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Food and beverage stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Food and Beverage sector:

What a year!

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It’s been a great year for Tasmania. David Attenborough showcased our stunning island to a global audience of millions, a deal was struck for new Bass Strait ferries, while our whisky and wine shone on the world stage… and that’s just the start.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

‘Tasting’ a whisky world record

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A treat is on the way for connoisseurs of the golden tipple, with the world’s largest whisky tasting room, planned for Tasmania’s north west.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Festive fun begins with birthday bash

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Tasmania is gearing up for a summer of festivities, spear-headed by an iconic event which is ready to celebrate a milestone birthday – with a new look.

11 December 2018, Edition 201

Salad days for Houston’s Farm

Another tick of confidence for Tasmania’s booming agricultural sector, with Houston’s Farm unveiling a new $5.8 million facility in the south of the state. The leading salad producer has just opened a new state-of-the-art, custom built, baby leaf production centre at its Forcett farm. The 80-hectare production unit will underpin growth in the company’s national supermarket supply contracts. Houston’s Farm, which was represented at the recent State Government trade mission to Asia, is seeking to expand export markets to Hong Kong, and this new facility is central to those plans. The new facility will also create 15 full time jobs. Houston’s has been creating innovative products for almost 30 years and has pioneered many practices and techniques that now see Tasmanian salads on shop shelves across Australia.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Coffee Liqueur warms Xmas spirits

A new boutique beverage will have coffee and spirits lovers rejoicing. Two of Tasmania’s top artisan producers have collaborated to bring a premium coffee liqueur to the market just in time for some festive cheer. Hellfire Bluff Distillery, based at Boomer Bay, and Hobart speciality coffee roaster, Zimmah Coffee, created the delicious tipple. Ruby Daly of Hellfire Bluff Distillery said: “We were so excited for the opportunity to work with another great Tasmanian brand to expand our range of locally produced spirits, and create a new premium product for our customers, here and throughout Australia.” She added Zimmah chose to use the ‘Son of a Gun’ blend – a full-bodied mix of Colombian, Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans – to deliver delicious flavours with rich and bold caramel and milk chocolate notes. Hellfire Coffee Liqueur is available at Salamanca market and other boutique liquor stores.

7 December 2018, Edition 201

Bicheno prepares for gourmet extravaganza

As the weather heats up, Tasmania’s beautiful East Coast is the place to be, and for lovers of gourmet delights, next weekend is the time to visit. The Bicheno Food and Wine Festival is the region’s biggest event and is now in its 12th year. The festival is again expected to draw bumper crowds seeking out the finest local food, wine, and beer, with highlights including cooking classes run by top chefs, and wine appreciation lessons. All the wonderful local fare aside, the scenery alone would be enough of a drawcard, with the three-day celebration overlooking beautiful Waubs Bay. And as befits the location, this year’s festival will also feature a display of classic surfboards. The Bicheno Food and Wine Festival runs from November 16 – 18.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Taste of Tasmania birthday cake-off

The Taste of Tasmania is gearing up to celebrate a milestone birthday with cake – lots of it! The iconic Hobart festival turns thirty this year and is celebrating with a special bake-off. The Great Tasmanian Cake Off will attract the best bakers in the state all vying for the honour of producing the ultimate cake. Along with a stunning array of Victoria Sponges presented to the judges, the waterside event will also present a cross-section of other food and beverages from the island state. This festive season well-known chef, Luke Burgess, will be serving up an array of dishes. He will be joined by Templo’s Matt Breen, who is slated to present a masterclass in Italian peasant food. The Taste of Tasmania runs from December 28 to January 3 at Hobart’s Princes Wharf, and a full festival program will be released later this month.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

New Moo Brew a stout order

As artisan foods and beverages continue to boom across the Island State, a new barrel-aged stout has been launched onto the market, just in time for the festive season. This rich, dense beer has been created by Tasmania’s Moo Brew, that says it will only get better with age. The Moo Brew Imperial Stout – made in collaboration with Sydney’s Archie Rose Distilling Company – has been aged in single malt whisky and ex-bourbon American oak barrels and weighs in at an imposing 10.8% alcohol level. Moo Brew are getting ready for an enthusiastic response. “It’s big,” Moo Brew head brewer Dave Macgill said. “We encourage people to enjoy this beer now, but those partial to cellaring will be rewarded. This stout has a rich, dense palate thanks to the ex-bourbon barrels and Archie Rose whisky, high residual sugar and specialty roasted malts.”

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Tolpuddle chardonnay shines

A Tasmanian vineyard has shone at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards. Tolpuddle Vineyard won four major trophies, with its 2017 chardonnay picking up three of the awards: Best Young White Wine; Best Chardonnay; and Best Single Vineyard. Tolpuddle winemaker, Adam Wadewitz said: “I guess we always knew the 2017 vintage was pretty special in Tasmania. The season was astonishing; late and cool, and it produces wines with that rarely seen ‘balance and intensity’ combination.” Tolpuddle Vineyard is located in the Coal River Valley and was established in 1988. It is planted solely with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Other Tasmanian winners in Melbourne were: The Bay of Fires winery which won the James Halliday Trophy for best pinot noir with its 2017 release; the House of Arras, named Best Sparkling for its chardonnay/pinot noir Grand Vintage 2008; and Eddystone Point, awarded Best Riesling for its 2018 vintage.

9 November 2018, Edition 200

Tetsuya is number one - again!

The restaurant of iconic chef – and Brand Tasmania Ambassador – Tetsuya Wakuda, has once again been named as the best in Australia. And, fittingly it was the backdrop for a major investment dinner recently hosted by Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman, in conjunction with Brand Tasmania. Tetsuya’s eponymous Sydney establishment has just won Restaurant of the Year at the Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence. The prestigious award is the latest in a long list of accolades that Tetsuya has collected since opening in 1989, and he told Restaurant and Catering Magazine it is a reflection of those around him: “I congratulate my staff. The team won this, not me. A good restaurant is a team effort.” Meantime, Tetsuya has long been a champion of Tasmania which he describes as “beyond organic,” and his restaurant hosted a special dinner showcasing the finest from the island state to potential investors. Premier Will Hodgman led the guest list at Tetsuya’s ‘Taste of Tasmania Dinner: From Sky to Land and Sea’, which featured such exquisite combinations as: Cold Green Pea Soup with Bitter Chocolate Sorbet; Confit of Petuna Ocean Trout with Salad of Apple and Witlof; Poached Lobster in Vanilla with Cannellini Beans and Coffee Vinaigrette; and Chocolate Stone with Fortunato No 4. It was a stunning menu, and further proof that Tetsuya’s really does deserve the title of Australia’s best restaurant.

Watch the video to sample Tetsuya’s ‘Taste of Tasmania Dinner’ at his Sydney restaurant

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