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FAQs

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Frequently asked questions

What you need to know about Fat Pig Farm

Welcome! Bookings are now open for our weekly (and sometimes twice weekly) Feasts!

If you’d like to book on a date that is sold-out, contact Zara to add your name and number to the waiting list. 

We also have farm tours, summer cruises on the Huon River, workshops and other events for you.

See you soon!

Matthew, Sadie and everyone at Fat Pig Farm

When are you open?

Fat Pig Farm is a working family farm, and are only open on most weeks for Feasts and various workshops. Sadly, we’re not available for drop by visits.  We are very social and love welcoming guests when we can but we have a farm to run and need the time to run it.  So all visits to the farm need to be pre-booked (via our Restaurant or Workshops & Events pages).

What do I get when I book a Feast, workshop or other event?

What nature gifts us! But more seriously:

Our Feasts are an inclusive long lunch with a farm tour. Think of a long farmhouse table, multiple seasonal dishes from produce sourced on our farm and nearby, along with four tailored, matched alcoholic drinks to celebrate the meal. (We have a carefully selected list of Tasmanian beer, wine, cider and spirits, and additional alcoholic drinks will be available for an extra charge.) If you’re not drinking alcohol, or only some of the drinks, we will provide bespoke non-alcoholic drinks in their place. The meal is indeed a feast; it’s intended to be substantial, and most people don’t need dinner afterwards.

All workshops are farm based and include a tour of the garden, dairy and/or pigs as suits the class. For some workshops, we’ll have a leisurely feast at the end of teaching (or during the day for more intense workshops). Expect a table laden with farmhouse goodness, including what you’ve help make – but check the event page on the website for specific details for your workshop.

Can my friend/partner come to the lunch at the end of my cookery class or workshop?

Yes, they sure can, we’d love to have them! We have a spacious dining room that can accommodate plenty of friends and family and it’d be a pleasure to help show off what you’ve made. Lunch-only guests will have to book and pay at least a day ahead, however, and you can organise it by contacting zara@fatpig.farm

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

Please contact us if you need to cancel and we will do our best to fill your spot from the waiting list. If we are able to fill your spot, we will happily refund you. We would also encourage you to offer your place to a friend.

UPDATE: January 2022
If your cancellation is related to your concerns about COVID-19, we are able to keep your booking indefinitely or refund. If you feel any flu or cold-like symptoms, please follow the public health messages and self-isolate. Even if it’s on the morning of your visit to the farm, we would rather you stay safe, so just call and we will put your booking on hold or refund, as you wish. If your travel has been restricted by COVID-19, please give us a ring. 

Please see below if you would like more information about our COVID-safe plan.

Do you ever have family open days?

We live in a quiet neighbourhood and we are limited as to the number of people we can host on the farm. We host family farm days, generally in school holidays. Keep an eye on the website Workshops and Events page.

Where are you?

We’re about an hour south of Hobart in the Huon Valley, not far from Cygnet and Huonville. We will send you a full description of our location when you book

How do I get there?

Once you’ve made a booking, we will send you directions. If you’re staying in the Huon (see the next question for some lovely places to stay) many of the B&Bs can give you a lift to and from the restaurant. Check when you book.

There is also a taxi service from Huonville 0408 125 130 and, depending on reception, Uber, in Cygnet.

If you’re staying in Hobart your options are to rent a car, or rent a car and driver:

John from Chauffered Cars and Coaches 0418 122 512
Michael from Corporate Cars Tasmania 0419 661 554
Joe from Tassie Road Trips 0455 227 536
Hans from Daytripperz  0418 121 896
Kyle from Heart of Tasmania Tours
Redline can do groups of ten people and up.

Where can I stay?

There are heaps of lovely B&Bs throughout the Huon. Our neighbour Glen has a little cottage just a short walk up the road (type “Glaziers Bay Cottage into your search engine”). Longer walks are Jane and Phil’s lovely place, Bramley Hollow, Grace’s View, Huon Hideaway and The Roundhouses – Do check with your hosts when you book just how long (and sometimes steep) the walk is.

Ambience on the Huon is a five minute drive away. Let Cyndie know you’re coming to Fat Pig Farm when you book as she will be able to help organise transport for you. Other close places that are often happy to give you a lift (check when you book) are: Cloud River Farm in Petchey’s Bay (you can also contact them here), Silver Creek Farm in Cygnet, Hillside Bed & Breakfast or River Front Estate, both in Huonville. Beaupre Farm is on a beautiful peninsula a little further around the coast. They have a brilliant page on their website with lots of recommendations for a longer stay in the valley.

