Let’s talk about the flavours of Tassie – aka. Tasmanian food and drink… If we are honest, it’s absolutely one of the main things that attracts visitors to this beautiful state (that and the fact that you can enjoy said food and drink in some of the most stunning scenery on the planet!).
So, when many people (us included) land in Tassie, one of the top things on their agenda is seeking out some of the latest and greatest food, wine, craft beer and cider experiences around!
But wait! We have a #protip. Did you know that if you sail with Spirit of Tasmania to Devonport, your Tassie food and wine experience can start onboard?
That’s correct. And we are not just talking about the fantastic TMK (Tasmania Market Kitchen) restaurant on board –although their Tassie-inspired meals are definitely a highlight.
We are talking about the Flavours of Tassie program; an opportunity to get a bite of the Apple Isle before you’ve even arrived!
From May to September, Spirt of Tasmania hosts Flavours of Tassie, a showcase of Tasmanian producers. From winemakers to cheese, chocolates, beers, ciders and more, travellers can enjoy free samples, meet the makers, and start to immerse themselves in the incredible food and wine scene Tasmania is so famous for.
One of the producers featured in the Flavours of Tassie is Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Café. If the name isn’t delectable enough, the flavours will definitely draw you in. Christmas Hills specialises in seasonal dishes, many with a (you guessed it) raspberry twist.
A visit to the farm and café itself is only a 30-minute drive from Devonport and in no time, you can be enjoying things like raspberry lattes, raspberry spiders, raspberry cheesecake, and of course, their famous chocolate coated raspberries!
Another maker featured on the ship is a favourite of ours; Spreyton Cider Co. Originally established to make apple juice, it branched into cider in 2011 and makes all the cider ‘in-house’. When we visited the cidery (which is only around ten minutes’ drive from Devonport), we were lucky enough to meet the cider maker and learn the story behind Spreyton. We also learned how to match cider with local Tasmanian cheeses – who knew!
Finally, a taste of Tassie wouldn’t be the same without wine! There are plenty of winemakers featured in Flavours of Tassie, and also many on the wine list if you visit the bar! Some of our favourites include Goaty Hill and Ghost Rock Estate and we seriously recommend trying some new drops and then visiting the wineries themselves when you land on the island!
What are your favourite flavours of Tassie, whether you have tasted them locally, on the mainland, or even on Spirit of Tasmania? Tell us in the comments!