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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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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

Edition 194_SparklingWine

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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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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