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The competition is heating up in the kitchen on Masterchef with contestants facing off with professional chefs in a cook-off for immunity.
Have you been staring at your screen this week, salivating over the incredible concoctions and wishing you could taste such gourmet creations in real life?
Well, you can. In Tasmania, the locals are celebrating the winter season with a veritable feast of delicious events to tempt your taste buds, where you can channel Matt, George and Gary as you sample fare from world-class chefs, and even learn how to create your own delicious food from the bountiful local produce.
The competition may be heating up on Masterchef this week, but why sit at home on the couch with food envy, when you could be indulging in decadent dishes in real life?
In Tasmania, the locals are celebrating the winter season with a veritable feast of delicious events to tempt your taste buds
You can channel Matt, George and Gary as you sample fare from world-class chefs, and learn how to create your own delicious food from the bountiful local produce
You can head to the Fat Pig Farm for a leisurely Friday afternoon, enjoying dishes straight from the gardens and paddock, which are all seasonal and all grown by hand.
Celebrate Christmas in July with mulled wine and mince pies and watch the world go by on the West Coast Wilderness Railway.
Or get your fill of superb spirits enjoying Tassie’s Whisky Week.
So what’s your flavour? You can bet Tasmania will satisfy your cravings this winter…
When the daylight is scarce and the temperatures plummet, Bangor Wine and Oyster Shed’s beef pie with buttery, flaky pastry washed down with a big glass of Pinot Noir is going to win over a salad every time
It’s not every day you get to watch a Michelin starred chef at work. Alain Passard, currently the world’s top chef, along with Dominique Crenn, recently voted American chef of the year, and acclaimed Australian chef Guillaume Brahimi, are among the world class masters to already take part in 2017’s Great Chefs Series in Launceston and Hobart.
This winter, their ranks will be joined by Phil Wood, executive chef at Sydney’s Eleven Bridge, Mike McEnearney, executive chef and owner of No. 1 Bent St Sydney and Kitchen by Mike, and electrician turned three-hatted chef Mark Best.
Think: wood grilled calamari with roasted chicken sauce and wakame, Cape Grim wagyu beef cheek braised with potato mousseline and turmeric carrots, and Leatherwood honey soufflé. Drooling yet?
This winter, some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs will take part in the Great Chefs Series in Launceston and Hobart
Exquisite cuisine will be served in tasting menus prepared by chefs Phil Wood, Mike McEnearney, and Mark Best
Christmas can’t come soon enough for some people, and luckily they have the opportunity to celebrate twice with Christmas in July, to truly enjoy the flavours of the holiday in the cosy comfort of winter.
West Coast Wilderness Railway are celebrating ‘Yulefest’ for the entire month of July, serving a special festive menu during their four-hour journey.
Passengers can enjoy traditional mince pies and warming mulled wine during a Yuletide-themed morning tea and lunch, as they watch the dramatic scenery from the cosy steam train carriage.
Celebrate Christmas in July on board a West Coast Wilderness Railway steam train with mulled wine and mince pies
Watch the dramatic scenery from the cosy steam train carriage during the month of ‘Yulefest’ celebrations
There are few flavours more indulgent than truffle. The revered morsel takes centre stage in an ‘Indulgent Winter Weekend Of Tasmanian Pinot Noir and Truffles’ from July 28 to 30 at Stillwater in Launceston.
Follow your nose for a gin and whisky tasting, a distillery tour, and tasting of 40 top Tasmanian Pinot Noirs to be held across the weekend, along with a six course truffle-laden feast.
Are all those MKR, Masterchef and Bake Off episodes inspiring you to get off the couch and into the kitchen? Tasmania has a host of workshops, classes and experiences to get you involved.
Indulge in a weekend of decadence, including a truffle-laden six course meal, at Stillwater in Launceston
The Agrarian Kitchen in the Derwent Valley is a sustainable paddock-to-plate, farm-based cooking school. The picturesque former schoolhouse plays host to lessons engaging participants in a day of foraging, harvesting, cooking, learning, eating and drinking.
End the day with a sumptuous meal of gnocchi with nettles and asparagus, wagyu beef brisket, fried artichokes with braised baby leeks and hollandaise, and finished with rhubarb mille feuille and sorbet – all fruit, vegetables and herbs foraged from their garden, of course. Who could resist a menu like this?
Other winter courses include winter braising, smoking, and the art of fire cooking.
Engage in foraging and harvesting at paddock-to-plate cookery school The Agrarian Kitchen in the Derwent Valley
While you get your fill of the finest local produce, sample regional whiskies at Tasmania’s famous distilleries like Shene Estate
Or head to Fat Pig Farm, outside Hobart, where you can enjoy a lazy afternoon at one of their weekly Friday afternoon lunches.
You’ll enjoy an authentic paddock to plate meal and is matched with beer, wine cider and spirits from around Tassie. As well as watching the food being cooked in the open kitchen you can also enjoy a guided tour of the farm itself.
After all the hard work, sit down together for a well-earned meal, straight from the paddock and gardens, paired with local beer, wine, cider and spirits.
At Fat Pig Farm you can enjoy a long lazy lunch at their weekly Friday event. As well as delicious food you’ll also enjoy a tour of the farm too
The Gourmet Farmer star Matthew Evans will explain how the food is hand picked and you’ll enjoy the delicious tastes of the farm
A steaming mug of hot chocolate is arguably the cosiest way to warm your cockles on a chilly winter’s day, and if you’re in Latrobe in the North West of Tassie in August, you’ll be able to get one of the best.
Chocolate Winterfest, on August 13, celebrates ‘the food of the Gods’ in all its forms with exhibits, workshops and – most importantly – tastings galore.
Indulge in a chocolatey smorgasbord of confections, from truffles, pralines and fudges, to ice creams, cakes and molten drinks.
A steaming mug of hot chocolate is arguably the cosiest way to warm your cockles on a chilly winter’s day
Indulge in a chocolatey smorgasbord of confections, from truffles, pralines and fudges at Chocolate Winterfest
If whisky is more your thing why not sip on some world-class tipples during Tasmanian Whiskey Week?
Tassie is home to more than half of Australia’s distilleries, and the families who make it are among the most passionate in the world. Their produce is world-class too.
During the nine-day event you can enjoy behind-the-scenes tours, tastings of the different blends and talks from experts in the field.
Outside of the distilleries, many hotels, bars and restaurants celebrate the festival too, so your tastebuds will be satisfied no matter where you go.
Delight in the delicious this winter in Tasmania.
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