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A Piece of Tassie

We make fudge and an array of chocolate products to share with everyone our love of all things chocolate.

We started our small business in 2014 and have since expanded our products range. We make all our products by hand using quality ingredients. We are mainly at markets in and around Hobart and our products are now stocked at a few gift shops in Tasmania. Our hampers (small and large) contain a selection of our products. We make specially designed products for certain occasions such as Christmas, Easter and Mother's Day.

Contact name Stephen Inman and Julie Pirlot
Phone 0455 276 736
Email info@apieceoftassie.com.au
Website www.apieceoftassie.com.au

A.R. Garth Fish Processor

Contact name Ken Smith
Phone 03 6267 2405
Email smithk@garthfish.com.au
Website www.garthfish.com.au

Abalone Farms Australia Pty Ltd

AFA is a land based farm on the East Coast of Tasmania growing Hybrid and Greenlip abalone.

Abalone Farms Australia which is located at Bicheno, Tasmania, is part of the Southseas Abalone group which also has farms in South Australia and Victoria.

We produce abalone from spawning to market size depending on customer requirements. We currently hold 80 tonne, with each and every one of our abalone hand nurtured and lovingly grown in the crystal clean waters of the East Coast of Tasmania, one of the cleanest environments on earth. So we can deliver you the cleanest, sweetest, most tender abalone in the world.

Product development has seen AFA establish a brine freezing system which instantly freezes the abalone maintaining the integrity and high quality attributes of the Greenlip and Hybrid abalone. The company export brine frozen and canned abalone through our national marketing company AUSAB.

Contact name Dean Broughan
Phone 03 6375 1412
Email keren.mundy@ausab.com.au
Website southseasabalone.com.au

Acacia Hills Olive Grove

Acacia Hills Olive Grove was established in April 2004, by Sharon Murcott and Robert Moore.

The Olive grove is nestled in the lush valley of Acacia Hills. Acacia Hills Olive Grove produces fabulous Tasmanian grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).

Contact name Sharon Murcott
Phone 03 6427 3443
Email acacia.grove18@hotmail.com
Website www.facebook.com/AcaciaHillsOliveGrove

Agronico

Agronico is the leading seed potato producer in Australia, producing over 8,000 tonnes of seed potatoes annually.

As the only vertically integrated seed producer in Australia, Agronico’s seed starts from tissue culture plantlets in their VICSPA-accredited laboratory and are transferred to a hydroponic minituber production facility. These minitubers are planted in nutrient rich, DNA tested soil in the central north and northwest of Tasmania to produce G1 seed which are then propagated on to produce G3-G4 seed potatoes. In March/April each year they are harvested, graded and stored prior to delivery across Australia. Agronico employs 12 full-time employees, over 15 casual employees, and produces nearly a quarter of a million minitubers and over 8,000 tonnes of seed potatoes annually for chips, crisps and fresh markets across Australia.

Contact name Robert Graham
Phone 03 6428 2519
Website www.agronico.com.au

Anvers Confectionery Pty Ltd

Chocolate-maker Igor Van Gerwen was trained by world renowned confectioner Roger Geerts in his native Belgium before founding Anvers Confectionery in north-west Tasmania in 1989.

Van Gerwin painstakingly trained his Tasmanian staff in the arts of manipulating chocolate and insisted from the start on using only the finest ingredients.

He uses fresh Tasmanian cream, pure butter, exquisite liquors and natural flavours to complement the world's finest chocolate. Anvers' dark chocolate has a cacao content of 64% and the milk chocolate 35%. Its structure is three times finer than most commercial chocolates.

Anvers, which specialises in hand-made chocolate truffles, chocolate oranges and fudge, has won numerous awards over the years. Anvers products are available in major stores in all Australian States and are exported to Shanghai

In 2002, Anvers moved into the House of Anvers on Bass Highway between Devonport and Launceston. An air-conditioned, purpose-built factory, with viewing windows, is complemented by a small chocolate museum, licensed coffee shop and a store for tasting and buying Truffle DAnvers, Fudge DAnvers, Praline DAnvers, the Stefano De Pieri range and much more.

Anvers Confectionery now have available the World’s Rarest Chocolate, The Fortunato No 4. this unique exquisite flavour is like no other chocolate on the world market, Anvers are proud to have the exclusive rights here in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. Click on the link to find out more about the world famousFortunato No 4     

House of Anvers is an irresistible attraction for chocolate-loving tourists and is visited by more than 200,000 people a year.

Contact name Igor Van Gerwen
Phone 03 6426 2703
Email anvers@bigpond.com.au
Website www.anvers-chocolate.com.au

Apogee Tasmania

Deluxe sparkling wine  producer using only own vineyard production.

Contact name Andrew Pirie
Phone 0419 434 868
Email andrew@apogeetasmania.com
Website www.apogeetasmania.com

Apsley Gorge Vineyard

While nominally situated at Bicheno on the east coast, Apsley Gorge is in fact some distance inland, taking its name from a mountain pass. Clearly, it shares with the other east coast wineries the capacity to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of excellent quality. 

