Tasmania is a hub of activities over the winter months. Sure the temperature might have dropped, and the weather may be colder but there’s plenty of great events to enjoy. Apart from visiting our Tamar Valley Cellar Door, here are some suggestions for you to get the most out of your visit to Tasmania this winter.
Dark Mofo, Hobart, 7-24 June
Mona's winter festival has put Tasmania on the map as a destination to visit in the colder months. Each year more and more revellers are making the annual pilgrimage to celebrate the winter solstice through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise. Among the highlights is the annual Winter Feast on Hobart's waterside docks, an annual banquet attracting up to 10,000 people every night. Look out for Holm Oak and other top Tasmanian wineries pouring all things Pinot at The Pinot Bar. For more information, click here.
Festival of Voices, Hobart and East Coast, 29 June–15 July
Australia’s premiere celebration of the voice started out in 2004 with simple ambitions; a winter sing along around a bonfire in the centre of Hobart. The Big Sing Bonfire in Salamanca remains its flagship event, but a packed schedule of gigs this year includes performances from Mental as Anything, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and many other acts. Pop-up choir performances transform Hobart and surrounds into communities immersed in song. For more information, click here.
Chocolate Winterfeast, Latrobe, 12 August
Located just a ten minute drive from Devonport, this celebration of all things chocolate makes a compelling case for visitors to spend some time in Tasmania’s north east. Chocolate appreciation classes, cake decoration competitions, brunches, high teas and a treasure hunt have featured in previous years, making this a truly multi-faceted event for the chocolate obsessed.
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Junction Arts Festival, 5–9th September, Launceston
An intimate festival of ‘extraordinary experiences in unusual spaces’, the Junction Arts Festival celebrates the talent of Tasmania’s amazing artists. The program includes music performances, children’s shows, cabaret and art displays. A highlight of the evening program is Nightlight, in which visitors self-guide themselves around Prince’s Square, discovering site-specific art installations and performances in the surrounding churches, halls, car-parks and shops. For more information, click here.
Winter is a magical time to visit Cradle Mountain, which experiences regular snowfalls throughout the colder months. Tasmania's newest wilderness retreat, Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair, offers the ideal lodgings for your visit. Many of the spectacular glacial features of the region are visible from the hotel, launched in 2015 following the redevelopment of historic buildings constructed by the State’s Hydro Electricity Scheme.
Truffles of Tasmania, Needles, May to August
Truffle season runs from late May until mid to late August. Located within reach of Devonport and Launceston, Truffles of Tasmania is a 50-hectare plantation located in picturesque rolling countryside with views of the spectacular Great Western Tiers, which are typically snow-capped during the season. Learn the art of hunting rare perigord truffles at a truffle hunting tour. You then have the opportunity to buy fresh truffles at farm gate prices.
AFL, June and July, Hobart and Launceston
What better excuse to visit Tassie during the week than an AFL match? Hawthorn has three fixtures still to play at Launceston’s UTAS Stadium; Port Power on 2 June, Gold Coast on 23 June and Brisbane on 14 July. North Melbourne meanwhile are due to play the West Coast Eagles on July 29 at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena. For more event information, click here.
The Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School & Farm, Derwent Valley
Set on five acres, The Agrarian Kitchen is a working farm incorporating an extensive vegetable garden, orchard, berry patch and herb garden, with pigs, chickens, goats and honeybees also farmed on-site. From sausage-making to smoking, braising to ‘tomato gluttony’, the cooking school offers all manner of paddock-to-plate cooking experiences throughout winter.
Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest, Grove, 13-15 July
Hosted by Willie Smith’s Cider, the 2018 edition of this exciting event features foot thumping bands, storytelling, an abundance of kids’ entertainment, the burning of the mid-winter man and the largest ‘wassail’ in the Southern Hemisphere. For the uninitiated, wassailing is an ancient pagan ritual that aims to scare the evil spirits out of the orchard to ensure a bountiful harvest next year. Willie Smith’s and other producers bring bountiful food and drink experiences. For more event information, click here.
Looking for somewhere to stay whilst you’re here? Don’t forget to read our blog post Where to stay in the Tamar Valley and there’s also some useful tips of places to eat in Hobart and Launceston.
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