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Tasmanian bushfire recovery support ★  Food, wine and health ★ What's on ★ Win

Hello,

We were delighted to hear from those of you who got in touch after our first February newsletter, either in support of the Tasmanian bushfire recovery, or regarding my (Robyn) husband's recovery from illness – thanks so much if you were one of them. It's great to have such community spirit online as well as out there in the 'real world'. Wine and food lovers are pretty special people, don't you agree? We sure think so....

Continuing our support of Tasmanians recovering from the fires (and don't worry flood-affected Queenslanders and now those in NSW, you're next!), as you know, together with Tourism Tasmania we are inviting you to visit Tasmania. It's time to book that ticket and get to Tassie to see what everyone is raving about, from MONA in Hobart to Binalong Bay on the East Coast, the Huon Valley to Stanley on the North West.

It's time to get Tassie off your bucket list and onto 'places I've been' (and loved!) Read on for some fab reasons why.... take advantage of these exclusive subscriber-only offers, and do it soon!

Special Feature: Tasmania in Autumn – unearth a bunch of delicious memories

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Tasmania – a gourmet paradise with a blossoming gastronomic scene that will tempt, delight and indulge your senses. Tour the island and immerse yourself in a palate of rich autumn colours, the excitement of harvest time and the passion of small producers – there are farmers' markets, vibrant festivals and events dedicated to celebrating island produce, microbreweries and distilleries, farm gates and roadside stalls, stylish vineyards, hands-on culinary experiences, gourmet walking tours, hot-right-now dining experiences, acclaimed cooking schools and more.

It's no secret that Tasmania has a new level of sophistication based around gastronomic, cultural and artistic endeavours, set amongst breathtaking scenery and a rich history which only adds to its charm.

You'll soon see why hard core foodies have migrated south – think Rodney Dunn (Agrarian Kitchen) and Matthew Evans (Gourmet Farmer) – and you'll return home with a bunch of delicious memories and a love of Tasmanian wines. Find out more now »

Food (and a splash of whisky!) news and reviews

Tasmania Dining - Prossers restaurant

Rocco Esposito and Curly Haslam-Coates stole the show in last month's newsletter, with their takes on Tasmanian wines.

This week we hear from local foodie Paul County, the name behind Tas Food Books, a publisher which has brought us many lovely titles over the past few years.

Paul says that with so many high quality food and beverage experiences on offer in Tasmania these days, it can be hard to pick the best at any point in time. He shares some first-hand food (and whisky!) experiences in and around Hobart and on the North West Coast »

This got us thinking about the beautiful Tasmanian food books that have been published recently, so we compiled our very own list, just for you. Many of these titles are not seen on 'the mainland' and one which was published in December is already on its first reprint! »

We've also started a collection of Tasmanian recipes for you to enjoy while planning your vacation!

In Tasmania and around the country from earliest colonial settlement, Australian cooks have improvised and invented, transforming and 'Australianising' foods and recipes from other countries and cultures. Barbara Santich's rich research helps us reach a deeper understanding of the Australian identity by examining the way we eat in her award-winning book Bold Palates »

PS don't forget that Matthew Evans is back on SBS on Thursday 14th March with the third series of Gourmet Farmer.

 More on food at VisitVineyards.com/food » 

 

STAY in TAS: special accommodation offers

The Nut - Stanley, Tasmania.

Thinking about travelling to the island state to find out first hand what all the fuss is about? These tempting accommodation offers might just get you booking instead of dreaming!

NORTH WEST:beautiful rolling hills of fertile brown soil and green lush growth, falling into the coast line. Fresh produce abounds, and so do your exclusive savings:

Horizon Deluxe, Stanley: remarkable views across the coast and the iconic Nut (and that's just from the huge spa bath!), a luxurious base for culinary and wilderness exploration. Stay two nights and SAVE a massive $340. You can pay for your airfare on this deal alone »

Stanley Seaview Inn: with similarly remarkable views and close proximity to Stanley and all the NW Coast has to offer, the Inn offers a range of accommodation options plus a cool 30% discount »

Burnie City Apartments:located in the heart of this now vibrant city with shopping, cafes and restaurants, a lively arts community and fantastic food, the Apartments also offer a 30% discount »


NORTH: Launceston is at the heart of the Tamar Valley with its 30+  vineyards to visit, renowned restaurants and the natural setting of the Cataract Gorge:

Hotel Charles: the city's newest and most stylish hotel, in the Top 10 Trendiest Hotels in Australia of  TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Awards 2012. Special rates and a welcome gourmet gift await »


SOUTH: special experiences in all directions – think wines, boutique beers, cheeses, oysters, art....

