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Savour Tasmania Festival Provides a Gateway to the Island’s Culinary Scene

May 20, 2014 Food & Beverage No Comments Email Email

MaccaTasmanian tourism has grown to include a buzz-worthy food and wine scene, from farmer’s markets to upscale cafes.  The boom in Tasmania’s reputation as an epicurean hotspot can be seen in events like the annual Savour Tasmania festival, taking place from the 21st to the 25th of May in 2014.

First launched in 2009, Savour Tasmania has quickly become one of Australia’s most highly regarded culinary festivals, held in Hobart to promote this Australian state as a premier destination for food and wine.

2014 Festival Highlights

The programme varies from year to year, with a line-up of internationally famous chefs offering tasting menus and master classes. Courses and meals are capped with wine tastings featuring locally produced vintages. This year, attendees can expect to sample a blend of Tasmanian produce and beverages. Chef Will Meyrick is headlining the 2014 festival, known for his restaurants in Bali and Jakarta. Meyrick’s Sarong restaurant in Bali was named best restaurant in Indonesia and was included in the S. Pellegrino Asia’s list of Top 50 restaurants. Other internationally renowned chefs Maccataking part in the Tasmanian festival include Daniel Wilson of Huxtable in Melbourne, and Jesse Gerner of Bomba. Executive chef Dan Hong from Sydney’s Mr. Wong and El Loco will also be in attendance, as will the head chef at Nobu Melbourne, Christopher Shane Chan Yai Ching.

Naturally, a number of Tasmanian chefs will also be features include Andre Kropp from the Henry Jones Art Hotel and Karen Goodwin-Roberts of Elizabeth Street Food and Wine. The event kicks off at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, with a cocktail reception and whole roasted pig in the Tasmanian style. Locally produced wine plays a strong role in the festivities as well. The weekend of Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th will play host to the Red Wine Weekend events at Princes Wharf. This includes general tastings and master classes from some of Tasmania’s top winemakers.

Tasmania Food and Nature Trail

Although the Savour Tasmania Festival provides a concentrated view of the state’s gourmet scene, visitors can take a tour of the Tasmania Food and Nature Trail throughout the year. This journey covers 1200 kilometres of wild scenery and tasting rooms, including the Salamanca Markets and chocolate factory in Hobart and the fruit farms of the Tasman Peninsula. Further highlights include an oyster farm in Swansea, wood-fired bakery in Ross, and wineries of the Tamar Valley.

It’s possible to rent a car in Hobart to take this tour, which mainly features well-tended and marked roads. If you’re driving your own car it doesn’t hurt to top up your oil and replace your tyres if necessary, which you can learn more about before your journey. This will put you in good shape to get off the beaten path to explore Freycinet National Park or the peaks of Mount Wellington. In total, the Tasmanian Food and Wine Trail takes approximately five days to complete.

Culinary tourism is booming in Tasmania, seen both in attractions like the Food and Wine Trail and new festivals like Savour. As a result, more and more international visitors are interested in getting a taste of Australia’s most elusive state.

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