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October 8, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

515595_num1105284_600x600As we wake from the supposed slumber of winter and shake off the cold, life around us is rejuvenated and refreshed. Well, we think a trip to the small island down south is actually the best way to shake off seasons’ past – to check out the heart-warming migratory animals on the move, blow off some steam, pick some tulips, get crafty, view some pretty panoramas and of course wander through thought-provoking contemporary art. That sounds like a pretty good start to a spring break – are you in?

Mathieu Briand: Et In Libertalia Ego, Vol. II, Mona, Hobart We love a good island story down here. In 2008 French artist Mathieu Briand was on a mission to find a safe haven for contemporary art – so swam from a small island off Madagascar to an even smaller island to set up camp. He created a space for artists, writers and dancers to work freely without constraint but soon realised he wasn’t alone. The few locals perceived his work and friends as dealing in black magic. Not to be deterred, Mathieu still returns to the island to work. His latest exhibition Et In Libertalia Ego, Vol. II, which is now open at Mona until July 2016, draws out Briand’s research and experiences in a way that challenges the viewer’s perception of reality. www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/exhibitions/

Hobart Twilight Market
The much-loved Hobart Twilight Market returns for a second season, opening today at Long Beach in Sandy Bay. Most of the inaugural stallholders are back for another year – winemakers, gourmet producers, coffee houses, ice creameries, sweet treats, brewers, art, design, and plenty of kitchens pumping out Friday night food awesomeness. Picnic rugs are welcome and dogs can pull up some grass in the Dog Chill Out area. Leave the car at home and join one of the Bike Tas organised rides to get there from Salamanca Place. www.facebook.com/HobartTwilightMarket


Bloomin Tulips Festival, Wynyard

Can you believe it? The tulips from our North West coast are so good, the bulbs are exported to Holland! That’s a great reason to celebrate, so on Saturday 10 October, Wynyard will be flush with colour for the annual Bloomin Tulips Festival. The town will explode with colour – from the rows and rows of spectacular tulips adorning Table Cape, to the quirky tulip-throwing competition and the beachside Colour Run. Added to the bill are the Bloomin Tulips Cocktail Party and Mayoral Ball; they’ve sprouted as part of the lead up to the main festival day. www.bloomintulips.com.au

Tasmanian Craft Fair, Deloraine
Coming into its 35th year, the Tasmanian Craft Fair is Australia’s largest craft fair and showcases the work of Tasmania’s finest craftspeople and cottage industries. Collectors will love watching woodcarvers, glassmakers, leather and metal workers, potters, lead light artists, embroidery displays, silver and goldsmiths, and painters, whose work is all for sale. The jam-packed program has something for all craft enthusiasts including displays of calligraphy, tatting, egg carving, silkscreen painting, kaleidoscope making, blacksmithing, basket weaving and candle wicking. There’s so much to see that full weekend access passes are available. Adults from $17, children from $8.
30 October – 2 November. www.tascraftfair.com.au

Pearn’s Steamworld Annual Steam Spectacular Weekend, Westbury

Since the 1950’s, when the age of steam was giving way to tractors, the Pearn Family began collecting examples of the steam engines and farm machinery used in Tasmania at the time. The collection has now grown to over 200 pieces, housed at Pearn’s Steamworld in Westbury. During the Annual Steam Spectacular Weekend, from 31 October to 2 November, many of the machines will be operating and visitors can enjoy a ride on the traction engines, tractors or miniature trains. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for children. www.pearnssteamworld.org.au

BOFA  Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival, Launceston
BOFA – the Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival – is an intimate and thought-provoking event showcasing the best of festival films in 2015, without the usual film festival airs and graces. There’s a BOFA session for everyone – Doco BOFA with documentaries to challenge, Foodie BOFA including a program of local food and wine tours, Family BOFA with kids films and a drive-in, and Screen BOFA for masterclasses and awards. Showing from 4 – 8 November, including the Festival Lounge open every night. Book at www.bofa.com.au

