The Share Plate Guide to... Cradle Coast Farmgates
Family adventure days don't get better than exploring a farm-gate. The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail has a bunch of locations that will fill you to the brim with the berry best snacks.
Linking almost 50 producers, farm gates, retailers and foodie experiences from the state’s north-west to create a tour like no other, the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is a unique food experience. There are great itineraries along the Tasting Trail, such as the Are We There Yet route. This route is all about the fam-bam - it isn't too far, and the stops will satisfy both you and the kids, leaving you with full bellies all round. We’ve picked out some highlights for amazing spots to eat while you’re travelling through the Trail!
Turners Beach Berry Patch
These guys thought of everything. Not only can you get delicious berry-based items at every turn, they are famous for - wait for it - their great wood-fired-oven pizzas.
In season they'll let you pick your own berries (one for you, one for the basket, right?) and if that's not enough for the little ones, there's a sandpit, hay maze, gumboot throwing and sack races! The seasonally focused menu in the café hits all the right spots - and they're licensed. Did we forget anything?
- The buttermilk pancakes topped with a mixed berry compote are amazing. Oh, and you should absolutely try one of their famously good pizzas.
Visit at Blackburn Dr, Turners Beach.
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, Elizabeth Town
Just off the Bass Highway smack bang between Launceston and Devonport, Christmas Hills has built a reputation around indulgence. Whether pairing a raspberry dish to a local Tasmania wine or sparkling, or combining the two into a raspberry-based unique cocktail, their in-house motto of 'Life the way it should taste' certainly resonates. With a kids play area outside, a treasure hunt complete with map on arrival, fuzzy alpacas and the Farm Shop offering free chocolate-covered raspberry tastings, it's easy to spend more time than you bargained for, wandering and lazily eating by the lakeside.
- We liked it simple, with scones, fresh triple cream (drool) and raspberries. Plus when you order a tea, the pot comes covered in a raspberry tea cosy - cute!
Visit at 9 Christmas Hills Rd, Elizabeth Town.
The Cherry Shed, Latrobe
Only ten minutes from Devonport, The Cherry Shed offers a really wide range of products to purchase in addition to a cute café that serves up delicious food. You name it, they've made it with cherries - sauces, relishes, liqueurs, jams, chutneys, teas, vinaigrettes, moisturising creams and body butters! The garden is great for kids to wander, and the seasonal menu in the café heroes both the cherries and produce from the surrounding area.
- Our tip for the kiddies - they'll love the ice cream!
Visit at 243 Gilbert St, Latrobe.
The Beehive, Honey Tasmania, Exeter
Rebecca and Tristan Campbell of Honey Tasmania have built a honey-honed mecca in Exeter - after multiple retail outlets around the Tamar Valley and their ever popular stall at Launceston Harvest Market, they now run the Beehive: a centre for bees, a retail store, and a honey experience all in one. Learn with tours of the honey extraction factory or the bee-friendly gardens, pick up some honey beauty products, pure beeswax candles for your home, or fall down the hole of their varieties on sale - including floral, flavoured and pure products - each uniquely representing a small slice of Tasmania.
- The Bush Honey, with it's ever so slight tang, is great
- The Prickly Box Honey, with a bit of butterscotch to it, is a total sweet treat
Visit at 124 Main Rd, Exeter.
See more of our favourites inside our Northern Tasmania issue, covering from Stanley in the northwest to the Bay of Fires in the east, through Burnie, Devonport and Launceston. We've jam packed 116 pages to bring you stories of our favourite eateries, farms, producers, wine, beer, spirits and social enterprises! Purchase here:
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