Brian Franklin travels to Burgundy each year for the vintage, putting into practice at Apsley Gorge what he learns in Burgundy. Exports to the UK, Singapore and Japan.

Contact name Brian Franklin
Phone 03 6375 1221
Email agv@tassie.net.au
Website www.apsleygorgevineyard.com.au

Ashbolt Farm

Ashbolt is an award-winning manufacturer of high quality, natural products.

Established in 1906, Ashbolt Farm is located in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, amid tranquil rivers, rolling hills, giant forests and rugged mountain ranges. We are committed to the land and our valley, so our farm is sustainable and our elders, olives and orchard trees are grown using organic principles.

Growing plants known for their good health; adding a touch of our passion for creating memorable flavours; and processing and bottling on our family farm allows us to create a range of unique and multi-award winning, flavoursome products that are all 100% Tasmanian and free from gluten, artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. We specialise in:

  • premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOO), winning medals every year since 2000, including in Sept 2016, winning best in Australia (medium oil) in the prestigious Australian Olives Association Awards.
  • our own specialty drinks range of concentrates and brewed-in-the-bottle non-alcoholic sparkling drinks made by us from the flowers and the berries of the ancient Elder tree
  • our unique and flavoursome gourmet condiments - including dressings, marinades and vinegars

All our products are made by us, on our farm, and are full of health and our passion for the land. Please take the time to explore our site and see all that we do.

Contact name Anne Ashbolt
Phone 03 6261 2203
Email info@ashbolt.com.au
Website www.ashbolt.com.au

Ashgrove Cheese

21 years of tradition has established Ashgrove Tasmania Dairy Produce a reputation for premium quality and flavour.

Ashgrove Cheese Pty Ltd is Tasmania's and one of Australia's largest family owned and operated dairy processors. 

Under the Ashgrove Tasmanian Farm brand, they produce fresh milk, cheese, cream, and butter.

 The dairy portfolio also includes the Elizabeth Town Creamery brand which specialises in the selection, packing and distribution of portion control cheese.

 The Ashgrove modern automated processing facility is surrounded by the Ashgrove Dairy Farm at Elizabeth Town in Northern Tasmania, which includes a popular on-site retail factory and farm store.

 In 2017, the Ashgrove factory was certified by NASAA Organic: Australian and International Organic Certifier to process organic milk into premium value Tasmanian organic dairy products.

 

Contact name Anne Bennett
Phone 03 6368 1105
Email anne.bennett@ashgrovecheese.com.au
Website www.ashgrovecheese.com.au

Ashmore Foods Tasmania

Ashmore Foods is a food processing and marketing company specialising in Tasmanian Seafood sourced from some of the world's best quality seafood straight from the cleanest oceans, bays and rivers in the world.

Retailing and wholesaling from HACCP facilities to local and interstate markets.

Our oysters are harvested from farms across the state, including the cool waters off Bruny Island in Tasmania's south, the sparkling bays around the east coast and the remote waters of Smithton in the state's northwest.

Our salmon comes from the Van Diemen farm, based in the beautiful Tamar Valley in Tasmania's north. Every seafood product with the Ashmore's brand is carefully selected and prepared before it is shipped to customers. It is our aim is to bring the finest seafood from the ocean to the plate as quickly and efficiently as possibl

Contact name James Ashmore
Phone 03 6244 3188
Email james@ashmorefoods.com.au
Website www.ashmorefoods.com.au

Australia Seafood Export

Contact name Willy Chew
Phone 03 6375 1626
Email ase@craigmostyn.com.au

Australian Honey Products Pty Ltd

Australian Honey Products is a locally owned company producing, processing and selling honey products to Australian and International markets based in Launceston and Sheffield.

These products include Honey, Meads, and Craft Beers.
We are the largest crop pollinator in Tasmania using 4000 hives for pollination across multiple crop types.
We run a Trainee Beekeeper program resulting in Industry recognized qualifications and ensuring future expansion capacity.
The company has quality certification including organic and Halal.

Contact name Yeonsoon Bourke
Phone +61363310888
Email info@ozhoney.com.au
Website www.ozhoney.com.au

Aviemore blueberry and cherry farm

We grow pack and sell blueberries and cherries from December through to March. We also grow and harvest black truffles in winter

Contact name Rachel
Phone 03 6394 4631
Email rachel@aviemore.com.au

Avoland Avocados

The first and only commercial planting of Avocados in Tasmania. Our goal is to supply Tasmanians, Avocados when they are at their very best.

Avoland Avocados is a 3 Hectare Hass Avocado grove planted in 2010/11 on the red basalt soils of the North West overlooking the town of Gawler and the Bass Strait. The cool climate of this region allows the Avocados to fully mature and remain on the trees for long periods with out any loss of quality.
This unique area growing characteristic results in a very flexible marketing opportunity. Tasmanian Hass Avocados are available at a time when no other quality Australian grown Hass are in the market.

Contact name Paul & Maria Bidwell
Phone 03 6425 2646
Email avoland@bigpond.com
Website www.facebook.com/AvolandAvocados

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Partner Connections FFA stand

Tasmania on show at top trade exhibition

For the first time in many years, Tasmania will be showcased at one of the premier trade exhibitions for the food-service, hospitality and retail industries – Fine Food Australia.