Salamanca Wharf Hotel: drop anchor at this brand new boutique hotel next to Salamanca Place, Hobart's historic and cultural centre. Book now and receive a delicious free delicious breakfast »

Adventure Bay Retreat on beautiful Bruny Island:  The Lodge is great for families/friends, or The Spa Cottage perfect for romance.  Whichever suits, there's a special offer for you »

Hotel Collins in the heart of Hobart: one of the city's newest hotels with stylish, quiet comfort for when your daily travels are done. These two offers include special room rates and a welcome gift »

Villa Howden,  Huon Valley: luxury boutique hotel in tranquil surrounds with water views, the perfect base for exploring the many delights of the Huon Valley. Enjoy a complimentary night's stay »

The Old Woolstore, Hobart's waterfront at your door: award-winning venue with a warm welcome, great service and comfortable range of rooms. Start your holiday with this Indulgence Package »

Sullivans Cove Apartments: choose from five different precincts around Hobart's waterfront, all premium and super premium and fully self-contained. Book now for the best day rate and a bottle of Tasmanian wine on arrival »

There may be more offers to come so keep an eye out for updates to our list, but don't delay, these offers won't last forever »

 

Food and wine events around Australia and New Zealand

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival - 1-17 Mar 2013

Around the country and beyond, festivals and events continue to celebrate local food and wine. Two cities are gearing up for key events in March with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) and the Taste of Sydney:

VIC: Here are just five of the many MFWF events around Victoria to choose from:

  • Two Saints and a Valley at St Huberts, Coldstream on 16 Mar »
  • Regional Cellar Door & Artisan Market, South Yarra, 2-3 Mar »
  • T'Gallivant in Gris Paradis, Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula 17 Mar »
  • Feast beneath the Seppelt Vines, Great Western 17 Mar »
  • Earth Masterclass, Brunswick East, 8 Mar »

For further information on other MFWF events click here »
 

NSW: the ultimate restaurant and foodie event, Taste of Sydney, is being held at Centennial Park over four days 14-17 Mar »

Tip: you can also get a taste of Tasmania in Sydney too »

Your special VisitVineyards subscriber offer2 tickets to the Taste of Sydney for $40 (save $10). How to claim here »

Qld: Kenilworth Cheese, Wine & Food Festival, a farm-to-fork feast and fun for all the family on Easter Saturday, 30 Mar »

WA: from degustation lunches to kids cooking classes, Taste Great Southern showcases the region's best produce. To 31 Mar »

SA: join an Easter cooking class with salty seafood and sweet chocolate at Adelaide Central Market, places limited for 23 Mar »

ACT: can you believe it, it's Canberra's 100th Birthday! Festivities abound including the world's longest bubbly bar!  8-11 Mar »

Tas: there is lots more than apples to try at the Taste of the Huon, one of the most popular regional events in the state 10-11 Mar »

NZ (South Island):  the adventurous food festival that attracts thousands of intrepid gourmets (if you liked Ben Shewry's Origin, you'll love this) Hotika Wildfoods Festival on 9 Mar »

 Find more events near you: VisitVineyards.com/calendar » 

 

 Read more about what's on: VisitVineyards.com/events » 

 

Event organisers and marketers (including those in New Zealand!), you can quickly and easily list your food and wine events on our calendar for FREE. To reach our subscribers, simply go to VisitVineyards.com/MyLogin and enter your event details.

 

Food and wine travels

When you visit Tasmania (as we hope we've convinced you to!), you might need a couple more inspirational and helpful books to help guide your touring. Or try different way to travel the North East Valleys of Victoria.

