A NEW event by the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is set to spotlight the local farmers, growers and makers of Tasmania's North West.
TrailGraze will see local producers open their doors for a weekend of workshops, behind the scenes tours, tastings, live music and food conceptualised by some of Tasmania's and Australia's best chefs.
Running on the weekend of April 23 - 24, the event will feature more than 20 producers, whose offerings range from wine, cider, craft beer and spirits, gourmet foods, fruit, vegetables, nuts, meat and seafood.
An annual event, TrailGraze is free to attend, however attendees will be required to register ahead of the weekend.
Eight of Tasmania's and Australia's best chefs have spent the past few months exploring the North West region, discovering produce and the people behind it along the way.
At the end of their trip, chefs come up with a series of recipes that highlight the produce and these recipes are showcased at producer locations across the event weekend encouraging people to "graze" the trail.
The participating chef lineup includes Analiese Gregory (Huon Valley, SBS), Kobi Ruzicka (Dier Makr and Lucinda), Massimo Mele (Peppina and Grain of the Silos), Alex Prichard (Icebergs Dining), Craig Will (Stillwater), Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai), Luke Burgess (Seven and a Half) and Clayton Wells (Automata).
"TrailGraze is a road trip like no other, visiting the producers and seeing their connections with the places is pretty exceptional. I think TrailGraze is a new direction for what a food festival can look like," Kobi Ruzicka said.
TrailGraze is born of the popular Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, a self-guided touring experience in Tasmania's North and North West that showcases the diversity of the region's premium produce and the personalities behind it.
Some of the producers involved include:
The Tasting Trail committee has collaborated with producers and tourism operators to create a cohesive touring experience, enabling visitors to engage deeply with the region's extraordinary agriculture.
The interactive online map and recommended itineraries give visitors a starting point to explore the region.
"Tasmania is the food bowl of Australia and I feel incredibly proud of the major role the north-west plays in feeding the rest of the country," CEO of West By North West regional tourism and committee member of the Tasting Trail Tom Wootton said.
"This is an opportunity for visitors to come and try some of the best produce on the planet set against the backdrop of this stunning corner of Tasmania."
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