Tasmania is a foodie paradise, with the pure air, clean water and rich soil delivering a bounty of produce. Allow your plate to take you on a journey through Tasmania by visiting farmer's markets and roadside stalls to stock up on local produce, or heading to the nearest restaurant to sample mouth-watering variations of Tasmanian cuisine.
On your gourmet food tour around Tasmania, make sure you get a taste of these five things.
One of the best things about winter in Tasmania is the arrival of truffle season. As a fungus that grows underground, it doesn't sound very tasty, but it is hailed by the French as the diamond of the kitchen – and they know their cuisine. Rarer than gold, truffles can cost up to $3,000 a kilogramme, so they are a proper gourmet treat.
To get a taste of this gourmet delight, don't miss the Tasmanian Truffle Festival in Launceston. The event will give you a chance to enjoy degustation dinners, cooking classes and even harvesting workshops (although you will need a dog with a well-trained nose to actually find any truffles).
Tasmania's lush pastures have fed a thriving dairy industry. Some of Australia's finest cheeses can be found in Tasmania, ranging from blues and bries to creamy camemberts. Some boutique cheesemakers also produce goat and sheep's milk cheeses.
Visit the Wicked Cheese Company in Richmond for tastings and to see how the cheese is made. Just remember your wallet – you will probably want to leave with a stockpile of their scrumptious cheeses.
3. Apples (and apple cider)
Autumn in Tasmania wouldn't be complete without market stalls brimming with crisp red apples. The apple industry took root in Tasmania in 1836 and has become an integral part of Tasmanian culture.
You can enjoy the fruit as they are, or in the form of refreshing apple cider. If you prefer the beverage, you can follow the Tasmanian Cider trail around the island's best producers, from Lost Pippin in Richmond, to Pagan Cider and Willie Smiths in the Huon Valley. Just make sure you take it in turns to be the sober driver!
In Tasmania's south west, bees make honey from Leatherwood tree – the only place in the world where this honey is produced. The flowers from this particular tree create a honey with a unique flavour and aroma that is slightly sweet and spicy.
Of course, no food tour of Tasmania would be complete without a stop at Mood Food. When you're passing through Kempton stop by to taste-test our scrumptious menu of home-cooked food.