Hide Seek Hobart is a great little book for finding those eclectic and harder to find places in Tasmania's capital city. At $14.95 it's certainly value for money and an interesting read for locals and visitors alike »

Bruny Island, south of Tasmania is renowned for its produce, eg Bruny Island Cheese, and environment, eg Bruny Island Cruises, winner of three Australian Tourism Awards just last week. The stunning new book Bruny Island. Food from the edge of the world is a compilation of  beautiful imagery, creative recipes and insightful stories that makes both great pre-travel guide and souvenir, as well as a book locals can be very proud of »

When you've done touring Bruny, stay on for a few more days and enjoy the tastes and scenery of the Huon Valley, and find out why world-renowned chef Tetsuya Wakuda makes it his retreat.

If cycling is your thing, put Victoria's North East Valleys on your travel list, and consider experiencing the fresh air of the region on two wheels. New writer Marilyn Moore enjoyed a weekend Rail Trail Cycle Tour from Beechworth to Bright on the gourmet trail »

For more culinary travel adventures click here: VisitVineyards.com/tours » 

 

Superb wine, delicious dairy and more to win

Darlington Vineyard, in the East coast of Tasmania

Tassie and Victoria feature this month with your chance to win superb cool climate wines, sumptuous cookbooks and more.

Tasmanian wine: from north, south and east come three regional mixed dozens representing the best of their regions. Tell us your fave Tassie wine to win »

Victorian wine: celebrating the Melbourne Wine & Food Festival, six of the state's most renowned wineries present this fabulous Taste of Victoria mixed dozen. Serious quality – yum! »

Island Harvest: a brand new beautiful book celebrating the distinctive seasons in a Tasmanian kitchen by Tasmanian chef Karen Goodwin-Roberts. We have 3 copies to be won »

Tassie cookbooks: our old favourites and some new ones too – Tasmania's Table, the gorgeous Bruny Island (sold out already and being reprinted soon), House of Oysters, or Island Harvest – choose which one you'd like to win! »

Organic Dairy Farmers: remarkable milk from happy cows produces this truly delicious range of cheeses and butter. Do your own taste test with five tasty and very popular gift packs to be won »

V/Line: take a train to your fave wine and food region for something different – win a family pass for travel to anywhere in Victoria! »

Pursuit of Excellence (DVD): Follow Tetsuya Wakuda's remarkable journey from small boy in Japan to world-renowned chef and global food ambassador for Tasmania. 3 copies to be won »

Best Walks: if your boots are made for walking or even strolling, then these great guides should be in your pack. Choose Geelong, ACT or Brisbane. We have 2 of each to be won »

Winners where are you? We still have some prizes on our shelf looking for their homes. Check our winners' page to see if one of them is yours.

More competitions:VisitVineyards.com/win » 

 

  Are you a winner? Find out now » 

 

Savings for Auto Club Members

Ashgrove Cheeses

If you carry a card from any of the major motoring organisations – RACV, RACT, RACQ, RAA, RAWA or NRMA – you can enjoy warm welcomes and savings at selected wineries and producers in  Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania. Here's a small assortment with links below to the full listings.

VIC:

TAS:

QLD:

 

 50 more places to save at: RACV.VisitVineyards.com/save » 

 

 Find out more: RACQ.VisitVineyards.com/save » 

 

Connecting you to our growers and makers.....

We love connecting you to the growers and makers of Australia (and New Zealand)'s fabulous food and wine. Increasingly, farmers around the world are being squeezed by supermarkets, hit by extreme weather events, adverse exchange rates – you name it, they seem to cop it.

VisitVineyards.com exists to help bring their stories to you, so that (we hope) you can support them when you buy, and help them weather these storms. Because unless we all do, many will leave the land, and the end result for us and our children will be fewer choices, and less healthy food. Having seen first-hand the conditions in parts of Asia where some of our imported food originates, believe me, we're all better off paying a few cents more for local produce, especially if you are also concerned with the environment.

As I said to someone only this morning, it's your choice: pay the farmer, or pay the doctor.... and having been through what we went through health-wise in 2012, I know what I'd prefer to do.

Cheers and good health from Robyn, Kerry, Laura, Andrew and the rest of the VisitVineyards.com team.

 

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