Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm was established in 1984.  In the very beginning, raspberries and picnic foods were sold from a roadside kiosk at the farm gate. In 1985, the Cafe was built and has undergone continual improvements since then. They now have a heated garden room providing a la carte dining for 100 customers.  There’s also an extra 40 seats at the alfresco picnic dining tables overlooking a picturesque lakeside setting.

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The beautiful lakeside setting of the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe

Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe News

Produce Photos by Dan Fellow

The Christmas Hills farm cafe is open from 7am every day, offering country style breakfasts as well as many raspberry options. Their extensive menu is available for viewing online.  Needless to say, all raspberry cravings are catered for.  New head chef Michael Lambert from Happy Valley in Queensland is always refining new ideas.

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Christmas Hills: developing new products for the Tasmanian raspberry market

Currently the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm is undergoing a renovation, including a new kitchen, shop area and a more spacious dining area. They have also recently purchased a 12x6m marquee to cater for functions.

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A la carte dining in the comfort and warmth of the Raspberry Farm Cafe

New Ways to Use Raspberry Flavours

At the farm cafe, the Christmas Hills team are always developing new raspberry based product lines. Their latest additions include a raspberry and peach relish; and a raspberry and apple fruit paste.  While the new recipes are still being perfected, the products remain in-house and not for sale to the general public.  The relish and paste have been incorporated into the menu at the cafe though, for customers wanting an advance taste test.

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Raspberries from Christmas Hills are combined with other fruits to make new products

We love to see networking between Tasmanian businesses here at Think Tasmania.  So we’re really impressed that Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm are working together with other food producers in the region, looking at unique ways their raspberries can be used. There’s Razzamatazz Raspberry, a beer brewed by Willie Simpson at Seven Sheds Meadery and Brewery; and freeze-dried apple infused with raspberry by Forager Foods.  And that’s just for starters.

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Other local producers use raspberries from Christmas Hills in their products

Blazing the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail

A new collaborative initiative is just about to be launched in the region between local producers.  The Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail is an exciting venture that encourages locals and tourists to navigate and plan a foodie experience of their own.  We think it sounds really exciting, and we’ve published another article giving you more information about the project.

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New and exciting: Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail, a foodie foraging experience

From Fresh Berries to Raspberries Dipped in Chocolate

The farm café is open seven days per week all year from 7am to 5pm.  They sell raspberries from their shop during the raspberry season, which runs from early December to Mother’s Day in May.  Fresh sweet strawberries are available now. They also sell decadent and delicious raspberry products including chocolate dipped raspberries and rich creamy raspberry ice cream.  They are 30 minutes from the Spirit of Tasmania terminal or 45 minutes from the Launceston airport.

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An all time favourite… sweet, fresh strawberries sold from the farm cafe

For more information, visit the Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm website; contact them by email or phone (03) 6362 2186.  You can also follow the Raspberry Farm Cafe on Facebook.  And if you “like” them on Facebook before the end of August,  you’ll receive a packet of chocolate raspberries!!  Conditions apply.  One of the conditions is that you have to share the choccies with us.  Okay, so we made that last bit up.  It was worth a try!!

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Visit Christmas Hills Farm Cafe soon to receive their Facebook deal ~ raspberry chocolates

Thanks to Lorraine McNeair for her ground-work on this article, and for communicating with her former colleague & current farm cafe manager, Lindi Dornauf.

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