Taste your way around Tasmania expedition style
Tasmania has long been recognised for its wild and untamed natural beauty and breathtaking national parks. But in recent years, it’s also become an international culinary destination with many people flocking to the island state seeking out excellent produce, wine and food.
In 2016, Coral Expeditions began cruising the rugged coastline throughout the summer months of January through March taking guests to the farthest reaches of Tasmania on an immersive 7-night Tasmanian Expedition. Not only do they showcase the wild and remote beauty of the region, they also have been dedicated to providing guests with delicious local produce and unique epicurean experiences.
For such a small island, Tasmania has many different regions, each with their own micro climate. From the dry East Coast famous for its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, to the higher rainfall areas in the north where some of the world’s best beef is grown in what has been proven to be the world’s cleanest air. The wealth and variety of food and drink experiences in Tasmania is expansive.
“We extensively travelled Tasmania experiencing the island’s many culinary spoils before handpicking the very best ones for our Tasmanian itinerary,” says Tamara Sweeting, Coral Expedition’s Hospitality Operations Manager. “Not only did we see what the local suppliers could offer but ultimately what Tasmania had to offer.
“The goal for the Tasmanian Expedition was to develop local and regional food systems with a governing approach, building one that holds economic and environmental sustainability. The itinerary allows guests to visit these local communities or towns and try their produce firsthand.”
Here are some key producers and suppliers that make Coral Expedition’s Tasmania coastal cruise come to life.
Grandvewe Cheeses, the only organic sheep cheesery in Tasmania, is located in the lush Huon Valley south of Peppermint Bay. The innovative family run business also has Hartshorn Distillery, the only sheep whey distillery in the world.
Guests will visit the cheesery during their cruise where they can meet the sheep and taste up to 15 different cheeses, including crowd favourites White Pearl and Sapphire Blue. Back on board, the cheese affair continues with Grandvewe served during wine and food pairing nights.
Joanna’s Jams is a small family owned and operated business priding themselves on sourcing quality fruits direct from small growers throughout the state. All the jams are prepared by hand and cooked in small batches ‘just like Grandma’s’. They know they have done their job right when a customer says, “that flavour takes me back to my childhood”. Joanna’s Jams has won numerous awards at the Australian Fine Food Awards, Melbourne Fine Food Awards and the Royal Hobart Fine Food Awards.
Sea all of it!
Coral Expedition’ suppliers have access to the best seafood in Australia. Delicacies such as deep-sea blue eye, stripey trumpeter and Southern Rock Lobster caught in the Southern Ocean off the wild south West Coast. Bass Strait scallops along with an abundance of sustainably farmed salmon and ocean trout from the southern and western regions are also available to Coral Expeditions.
Guests can look forward to traditionally hand-smoked salmon by Woodbridge Smokehouse and pristine Bruny Island oysters from Get Shucked, a locally owned and operated oyster farm and bar.
Working with the locals
During the Tasmanian cruising season, Coral Expeditions are supplied on a weekly basis with fresh fruit and vegetables, quality Tasmanian meats, dairy products, artisan breads, snack foods, wines, beers and spirits. Working with local companies such as Tasmanian Shipping Supplies ensures Coral Expeditions’ Tasmanian season operates seamlessly and resourcefully.
Coral Expeditions runs a 7-night Pristine Tasmania expedition cruise from Hobart annually throughout January to March, from $4,990 per person twin share. To find out more information about this remarkable Tasmanian adventure on board the Coral Discoverer, please visit www.coralexpeditions.com or call 1800 079 545.
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