Hump day escape - Taste Tasmania in the autumn

Looking for an excuse to visit Tasmania?

There's more than a chill in the air when autumn hits Tasmania's shores, it's the time when foodies come out to play.

March and May are Tasmania's food festival months and the perfect time to visit.

I've had some wonderful Tasmanian experiences

Cruising Bruny Island
Mona Pavilions
Henry Jones
Bruny Island Cheese
Mona Museum
Rocky Hills Retreat

But a Tasmanian festival is still on my wish list.  Here's some to add to yours -


Taste the Harvest, now in its 15th year, is a family event not to be missed with delights from more than 50 local food, wine and beer producers on offer along with cooking demonstrations, an interactive agricultural marquee, live music on two stages, roving performers and a dedicated children’s area. 

What: A family event celebrating local Tasmanian produce
When: Sunday 10 March 2013 from 10.30am – 6.30pm
Where: Roundhouse Park, Mersey Foreshore, Devonport
How: Tickets can be purchased at the gate and cost $10 for adults and children under 16 years are admitted free.

A TASTE OF THE HUON – 10 & 11 MARCH 2013

Now in its 21st year, A Taste of the Huon is a celebration of the bountiful produce of the Huon Valley and Channel region, just 30 minutes drive from Hobart. The two day harvest festival, held at the Ranelagh Showgrounds features more than 90 stalls showcasing a sumptuous array of local delights from cherries, mushrooms, salmon and gourmet meats to berries, truffles, wine and award-winning cheeses, along with local crafts and more. Visitors of all ages will love the program of free entertainment including Sunday’s headline performer, Deborah Conway. The event boasts two seminar tents each with a jam-packed program of food, theatre, demonstrations and presentations.

What: A two-day harvest festival in Tasmania’s Huon Valley
When: Sunday 10 March from 10am – 5.30pm and Monday 11 March from 10am – 4pm
Where: Ranelagh Showgrounds, Ranelagh
How: Entry costs $8 for adults and children under 12 years of age are admitted free. For more information visit or call 0457 877 723. 


Now in its fifth year, Savour Tasmania’s delicious program of events showcases the flavour, diversity and purity of Tasmanian produce and has placed the island state firmly on the map of gourmet destinations around the world. Gourmands will be spoilt for choice with a sumptuous array of events to choose from including a major celebration of Tasmanian produce, wines and beers on Hobart’s waterfront on 1 June, a large scale, Long Table Dinner on 1 June and the Red Wine Weekend on 1 & 2 June. Savour Tasmania has a reputation for attracting talented chefs from across the globe and in 2013 organisers are thrilled to have secured emerging Belgian star Kobe Desramaults, who is exciting food audiences at his Michelin-starred restaurant In de Wulf.   Kobe will join forces with other local Tasmanian and national chefs including Shane Delia of Melbourne’s Maha, at the Long Table Dinner on 1 June and will also present a more intimate dinner in conjunction with Luke Burgess at Hobart restaurant Garagistes. Tickets will be on sale from 20 March. Other guest chefs, dinners and events will be announced in coming weeks.

What: A celebration of the flavour, diversity and purity of Tasmanian produce
When: 29th May – 2nd June
Where: Events will be held across Hobart with the long-table dinner event taking place in the city’s waterfront precinct
How: For full program details, ticket information and to register to receive regular event updates visit


Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  This is not a paid post