Every city has its own market. The bigger city like Sydney and Melbourne has more than one; such as, The Rock Market, Paddy’s Market, Flemington Market in Sydney and Victoria Market in Melbourne, just to name a few. I love market and the best market is the one that sells locally produced products. Unfortunately, in this modern age, we are so used to the comfort of indoor shopping and market that where the produce comes from is a secondary matter. Everything is pre-packed. I am fortunate enough to grow up in Penang, Malaysia (which is my birthplace) and at a young age followed my mum to a local “wet market” (only 3 minutes walk from my family home) to understand the importance of where we get our food on to the table.
In Hobart, which is the second oldest historical city (after Sydney) has, in my opinion, one of the best markets in Australia. Oh, yes you will probably disagree with me as I live in Tasmania now (after living in Sydney for 10 years). But, every tourist that has visited Hobart and the Salamanca Market has always say the same thing. The difference with the Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania is that almost all the stalls sell locally produced products, ranging from specially blended tea, fudge, cheese, jam, organic vegetables, locally farmed Asian greens, olive oils, honey, and many more. Unfortunately, lately there are a few stalls sprouting up in the market selling non-Tasmanian product. I hope this trend does not continue.
St David’s Park Entrance
Salamanca Market is located in Salamanca Place, Hobart. It is open every Saturday from 8:30am to 3:00pm. You can start at the top end of Davey Street, next to the historic St David’s Park and walk your way down to the bottom end, which finishes near the Kelly ‘s Step. Kelly’s Step was built in 1839 by the adventurer James Kelly to connect Salamanca Place with Battery Point.
Silver Hill Bratwhurst
I love Silver Hill Bratwhurst German sausages. It is full of flavour and spices. Locally produced in Cygnet, in a beautiful part of the Huon Valley. Whenever I visit the market, I will grab the Pork Bratwhurst sausage and stand among the crowd listening to a street live band (usually folk).
Hmong Vegetable Market
A section of the market is dedicated to the Hmong community with stalls selling organically grown vegetables. This is one of my favourite sections of the market, as I so dearly missed shopping at the fresh fruit and vegetable market in Sydney Chinatown. At the Hmong stall I can find good, fresh Asian greens.
Bruny Island Cheese
Bruny Island Cheese is locally produced in Bruny Island, which is an island south of Tasmania. A hop away on a car-passenger ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island. The company is owned and operated by Nick Haddow, who is recently chosen to represent Australia, along with guru/raconteur Richard Thomas, at this years Caseus Awards in Lyon, France.
The cheese that I have tried at the stall today is called “Saint”. It is make from Cow’s milk. As I sampled a small piece of the product, it just melted and oozes in my mouth. It is soft, creamy and very smooth at the same time. It is not so pungent which is how I like my cheese. I couldn’t resist the “Saint” that I have bought a piece to take home. I am thinking maybe serve on top of a zucchini and tarragon pancake for tomorrow morning breakfast. Yum!
I sampled a piece of 1792 as well. It was named after the year the French first set foot on Tasmanian soil and the reason is that this cheese is very French. It is very pungent (not for me) and is matured on aromatic Huon Pine boards.
My all time favourite is OEN. Unfortunately they didn’t have it at the stall this morning. It is a true labour of love, a washed rind, cow’s milk cheese, washed in Pinot Noir before being wrapped in vine leaves to be carefully matured.
The Salamanca Market is not just about fresh local produced products, but also Tasmanian finest art and craft, ranging from Tasmanian wood products to knitted wear, and fresh cut flowers to potted plants, and last but not least an organic bread stall that sells the most beautiful organic range of bread freshly make each morning for the market. Unfortunately I was too late and they were all sold out and nothing for me to buy or take a photo to post on this weekend.
So if you are living in Tasmania or visiting Tasmania, you have to include the Salamanca Market in your itinerary of “Top Ten Must Do Before You Leave Tasmania”! Happy Shopping and Feasting.
By the way, if you have your own favourite local market, please do share with us on this post. Tell us why it is your favourite and where it is located. Thanks.