and learn how these tasty fish are raised. 

Wander through the wetland area with its array of wonderful wildlife, including platypi, frogs and a whole host of birds. Of course, you'll want to taste the delicious salmon and maybe even take some away with you. There are also organic ginseng root products on sale, with honey, spices, chocolate, nougat and more some of the treats to be had. 

Orchards and apples

Tasmania is known for growing a great range of fruit as well. And who doesn't love a juicy apple? 

Head to the Apple Shed, which is a newly redeveloped museum, ciderhouse and cafe, where you can enjoy all things apple in the Huon Valley.

You'll love the rustic atmosphere, as it's even based in an original apple shed dating all the way back to 1942. You'll be able to learn all about Tassie's apple growing heritage, or simply take in the beautiful surroundings. Amble through the museum then settle down for a nice drink of cider from the selection of their own and other ciders available. 

Enjoy a local, seasonal and sustainable menu that comes with a great understanding and appreciation of what you might be in the mood for.

The Sally Wise Cooking School

For a really unique experience, head to the Sally Wise Cooking School in the Derwent Valley.

Here, you can undertake a class with Sally Wise, who is a cookbook author and regularly features on ABC. 

You'll delve into the details of fresh, seasonal produce, with an emphasis on preserving, baking with yeast goods, creating delectable sweet treats, and the art of slow cooking. 

There are even some incredible, special interest classes, such as convict and colonial cookery and catering to food allergies.

Enjoy sharing stories, making memories and learning a whole host of new recipes. 

Remember, this is just the start of everything Tassie has to offer for foodies, so when you're planning your trip, set aside plenty of time to get tasting.

The Apple Shed Museum and Cafe, Huon Valley - Image Credit:  Hannah IG user @rose_red_ladybug

Barrilla Bay Oysters - Image Credit: Melissa Ting

Federation Chocolate Taranna

Platter at the Apple Shed - Image Credit: Willie Smith's Cider

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