Travel the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail and you’ll discover the essence of this rugged region of Tasmania. It’s a cornucopia of memorable food delights that will tantilise your taste buds with their memory.
Here are five foods I’d rush back to Tasmania to experience again.
One bite of the chocolate-coated raspberries at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm & Café is all it takes to create a lifetime addiction.
Hiding under the thick chocolate exterior lurks sweet, fresh raspberries that melt in your mouth along with the chocolate creating an unforgettable flavour.
Work up an appetite by taking a stroll through the gardens first and see where the raspberries grow, farmed by the same family for generations. There are park benches along the way to stop and enjoy the view and the peaceful lake.
2-Whisky marinated steak burger
A waste of whisky or a wonderful marinade?
The steaks are tender with a subtle whiskey flavour and the burger is a filling lunch option. Take a whisky walk and see how they make their highly popular drop and even bottle your own straight from the barrel as the perfect home treat.
3-Salted caramel fudge
Amazingly soft, crunchy, salty and sweet, this fudge is a gem and luckily travels well. Take some home with you! The market is full of local produce, including prepared meals that you can use to stock up the mini kitchen in your room at Peppers Seaport or Sebel Launceston. The market starts at 8.30am and mornings can be cold so remember to rug up.
4-Roasted Stanley Crayfish
Plucked from the ocean and rushed up the hill to Cable Station for roasting in their wood oven for dinner and served simply dressed with lemon zest and olive oil, these crayfish make a memorable meal.
Cable Station sits atop of 300ha of rolling green fields with views over Bass Strait and Three Hummock Island. It’s a world of its own in north west Tasmania with more than the comforts of home on offer.
Stay in the cottage accommodation with its complimentary maxi bar or dine in the award-winning Cable Station restaurant.
5-Smoked salmon rilletes
You’ll be surprised at the environmentally sustainable measures Ziggy Pyka has implemented at 41 Degrees South Salmon Farm in north west Tasmania. From the aquaponics to recycle water waste to the power generating water wheel, Ziggy has it nailed. His salmon rillettes platters and swampwiches also deserve your attention.