Farmgates, produce and markets on Tasmania's Great Eastern Drive »
Pack your appetite and get ready for an abundance of fresh produce
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Before you set off on your Great Eastern Drive, pack your appetite. The east coast’s mild climate creates perfect growing conditions for the state’s premium fresh produce, from sweet berries and nuts to fine cool climate wines, award-winning cheeses and the freshest seafood imaginable. Stock up from the producers or providores and create your own fine food feast to savour al fresco or tucked into your accommodation.
Farm gates on the east coast are about as diverse as you can imagine. The climate, clean ocean and fertile soils create an environment where Tasmania’s world-famous produce is grown in abundance. Meet the growers, farmers and makers to discover the stories behind the region’s sought-after produce and taste, buy and cook your own fresh east coast bounty.
Where you’ll find it
On a farm: the Pyengana Dairy Company is found in the genuinely lush Pyengana Valley. Here, you can sample award-winning cheddars, homemade ice creams and creamy, real farm milk (from the happiest cows you’ll find anywhere).
A quintessential east coast farm gate experience is at Freycinet Marine Farm, where you can taste freshly shucked Pacific oysters and Tasmanian blue mussels, straight from the sea at the at Coles Bay. Take a tour of the farm (bookings essential) and make your choice from the day’s selection of mussels, oysters, Tasmanian rock lobster and tender, wild caught abalone.
No food-lovers’ visit to the east coast is complete without a stop at Kate’s Berry Farm, where you canpick your own berries from November until May, and purchase preserves, dessert wines, berry ice creams and handmade chocolates all year round. Further north, at Scamander, you’ll find more fruit and farm-made jams, chutneys and sauces at Eureka Farm.
At a market: markets in Tasmania are often the best place to source truly fresh, organic local produce. At weekly and monthly markets in towns along the east coast you’ll find tables laden with fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, preserves, baked treats and other irresistible produce. Swansea, Coles Bay, Triabunna and St Helens each have regular or seasonal community markets where gourmet treasures await. Check East Coast Tasmania’s What’s On page for the latest listings.
At a festival: the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival is an annual celebration of the east coast’s passionate and talented producers, fresh produce and culture. Held each November on the Bicheno waterfront, the festival showcases Tasmanian and east coastproducers, chefs, wine and beer makers and other gourmet innovators with a day of tastings, demonstrations and cooking classes, food stalls and pop-up cafes. Think of it as the best all-day lunch of your life…
At a gourmet providore: East coast providores are a fantastic source of gourmet local produce. Try the East Coast Village Providore at St Helens and the Sir Loin Breier Butchery in Bicheno for some choice morsels, then pack a picnic basket with your favourites, select a superb view and settlein for a lavish wanderer’s lunch.
Match fresh east coast seafood, cheeses, fresh fruits and berries and crisp farm produce with the region’s finest cool climate wines for a five star, al fresco food moment...
See links below for more articles on travelling the East Coast and information on some of the businesses mentioned above.
Details of the Great Eastern Drive provided by East Coast Tasmania
- East Coast (TAS)
- East Coast and Tasman Peninsula (TAS)
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