February 11, 2019 / By Olivia Poglianich
Summer isn’t over yet in our southernmost state. In fact, things are just heating up. From celebrations of food and wine to the obscure that Tassie is best known for, there are many fun festivals and celebrations to be had this February & March. Take a look below to see what’s going on in Tasmania.
Taste The Harvest- Devonport (below)
Foodies rejoice, as this summer there is a celebration in Devonport chock full of food demos, cooking competitions and a family-friendly parade. Bakers can compete to see who makes the best scone or pavlova, and even young bakers/chefs-to-be have a competition of their own. There’s a parade, where children dress up as characters around a farm, plus bands such as Kitty Martini & Tom Collins trio (below), and the celebrity chef Ben Milbourne will be in attendance.
When: 17th February, 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Take a day trip up to Northern Tasmania’s peaceful village of Evandale and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time 100+ years. Here you’ll find a country fair where people race giant bicycles, often in costume. The Guinness Book of World Records dubs this the largest race of Penny Farthing bicycles in the world. There’s over 10 races throughout the day, including one of over 100 kilometres, plus plenty of family friendly foods and activities.
When: 23 February 2019, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: $12 (Children under 16 are free)
Ten Days On The Island - Across Tasmania (top image)
Taking place all over Tasmania over the course of 3 weekends is a wild and whacky carnival that celebrates the quirky creativity of the state. It’s a showcase of all kinds of artists across the southern state, from a poetic theatre performance near Hobart, The Mares, to production of a live action film in Launceston, there’s art across different mediums for all interests.
When: 6 - 11, 15 - 17, 22 - 24 March, 2019
Where: All over Tasmania
Cost: Ticket prices vary depending on which events you’d like to attend
A Taste Of The Huon - Ranelagh
This year marks the 27th annual ‘‘A Taste of the Huon’ event, celebrating the arts, local craftsmanship, regional foods and local wines from the Huon Valley and Channel region. The Huon event takes place in Ranelagh which is only a 30 minute drive south of Hobart. Some of the most celebrated foods in the festival include Tasmania’s famous apples, as well as local salmon, berries, truffles, mushrooms and cherries. And while they haven’t announced the entertainment acts just yet, based on last year’s line-up of local rockers, cellists and fire throwers, there will be no shortage of entertainment.
When : 10 - 11 March 2019, Sunday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: Adults: $10.00, children 11 to 15 years: $5.00, family pass: $25.00
Cradle Mountain Film Festival (above)
For its fifth annual instalment, Cradle Mountain plays host to a film festival that showcases nature's beauty through short movies, like No Man's Land above (involving renowned freeskiers @matthiasmayr and @matthias_hauni_haunholder). Each film is under 5 minutes long and captures the beauty and adventure of the Tasmanian mountain range and plus some of the most beautiful and remove places in the world. In addition to screenings, the film festival also includes outdoor activities such as canyoning, yoga and cold water therapy, plus a few workshops and, of course, opportunities to hike an array of trails.
When: 29 - 31 March, 2019
Where: Cradle Mountain
Cost: Details on the site
So here’s just a handful of things you can get up to in Tasmania. Since the weather’s warm, lots of vineyards and farms will likely have markets on and live music will be in abundance at more bars and restaurants, so it’s a great time to explore our southern state!
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