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Observatory Hill Vineyard

Observatory Hill is a family owned and operated, boutique vineyard situated 10 km from the Hobart CBD.

With a long Tasmanian family tradition of working the land, vigneron Glenn Richardson and his wife Chris, planted the first vines on the Mt Rumney property in 1991. Initial success with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties led to subsequent plantings of Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. With the purchase of the adjoining property by Chris' brother, Wayne Ramsey and sister in law, Stephanie, a further 2 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris were added in 2005. Observatory Hill has become a brand well known for our premium, boutique, cool climate wines of consistently high quality.

Contact name Christine Richardson
Phone 03 6248 5380
Email info@observatoryhill.com.au
Website www.observatoryhill.com.au

Oomph Tasmanian Gourmet Coffee Roaster

Oomph! Tasmanian Gourmet Coffee is a craft coffee roaster based in Hobart, Tasmania. We are a family business with a passion for coffee and Tasmania. The Oomph! Tasmanian Gourmet Coffee story is one of passion and love.

It’s more than just a drink.

Coffee is a gift. We do our best to bring out the best properties of these amazing beans to maximise the benefits and the pleasure of fine coffee. The distant island of Tasmania is home to artists and boutique producers of fine food and drink. In the tradition of skilled craftsmen – seeking perfection rather than mass production – Oomph! has brought its skills as multi-award winning master roasters to the supply of coffee for the discerning coffee lover.

Contact name Danielle Goss
Phone 03 6244 3079
Email danielle@oomphtgc.com.au
Website www.oomphtgc.com.au

Orion Seafoods

Contact name Al Dunham
Phone 0418 300 050
Email tascaviar@bigpond.com

Overeem Whisky

Overeem is a boutique distillery located in Tasmania producing the premium, award-winning Overeem Single Malt Whisky. Overeem whisky is made from the finest ingredients Tasmania has to offer with barley to rival the finest in the world and water recognised as the cleanest.

Overeem Single Malt Whisky is available at specialist bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout Australia, the Netherlands and the UK.

 

All Overeem Single Malt Whisky is matured in 100 litre French or American Oak casks, and matured for a minimum of 5 years. Throughout the maturation process, casks are closely monitored and tested to ensure that the product is decanted at the optimum level of maturity.

Each whisky is bottled as single cask and individually numbered to identify the exact cask and bottle.

Contact name Jane Overeem
Phone 0418 399 077
Email info@overeemwhisky.com
Website overeemwhisky.com

Oysters Tasmania

Oysters Tasmania is the peak body representing oyster and shellfish growers throughout Australia’s beautiful island state. The Tasmanian oyster industry is a vibrant and developing marine farming sector in Tasmania. The Tasmanian oyster industry currently provides direct employment for over 300 people, who produce around 4 million dozen oysters each year, with an estimated ‘farm gate’ value of $24 million.

Two complementary associations, the Tasmanian Shellfish Executive Council (TSEC) and the Tasmanian Oyster Research Council (TORC), collaborated to form Oysters Tasmania in 2009. Oysters Tasmania employs an executive officer service to coordinate and communicate the objectives and activities of these not-for-profit organisations.

Contact name Neil Stump
Phone 0458 601 057
Email info@oysterstasmania.org
Website oysterstasmania.org

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The insect rebellion

Fried crickets sprinkled on tostadas. Insect infused elderberry sauce. Snapper topped with mealworms. These are just some of the ‘Rebel Foods’ appearing on Tasmanian menus, as locally-farmed insects push food frontiers.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

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The culture club

A fermentation revival is taking Tasmania by storm with kombucha, kimchi and kefir moving into our everyday lexicon.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Sparkling wine festival adds fizz

Tasmania’s celebration of all things sparkling – Effervescence Tasmania – has unveiled this year’s program and there are plenty of reasons to pop the cork in celebration. The Launceston-based festival, which bubbles into life on November 11, has included Hobart in the mix for its fifth festival. Effervescence Tasmania is described as one of the world’s best sparkling wine festivals, and all featured producers are by invitation only, ensuring all wines presented to guests are the best Tasmania has on offer. More than 1,200 enthusiasts took part in master-classes and attended dinners at last year’s event. And, as with every year, the highlight will be the Grand Tasting in the gardens of Launceston’s Josef Chromy winery. Australia’s first sparkling wine was produced in Tasmania from the 1826 harvest. Today, the island state is widely recognised as the country’s home of premium sparkling wine, with that market now accounting for about one third of all local wine production.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Gold for Van Diemens Land Creamery

