Between leaving the Spirit of Tasmania behind in Devonport and arriving at our accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Chateau, the two of us spent some time driving down the Bass Highway to check out some of Tasmania’s best food.
On a short stretch of road in the heart of Tasmania’s dairy and cropping region we discovered five businesses offering a range of products from cheese to chocolate to fresh fruit and even cider!
If you’re planning a Tasmanian road trip, these are all worth a quick visit.
Ashgrove Cheese Shop
6173 Bass Highway, Elizabeth Town
The Ashgrove Cheese Shop offers a true Tasmanian gourmet food experience with information, tastings, gourmet food, wine, beer and a licensed café.
We made a brief stop here and tried the various award-winning cheeses they had on offer, most of them delicious. Our favourite was the Ashgrove Bush Pepper, a cheese infused with native pepper berries to create a spicy flavour… yum!
Also don’t miss the brightly painted life-size statues of cows at Ashgrove, these were very cool. You might be able to spot one or two of them in the photo above!
Anvers Chocolate Factory
9025 Bass Highway, Latrobe
The “House of Anvers” is a real chocolate taste sensation. Anvers has viewing windows installed for visitors to see the factory in action.
Unfortunately the factory wasn’t in operation when we visited so we headed straight for the Chocolate Tasting Centre to see what free samples they had on offer. We were delighted to discover there were many – chocolate fudge, butterscotch fudge, cappuccino fudge and even some hazelnut truffles.
Cheese first and now chocolate, it doesn’t get much better than this!
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm & Café
9 Christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm café is open 7 days per week all year from 7am to 5pm, and they sell raspberries and raspberry products from their shop during the raspberry season from mid December to Mother’s Day in May.
We had a delicious breakfast here where most things on the menu had a raspberry flavour. Amy enjoyed the Sweet Potato & Potato Hash Brown Waffles while Kieron demolished the Morning Spirit which consisted of poached eggs, tomato, mushrooms and wilted spinach drizzled with raspberry hollandaise.
There was also a Raspberry Chocolate French Toast on the menu – one that we’ll save for next time we visit Tasmania!
We can highly recommend the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm café as your first stop for breakfast and coffee after leaving the Spirit of Tasmania.
Spreyton Cider Co
6 Melrose Road, Spreyton
Spreyton Cider Co is the latest venture from Spreyton Fresh, the home of the finest Fresh Apple Juice since 1998. Spreyton ciders are made from 100% Tasmanian apples and pears, with the majority grown on their own orchards in the picturesque Mersey Valley.
Spreyton Cider Co was one stop we were especially looking forward to. Some of the best apple juice in the world comes from Tassie so we couldn’t wait to see what the ciders were like.
We loved having the opportunity to try the five different cider varieties – Kieron’s favourite was the Vintage, the driest cider on offer. Amy loved the Classic which was in between sweet and dry, made of pink lady apples and sundowner apples.
Both of these ciders won bronze at Melbourne Fine Food Awards and the Australian Cider Awards – give them a try if you can find them!
The Cherry Shed
243 Gilbert St, Latrobe
Every product sold in The Cherry Shed is produced from their own fruit and is processed on site, products include fresh cherries, cherry ice-cream, port, liqueur, wines, jam, pickles, chutney, relish, sauces and much more.
We didn’t try any of the products at The Cherry Shed as it wasn’t quite cherry season but from what we saw here, it’s a safe bet to say that they would be fantastic.
Tasmanian cherries are known as some of the best in the world so it’s another thing we’ll add to our to-do list for next time – visit during cherry season (mid-December to late February) and enjoy some of these tasty treats!