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Food and beverage stories

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

Wine weekend is a winner

The east coast’s annual Great Eastern Wine Weekend made nonsense of the low-season concept in September. Hundreds of visitors joined locals taking advantage of numerous events and cellar-door specials. Craigie Knowe Vineyard hosted its first Lunch in the Winery to launch new cellar door facilities and celebrate the release of its 2017 wines. Freycinet Lodge filled its cabins for the weekend and sold out a Meet the Maker gourmet BBQ with about 80 guests. The lodge’s Great Eastern Wine and Dine dinner was also a sellout, with 105 attendees. Devil’s Corner hosted Bubbles and Bivalves with entertainment by musician Clinton Hutton. CEO of Wine Tasmania, Sheralee Davies, said: “It’s fantastic to see the growth of the Great Eastern Wine Weekend over the past three years. It is not only attracting more and more people to travel to the beautiful east coast, but also offering an expanded and diverse range of wine-related activities across the weekend which is encouraging people to stay longer. Visitation to cellar doors around Tasmania has steadily and significantly grown and the east coast is a key destination for wine lovers.” Next year’s event will be held on 7–9 September 2018.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

Canberra enjoys Tassie taste

The best of Tasmania’s produce was on display in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra in September when the State’s Liberal Party Senate team staged its popular Flavours of Tasmania. Launched in 2002 by Eric Abetz, the event has made its mark on the parliamentary social calendar. “More than 400 people from around Australia and the world came to Parliament House to sample the very best Tasmanian produce and products, with guests placing thousands of dollars worth of orders,” Senator Abetz said. “This exciting showcase has on offer not only high-quality Tasmanian food, wine and spirits, but also Tasmanian tourism and timber products.” Attendees included the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, ministers and parliamentarians, as well as ambassadors, high commissioners, senior business people, media representatives and public servants.

3 October 2017, Edition 188

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12 September 2017

Salmon farmer looks north-west

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North-west Tasmania, including King Island, emerged in August as a likely option for continued expansion of salmon farming in Tasmania.

6 September 2017, Edition 187

Rustic eateries right on trend

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The recent opening of two paddock-to-plate eateries in the Huon and Derwent valleys is right on trend in the national food scene.

6 September 2017, Edition 187

Top gong for Farmers’ Market

Launceston Farmers’ Market won a trophy for best market of its type in the land at the delicious. Produce Awards in Melbourne in August. The popular weekly event is held in Cimitiere Street on Saturday mornings from 8.30am to 12.30pm. Tasmanian businesses also collected six gold medals at the prestigious national awards, including four in the From the Earth category where Cygnet Mushroom (Farm Gourmet Specialty Mushrooms), Wellington Apiary (Leatherwood Pure Tasmanian Honey), Weston Farm (Smoked Paprika) and Meru Miso (Sweet White Miso) were all successful. Chris and Meagan de Bono started Meru Miso in Melbourne four years ago, before relocating to Launceston last year. Pyengana Dairy Company won a From the Dairy gold medal for its 12+ Months Tasty Cheddar, while Mole Creek’s Springfield Deer Farm won a From the Paddock gold medal for its venison.

6 September 2017, Edition 187

Ale to aid of giant lobsters

Tasmanian brewer Moo Brew is launching a $20,000 crowd-funding campaign in collaboration with the Wilderness Society Tasmania (WST) to create a beer — Giant Lobster Ale — to help save the world’s largest freshwater invertebrate. Giant Tasmanian freshwater lobsters can grow to the size of a small dog, live for 40 years and are only found in north-flowing steams in northern Tasmania. The species is listed as vulnerable under Federal and State law. A new National Lobster Recovery Plan, including additional safe havens, was signed by the State and Federal governments in August. The initiative was welcomed by the WST. Todd Walsh, who has spent more than 20 years studying lobsters, said: “The world’s largest animal without a backbone in any river. Just think about that. There’s nothing like this in the Nile, the Amazon or anywhere else and we’re just letting them go down the tube.” The Wilderness Society’s National Creative Director, Rob Beamish, said: “We believe Aussie beer drinkers will embrace the win-win situation where drinking a refreshing ale is also helping to save a legendary Australian beastie.”

6 September 2017, Edition 187

Double cream top of show

Meander Valley Dairy’s double cream won the Richard Langdon Trophy for Best Exhibit in Show at the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards in August. The Tasmanian Food Co product was also named Champion Dairy (Other Product). Dairy Production Manager, Tommy Madsen, told The Advocate: “Our creams are produced by hand in a traditional style using the best of natural ingredients. Meander Valley Double Cream is a luscious, high-fat pure cream produced in small batches. In fact we maintain 56 per cent milk fat in this product, so it is very rich, decadent and silky smooth.” The double cream had previously won a gold medal at the 2017 Australian Food Awards. Another Tasmanian Food Co product, Robur Farm Dairy Marinated Goat Feta, won the Champion Sheep & Goat Product category at the Hobart awards. Chief Executive, Jane Bennett, said: “We are seeing a growing demand for these products across Australia which is great news for the value consumers put on the provenance of Tasmanian produce and we aim to continue lifting standards in the field and the kitchen … We believe our environment and our passionate people make the best tasting food for the world stage and these awards go a long way to affirming that belief.” Australian Honey Products won nine gold medals across three categories.

6 September 2017, Edition 187

Honey taster buys the lot

6 September 2017, Edition 187

Cherry pioneer says it’s time

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Australia’s biggest cherry grower and biggest cherry exporter, Reid Fruits, was offered for sale in July by Expressions of Interest.

1 August 2017, Edition 186

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14 October 2018, Edition 199

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