If you love Tasmanian produce, then Farmgate Festival is for you.
This epicurean extravaganza is being held from 27-28 November throughout the lush Tamar Valley. You're invited to meet the farmer and see up close just how they do what they do: making cider, growing tea, sniffing for truffles…
We asked festival Chair, Claudia Vinson, a thing or two about what ticket-holders should expect.
Q: What is the main aim of this festival?
A: Farmgate Festival aims to give the opportunity for you to see the locations of where some of your favourite produce is grown and to chat to the farmers in their own settings, to give a taste of what it’s like on small working farms. We welcome everyone who is interested in our food and farming systems! We have something for everyone from the gourmands who love truffles to everyday tea drinkers!
Q: While lots of the farmgates are along the West Tamar, what's on offer over east?
A: Hillwood berries is our first foray into expanding the festival into the east – we hope to be able to offer more farms on the East Tamar next year. ( if you are interested in taking part as a producer in next year’s festival please contact us email@example.com)
Q: Why is it so important now that we get out and support our farmgates?
If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s that how fragile our logistics chain is. By supporting local producers not only means that our food is fresher, with less food miles ( and is better for the environment) but it means that we are directly supporting and strengthening our local economy & reducing reliance on products we cannot have control over!
Q: Why is it so important we know where our food comes from?
A: Knowing where our food comes from and how it’s produced gives us greater influence on what we are willing to accept from our food producers (animal husbandry, chemical usage etc). It’s also a good reminder that foods are not meant to be available all year round and we can look forward with anticipation to when cherry season or apple season is and being able to taste the difference.
Q: how much Tamar Valley produce can be found on restaurant plates in Launnie/around Tassie?
A: We are so very fortunate that many of our restaurants at all ends of the price spectrum appreciate and actively embrace seasonality and try to source local ingredients from Tamar Valley producers.
This year’s festival we are very pleased to offer some really different food offerings with food from our local producers with Turner Stillhouse Opening night, Marion’s Vineyard Greek feast Long lunch, Moonlily Kitchen and Cakes regional degustation returns, as well as a high tea at Waterton Hall.
More info including ticket sales and program can be found on the Farmgate Festival website.