Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
Trip End Oct 31, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Friday, January 8, 2010


 We have not eaten out that much in our time in Dover but have enjoyed good food and wine nonetheless.

The Dover IGA store and Grocer are expensive and their produce limited, so we do most of our food shopping in Kingston just south of Hobart. The local "Gingerbread Bakery/Coffee Shop" serves lovely treats and we enjoyed their stollen for Christmas, along with Kath's mum’s superb Christmas pudding posted to Dover from Adelaide and a purchased panettone- no shortage of sweets for the festive season.. They also bake really good bread

Cherry season was in full swing and it is easy to buy these beauties roadside. Raspberries are cheap, fresh and delicious. We have delicious blackberries growing in the back yard. There are trees full of developing apples but it will be another two months before the early ones would be edible. Isn’t Tasmania called “The Apple Isle”?

For seafood we walked to the nearby Van Diemen’s Seafood Factory and twice bought freshly caught crayfish; it was expensive but tasty and luxurious.

When Patrick was with us, we bought the creatures alive and drowned them inadvertently in the laundry sink; the other purchase was newly dead and almost frozen.

We appreciated the tour of the establishment and witnessed the crayfish processing and Dave told us the catches would all go to China; we watched a woman preparing oysters from her farm for a party that night. 

We later found our own oysters on rocks nearby and with a little lemon squeezed on top, the effort in shucking and cleaning them was well worth it. The scallops we bought from VD Seafood were yummy, simply steamed with a light ginger, soy, lemon dressing. We always pronounced “scAllops” but people here corrected us with “scOllops”.

The coast around Dover is scattered with mussel covered rocks but we have not tried these delicacies yet, and nor did we get to taste the famous abalone caught around here.

A trip to Grandvewe Cheeses at Woodridge, led us to tasting delicious cheeses made from both sheep and goats milk but the prices were extravagant so we just looked around and appreciated the enterprise and surroundings. There is a vineyard on site but our travelling budget did not allow for $25 wines; we remain loyal to Get Wines Direct online who are able to transport our purchases to any address and this way we can keep our price per bottle to a minimum and the standard of wine to a maximum.

We were thrilled to get to “The Taste Festival” held on Hobart’s waterfront each year and sampled food, wine and local entertainment for a few hours.
We were not able to witness the arrival of the Sydney to Hobart yachts due at 9pm as we had an hour’s drive home on a tight winding road. We tried tempura shitake mushrooms and loved the idea of purchasing a wine glass for $6 and then passing the glass to the different wineries for tasting; we commented that you could drink enough this way without spending more than the $6!!!!!

We walked around the Salamanca area and checked out some lovely cottages tucked away behind the shops. Hobart is a very attractive city and has many lovely old buildings.

We know that Tasmania is a food and wine paradise so we have a lot of treats ahead of us.
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