Going to see the yachts at the end of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in Constitution Dock was one of the rituals of my youth but I haven’t been to Hobart over Christmas New Year for about 20 years.
The yachts have changed, bigger, slicker, more hi tech.
Now there is also the wonderful Taste of Tasmania.
“… this feast of the senses, where the spotlight shines on fresh Tasmanian produce. Think Tasmanian seafood, cheese, berries, wines and boutique beers…and international dishes with a local flavour.
The old Princes Wharf building has been refurbished into an events centre and for the Taste is lined with stalls from local restaurants, wineries and food producers. Stalls are also lined along the grass between the wharf and Salamanca Place. The problem is what to choose to eat.
There is so much innovation in the food presented, wallaby being served by an Indian eatery, possum pate, quince and apple cider.
Brushtail possums are culled on Bruny Island so why not use the meat.
I heard a couple of talks. The most interesting was John Botha from Aproneers in Lindisfarne. He presented 5 dishes made from the roots, stalks and leaves of beetroot and using only a few other ingredients most would have in their cupboard.
Following this talk I visited Aproneers which is in an old corner store on the main road in Lindisfarne. It was full of locals having coffee, lots of local produce both fresh and value added all with their place of origin down to the suburb in Hobart. This reminder me of my visit to Axminister Canteen.
A great time to be in Hobart. The food scene is so very different from when I left in 1975.