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Tamar Valley’s Farmgate Festival

By The Weekender Travel

November 13, 2020 | 3 minute read

Farmgate Festival
Farmgate Festival

Is it just us or do things taste better in Tassie?

Our favourite foodie state is back in the festival business. The Farmgate Festival is kicking off in Tamar Valley next weekend so you can taste all the gorgeous produce coming out of Tassie’s north. 

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to run a farm or small business in regional Australia, this is your chance to find out. 

Thirteen farms and vineyards from around the valley will open their gates to visitors for the weekend for you to sip and taste your way through the Tamar. You can go behind the scenes on local farms, meet the people who grow and make your food and hear their stories. We wholeheartedly believe that learning where your food comes from is something every city dweller should do at least once in their life. 

Find out how former builder Marcus Jessup started hunting for the elusive truffle and launched his business Tamar Valley Truffles, despite having no idea what a truffle was. Hear from Nicole and Frank Huisman at snail farm Tascargots about why you need to start pairing your wines with escargot. And at the sheep and cattle farm Wilmore’s Bluff, Mandy and Carl Cooper will teach you all about wool, you can even pick up some fleece to try your hand at spinning. 

But don’t worry your hungry little tummy, it’s not all about learning - there will be plenty of time for eating and drinking too. 

At the premier food and wine event of northern Tasmania, the hardest decision you’ll have to make is where to settle in for a long lunch. Moon Lily Kitchen and Cakes, Iron Pot Bay Vineyard, Blue Berry Barn Café, Alpenrose Bistro and the Tamar Valley Wine Centre all invite you in to try their local fare. If it’s tastings you’re after, head to Brady’s Lookout Cider, Marion’s Vineyard or Waterton Hall Vineyard. 

In the evening there are two exclusive dinners which you’ll need to book ahead of time. Loira Vines is hosting a Four Seasons Soiree where diners can enjoy live music from a local string quartet and a sumptuous dinner with paired wines. At Moon Lily Kitchen and Cakes, you can indulge in a Regional Degustation with local produce and wines. 

Tickets to the event cost $30 and give you entry to all the farms and access to the hourly tours for the whole weekend.

No excuse is even necessary for a weekend away in the beautiful countryside of Tasmania but if you needed one - this is it. The mantra of the weekend is Make Yourself At Home and that’s easy to do in the Tamar Valley. This stunning little pocket of regional Australia lies along the Tamar River, starting at Launceston and spanning 170km. 

Maybe you only know it for its yoghurt (which is delicious!) but the locals will attest that the local farm produce and cool-climate wines are worth the trip. In fact, it has been named one of the world’s top 10 wine routes. If you extend your stay beyond the weekend you’ll find plenty to explore, from hiking trails to historic towns. 

Farmgate Festival is running on the 21st and 22nd of November, get your tickets now so you don’t miss out.