How would you like to WIN a free lunch at the Raspberry Farm Cafe? Actually, “win” is probably not the right word, but now that I have your attention, read on!

Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail - Raspberry Farm Cafe
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Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail: Raspberry Farm Cafe

Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Photos by Dan Fellow

We all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch, don’t we? But the good folks at the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe are willing to shout you lunch in return for a small favour. If you suggest a food or beverage producer from the north west coast region, who goes on to become a member of the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail… they will treat you to a meal as a reward.

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Tasting experience: Cradle to Coast region

The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is a brand new initiative designed to encourage people to visit food producers in north west Tasmania. The organising committee has so far launched a Facebook page, and this is what they’re all about…

With rich soils and reliable rainfall, north western Tasmania is the perfect location for creating premium quality gourmet food and beverages. The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail takes you on a self guided journey to some of Tasmania’s finest producers to taste and experience an exciting epicurean adventure. Taste, explore and take pleasure in the experience that this region has to offer.

Eat & Drink: North West Coast Tasmania

So the free lunch deal sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? A delicious meal, just for suggesting a new member for the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. Of course, conditions apply. The producer you suggest has to be accepted, remember! While the Facebook page is the only live contact point at the moment (and where you’ll find details of the free lunch offer) a phone app is being developed and a mobile-friendly website will be launched in early November.

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Tasmania: well known for fresh food

To give you some idea of the type of producer they’d like to see involved, a steering committee has been formed with delegates from these businesses…

Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail: Ashgrove Cheese
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Ashgrove Cheese: Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

Producers are invited to apply for membership to the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, with a tier structure in place to cater for different circumstances. The requirements for membership include set opening hours, a retail outlet with on site tastings, geographical location and the big one… the business has to grow, produce, manufacture or value-add to substantially local products. Well that makes sense! Tourism accreditation and the website of the business also come into the equation, but if you’re keen to join, you can read all the details here…

Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail - Fresh Apples
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Tasmanian tourists pick fresh apples

Give Your Free Lunch to Me!

So if YOU join the the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail after reading this article, tell them I sent you, yes? I’d be more than happy to take up the free lunch offer with Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe. A wrap with marinated lamb; or maybe the sticky pork belly…  yum! Go ahead and join up now.

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House of Anvers: Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

For more information about the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, follow them on Facebook or phone (03) 6431 6285. And of course, add the trail to your list of things to do in Tasmania.  When their first map is printed, you’ll be ready to hit the ground running and visit all these fabulous food destinations to experience some of the deliciousness of the north west coast.

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Map: Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail Free Lunch…

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