Produce of King Island
If Tasmania aspires to be the ‘food basket’ for Australia then King Island is already the epicurean delicatessen for the Pacific region and beyond. Top restaurants in Australia, Hong Kong, China, Spain and London seek out King Island’s produce, safe in the knowledge that the island’s producers have a hard-earned reputation for producing some of the tastiest and freshest food around. While many local restaurants and cafes take great pride in serving local dishes, many foodies love to source what they need locally and prepare it themselves. Of course, King Island’s produce tastes best when it is in season so not all products are available throughout the year.
The Long Table Festival is held annually and celebrates the diversity of food available. The preparation and consumption of this degustation type feast takes place over several days and features local beef, lamb, vegetables, rock lobster, cheese, oysters, octopus and even mutton birds all of which are dressed, adorned and flavoured with local honey, herbs, cream and garlic. If you can’t make it for this gourmet weekend, don’t worry, much of this produce is available locally and you can pick-up hints and tips on preparation from some of the friendly locals. Maybe Sean in the butchers can recommend the best cuts of meat or Donna can tell you how to make your Crayfish taste as sweet and fresh as possible. Paul and Cynthia of Camp Creek Gardens are always happy to recommend the best way to prepare their extraordinary and beloved vegetables.
But no one wants to stay indoors cooking all day on King Island which is why we recommend ordering a hamper featuring many of the delicacies mentioned above from Foodworks. Give them 24 hours notice and they’ll rustle up a lunch allowing you take a well-earned rest from your labours and more time to concentrate on watching the waves roll by.
King Island Distillery
Made on King Island, Heidi handcrafts Spirits in her Pot Stills called ‘Copper Angels’ at 40 Degrees South in Tasmania’s Northernmost Distillery. Our goal, is for you experience the discovery of your next drink of choice with King Island Distillery Spirits. Boutique batches of Native Gin, Ruby Vodka, 40°S Vodka and Distillery Choice Single Malt Whisky, all ready to be enjoyed now.
Name: Heidi Weitjens
Address: PO Box 177, Currie TAS 7256
Phone number: 0488 CHEERS | 0488 24 33 77
King Island Garlic
My specialty is providing the home garlic gardener with a range of interesting and unusual garlic varieties to plant, grow and store for a supply of fresh garlic all year.
I offer a selection of cultivars which I have gathered over two decades from Tasmania’s rich cultural heritage of migrant heirlooms and industry trials.
My garlic is grown under the clear sky and fresh air of King Island, Bass Strait,Tasmania, in the path of the Roaring 40’s, using NO pesticide or herbicide, NO fumigant or GMO
Contact: Carmen and James
Telephone: 0409 181 806
King Island Bakehouse
King Island’s legendary bakery is the home of the Crayfish pie. If you haven’t had one yet, treat yourself.
Monday to Friday 5:30am to 5pm, Saturday to Sunday 7am to 3pm.
Telephone: 03 6462 1337
King Island Dairy- Cheese Store
This the the cheese store located at the King Island Dairy. Loved by locals and visitors it is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 11am to 4:30pm – Visitors can get an individual complimentary tasting plate of a selection of our cheeses. We ask that groups of eight or more wanting a cheese tasting book in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the store on 03 6462 0947 during opening hours. Contactless payment by EFTPOS/credit card is preferred. We will also be offering our cheese platter, baked brie and drinks menu.
Email Enquiries: email@example.com
Meat Your Beef – King Island Farm Tours
From the farm tour to a paddock to plate experience.
This Beef cattle property that produces King Island Beef opens themselves up for people to visit and see behind the scenes. But don’t just stop at the tour, get a full paddock to plate experience here and have some local beef cooked by this beef producer too.
Address: 3470 North Road Loorana
Mobile: 0427 118 903 Ana
King Island Seafoods
Want to know where your seafood comes from? You can take a walk down to the Currie Wharf and see the fishing boats there. These boats and fishers are the King Island Seafood industry. Much of their produce is shipped across the world as premium produce. If you are wanting to order crayfish or oysters in bulk, the people to speak to are King Island Seafoods.
Mobile: Max – 0428 352 112 or Donna – 0428 621 774
King Island Cloud Juice
Small batch rain water, bottled for your enjoyment. 9,750 drops of pure rainwater in every bottle.
Our home, King Island, has some of the cleanest air in the world. Thanks to the strong westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties, it rains on average 180 days per year. The character of Cloud Juice changes with temperature, from sweetly refreshing when chilled, to an elegant velvet when served at room temperature.
Mobile: 0428 621 761
King Island Honey
King Island Lymwood Honey. This honey is produced from predominately clover pastures in the Pegarah and Lymwood areas and has that unique King Island flavour and quality. King Island Lymwood Honey is 100% pure and natural and the method of cold extraction used ensures that this honey will retain all the natural goodness and quality that only unprocessed food can give you.
Contact Sean via email for all sales
Are you still wanting more?
Here is a list of the places across King Island where you can experience King Island Produce
Crayfish – available cooked at the King Island Hotel, View Dining & Wild Harvest restaurant and Foodworks. Also available in a pie from the Bakehouse
Oysters – available at the King Island Hotel, View Dining, Wild Harvest restaurant and Foodworks.
Beef – available cooked at the King Island Hotel, Wild Harvest restaurant, King Island Club, View Dining and at the Meat your beef paddock to plate experience. You can also buy it to cook yourself from Foodworks, the King Island butcher and the IGA (Use one of the free bbqs available around the island).
Cheese – Free cheese tastings available at the Cheese store. Cheese is also available for purchase from the Cheese store and also from Foodworks and the IGA. Baked brie and cheese platters are often on the menu at The cheese store, View Dining, the King Island hotel and Wild Harvest restaurant.
Gin, Vodka & Whisky – available for tastings and purchase at the King Island Distillery. Also available for purchase in the King Island Hotel and the IGA
Bottled water -King Island Cloud Juice is available chilled at King Island Bakehouse, Elles Beef & Reef, Foodworks, IGA and most restaurants and cafes and also at the golf courses
Honey – Available for sale at King Island Butcher (when available).