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Foodie experiences in and around Launceston, Tasmania’s newly named UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy

Launceston has recently been named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. While most immediately think of food, gastronomy is so much more than just food alone. It’s all about the connection between food, tradition, culture, and people. To celebrate, we’re sharing a few of the amazing gastronomic experiences you can have here in Northern Tasmania.


You’ll find that community is at the core of everything here in Northern Tasmania and one of the best places to truly experience our local community is at the markets. The iconic Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market celebrates the best of Tasmanian food & wine. Held every Saturday morning, locals and visitors come together to meet, mingle, connect with the producers, do their weekly grocery shop, or grab a morning cuppa. It is a local ritual each week that turns a quiet inner city car park into community space for farmers and locals.

Farm Fresh

There is nothing quite like sampling produce fresh from where it’s grown. 45% of Tasmania’s farmland is located here in the North giving us access to some of the best farm to table experiences in the state. Through spring and summer, you can pick your own fresh berries from Hillwood Berries or in winter you can join the hunt for truffles by the smart but also adorable truffle dogs at Tasmanian Truffles. Over at Fork it Farm, book a Paddock Picnic with mini–Farm Tour and learn about their local, ethical, and sustainable farming methods. At Ashgrove Dairy Door, you can take a self-guided tour with stellar views of the cheese-making factory, sample their award-winning milk and cheese products, and maybe even meet some of the gorgeous cows in the paddock outside.

Cooking Experiences

Develop your culinary skills with a local cooking experience. Hinton Bay Kitchen offers an Italian inspired experience along the banks of the Tamar River or check out Fork n Farm’s Artisan Workshops to learn everything from cheesemaking to hot and cold smoking. To uncover chef trade secrets over a glass of Tassie wine at boutique bed and breakfast, Red Feather Inn.

Vineyards and Distilleries

Our local wine and spirits scene is continually growing. Sit back and relax with tastings and platters at cellar doors such as Josef Chromy, Loira Vines, Moores Hill Estate, Clover Hill and Pipers Brook. Indulge in a meal amongst the vines at the popular Timbre Kitchen located at Velo Wines. Learn about the grass roots of whiskey distilling in Northern Tasmania at Fanny’s Bay Distillery, visit the first distillery based in Launceston for over 150 years at Launceston Distillery or check out a few distilleries on a tour with The Tasmanian Whiskey Experience. Alternatively, you can experience the trifecta – Wine, Gin and Food – at Tamar Ridge, Turner Stillhouse and Hubert and Dan all conveniently located on the same site.

Delicious Dining

There is no shortage of incredible local restaurants to dine at here in Launceston. For a truly iconic and indulgent local meal, you can’t go past Stillwater Restaurant or Black Cow Bistro. From the moment you walk in and have your first bite you’ll understand why these have remained long-standing pillars of the local food scene in Northern Tasmania. For a riverfront experience, places like Mudbar Restaurant and Hallam’s Waterfront are go-to choices which offer incredible locally sourced dishes with gorgeous water views. For impeccable service and cuisine, Stelo at Pierre’s is always a crowd favourite. For casual meets gourmet, must-try spots include Pachinko for modern-Asian cuisine and Geronimo Aperitivo Bar & Restaurant for modern-European cuisine.

Cool Cafes

Brunch is never boring here in the North. Sweetbrew always offers a friendly welcome and tasty vegetarian menu. Inside Café brings a lovely gourmet touch to their meals while Apricus Launceston offers an on-farm breakfast only minutes from the city centre. For delightful grab and go option, Alberto's Espresso delivers in spades. In the Kingsway, Earthy Eats provides hearty, healthy options and across the river in Invermay, Blue Café Inc is the place to go. If you're out in the Northern Midlands, Ernest & Ernesto is known for coffee, cake and good vibes while Feast Tasmania in Perth is great for a hearty brunch.

Drinks and Nibbles

For a cheeky drink and nibbles, wine-bar HAVILAH Wine Bar offers a stylish setting and impressive wine list. If cosy is more your vibe, BarTwo is the perfect choice. Just upstairs from BarTwo you'll find Cinco Passiones, which always has impeccable service, tasty cocktails and a delightful view . If you’re a little further a field than Launceston, Little Rivers Brewing Co in Scottsdale is great for tasting paddle and you can even BYO food! Over in the Meander Valley region, family-owned Bush Inn Brewhouse is a popular option.

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