25 May 2018, Partner Connections

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Sparkling future for Tassie wines

Tasmania’s wine sector is booming: a new report hails it as a $115 million industry, a ‘cracking’ vintage is just wrapping up, and our sparkling stars are setting the world alight.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

Edition 194_Crayfish

Acclaim for Flinders food fest

Enormous crayfish plucked from Bass Strait and smoked over an open fire were the star attraction at a new food festival on Flinders Island which is generating widespread interest.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

Anzac biscuit beer

As Tasmanians turned out in force on Anzac Day to remember the sacrifices of servicemen and women at dawn services and lunch-time parades, one beer brewer chose to honour our diggers in a more innovative way. Launceston boutique beer-maker, Morrison Brewery, created a special beer to mark this most sacred of days. A beer flavoured like…Anzac biscuits. It is described by its creator, Paul Morrison, as a malt heavy creation with notes of coconut and golden syrup: just like its biscuit namesake. This special Anzac biscuit beer was unveiled at Launceston’s Fresh Hop Beer Festival, a three-day event that inspires boutique brewers to create a showcase beer using freshly harvested hops. Taking that to heart, Paul Morrison mixed Ella Hops, recently picked at Bushy Park, with coconut, oats and golden syrup to create his biscuity brew. Don’t ever expect it to take the place of that enduring Anzac tipple – the rum toddy –but it is certainly an interesting way to raise a glass to our diggers.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Delicious golden oil

A golden oil produced in a farm kitchen on the edge of the Tarkine wilderness has won a prestigious award, for the second year in a row. The GM-free canola oil, made by Hill Farm Preserves in north-west Tasmania, is one of the state winners in the Produce Awards announced by delicious. magazine. The awards celebrate Australia’s best tasting primary produce as nominated by leading chefs. Hill Farm Preserves manufactures artisan condiments and preserves from natural ingredients that are bottled and labelled by hand. No colours, artificial flavours or preservatives are added. Their award-winning product is also the only food-grade cold pressed canola made in Tasmania. Hill Farm Preserves owner, Karin Luttmer, is thrilled by the win: “To be judged a state winner two years in a row by hospitality trade leaders is wonderful. This oil is special and deserves a place in every kitchen. It’s so versatile,” she said.  A total of 15 Tasmanian producers were nominated as state winners in the delicious. awards including makers of honey, organic milk and sea salt. The national winners will be announced in August.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Finally…recipe by popular demand

We have been inundated with requests for the recipe for Ana Pimenta’s Beef Tartare. It featured on our recent King Island video where chef Tetsuya Wakuda and Ray Martin went searching for the world’s best beef and discovered Ana and husband Tom who run a cattle property and farms tours.

Here it is, enjoy!

Ingredients for Ana’s Beef Tartare:

  • 250g flat iron steak (from oyster blade)
  • garlic
  • olive oil
  • King Island blue cheese (just a little)
  • mayo (Ana makes her own - 1 egg, extra virgin olive oil, 1tsp sugar, pinch of salt and pepper and white balsamic vinegar)
  • lemon
  • 4 cos lettuce
  • 4 quail eggs

Method:

Blue mayo: Mix mayo and blue cheese (at room temperature) to a paste consistency. 

Beef: Firstly, roast some whole garlic covered in olive oil in the oven until soft and slightly brown. Once roasted, peel garlic and keep along with the olive oil for later (these will be used to season the meat). Beef should be from your butcher and very fresh. One hour before serving cut the beef into very small cubes of about 0.5cm only (it helps if meat is very cold). To season the beef gently mix the olive oil and roasted garlic, salt and pepper and a splash of lemon juice.

Quail eggs: In gently boiling water cook the eggs for 2 min (time it) then put them straight in icy water. Peel them very carefully (the yolk will be runny).

Assembly: On top of the lettuce put a tsp of blue mayo, add beef on top of the mayo, then open quail egg.                                                                                                                                                                   
As with any recipe, taste at every step to see if it needs more salt, pepper or any other ingredients.                   
Enjoy with a glass of Tasmanian Pinot.                                                                                                                  

Footnote: Congratulations to Ana who was selected as one of three Tasmanian finalists in the prestigious AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award.

View our video on Tetsuya and Ray’s visit to Ana and Tom’s beef property:

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Watch video on YouTube

3 May 2018, Edition 194

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Our whisky is world’s best again

A Tasmanian whisky has been named best in the world again – even beating the Scots at their own game.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

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Brewers descend on Bushy Park

The world’s boutique brewers descended on the small village of Bushy Park for the annual hop harvest as the thirst for craft beer continues to explode.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

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Historic harvest at Government House

Tasmania’s grape harvest is in full swing, and this year the state’s thriving wine industry has a new player on the block – Government House. In a historic event, the first grapes grown in the stately gardens of Hobart’s Government House have been plucked off the vines.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

Edition 192_Map

State battles fruit fly threat

Tasmania’s biosecurity status, described as globally unique, faced its gravest challenge in decades after an incursion by Queensland fruit fly.

8 March 2018, Edition 192

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