The Pepperberry and Leatherwood Honey Ice Cream, from the Van Diemens Land Creamery, has taken out top gong at the recent Hobart Fine Food Awards, being named best ice cream. The artisan ice creamery also won a swag of 11 medals. Some of the flavours that scored gold included: Peach and Lemon Myrtle, Blood Orange Sorbet, and Whiskey Cream Ice Cream. The company, which is based in Elizabeth Town in northern Tasmania, has been producing premium ice cream for more than 12 years. To keep their ice cream authentically Tasmanian, they use as much local produce as possible – from local berries to olive oil and Tasmanian peanut butter. As well as retail outlets and restaurants, their award-winning ice cream can also be purchased at their punt on Hobart’s Constitution Dock.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Mures rewarded for excellence

One of Tasmania’s top seafood restaurants has just received a top award. Mures Tasmania was named Best Tourism Restaurant at the Victoria and Tasmania Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. Mures Upper Deck Restaurant was also named best seafood restaurant for the second year in a row. The awards, which celebrate exceptional service and culinary talent, are nationally recognised. They are also independently scored by a team of anonymous judges who visit the various venues. Mures owners, Jude and Will Mure, said: “It’s humbling to be honoured with these awards by this panel of industry influencers who understand the challenges and opportunities facing business today.” Mures Tasmania will now compete at the national awards for excellence to be held in Sydney in October.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

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Taste of the Tarkine

Artisan food crafted on the edge of the Tarkine wilderness is in big demand the world over, and further evidence that the north-west really is ‘Tasmania’s Pantry’.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

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World’s best – again

An incredible hat-trick for Tasmania’s Stefano Lubiana Winery, which has just won world’s best bio-dynamic wine at a prestigious London show – for the third year in a row.

10 July 2018, Edition 196

Agrarian Kitchen is ‘Top Newcomer’

The Agrarian Kitchen has been named Top Newcomer in a prestigious list of the country’s best restaurants. Young chef Ali Currey-Voumard has put her individual stamp on the popular New Norfolk eatery, which also made its debut in the 2018 The Financial Review Australia’s Top 100 Restaurants awards, gaining 34th place on the prestigious list. Four other Tasmanian restaurants made the cut as well. The Agrarian Kitchen founder, Rodney Dunn, told The Mercury: “It shows a certain level of maturity [and] Tasmania once upon a time didn’t have that representation and that variety of places.” Other local restaurants in the top 100 include: Franklin at number 14; Templo on Patrick at 45; Fico on Macquarie St at 76; and Brook Street Pier’s Aloft at 89.  For the record, Brae, which offers fine dining in rural Victoria, took out top spot for the second year running. The awards are peer-voted from a list of 500 eateries chosen by food critics and editors.

10 July 2018, Edition 196

Winter Fest fires the Huon

The winter festivities continue and this weekend the chilly celebrations head south. The fifth Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest kicks off on Friday (July 13) for three days of ‘feasting, cider, fire and folklore’. The festival celebrates the region’s apple picking history and there is plenty of hands-on action. At its core is the ancient art of wassailing – an intriguing tradition involving groups roaming between orchards and scaring bad spirits out of the cider trees to ensure a bumper autumn crop. However, if you prefer something a little more sedate, there is also an abundance of feast-worthy food sourced from the amazing array of local producers. The event has continued to grow from strength to strength, with organisers expecting 18,000 visitors to join in this year’s action. The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest takes place at Willie Smiths Apple Shed at Grove, a 30 minute drive south of Hobart. For more information visit: www.huonvalleymidwinterfest.com.au.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

Salmon for chefs

The world can’t get enough of Tasmania’s salmon, and chefs are the big winners with a new product launched onto the market. Local salmon producer – Huon Aquaculture – has released a new Chef Series product range designed especially for food service professionals. Huon co-founder, Francis Bender explained: “Over the years, we have worked closely with a lot of chefs and we have listened to what they need in their kitchens; the same Huon quality but in larger quantities and with less fiddly packaging. This is how our Chef Series came to life.” This new range includes pate and caviars in larger 1kg sizes. There is also a new banquet-ready salmon that is hand-sliced horizontally and unique to Huon. Francis and Peter Bender established Huon aquaculture in 1986. The company now produces approximately 24,000 tonnes of salmon every year from farm sites around Tasmania.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

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