It was a crisp Spring morning when we left Hobart to take the 40-minute drive to the town of Lachlan in the Derwent River Valley. Sometimes while on the road, I like to check the temperature app to see how the weather is fairing in New York. With some relish, I saw it was a steaming hot September evening. I rolled down the window and let Southern Tasmania’s fresh sea breeze blow in.
We were on our way to visit with chef and author and Rodney Dunn and his wife/partner Severine to tour The Agrarian Kitchen, the cooking school they started ten years ago. It is located in a beautiful 129-year-old school house on a bit of fertile farmland for which the Derwent Valley is renowned.
The first colonial settlers arrived in the Derwent Valley soon after Europeans showed up in Tasmania, around 1803. The main town of New Norfolk was established a few years later when several hundred settlers from remote Norfolk Island relocated in 1807.