Introduction to foodtourist.com
Welcome to a new branch of foodtourist.com, one of the longest running Web sites dedicated to food and wine, having been in continuous operation since 1996.
Due to the volume of information we now have on food in Tasmania we have decided to give Tasmania its own voice at “tasmania.foodtourist.com”.
For many years the authors of this site have also published various iterations of A Food Lovers Guide to Tasmania both as a hard copy book and on the foodtourist.com site in electronic form.
A Food Lovers’ Guide to Tasmania was first written by authors Sue Dyson and Roger McShane to alert people to the wonderful produce available in this island state. It was also the subject of a weekly ABC radio program of the same name from 1989 to 2014 where Sue and Roger were interviewed every week about produce, restaurants, wine and recipes using Tasmanian products.
Tasmania has an excellent climate for the production of a wide range of food products and over the time we have been reporting on this topic we have seen more and more primary producers growing a wider range of vegetables, fruits and grains that would never have been thought of in 1988 when the first guide was published.
In this new guide we have been able to include dozens of small producers who are managing the soil with integrity to create organic produce of a very high quality.
We have also included places that provide coffee, wine and spirits, cafes that do interesting food and restaurants that are doing interesting things primarily with organic produce. We do not provide reviews in the traditional manner. We do not include any places that we have not visited or where we have had a disappointing meal. We think it is better to just write about the places we enjoy being in.
We also give preference to producers who grow their fruit or vegetables organically. We have a strong aversion to systemic sprays being used in agriculture, partly because it is unnecessary and mainly because of the damage they cause to the human body.
We will write a more detailed justification of the previous paragraph in a separate article soon that points to the scientific evidence that so clearly supports our contentions.
You will also see some places with 1, 2 or 3 ‘hearts’ that look like this: ♥
These places are the ones that we like going to the most and go to the most often (relatively speaking). Thus, Tom McHugo’s in Hobart scores three hearts even though, from the outside, it looks like a regular pub. However, once you sit and eat the food put together with skill using produce from local, organic farmers and try some of the organic drinks available such as the Two Metre Tall Sour Cherry Ale then we hope you will see why we bring such places to your attention through this site!