'World's best produce' to be savoured

AWARD-WINNING chefs from Australia and around the world will head to the state next month to combine Tasmania's premium produce and beverages to create a global culinary experience.

Savour Tasmania has returned for its sixth year, and will run in venues around Hobart from May 21 to 25.

The five-day festival aims to attract food lovers from around the state to come and enjoy Tasmanian produce, from wasabi to oysters.

Melbourne chef Daniel Wilson, known as the ``Pork Star'' will feature at the festival, and said he used Tasmanian produce regularly at his restaurant Huxtable, but it was his first time in the state. 

``Tasmania's produce really is the world's best produce,'' Mr Wilson said.

Tourism Minister Will Hodgman made his debut in the new role yesterday to launch the festival.

``It's a wonderful chance for us to showcase so much of what is special about this state,'' Mr Hodgman said.

The government has committed $215,000 to the event.

``It reaps benefits that go way beyond that,'' Mr Hodgman said.

``The festival engages Tasmanians to understand in just how many respects we are literally world class,'' he said.

Festival events include a cocktail party featuring a whole roasted pig, a five-course Asian dinner by international award-winning chef Will Meyrick, a food and cider night using ``forgotten'' produce, and a red wine weekend showcasing the best of Tasmanian wines.

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