Taste gets Coastal focus


COASTAL stallholders at the Taste of Tasmania food festival aim to showcase the North-West at the event, Ashgrove marketing manager Anne Bennett said

This is the third year Ashgrove has been at Taste, along with about half a dozen North-West producers making the annual trek south during the peak tourist season.

Ashgrove has two stalls at the Taste this year: Their Funky Cow Bar on the lawns of Parliament House and a stall the Elizabeth Town dairy company also shares with Barringwood Vineyard and Spreyton Cider inside the wharf shed.

Since Taste opened on Sunday, Ashgrove has been serving up their well received cheese platters and running their ice-cream bar.

Ms Bennett said some of the new ice cream flavours at the Funky Cow include: Tasmanian green apple, honey, cherry and chocolate, and apple rhubarb.

The idea this year was to celebrate Ashgrove’s fresh milk, as well as the cheeses, she said.

“We’ve been creative with our tastes like our creamy bubblegum milk topped with vanilla bean ice cream.”

At the Funky Cow, four fibreglass cows are displayed where kids put their heads inside a farmer cut-out to have photos taken.

“Everything is about celebrating kids, families and our community. We love bringing a little bit of Ashgrove and the North-West Coast down to Hobart,” Ms Bennett said.

“It’s not just selling good food but also branding the North West Coast and the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.”

Ashgrove’s cheese and dip boxes with three award-winning cheeses, two gold medal butters and a spicy capsicum dip are being served up to Taste patrons with a fresh baguette.

Another creation has been their easy to carry bamboo cones, which hold five different flavours of Ashgrove cheeses, served with pretzels and crostini.

At the Funky Cow, Ashgrove has a dish on the menu of grilled haloumi with 41 Degrees South Ginseng Spice.

Teaming up with fellow North-West producers Barringwood Vineyard and Spreyton Cider made sense to Ashgrove.

Other Coastal stalls at Taste include: Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm, Seven Sheds Brewery, Mt Gnomon, Cable Station and first-timers Red Cow Dairy.

Taste of Tasmania continues until January 3.

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