by on 11/02/2016 - 05:06 am
When the delicious madness of The Taste has ebbed, when the weather has settled in to somewhat predictable patterns of warmth and when we’ve returned to school runs, spin classes and work routines, there’s a food and wine event that reignites that summery spark among us Tasmanians.
A leafy pocket of Launceston becomes crowded with tents, plastic chairs and port a loos, and hungry punters flock from near and far. It’s Festivale, a brilliant opportunity to eat, drink and dance to the tunes of 90s pop stars on comeback tours.
#festivale2016 starts this Friday evening and runs til Sunday afternoon at City Park. Since the event began almost three decades ago, Chairman Lou Cl ...
by on 11/01/2016 - 02:32 am
Tasting some of the best coffee, chocolate and cheese in Tasmania plus strolling the historic streets of Launceston: sounds like the ideal day, right?
Suse Henshaw has created a delicious, compact food experience bound to impress. Perfect Day Tours has only recently been launched but is already sparking interest near and far.
“I want people to walk away and say, wow that was the perfect day in the sense they met some interesting people, made friends and came away with a lot more knowledge,” Suse says.
A Tasmanian native, Suse gained an appetite for good food in her teens, when her grandmother showed her the street markets of Singapore and Hong Kong.
At an age when most of us were only just discovering wine comes in glass, not just casks, Will Tatchell had developed an extraordinary palate and thirst for good grog. The 33 year-old says he’d sampled every beer on the Australian market by his late teens and was already dreaming up bigger and better brews.
As to when Will worked out he wanted to make beer his life, a vague fantasy for the general population, he can’t quite put a finger on it.
“There was no defining moment, it was more of a curiosity,” he says fresh from morning coffee and invoices.
Will would ask his lecturers at the University of Tasmania to help tailor his Agricultural Science deg ...
One of Melbourne's favourite food vans is expanding its patch to Tasmania.
Mr Burger has been operating in Victoria since 2012 and will bring its delicious American-syle burgers to Tassie with a launch at Room For A Pony (338 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart) on the 30th of October from 5PM-7PM.
It's not just any launch either... Mr Burger will be giving away free burgers to celebrate the start of their Tassie business!
Earlier this year, full-blooded Taswegian, Alex Haros, sampled his first Mr Burger on a trip to Melbourne. Consumed by the deliciousness, Haros decided to bring ‘Melbourne’s Best Food Truck’ (The Age, 2014) back to his home town of Hobart. After mo ...
Drinking $60,000 worth of the best wine in the world all day and all night with industry elite for a week in the Hunter Valley. Tough gig. No, really, it will be.
“Every morning we judge 40 wines then have an afternoon master class with the likes of James Halliday, Iain Riggs and Tim James. We then look at even more wines over dinner. So the pressure’s on from 9am til you go to bed,” says James Welsh, co-owner and Sommelier of Launceston’s famed Stillwater Restaurant and Black Cow Bistro.
This relentless schedule of vino is the format of the 2015 Len Evans Tutorial. Each year, a select few industry professionals are plucked from a mass of applicants to learn from th ...
Warning: Do not read this article without a decent supply of chocolate at hand. Be sure that you are aware the location of your nearest 24 hour chocolate store, because without it - the insatiable desire that will stir in your appetite when you read what is about to be revealed to you, will be simply unbearable.
In all seriousness, Tasmania is one of the world’s best kept secrets as a chocolate lover’s haven. The abundance of good quality, creamy milk from local dairies coupled with fresh flavoursome produce such as juicy berries, nuts and liqueurs - has well and truly put Tasmania squarely on the chocolate lover’s map.
If you could open a restaurant anywhere in the world where would it be?
When Jeremy Kode and partner Viktoria Neumann were deciding where to bring to life a dream of theirs, Italy lingered as a possibility. But so did the island no doubt unknown to most: Tasmania.
Jeremy sits in a tailored blue suit, sipping coffee and discussing the pair’s plan to bring something rather special to this state, with measured gusto.
We’re in Fresh Café on Launceston’s Charles Street, just a couple of doors down from what will soon be the city’s newest spot for food, wine and a little something in between.
Geronimo Aperitivo Bar and Restaurant is set to be sleek and cont ...
A former motorcycle garage that’s now serving single origin coffee, pies and pumping out the Sex Pistols. Off Center is a new addition to Launceston’s bubbling café scene and boy is it good.
Owners Cara Massey and fiancé Banjo Lockhart, a 30 year-old who used to work as a safety officer on skyscrapers, wheeled out the business in late May with the aim of setting themselves apart from other cafes by staying open late. On Tuesday til Saturday, the place is open throughout the day before a little afternoon break then open til 10pm.
“I hope the night time trading becomes an institution, giving people a reason other than half price movie tickets to come out on a ...
Truffles in Tasmania
If the wise phrase that encourages us to not judge a book by its cover ever applied to food, the French black truffle would have to be a suitable subject.
Tuber Melanosporum or the world-renowned French Perigord Truffle is a very irregularly shaped fruiting body of a fungus that grows in a mutually beneficial relationship with the roots of either oak or hazel trees. Although modest and arguably unappealing in appearance, these subterranean gems are revered worldwide for their intense, unique flavour and strong aromatic smell.
Originating in Europe, the bulk of the world’s black truffle production still takes place in France, Spain and Italy. ...
Do not be alarmed. This eatery in Launceston’s CBD may not have milk, eggs, cheese or meat but you can be sure to leave satisfied and even a little enlightened.
“We’ve had a few people go, wow this is vegan?! I think it’s given them a totally different perspective about what vegan food is,” says owner Katherine Moran.
She says common myths of vegans as carrot munching, mung bean boiling herbivores have been largely dispelled since the business kicked off a couple of years ago.
“Many people have this really poor mindset about it so it was always my idea to tell and teach people how it is we eat – it’s not boring, it’s not plain, it&rsqu ...