old friends and new, picking cooking eating … a farm to feast experience.
2018 brings our 10th Long Table and we are excited to be joined again by the team from Pure South Dining. We hope you will join us and enjoy the wonderful friendships, hospitality and delicious produce King Island has to offer.
Pick it, Cook it, Eat it …
The King Island Long Table Festival grew from a very special wedding in 2003.
A local lad married his bride, with friends travelling from interstate and overseas. Many of the guests were strangers to each other. Led by their hosts they worked together helping each other to prepare for a wonderful wedding. They gathered ingredients and made preparations together. A shared camaraderie prevailed, bonds were forged and strangers became friends.
Several years passed and in 2008, our bride and groom, Cynthia and Paul Daniel reminisced about this special day with Melbourne chef Lucinda MacDougal. It was then that the seed for a King Island Long Table Festival was planted.
The first Long Table Festival was held in 2009 and lead by Lucinda, catering for a small group of family and friends. Since then, Long Table has developed into a three-day event and draws visitors from all over Australia and the world.
The Long Table Festival is run by a small team of local volunteers in conjunction with visiting chefs to display the best of local and Tasmanian produce. Past chefs include talents Stephen Russell and Nicholas Cooper, Melbourne’s Pure South Dining and Tasmania’s Bay of Fires Bush Retreats own Thomas Dicker.
“After returning home I have reflected on my King Island experience and wow what an experience it was! We ate, talked and laughed with so many new and interesting people. You and your team should be congratulated on such an amazing event.”
I’ve been telling people about it non stop since we got back to NZ. This experience was everything I really hoped it would be. The programme itself was great but the big thing was how the whole island is behind this. Lovely people, quality producers, great food, brilliant accommodation – what more could you want? Would love to come back. The event was very good value for money too.