Tasmania is an island of plenty. The gentle climate and pure soils produce a whole range of fruit and vegetables, the coastlines offer up a bounty of seafood while artisans craft crusty loaves of bread and sumptuous wheels of cheeses.
There is good food to be enjoyed everywhere, but one of the best ways to get a taste of Tasmania's flavours is to explore the island's markets. While you're there you can shop for local handicrafts, chat to farmers and enjoy the talents of home-grown musicians.
Here are some of the top markets to enjoy in Tasmania.
1. Salamanca Market
Tasmania's best known market is Salamanca, taking place in Hobart every Saturday. It has been going since 1972 and the number of market-goers now reaches into the thousands.
Vendors sell organic fruit and vegetables, buskers play alongside second-hand book stalls, and you can find everything from fresh goat cheese to felt hats and curios, all while enjoying the lively waterfront setting.
2. Farm Gate Market
Sundays in Tasmania are best spent browsing the Farm Gate Market. This market is pure indulgence for foodies, as it is devoted to everything you can eat, drink, or grow. It is a celebration of farmers and their produce, so the atmosphere is friendly and the food incredible.
Everything you find in this market reflects the seasons, form locally-grown fruit and veggies to the menus in the artisanal food stalls. Look out for treats like freshly harvested rhubarb or walnuts collected from 100-year-old trees.
3. Richmond Farmers and Makers Market
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the historic centre of Richmond comes alive with the hustle and bustle of the farmers market.
This market places the spotlight on local growers and makers from the Coal River Valley. The food stalls are crammed with homemade jams, terrines and pates, along with freshly-harvested honey, fruits and vegetables. You can pick up a bottle of wine (or two) before enjoying a wood-fired pizza for lunch, then shop the ceramic and craft stalls looking for your next household gem.
4. Cygnet Market
The rural town of Cygnet puts on a quaint market on the first and third Sunday of each month. It's a great choice in winter, with the market set up inside a warm and cosy hall. Once upon a time, the market had only three stalls – now it has around 30, but it hasn't lost any of its charm.
You'll enjoy the fresh food, colourful crowd and folk music in equal measures.
If Tassie's markets aren't enough to satiate your appetite, drop in to Mood Food when you're passing through Kempton.