For breakfast | The vibe at Sunday’s Farm Gate Market is “get to know your grower”, and as well as an abundance of locals produce on offer direct from the Tasmanian farmers that grow it, there are loads of fresh meals and snacks like sushi, breakfast burritos, smoothies, and homemade yoghurt, not to mention the most incredible lemon curd-filled sourdough doughnuts.
For coffee | Small Fry is a cute little cafe is tucked in an old ambulance station building, and serves up seriously good coffee in a lovely industrial setting. We had breakfast here on day 2 – the mushroom omelette with chestnut toast is a revelation.
For lunch | Hit up the Salamander Markets and head straight to one of the famous scallop pie providores before they sell out. This Tassie delicacy is best enjoyed with a small-batch cider in hand while you peruse the market’s truffle oils, books, and general knick-knackery.
For craft beer | Thirteen taps of craft beer are on offer at the decidedly old-school New Sydney Hotel. The lineup changes regularly, but you can expect mainland favourites like Stone and Wood, Bridge Road, and Prickely Moses, as well as local Tassie breweries like Ironhouse and Devil’s Brewery. I sampled a tasty, dark, and briney, Mussel Brown Ale from the latter, which was my pick of the night (my travelling companions did not agree).
For dinner | Just around the corner from Small Fry, Westend Pumphouse is a slick operation with stunning interiors and a menu to match. We feasted on house-made pickles, charred oyster mushrooms with miso and black bean, fried octopus with ponzo and roasted nori, lamb salami, grilled beef flat iron, and roast lamb, all washed down with an excellent Tassie chardonnay.
For a post-MONA pick-me-up | After a heady morning of cerebrally demanding MONA-going, it’s pretty lovely to sit among the chickens and peacocks at the excellent MONA cafe – there’s great food, and excellent wine list, and Moo Brew on tap to boot.
For a day-trip | After conquering Mt Wellington for an early morning sunrise, we headed south to the Huon Valley for spectacular countryside and a must-do detour to Willie Smiths Ciderhouse. The Scrumpy Cider is where it’s at, and the food is pretty great too with everything sourced from local growers, makers, and producers.
Photos courtesy of Farm Gate Market.