Perhaps it was all that time walled-off from the pandemic, but Tasmania’s foodie entrepreneurs have been getting increasingly inventive in recent years. While the island has long been home to an incredible range of fresh produce, how it gets presented has been evolving rapidly.

From private rooftop dining, bespoke tours of remote wild areas, and a pop-up picnic on a spacious coast, to open-air cooking classes and even a “restaurant with no food” – Tasmania is especially making use of its open space, clean air and lack of crowds to deliver some of the nation’s most unique dining experiences.

Here are some to keep in mind on your next trip.

Eat the Wild
Jump in a van with its own mobile kitchen for an intimate, foodie-centric tour of Tasmania’s lesser-known wild places.

Departing from Bathurst Street, Hobart, your tour guide doubles as your personal chef as you head for the Coal River and Tea Tree wine regions, north-east of the city. This is no usual “splash and dash” tasting experience, though. Expect a backstage pass to the stories behind the wineries, direct from the winemakers, followed by an intimate chef-prepared degustation style meal matched with the winery’s best drops.

Or opt for the Bruny Island tour and feel the sand between your toes as you enjoy freshly shucked oysters on a quiet beach all to yourself, or take a cheese platter masterclass from a local cheesemaker. All food and drink (including alcohol) are included.

Bathurst Street Hobart

The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery
A place like the beautiful Derwent Valley, just half an hour from Hobart, might be just the kind of place you were dreaming of in lockdown: remote, green hills and lush plains peppered with farmhouses, trees, rivers and wilderness. It’s here in Norfolk that the Agrarian Kitchen was founded in 2008 by Rodney Dunn and Séverine Demanet, the philosophy being to reconnect people to authentic food and real ingredients. Everything you eat is grown or prepared on-site, meaning near zero food miles and maximising freshness.

Located in New Norfolk in the town’s old psychiatric asylum – now converted into a light and airy eatery – the menu varies depending on what’s available from the farm that day, but is always fresh, tasty and surprising.

Visitors can also learn to cook at the on-site cooking school. Formerly run out of the couple’s homestead, it was closed last year but will reopen at the eatery site in mid-2022.

11A The Avenue, New Norfolk

Sirocco South
Join a foraging tour for seasonal ingredients before decamping to a special coastal location to feast on your spoils with a six-course gourmet meal.

Venturing into the quiet bush and isolated beach under expert guidance is a great way to learn about foods you would have otherwise walked straight past. Depending on the season you might pick wild asparagus or mushrooms, parsley, spinach or saltbush. Founder Mic Giuliani is passionate about introducing visitors to local ingredients and explaining how to cook with them, curating a uniquely Tasmanian experience.

Sit back when you’re done and enjoy the view over Frederick Henry Bay from the Sirocco South beach house or expand your horizons a different way by helping to prepare lunch – matching wines included. You can also visit Sirocco South at the Farm Gate Market in Hobart on the first and third Sunday of the month.

Farm Gate Market, Hobart

Pop-up Picnic Bicheno
Indulge in the ultimate picnic for two while taking in the calm of the fishing hamlet of Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast. This pop-up picnic takes the hassle out of organising lunch, with everything set up and packed down afterwards. The gourmet picnic platter will include a range of Tasmanian cheeses, dukkah and olive oil, plus bread, cured meats and other antipasto favourites, showcasing the best local produce from around the island.

It’s not a picnic without the rugs, cushions, umbrellas and boho beach chairs, so expect all to be provided. You choose the location, although the team will also be happy to recommend a spot away from it all.

Bicheno, Tasmania

The Boathouse
Trust the Tasmanians to do things a bit differently. At The Boathouse at Currie on King Island, guests don’t order from a menu or ask the waiter for recommendations, because there are neither. Nor is there a chef. In fact you’ll likely have the place to yourself. But still, you might not find a better dining experience anywhere on the island. Confused yet?

It’s a simple concept, really. You bring your own food to this gorgeous 1871-built boathouse that sits on the shores of Currie Harbour and run your own restaurant. There’s an indoor barbeque and kitchen facilities, cutlery and crockery. Whip up a storm and enjoy the view of the fishing boats from your table.

Bring a lobster, a picnic, fish‘n’chips, or whip up a cooked brekkie, and don’t forget to clean up and leave a donation in the “honesty duck” on your way out (it will make sense when you see it).

38 Lighthouse Street, Currie

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tourism Tasmania. Be sure to check hours and book ahead where you can. For more information and Covid-safe travel tips for your next trip to Tasmania, visit Discover Tasmania.