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Tuesday 27 September 2022

Tasmania gets a new gourmet festival

Tasmania has a brand new gourmet festival.

The north-west of the island state will host the inaugural Stanley & Tarkine Forage Festival from November 11-20.

This 10-day festival aims to showcase the region’s world-class fare, providing an opportunity to enjoy a tasting trail, dine on signature dishes and meet local makers.

Visitors can enjoy locally sourced premium beef and seafood direct from the source with the program featuring tastings and communal feasts, live music, cooking demonstrations and markets.

Home to the towns of Smithton and Stanley (below) and some wild and woolly coastline, the region is known for its diverse villages and ports.

Supported by grant funding through Austrade’s Recovery for Regional Tourism program, the Stanley & Tarkine Forage Festival will feature local abalone, shucking oysters direct from the wild, meeting gin and wine makers or generational beef farmers.

The Tassie on a Plate pop-up tasting trail will bring the Circular Head region to life, allowing visitors to follow a route where participating businesses will prepare signature dishes available throughout the event.

Options will range from freshly cracked lobsters to honey cakes; scallop pies to local cheese platters,

Festivalgoers can even learn how to bottle their own kimchi with Korean-born Tasmanian Sue Glynn.

“We love to meet visitors and talk to them about our abs and about the environment here that makes them so good," says says Joel Gilby, managing director Of Three Friends Abalone.

"The water over the back of Greenhills here in Stanley is so clear and clean, and the air … golly - its’ a perfect recipe."

For more information visit Stanley & Tarkine Forage Festival

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