Tasmanian White Wine Weekend, Hobart
Ok, we’ve got this one. White wine is our thing. Tasmanian white wine is so worthy, that we’ve created a whole weekend to celebrate it. Vignerons and winemakers from the vineyards of Tasmania will gather to pour their very best Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling, Riesling, Chardonnay, Schonburger, Pinot Gris, Rosé, and dessert wines on 7 and 8 November at Princes Wharf No. 1 in Hobart. The fabulous line up of Tassie’s finest cool climate white wines includes all the latest releases and the opportunity to talk to the people who make them. Entry covers tastings of all wines, tasting booklet and a crystal Plumm glass. Cheers. www.winesouth.com.au/WhiteWineWeekendCurrent.html

Effervescence 2015, Launceston and Hobart
A festival that celebrates sparkling wine in all its glorious forms! Hurrah! Tasmania’s emergence as a producer of some of the worlds best sparkling wine will be celebrated at Effervescence 2015, held at Josef Chromy Wines at Relbia from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 November. The sparkling line up of food and wine talent this year includes the Grand Degustation with super-chef Tetsuya Wakuda, along with a Tetsuya cooking masterclass (among others), and The Grand Tasting – a hedonistic garden party like no other with 15 sparkling winemakers on show, fresh produce, music and stunning views over the vines. On Sunday 15 November, Effervescence goes on the road with Go South. Hop on the bus to Hobart to join Frogmore Creek, Moorilla and Stefano Lubiana wines for a day of unforgettable in-depth tasting experiences with the winemakers, travelling from winery to winery and ending at Osteria at Stefano Lubiana for a three-course lunch matched with flights of effervescent wines. Garden party tickets $10 including a tasting glass, other tickets available at www.effervescencetasmania.com


Bicheno Food and Wine Festival, Bicheno
The East Coast of Tasmania is renowned for abundant seafood, award-winning cheeses and superb white wines. Get up close and personal at the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival and enjoy local wine, beer and cider makers, gourmet innovators, food producers and chefs, and kick back on the grass with the best local mussels, oysters, world food and sweet treats. There are cooking classes for adults and kids, a beer brewing competition and even a pop-up café that only serves chocolate cake. Toast the coast on Saturday 21 November, tickets $10 adults and $5 for children and pensioners. Under 4’s are free. www.bichenofestivals.com.au

Gilbert & George, The Art Exhibition, Hobart, Mona
Gilbert & George would like to formally invite you to view their upcoming exhibition at Mona, kicking off on 28 November. Dealing with the great universals – death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race and religion – Gilbert & George’s first Australasian retrospective will showcase ninety-seven pictures from 1970 to 2014. The besuited partners in art, life and food, share an obliging view of the modern world through the lens of their distinctive compositions. Be sure to take their advice, ‘Seeing is believing, see for yourself.’ www.mona.net.au/what’s-on/exhibitions/

York Town Square Night Market, Launceston

To market, to market to buy a…selection of local food, try some craft beer, check out the quirky stalls and even get a cut from the barber! The York Town Square Night Market is held on the last Friday of each month now until April, and also features a busking program, free kids activities including a book swap, outdoor seating and even a bean bag chillax space. From 5.30pm – 9.00pm. www.facebook.com/yorktownnightmarket

Springtime in Nature
For your viewing pleasure this Spring, Mother Nature has curated an absolutely beautiful collection of natural events. Across the state until November enjoy spotting baby Tasmanian devils, Eastern quolls, spotted tailed quolls and platypus as they come out to play in their natural habitats – Mt Field National Park is a great spot to see the quolls in particular. In October short-tailed shearwaters (aka the mutton bird) arrive from Alaska and set up camp in Bass Strait and on the South East Coast, the perfect place for a tired bird to take a Spring break. Then the big guys return South for another summer, Southern Right and Humpback whales can be spotted along the North and East Coast, but especially good viewing can be had on the Freycinet Peninsula to December. And finally, Little Penguins will return to their burrows along the coastline of the North and East Coast until March. www.discovertasmania.com.au

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