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Monday 20 February 2023

Meet an eatery, a picklery, a gallery and a wine bar all in one

Harvest & Light is a unique space in the Huon Valley that offers a true taste of Tasmania.

The brainchild of microbiologist and research scientist Cassy Faux, Harvest & Light is a small batch-pickle and condiment producer, a wine bar, a snack spot and a photographic gallery - all in one. 

It is home to a major collection of local wines and spirits, offers cheese platters and gourmet treats for lunchtime enjoyment, hosts wine tastings and is a Friday night hotspot for locals.

It has a very relaxed vibe, lovely light and there is the option of sitting indoors, on a veranda, or in an enclosed garden.

Re-opened three months ago after a break, Harvest & Light is open Thursday through Sunday and visitors are welcome to simply browse Faux's stunning photographs, enjoy a cheese platter or sip some wine from an all-female winemaker by-the-glass list. 

So think names like Stargazer, Wines by Aunt Alice, Kate Hill, Sinapius and Bellebonne among over 100 Tasmanian wines, spirits and artisan beers on offer. 

The curious can enjoy a paddle of five Women in Wine selections for $20. 

When I visited last week the constantly changing menu featured cheeseboards with a selection of home-made pickles and preserves created on-site (various prices) and a selection of small dishes, some with the imprint of former Masterchef star Sarah Clare.

Think dishes like labneh with charred eggplant and zucchini, onion jam and chilli jam ($16), or a heritage tomato caprese with locally grown tomatoes, cheese and herbs ($14). Both were absolutely delicious. 

Other options I did not try were lamb skewers with roast carrot hummus, cucumber and wild fennel pickle ($16), and white anchovies with fennel and herbed salsa ($14). 

A blackboard lists the local farms where all the fruits and vegetables are sourced - and the array of condiments on sale includes pickled gherkins, peach mustard, berry jams and home-made cordials that can be mixed into cocktails. 

My credit card got a little bit of a workout. It is pretty hard not to grab some delights to take away.  

Harvest & Light is at 6 Church St, Geeveston, TAS 7116.

The writer was a lunch guest of Harvest & Light 



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