A group of Tasmanians have banded together to establish the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge, a six-month initiative that will see the group increasing the consumption of locally produced food to achieve their vision for a "happy, healthy, sustainable and prosperous Tasmania".
The challenge was coordinated by Sustainable Living Tasmania and was officially launched in the Totally Tassie Picnic at the Sustainable Living Festival in November.
The "Tassivores" said there were several ways in which people could approach the challenge with some eating almost exclusively Tasmanian food for the length of the challenge while others are opting for one day of the week to be dedicated to local food.
The group is simply looking at people to challenge themselves to "do more" to support the island's producers, farmers and businesses and to "live locally".
The Mercury reported that a new tasting trail was launched by the Tassivore Eat Local Challenge, featuring eight of the island's best eateries.
Included in the trail are Tracks Cafe, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Restaurant, TASTE, Tricycle, Smolt, Castray Esplanade Food and Wine, Citrus Moon and Picnic Basket.
Hobart's famous Farm Gate Market will also showcase at least one Tassievore dish from the start of January to the end of April.
So what exactly is a Tassievore dish? This is a meal that is "totally Tasmanian" – with a few exceptions for minor ingredients such as raising agents and spices – with updates on dishes on offer posted on the Tassievore Twitter and Facebook pages.