If you’d like to stay in Cygnet (and check out the fab cafes and art galleries – we highly recommend the community run Lovett Gallery and the twice a month Sunday market) then the folk at  The Cygnet Old Bank (right in the middle of the village) and the 2Cs will either give you a lift or help organise transport. A little further afield, Moon River is lovely and Mon is usually happy to give you a lift.  Check when you book.

If you’re looking for a luxurious weekend away,  The Coast House, on the water, is magnificent.  They are happy to help with transport. If you have 4 guests or less and are after an entire luxurious house, including a lift to the farm, try Villa Talia.

Do you cater for food allergies and dietary requirements?

While Bessie our Jersey cow doesn’t produce soy milk, we will try to cater for dietary requirements using what’s on hand. It’s most helpful if you let us know those requirements when you book, as we only have access to what our farm grows, or what we’ve garnered nearby, and late notice will limit our ability to cook a variety of food to suit your needs. Coeliacs and vegetarians can be readily catered for, but because of the nature of our farm and its temperate climate, vegans might be more of a struggle. If you have any queries at all, please contact hello@fatpig.farm.

Will Matthew Evans (the Gourmet Farmer), be there when I visit?

Matthew and Sadie run the farm as a family concern, but they can’t do everything. That’s why there’s a wonderful team of Fat Pigs that help to put together all the experiences, both on and off site. Matthew splits his time between farming, the kitchen, writing, media commitments and occasional days off with the family. A booking doesn’t guarantee that Matthew will be on site, but he does control the menus for the feasts, plans the workshops, and is very much a hands-on part of the farm.

Do you cater for private events?

We sure do. Individualised on and off farm events can be organised by Fat Pig. Contact Zara on 0432 082 631 or Zara@fatpig.farm

Can I book Matthew Evans for speaking engagements or corporate gigs interstate?

Yes, you sure can. Matthew can be booked through Speaking Out (www.speakingout.com.au) for speaking and cooking engagements.

Do you realise it’s a picture of garlic next to “Know Your Onions?”

Yes we do. We think it’s funny.

Here’s our COVID-Safe Plan (current @ January 2022)

We appreciate you may have concerns about COVID-19  during your visit to Fat Pig Farm. Whilst we cannot be 100% sure we are COVID-free, we can assure you that we have a number of strategies in place to do our very best in preventing its presence, spread and impact.  

Our COVID-Safe Plan is enacted daily in all of our business activities and reviewed constantly to keep up with current Public Health advice. Our main focus is prevention. Our strategies are:

Should we become aware that a case or close contact has attended an event, our dedicated COVID Response Team will get into action, contacting all guests and staff. 

Whilst we take all precautions, we cannot necessarily change the actions of all of our guests. Some people choose to sit or move closer to other guests; we ask that you express your own preference to fellow guests if you feel they are too close, or ask for our assistance.

Please note that, in Tasmania, it is permitted to remove your mask when drinking and eating. Due to the nature of the feast event, masks are usually removed soon after arrival – for drinks on the verandah at around 12.45pm which precedes lunch starting around 1pm. Masks are often not refitted until the farm tour around 2pm (masks are not mandatory outdoors although many people choose to wear them on the tour), after which guests return to the restaurant for the last hour or so, unmasked, to continue enjoying the long lunch until around 3.30pm. 

We hope this information gives you the reassurance you need to be able to relax, enjoy yourself and have our team look after you when you visit Fat Pig Farm.

Terms and conditions

(aka the small print):

Shipping: Perishables are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays and all other products are shipped within three business days of receiving your order. Postage using Australia Post Express Post will be calculated when you checkout and added to your total cost. If you live within an overnight area, you’ll get your package within 24 hours of us posting it. Exact terms and conditions and what constitutes an overnight delivery area can be found here (http://auspost.com.au/parcels-mail/express-post-guarantee.html)

GST: Where GST is applicable, all prices include GST.  Oh, and they are all in Australian dollars.

Returns, exchanges and warranties:

Shop: If you’re not happy with a product from our online shop, please contact us. Our official policy is that unopened non-perishable items can be returned for a complete refund while perishable items are a bit trickier. But drop us a line. We want you to be happy.

Restaurant and Cookery School: Our lunches and cookery classes are small so we are unable to offer refunds unless it relates to travel and COVID-19. Please contact us if you need to cancel and we will do our best to fill your spot from the waiting list. If we are able to fill your spot, we will happily re-book you for a later date. We would also encourage you to offer your place to a friend. We will do whatever we can to make things work for you, though more notice is better than less.

Warranties: One of the conditions of our checkout system is that we have a warranty policy. Warranties don’t really apply to any of our products, but please contact us if you’re unhappy with anything.

Security: Our checkout system is run by the Bendigo Bank. We don’t keep a copy of any of your credit card details. We actually don’t even see your credit card details as they go straight onto the bank’s web page not ours.