‘Tassie’, even with no plans and at the busiest time of year this beautiful island fully embraced us. From the dry Midlands to the rain forests; it’s known for its unique and beautiful nature and we only got to see a small part of it. Foodwise there’s a lot to discover as well.
The yearly Taste of Tasmania Festival in the harbor of Hobart was the perfect start of our week. This is the place to taste some of Tasmania’s finest food. Spending the first two days with Ben and Peta at the Ridgline Pottery gave us a perfect insight in the local food scene as well. We had a little peek behind the scenes where we got to see how they make their beautiful pots and plates which can be found in the better restaurants around.
Young, creative people are lifting up the food culture of the island starting interesting cafés and restaurants, using local produce. Just like we’ve seen through all of Australia, the places don’t only look stunning, the food is refined and part of, probably, the best food culture in the world.
Tasmania, twice the size of Holland, with only around 500.000 citizens. I guess, all of the space brings a perfect balance between human and nature which is typical for the island. After a week, we felt like locals, bumping into familiar faces all the time.
So, we met some inspiring people, had good breakfasts at Betsey and the Pigeon hole cafe, drank some coffee at Pilgrim Coffee and Ethos cafe, enjoyed some delicious meals at Garagiste and Franklin and missed a probably wonderful meal at Ethos Restaurant. But there’s more to Tasmania than food! A visit to David Walsh’s impressing Mona museum is worth the travel alone.
The best tip I can give is to go and explore this island in a campervan (we got one at Tassie Motor Shacks) and do some camping cooking yourselves. Try to see The Agrarian Kitchen which we unfortunately couldn’t make.
One week was definitely too short.
More pictures of the above mentioned places will follow on my blog soon!