Food News 8th February 2018

Every  other Thursday Curly joins Helen Shield on ABC Northern Tasmania and ABC Hobart to talk all about all things food and drink across Tasmania.  Listen again available for seven days, forward to 01:35:00.

Today we talked about:-

Nigella Lawson (of course!)

Our Goddess and Lady of Great Recipes, Nigella Lawson, graced us with her presence in Tasmania late January/early February. In addition to an impressively organised book signing at Petrarch’s and a Q&A with Hilary Burden at the Country Club, Nigella loved our foodie spots. Stillwater, Black Cow, Stefano Lubiana, The Agrarian Kitchen, FranklinFaro Tapas Bar & Restaurant, 7k Distillery and the beauty of Cataract Gorge  in Launceston and Freycinet on the East Coast. We think it’s safe to say that Nigella will be back in Tasmania before we know it!

Hop Harvest and Fresh Hop Festival

For some brewers, hop season has just begun but for Will of Van Dieman Brewing, he’s expecting the hops to come in some time in March. The appeal of fresh hops to brewers is the unique flavour that they bring and that there is only one opportunity a year to make the most of it. Will grows everything on site from barley to hops, plus his solar powered, full operation of fermenting, bottling and ageing on site,  he deals in beer miles not metres. With the arrival late 2017 of his single estate ales, named after the Jnr Brewers (his sons) Will is one of the most innovative brewers  in Tasmania.

That isn’t to say that beer is the only time that you will see hops. Red Brick Road Cider, owned by husband and wife, former winemakers, Karina Dambergs and Corey Baker, produce a hopped cider every year. Karina, an exceptional scientist across many disciplines says “…we love experimenting! Also we love the phenolics they bring and supporting local farmers. And being the first in Australia!!! Also, I love the science of why they behave differently in cider to beer.”

Red Brick Road Cider will be featured in the upcoming, annual celebration of the hop, the Fresh Hop Beer Festival, created by the team behind Saint John Craft Beer, comes to Launceston 20-22 April 2018. In amongst the plethora of local brewers, there’s word that there will also be hop infused mead, ginger beer and excellent live music across the weekend. Tickets go on sale late Feb, keep on eye on their Facebook and website for more information.

Sweetcorn is in season!

The joy of seasonal produce is the glut that it produces. When food is in season it is at its tastiest and its best value for money. This week, Harvest Launceston shared that their sweetcorn and celeriac farmers from Elphin Grove Farms, would be back at the market this Saturday. Here’s a few recipes for you to embrace the joy of summer days and sweet, fresh, corn.

Sweet & Smokey Grilled Corn on the Cob – from Divas Can Cook

Elote, Mexican Street Corn – from Muy Bueno Cookbook

Vineyard Sunday Sessions 

One of the most fun developments of the great wineries we have here in Tasmania are the Sunday Sessions that are appearing. Sunday 11th will find Wine & Eats at Pipers Brook Vineyard, plus a return for Vinyl in the Vines to the wonderful Wines for Joanie. Sharmans Wines, Devil’s Corner, Delamere Vineyards and Craigie Knowe, have all hosted fun and relaxed events on a Sunday. Locals love them and they are an added bonus for those visiting the region, there is, however, one important rule that you must follow. Whoever is ‘Des’ for the day must be treated to a bottle of wine to take home from the vineyard you are visiting. It’s the perfect thank you for them keeping us all safe.