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Gourmet Tasmania: Explore Australia’s Growing Foodie Hotspot

For those travelling to Tasmania as part of a luxury escorted tour from Scenic, you can look forward to wining and dining on the very finest cuisine the island has to offer. We’ve operated tours in Tasmania for three decades, giving our expert Journey Designers unparalleled insight into the island’s culture, heritage and gastronomy.

Recognising Tasmania as the unofficial gourmet capital of Australia, each of our tour itineraries gives ample opportunity to sample the foremost in authentic food and drink on the island — allowing you time to savour Tasmania’s home-grown, local produce at-source. From exclusive food-themed excursions to the very hotels you stay in, each leg of your journey invites you to appreciate the true taste of Tasmania.

To offer further insight into the culinary comings and goings of Australia’s favourite foodie hotspot, here we explore the unique food and drink experiences on offer as part of an escorted tour of Tasmania with Scenic, and delve beneath the surface of a selection of its most esteemed culinary exports.

Enjoy a True Taste of Tasmania with Scenic

With its mesmerising backdrop and raft of cultural highlights, Tasmania offers no shortage of things to see and do over the course of an extended escorted tour — and that’s before you account for its unforgettable food and drink experiences.

Reserve your place on a luxury escorted tour with Scenic, and you’ll enjoy the very finest culinary outings the island has to offer. Thanks to our extensive local knowledge of the island, we’ve forged partnerships with some of Tasmania’s most esteemed food producers, giving our guests exclusive access to authentic foodie experiences not afforded to the average traveller. Such culinary excursions are best experienced on our extraordinary escorted tour, Ultimate Tasmania.

Here’s a collection of our favourite food and drink experiences to whet your appetite for a luxury escorted tour of Tasmania.

Pyengana Dairy Company Visit

If you’re a self-proclaimed cheese fiend, you’ll relish the opportunity to visit the Pyengana Dairy Company, arguably Australia’s finest cheese producer. Located in Tasmania’s majestic north eastern territory, Pyengana takes its name from the Aboriginal word meaning ‘two rivers’ in reference to the lush green valley which surrounds it. Delicious cheeses have been produced at Pyengana for over a century, making it one of Australia’s oldest and most celebrated cheese producers. Sample a small chunk of award-winning mature cheddar, or take home a whole block — the choice is yours at this charming Tasmanian creamery.

 

Tour Australia’s Oldest Brewery

Much folklore surrounds Australia’s love of beer, and this is a tradition which supposedly stems from one brewery, the Cascade Brewery. First opened in 1832, Cascade is Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery; exporting fine brews from the Tasmanian capital of Hobart to the nether reaches of Australia and beyond. Today, Cascade remains one of Tasmania’s best loved establishments, and offers a roster of perfectly executed real ales, all of which can be enjoyed as part of a brewery tour and sampling session with Scenic.

Hike through the Orchards of the Huon Valley

With its evocative expanse of protected forests and scrubland, the Huon Valley is one of Tasmania’s most beautiful spots — and the perfect place to go foraging for fresh fruits. Amid the towering trees which line the Huon River, local producers have established charming orchards laden with fruits, the majority of which are picked and exported to local farmers and produce markets. As part of your Tasmanian tour with Scenic, we give you the opportunity to walk this majestic land, picking the most delicious fruits to savour as you go.

Take a Tour of Tamar Valley’s Independent Wineries

Tasmania’s Tamar Valley is responsible for many of Australia’s best selling wines, and this particular region has been exporting wines since the 1840s. With its mild summers and long autumn days, Tamar is perfect for cool-climate wine making, and is similar to many of Europe’s most prestigious viticulture regions. This exemplary climate has prompted hundreds of independent wineries to open in the region, and Tamar now offers a huge volume of grape varieties, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer.

Sample Tasmania’s Famous Home-Grown Cuisine

Wherever you lay your hat in Tasmania, you’ll be amazed by the wealth of local, home-grown produce available at your fingertips, much of which has been grown and produced organically. Tasmania boasts the largest acreage of organic farmland in relation to its size than anywhere else on Earth, meaning locals and tourists alike have access to an unbridled amount of fresh, organic ingredients at their disposal.

From cheese and wine, to other exotic delicacies such as black truffle, wild abalone and leatherwood honey, the variety of food on offer in Tasmania belies belief, making it a dream destination for the discerning foodie.

If this exploration of Tasmania’s culinary offering has left you longing to take a tour of this beautiful island, click here to browse the complete range of luxury escorted tours from Scenic. Alternatively, call our team today on 0808 252 5662.

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