The culinary guide to Tasmania: Top delights to try this summer


Warning: don’t read on an empty stomach!

The Apple Isle is fast becoming Australia’s summer
destination of choice thanks to its luxuriously long summer days and
array of fine fresh produce renowned for being among the best in
Australia. A trip to this small corner of the world wouldn’t be complete
without throwing away the diet and savouring the amazing flavours that
are grown, picked, plucked and caught from Tasmania and delivered
straight to you.

Berries, Berries, Berries

Over the summer months the Apple Isle is overrun with fresh,
juicy berries waiting to be plucked from their branches. December and
January are the best times of year for berry-picking offering super-size
cherries, raspberries, tayberries, boysenberries, loganberries,
silvanberries and blackcurrants. Sorrell Fruit Farm is a great option
for enjoying the berry-picking experience and is located just 10
kilometres from the Cruisin’ Hobart office.
Spend the morning collecting berries before enjoying Devonshire tea at
the onsite café. If you’re heading up the east coast of the state,
Kate’s Berry Farm is a must and is home to row by row of cool climate
berries. Make a beeline straight for the onsite eatery where you will be
welcomed by mouth-watering berry-inspired sweets and treats accompanied
by spectacular views of picture-perfect Oyster Bay. Don’t forget to
take home one of Kate’s unique jams made at the farm.

Oysters

Devouring oysters in the beautiful Tasmanian environment is
truly a delight like no other. Sourced from the fresh waters around the
state, Tasmania’s oysters are arguably among the best in the world. For a
mouth-watering experience in an unbeatable location, Freycinet Marine
Farm on the east coast is your answer. Sit on their open deck and
appreciate charming views whilst sampling one of their many varieties
including oysters poached with a Ginger and soy dressing, oysters
Kilpatrick grilled with bacon and spicy sauce or simply stick to the
basics and squeeze a fresh lemon over a dozen natural oysters. If you’re
heading south this summer, Get Shucked on Bruny Island is an absolute must and will blow you away with quality oysters harvested, sorted and shucked before you onsite. Yum!

Cider

Tasmania is slowly but surely becoming established on
Australia’s cider scene offering a range of boutique cider experiences
in scenic destinations. For the best cider encounter, take your motorhome adventure
into the heart of the breathtaking Huon Valley just a short drive from
the capital. Here you will find the rustic Apple Shed built in 1942 and
home to Willie Smith’s Apple Cider. Get comfortable at the cellar door
and try the tasting paddle along with some of the finest local produce
from the immediate Huon Valley. Just a stone’s throw from The Apple Shed
you will discover Pagan Cider made from fourth-generation orchardists
in the Huon Valley. Stop by for a tasting.

Cheese

Cheese glorious cheese, is the perfect summer indulgence
pared with a crisp glass of local wine. Tasmania harbours award-winning
cheese-makers who capitalise on the state’s clean environment and
temperate climate. Fine cheese producers can readily be found dotted
around the state but for a magical cheese experience don’t miss Bruny
Island Cheese, an artisan cheese maker in southern Tasmania. Sample
their unique Oen cheese, a soft cheese pinot washed in vine leaves or
their iconic 1792; a soft cheese washed rind on Huon Pine. Other notable
cheese-makers in Tasmania include popular King Island and Wicked Cheese
just a stone’s throw from the Hobart Cruisin’ depot in the heart of the Coal River Valley.

Pinot Noir

Tasmania’s mild summers are perfect for producing some of
Australia’s finest cool climate wine. A visit to the Apple Isle wouldn’t
be complete without paying a visit to one of the state’s finest
wineries to sample a prime glass of Pinot Noir, representing more than
40% of all Tasmanian grape plantings. For some of the best options try
Abel’s Tempest 2012 Pinot Noir in the charming Tamar Valley, Bay of
Fires 2010 Pinot Noir in Pipers River or drive just moments from the Cruisin’ depot
into the heart of the Coal River Valley wine growing region to try the
acclaimed Glaetzer-Dixon Reveur 2011 Point Noir. Don’t forget to
purchase a bottle for later!

Huon Valley Mushrooms

Dotted throughout the beautiful south of Tasmania you will
discover mouth-watering Huon Valley Mushrooms. The company produces a
delicious array of popular Whites and Honey Browns as well as some of
the planet’s most exotic varieties of mushroom. You can sample these
local delights at a range of restaurants spread throughout the Huon
Valley and Hobart. For a magical mushroom encounter, pay a visit to the
Taste of Tasmania festival and savour a local favourite, the Tasmanian
White Mushrooms Tempura battered and fried in cottonseed oil with a
choice of homemade garlic aioli, Worcestershire sauce, Chilli Plum Sauce
or Shima Wasabi Mayonnaise.

Scallop Pie

 A trip to Australia’s island state isn’t complete without
trying our famous scallop pies made from prime Tasmanian seafood
produce. Visit the town of Ross off the Midlands Highway to sample
perhaps the best pies in Tasmania at one of the local bakeries including
unbeatable Bakery 31. Other bakeries include the popular Jackman McRoss
Bakery in Hobart’s historic suburb of Battery Point and Richmond
Bakery.

Honey

Tasmania’s rich forests are ideal for the production of
honey. While you’re visiting Tassie, sampling Leatherwood and Manuka
honey varies are a must. There are a range of hot spots for honey
tasting including Stephens Leatherwood Honey in Mole Creek, Tasmanian
Honey Company in the small town of Perth and Miellerie Honey at
Woodbridge producing five varieties of honey; Leatherwood, Lake Pedder,
Prickly Box, Blue Gum and Tea Tree.

Smokehouse Delights

Tassie is renowned for producing a variety of unique and
delicious smokehouse products. These products are easy to access
throughout your motorhome adventure
as they can be located at a range of different points around the state.
For the best that Tasmania has to offer, don’t look past Woodbridge
smokehouse, Bruny Island Smokehouse or Mures seafood restaurant located
on Hobart’s idyllic waterfront. Woodbridge specialises in fish hand
smoked using wood from their own apple orchard. At Bruny Island
Smokehouse try a number of delicacies before you buy and accompany them
with one of the many whiskies on offer. Dine on the balcony offering
spectacular views of Bruny Island.