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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Salamanca Market, Hobart

Oatmeal cream pie cookies by Bury Me Standing Coffee Co at the Salamanca Market in Hobart

Over 300 stalls line Salamanca Place, the home of Hobart's famous Salamanca Market. Think Eveleigh Markets combined with The Rocks Market and you'll get some idea of the broad mix of fresh produce, food purveyors and arts and crafts on offer. You won't be alone if you visit. Salamanca Market is Tasmania's most popular tourist destination with 25,000 - 40,000 visitors every Saturday.

We spent over an hour browsing the stalls during our recent trip to Tasmania. Arrive by 9.30am if you prefer a quieter meander. By 11am expect the streets to be heaving with hordes of tourists.

Market stalls and crowds at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Salamanca Market stalls and crowds

Herbal bitters by Provenance Growers at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
I Can't Believe It's Not Bitters by Provenance Growers

Make sure you visit the stall by Provenance Growers. Horticulturalist Paulette Whitney supplies vegetables, herbs and edible flowers to Tasmania's leading restaurants. You'll find unusual and long forgotten edibles like pink fir potatoes, climbing butter beans, potato onions and tomatillo.

I took home a bottle of their homemade bitters that has become so strangely addictive. For a tantalising stream of their incredible produce, you can follow Paulette on Instagram.

Pink fir potatoes by Provenance Growers at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Pink fir potatoes by Provenance Growers

Tomatillo by Provenance Growers at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Tomatillo by Provenance Growers

Freshly shucked oysters at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Squeezing lemon juice onto freshly shucked oysters 

If oysters are your weakness, you can breakfast on freshly shucked Bruny Island oysters squeezed over with lemon.

Six year old Grande freshly shucked oyster at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Six year old Grande oyster $6

This monster oyster was six years old. They usually only have a handful available each Saturday.

Smiths scallop pie stall at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Tasmania's famous scallop pie by Smiths Specialty Pies

I'd harboured a fascination with scallop pies ever since I'd read about this Tasmanian specialty. Scallops in a pie? With curry? I had to hunt one down.

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Curried scallop pie $8

Smiths are one of Hobart's more well-known suppliers of the traditional scallop pie. It's a standard meat pie pastry shell but inside it's scallop territory, with bright orange roe attached (hurrah). The curry flavour isn't overwhelming, but it's enough to override the subtle sweetness of the scallop. The curry gravy is thick and languid - we ate this on a 28C summer's day but I can imagine this might just be the thing you'll looking for in winter to keep the chill of those arctic winds at bay.

Olibollen Dutch fruit doughnut at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Olibollen Dutch fruit doughnut

There's no shortage of food options. The olibollen wins for cutest name to roll of your tongue. This Dutch fruit doughnut was pretty tasty too, like a hot cross bun in doughnut form.

Bury Me Standing Coffee Co bagel stand at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Bury Me Standing bagels

There's plenty to see, taste and buy. Here's a mini photo tour of that things that caught my eye.

Everything bagels by Bury Me Standing Coffee Co at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Everything Bagels by Bury Me Standing

Oatmeal cream pie cookies by Bury Me Standing Coffee Co at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Oatmeal cream pie cookies by Bury Me Standing

Wallaby burritos by Pacha Mama at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Wallaby burritos on offer from Pacha Mama

Bunches of radishes at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Fresh radishes

Rainbow carrots at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Rainbow heirloom carrots

The Olde Spikey Bridge peanut butter at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
The Olde Spikey Bridge peanut butter

Tasmanian jams and honeys at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Tasmanian mustards and jams

Coal River Farm triple cream brie at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Coal River Farm triple cream brie

Tasmanian leatherwood honey at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Tasmanian leatherwood honey

Tasmanian purple garlic at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Tasmanian purple garlic

Federation artisan chocolate at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Federation artisan chocolate

Fox print shoulder bags at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Fox print shoulder bags

Polymer clay bead necklaces at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Polymer clay bead necklaces

Skeins of yarn at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Skeins of yarn

Vintage sporks at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Vintage sporks

Vintage silverware at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Vintage silverware

Tasmanian cherries at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Tasmanian cherries

Paper cups of Tasmanian cherries at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Punnets of Tasmanian cherries

Sausages and onions on the grill at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Sausages and onions on the grill

McHenry barrel aged gin at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
McHenry barrel aged gin

Huon pine boards and platters at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Huon pine boards and platters

Dahlia flowers at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Dahlias

Tasmanian apples at the Salamanca Market in Hobart
Tasmanian apples


Salamanca Market
Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania

Open every Saturday 8.30am-3pm except in extreme weather or if the market falls on Christmas day or Anzac Day


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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 2/21/2017 02:01:00 am


6 Comments:

  • At 2/22/2017 9:52 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    ahahaha I love the name of those bitters

     
  • At 2/24/2017 12:03 am, Anonymous John | heneedsfood said…

    This is a market I've always wanted to visit, so I'm a little envious over here. So much goodness!

     
  • At 2/24/2017 8:57 pm, Blogger irene said…

    This place looks like a heaven to me!

     
  • At 2/27/2017 9:26 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    Oh I love Salamanca market, and your photos are so beautiful! PS I've had that Olde Spikey Bridge peanut butter before ( a friend brought it back from holiday for me) and it's SO good!

     
  • At 2/28/2017 9:35 pm, Anonymous Cindy (a foodie's joy) said…

    Reading your post reminds me of the great time I had at Salamanca markets. It was my first morning of the food tour and I was just so excited to be checking out the great produce and Tassie wares. Unfortunately I missed out on the scallop pie. Next time! :)

     
  • At 3/14/2017 9:05 pm, Anonymous Berny @ I Only Eat Desserts said…

    The produce looks amazing here!! I'm actually drooling at the vintage cutlery (as a prop hoarder would hehe :P)

     

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