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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
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). Our neighbours and council have been very supportive of our limited opening hours and if you can’t make it during our opening hours, we would love it if you’d respect our privacy and that of our neighbours and keep an eye out for one of the many food festivals we’re a part of during the year.
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 cooking workshops are farm based and include a tour of the garden, dairy and/or pigs as suits the class. Depending on the workshop 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our lunches and cookery classes are small so we are unable to offer refunds. 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.
UPDATE: October 2020
If your cancellation is related to your concerns about the COVID-19, we are able to keep your booking indefinitely. 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. If your travel has been restricted by COVID-19, please give us a ring.
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 can’t be returned. But drop us a line. We want you to be happy.
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.
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
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:
My Driver – Josh 0419 471 000
John from Chauffered Cars and Coached 0418 122 512
Michael from Corporate Cars Tasmania 0419 661 554
Joe from Tassie Road Trips 0455 227 536
Redline can do groups of ten people and up.
There are heaps of lovely B&Bs throughout the Huon. Our neighbour Glen has a little cottage a short walk up the road. A much longer walk (but still pleasant after a big lunch) is Jane and Phil’s lovely place.
Ambience on the Huon is a five minute drive away. Email Cyndie and let her 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 who are usually happy to give you a lift (check when you book): the newly opened Cloud River, Silver Creek Farm and Hillside.
Aaron and Freda’s beautiful studio Grace’s View is a short drive or a lovely long walk.
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. Frenchman’s River has a beautiful cosy cottages overlooking Port Cygnet. Both are happy to help with transport. If you have 4 guests or less and are after an entire luxury home, including a lift to the farm, try Villa Talia.
While Elsie our Guernsey 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 email@example.com.
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, the market, 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.
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.
Yes, you sure can. Matthew can be booked through Speaking Out (www.speakingout.com.au) for speaking and cooking engagements.
Yes we do. We think it’s funny.
(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.
Shop: if you want to return something please drop us a line via our contact page. We will happily refund returned un-opened non-perishable items. Perishable items are a bit trickier, but talk to us…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.