Here in Northern Tasmania there’s no such thing as hibernating through winter. Instead, crisp days provide an excuse to seek out the most satisfying eating experiences that our surroundings have to offer. The Great Western Tiers that sprawl out from Launceston deliver their fair share of those experiences. Let’s indulge in the region’s top cold-weather fare…
Sweet treats by a warm fire
We all know that happiness comes from the simple pleasures in life. One of the simplest is settling in near the open wood fire at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm near Elizabeth Town and tucking into a generous serving of raspberry pancakes. Warm the cockles of your heart with a sample of raspberry brandy, then squirrel away a pack of dark chocolate-coated raspberries for later. Diet be damned when the treats are this delightful!
A quest for the world’s fanciest fungus
If you’re the adventurous type, get your winter woollies on and make your way to Deloraine where truffle harvest is now in full swing at Truffles of Tasmania. Walk amongst 50 hectares of mature oak trees with the best noses in the business for company – you’ll be amazed as the talented truffle hunting dogs sniff out these premium delicacies to be shipped all over the globe. As you leave, take advantage of farm-gate prices and sprinkle some fresh Tasmanian black truffle into your next pasta dish.
Fill up after you go below
Exploring ancient caves can be hungry work. If you’re making your way to Mole Creek to hang out with the glow worms, then Pepperberry Café is the perfect place for a post-spelunking snack. Think wood fired pizzas, home-smoked meats, nourishing winter soups and fluffy scones in a cosy café setting. Find a seat near the fire inside, or out in a sunny spot when the sky is blue. After you dine, take a wander through the lush gardens – you may even be lucky enough to spot a platypus in the brook there.
Local (and legendary) cooking experiences
In cute little Hadspen you’ll find The Red Feather Inn; a convict-built guest house that rejoices in the heartiest of Tasmanian fare. You might book at the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday night and discover the seasonal set menu with a glass of sparkling and an extensive wine list. Or, make a weekend of it by staying and attending one of the very popular cooking classes here. You’ll master the art of making farm house breads or rustic winter dishes using fresh produce from surrounding farms.
An extravagant lunch option
Ashgrove Cheese has long been a favourite stop along Bass Highway and in winter there’s plenty to tempt you in. Sample the array of cheeses, jams and other goodies, watch the cheesemakers in action, then take some time to sit down and savour a cheese tasting platter or even better – a gooey cheese and truffle toastie. Care to follow that up with a fresh milkshake or ice cream? We won’t judge!
We’d love to hear about your eating experiences in the area, so be sure to tag #MyTassieFoodDiary