HOBART residents are encouraged to pay closer attention to their meal ingredients this month as the annual Tassievore Eat Local Challenge returns for its fourth year.
Held throughout the month of March, the challenge encourages Tasmanians to reconnect with their local food supply, while supporting Tasmanian growers and businesses.
“Choosing local produce and shopping at locally-owned businesses is great for the Tasmanian economy,” Sustainable Living Tasmania food program manager Lissa Villeneuve said.
“It also tastes better, is often more nutritious and can have a much smaller environmental footprint.”
In March, residents will be offered four weekly challenges, with prizes to be won for each.
These challenges include “Get Growing”, “Ask for Local”, “Find Your Food Story” and “Share”.
“We are asking Tasmanians to take the challenge – it can be as big or small of a commitment as you want,” Ms Villeneuve said.
“We just want people to try to do more than they are currently doing, whether that means planting a few herbs on the balcony, sharing a Tasmanian meal with friends or seeking out Tasmanian produce at your local shop.
“The quality and variety of produce we have available in Tasmania is amazing and some of the best in the world, so why wouldn’t you want to enjoy Tassie foods at every opportunity?”
Resources such as a local food directory and Tassievore recipes are available to assist people with the challenge.
While the challenge is focused on the month of March, organisers are encouraging people to “make every day a Tassievore day.”