The Islington Hotel
In North Hobart, chef Alex Jovanovic dishes up tasty Italian-meets-Tasmanian fare at Piccolo (+61 (0)3 6234 4844) on Elizabeth Street, where gnocchi, calamari and tiramisu should tempt you. Communal bench seating and shared plates make hot Murray Street newcomer Garagistes (+61 (0)3 6231 0558) a stylish, sociable eatery, with chef Luke Burgess using only organic, biodynamic and sustainable ingredients from local artisan producers, complemented by innovative natural global wines. A short drive from Hobart on Richmond Road in Cambridge, Meadowbank Estate (+61 (0)3 6248 4484) is a bright and airy winery restaurant, with flavoursome plates and wines served by the glass. Further afield, team a catamaran cruise with a trip to Peppermint Bay (+61 (0)3 6267 4088; www.peppermintbay.com.au) on the waterfront at Woodbridge, where local crayfish, oysters and fish are the star attraction (it’s a 35-minute drive from town, if you’d rather stay on dry land).
Don’t miss the Southern Vineyards Open Weekend, when the wineries welcome the public for cellar-door tastings and sales (www.winetasmania.com.au
). A Taste of the Huon is a two-day celebration of the region’s fine food, wine, arts and crafts (www.tasteofthehuon.com
The state’s largest food and wine festival, the Taste Festival (www.hobartsummerfestival.com.au
), is held on the Hobart waterfront.