The local food movement in Hobart has never been so strong. Whether you love to support your local farmer, enjoy the taste of fresh, in-season food, are looking to reduce your carbon footprint by decreasing your 'food miles' or simply want a Tasmanian food experience, eating like a locavore (Tassievore!) is a great way to start. Of course, the best way to eat locally is to grow it yourself, but not everyone has that luxury.
Cooking at home?
We love Salamanca Market and Farm Gate Market for their fresh, local produce. Buying directly from the farmer is the best way to support them and when we can, we love market shopping. Look out for the Harvest Feast stall at Salamanca which has a bountiful selection of local food on offer.
If you can't make it to the markets then shopping at local, independent grocers and co-ops selling local Tasmanian produce is the next best thing. City Organics, Hill Street, Source Community Wholefoods Co-op and Salamanca Fresh have a great selection of Tasmanian produce.
Want fast food?
We can't recommend Farm Gate Market enough for delicious, freshly prepared local food. Many of the vendors using local produce from their farms to create amazing and delicious food. Salamanca Market also dishes up lots of fast and local cuisine. Street Eats @ Franko and the Hobart Twilight Market are also well worth a visit for delicious and local fast food.
Nestled amongst vineyards and farms you'll find Coal River Farm, the perfect place for brunch or a long lunch. Coal River Farm grow their own wine grapes, berries and stone fruit and farm their own free range pigs. They also smoke their own meats, bake their own bread, make their own cheese, jams, condiments, pickles and make handmade chocolate.
Cooking school, farm, restaurant and shop, The Agrarian Kitchen are passionate about rekindling a connection to food and the earth. The Agrarian Kitchen teach visitors to cook with real food using seasonal ingredients from their farm and the menus in the restaurant change daily acording to seasonal availability of food.
A cosy and warm little cafe in town, Pigeon Hole is a favourite destination for brunch. Pigeon Hole creates seasonal, local food, much of which is grown locally at Weston Farm, which prides itself on organic and sustainable farming practices.
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