Fuelling adventure

With less than a week before the Tasmanian Running Festival arrives in Launceston, we are reminded as the temperature drops, our activities and adventures do not stop.

The Tasmanian Running Festival caters for all age groups and abilities with three events: B&E Launceston Ten, The Running Edge Five and Give Me 5 For Kids Two. Festivities kick off on Saturday 17 June in City Park, offering food and beverages from local producers, live entertainment and a Kids Clinic, with main race day events taking place on Sunday.

The cold and frosty mornings are often followed by expansive blue skies and sunshine as the days progress, which are perfect for exploring our beautiful State. Within a few hours of the Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market you can be on a beach in the Bay of Fires or on the endless Great Lake. Take your pick from Cradle Mountain or Ben Lomond to see the snow and spectacular views. Long walks in the bush of our natural parks will really work up an appetite. Start your day the Harvest way with some of these delicious tips to warm your bones and nourish your soul.

Getting organised at this time of year can reward you with the most delicious delights. Coming home to the aromas of a soup or stew in the slow cooker is the ultimate way to end a day of adventure. Talk to our vegetable and meat farmers about the best cuts and interesting produce to cook slowly throughout the day.

When you are thinking of heading up the mountains for snow, skiing, climbing and walking, a warm breakfast is the perfect start to the day. Take oats from The Grain Family and turn them into porridge with Elgaar milk and cream, topped off with a generous drizzle of honey from Honey Tasmania.

If you like your oats a little later in the day, Modo Mio Naked have revived a British classic in the soft, chewy, delicious form of flapjacks. Perfect for morning or afternoon tea, they are the ideal wilderness snack, or pack some freeze dried blueberries from Three Peaks Organics for an instant energy kick.

Every Saturday we see our Park Run shoppers head to the market in various states of exhaustion and exhilaration, ready to do their weekly shop and pick up some treats. This weekend will be a little bit different for those who love to run as the Tasmanian Running Festival will be our neighbours for the weekend. Pop across to City Park to collect your race bibs and say hello to some of our Harvest friends in the Race Village. Avocado Moon will be there to offer their probiotic kombucha for healthy guts and hydrating refreshments. Little Rivers will have their selection of local ales from Scottsdale and Casa Paella will keep you well fed as you cheer on the runners.

For more information on the Tasmanian Running Festival or to enter one of the events, visit: www.tasmanianrunningfestival.com.au.