Graze Your Way Around the Tasting Trail With These 11 Food & Wine Destinations.


The Tasting Trail is home to some of Tasmania’s most passionate and talented primary producers. From fertile farmland, to thriving vineyards and orchards, it’s safe to say delicious produce is abundant here. Not to mention, stunning scenery and small-town charm just to sweeten the deal even further. Here are 11 food and wine destinations to satisfy your tastebuds while visiting North West Tasmania

  1. Sample the sweetest Tasmanian honey, from Blue Hills Honey.

For over 65 years, Blue Hills Honey have been harvesting world-class honey, 100% sourced from Australia.  Choose from Leatherwood honey, or a Manuka and Leatherwood blend, for a full-bodied, earthy taste. Pick up their delicious homegrown honey from their premise in Mawbanna, or from different delicatessens and small grocers around Tasmania.

 

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  1. Let the world’s freshest berries explode in your mouth at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe.

Follow the Tasting Trail for the sweetest, juiciest berries going around. At Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe, found near Elizabeth Town, you’ll soon learn there’s nothing raspberries don’t go with. Like raspberry French toast, or raspberry-infused mayonnaise in a gourmet chicken burger? They also have a delicious dessert menu. Grab a punnet of freshly picked raspberries at the counter (or some chocolate-coated raspberries if you’re feeling indulgent).

  1. Taste the creamiest cheese and dairy products going around, from Ashgrove Cheese.

Ashgrove Cheese in Elizabeth Town is a dairy lover’s paradise. Step inside their wholesale store and be spoilt for choice – with their cheese varieties being a particular drawcard. The Red Rubicon, Bush Pepper and Wasabi cheese are a must-try, but they also offer fantastic cream, butter, milk and ice-cream.

 

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  1. Indulge in some world-class seafood from Tarkine Fresh Oysters and Hursey Seafoods.

If you haven’t tried Tasmanian seafood, then quite frankly you haven’t lived. Tarkine Fresh Oysters in Smithton is a great place to sample some fresh Tasmanian oysters – plucked straight from the ocean. Or if you’re travelling around the Stanley area, dine in or take away at Hursey Seafoods. A particular highlight being their Southern Rock Lobster which is served fresh all year round.

 

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5. Feast on free-range meats so flavourful they will have you salivating from afar, at Mount Gnomon Farm.

Nestled in the stunning Dial Range, between Penguin and Cradle Mountain, is Mount Gnomon Farm – a place that not only exhibits stunning landscapes, but delicious Tasmanian pork meats. As Tasmania’s first free range commercial pig farm, here you can sample delicious pork products on one of their generous platters, or pick-up a box of pork treats for later.

 

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6. Taste top notch whiskey from Western Tiers Distillery, Hellyers Road Distillery and Angels Share Stanley, or award-winning gin from Southern Wild Distillery.

Whiskey and gin lovers will rejoice when visiting the Tasting Trail. Visit the Western Tiers Distillery in Westbury, and Hellyers Road Distillery in Burnie, for a fantastic range of single malt whiskies. Or, pop into Southern Wild Distillery in Devonport to try their internationally awarded Dasher + Fisher gins. Otherwise, the Angels Share Stanley is a great place to sample a carefully curated selection of Tassie whisky, gin and more.

7. Enjoy a laid-back craft brew from Seven Sheds Brewery or fruity cider from Spreyton Cider Co.

Craft Beer is just another thing that the North West does well. Seven Sheds Brewery and Meadery in Railton has a fantastic range of hand-crafted brews to try. Brewery tours can also be organised if you contact the cellar door prior to arrival.

At Spreyton Cider Co, they say great cider starts with great fruit (which we have in abundance in Cradle Coast Tasmania). Pop into their cellar door to sample a fantastic range of ciders and ginger beers.

 

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8. Sip on delicious, cool-climate wines, while basking in breathtaking views, at Ghost Rock Wines.

The Cradle Coast Wine Trail is a burgeoning wine region known for its fertile paddocks and sun-soaked vineyards. Ghost Rock Wines has a beautiful winery and cellar door near Port Sorell.  Boasting delightful views overlooking green meadows, leading up to the vineyard, this is a great spot to stop for a tasty platter and glass of wine.

9. Treat yourself to some mouth-wateringly good ice-cream from Dixie Blue Gelato Café or Van Diemens Land Creamery.

An ice-cream stop is always a good idea. Visit Dixie Blue Gelato Café in Deloraine for artisan gelato made on premise daily, using local ingredients sourced from the Meander Valley.

Another great spot for ice-cream is Van Diemens Land Creamery in Elizabeth Town – run by a family of dairy farmers. Here you’ll find the best variety of Tasmanian made ice-cream including lavender and white chocolate, or caramelised fig.

10. Stop for a bite to eat at one of our incredible cafes and restaurants – dotted along the Tasting Trail.

Situated in a restored Wesleyan Chapel in Burnie is The Chapel – a quirky little café you won’t want to miss. Pop in for your daily grind, or a bite to eat. Plus, they roast all their coffee beans in-house, as well as brew their own beers.

From June until August, forage for truffles at Truffledore farm stay, found en-route to Cradle Mountain. Join one of their guided tours to learn how truffles are found and unearthed firsthand, followed by a four-course lunch featuring truffley-goodness.

You know it’s a good day when you’re choosing between Tassie steak or lobster. The bistro at Stanley Hotel Tasmania provides simple and flavoursome food – all sourced locally and influenced by the coast, land and the seasons.

The Tall Timbers Tasmania restaurant is famous for its Cape Grim Tasmania beef grill, with delicious local meats cooked to your liking. Tall Timbres Tasmania is located in Smithton.

 

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11. Select from the crème de la crème of Tasmanian produce, at Harvest Market Launceston and Providore 24.

If you don’t have time to get around all the fantastic producers of the Tasting Trail, then why not visit Harvest Market Launceston – a bustling hub of activity on a Saturday morning. Grab some delicious local cheeses, freshly cooked sourdough and olive oil. Or, while you’re at the market, visit Kimchi Me to grab a bottle of fermented vegetables to spruce up your basic salad, or pair with some delicious Tassie cheeses on a platter. Another must-visit is Providore 24 in Stanley, where you can choose from a smorgasbord of Tasmanian cheeses, honey, fudge and sauces.

 

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It’s safe to say delicious produce and more is what you’ll find along the Tasting Trail. Farm produce, cafes, restaurants, orchards, wineries, distilleries, markets – you name it. So, come on? Taste our heavenly produce and meet the talented producers behind the scenes. Sample food fresh from the paddock and eat ice-cream until your heart’s content.

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