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Festivals, farm gates, blooming bulbs and a sparkling garden party. 

Shake off that wintery jacket, Spring is just about here. This season Tassie welcomes an acclaimed string quartet to perform in an old stone barn. Mona shares everyday people’s art for you to ascertain what art is. Devonport welcomes celebrity chef ‘Curles’ and a truffle farm invites you through the gate. There’s so much happening and we haven’t even mentioned the Table Cape tulips.

Junction Arts Festival 6-10 September

From 6-10 September the streets, public spaces and buildings of Launceston play host to Junction Arts Festival, a contemporary arts and music festival that breaks free of convention. Centred upon Prince’s Square, local artists, musicians, performers, dancers and writers will be cutting loose to share their work – witness the Mighty Duke & The Lords explore their wild world of tropical calypso dance beats, wander through Nightlight, a self-guided evening art walk through 15 site-specific installations or step into the Fountain Bar to enjoy Tasmania’s hottest bands, storytellers and singer/songwriters doing their thing on stage. Book ahead as some events sell out, or buy tickets from the box office.

junctionartsfestival.com.au

Great Eastern Wine Weekend 8-10 September

A tipply little trip along the East Coast of Tasmania is delicious at any time, but from the 8-10 September the Great Eastern Wine Weekend takes it to the next level. Each year, the region turns it on for a fabulous weekend kicking off with ‘Meet the Maker’ on Friday night at Freycinet Lodge, and continues throughout the weekend with a variety of cellar door specials and events like ‘Bubbles and Bivalves’ at Devil’s Corner and the ‘Great Eastern Wine and Dine’ gala dinner.

freycinetlodge.com.au/WineWeekend

Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival  23 – 24 September

The Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival, held in Launceston’s City Park, showcases unique Tasmanian gardens and encourages visitors to explore the local wilderness, food and wine. With the theme of ‘Tasmania Is My Garden’, the program includes workshops such as botanical painting and ikebana, display gardens to explores as well as a new feature, a Q&A stand where you can ask the experts your burning gardening questions at the exhibition in the magnificent heritage Albert Hall building.

bloomingtasmania.com.au

Devonport Food and Wine Festival 1 – 31 October

For the whole tasty month of October, the palate pleasing Devonport Food and Wine Festival is back. Timed this year to coincide with the

16th Australian Masters Games, the festival welcomes talented Melbourne celebrity chef, Ian Curley as the new ambassador – a fine choice given his love of nose to tail dining and Brit/Euro influences. Get to know the region through producer talks, special events and gala dinners.

devonportfoodandwine.com.au

Bloomin’ Tulips Festival Day 14 October

One of the iconic shots of springtime in Tasmania has to be of the pretty rows of colourful tulips on Table Cape, in our North West. To celebrate their beauty there’s a whole festival – the annual Bloomin’ Tulips Festival across the Waratah-Wynyard region. The three week calendar of events includes market days, cocktail party and the Mayoral Ball and culminates in the festival day which includes the colour explosion of the Colour Run.

bloomintulips.com.au

Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival 27 – 29 October

The Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival is a brand new festival, to celebrate the beauty and pleasure of classical music and the people who make it. Over the course of the weekend, enjoy Chamber Music with favourites such as Beethoven’s Appassionata sonata and Dvořák’s American Quartet and music from the Italian Baroque. But the best part is, each performance is in a special location – be it a barn or church in Evandale, to the Barrel Hall at Josef Chromy Vineyard.

taschamberfestival.com.au

Tasmanian Craft Fair 3 – 6 November

It’s going to be big, in every way! The Tasmanian Craft Fair is Australia’s largest craft fair and showcases the work of Tasmania’s finest craftspeople and cottage industries. See work from woodcarvers, glassmakers, leather and metal workers, potters, lead light artists, embroidery displays, silver and goldsmiths, and painters, the majority of which is for sale. The full program is released in October, including the featured artist and the chosen emerging artist for the festival.

tascraftfair.com.au

Effervescence Tasmania 16 – 19 November

Oh for the love of bubbles, Effervescence Tasmania is back to showcase world-class sparkling wines, hatted chefs, award-winning winemakers and experts. This year, legendary chef Jacques Reymond joins us alongside Nick Raitt, executive chef at Josef Chromy Wines for the Grand Degustation Dinner, author and wine expert Tyson Stelzer will host masterclasses, and some of our leading winemakers will be on the pour at the Grand Tasting. Australian DJ Damien Goundrie hits the decks for

Bubbles and Beats, featuring a relaxed roaming menu, then add the festival’s decadent garden party and food-matching masterclasses for the ultimate food and wine weekend.

effervescencetasmania.com

Bicheno Food and Wine Festival 18 November

The award-winning Bicheno Food and Wine Festival returns for 2017 with a program of unique events with leading local wine and beer makers, chefs, food producers and gourmet innovators from Tasmania’s East Coast. Indulge in Tassie’s best mussels, oysters and scallops or head for tacos, paella, sweet treats and more. Kick back on the grass and take in live music, enjoy the cooking theatre, or combine fashion with beer at a bespoke event hosted by the Beer Diva. Toast the coast on Saturday 18 November.

bichenofestivals.com.au

Farmgate Festival 24 – 26 November

Get your gumboots dirty as the producers of the Tamar Valley swing open their farm gates to welcome visitors for the inaugural Farmgate Festival. On Friday, Wines for Joanie will host a boutique dining event at their cellar door, welcoming guests into their historic timber farm shed. Chef Massimo Mele, a Tasmanian chef who has worked across the globe, returns for the festival, cooking up his delicious fare as the featured chef for the main feast event on Saturday night at Timbre Kitchen. Farm tours, tastings and produce sales will be available at most farms, and the Festival Hub will be on hand to plot out itineraries and enjoy the incredible Tamar Valley landscape.

farmgatefestival.net.au

Mona The Museum of Everything Exhibition Until April 2018

Having been on the road since 2009, like a Gen Y ‘grammer, The Museum of Everything is a travelling institution. The idea is to advocate for art that falls outside the confines of the traditional art world – maybe the work of an ‘ordinary’ person, or someone working far from the norm. It’s a statement about who can be an artist and what makes them so. It’s no surprise then it has found its way to Mona, where it will take up residence until April 2018.

mona.net.au

QVMAG The First Tasmanians: Our Story Ongoing

A brand new exhibition, The First Tasmanians: Our Story has opened in Launceston at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) exploring the history and culture of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Featuring rarely seen original objects and materials, the exhibition examines climate change, astronomy and stories of creation, craft, technology

Bubbles and Beats, featuring a relaxed roaming menu, then add the festival’s decadent garden party and food-matching masterclasses for the ultimate food and wine weekend.

effervescencetasmania.com

Bicheno Food and Wine Festival 18 November

The award-winning Bicheno Food and Wine Festival returns for 2017 with a program of unique events with leading local wine and beer makers, chefs, food producers and gourmet innovators from Tasmania’s East Coast. Indulge in Tassie’s best mussels, oysters and scallops or head for tacos, paella, sweet treats and more. Kick back on the grass and take in live music, enjoy the cooking theatre, or combine fashion with beer at a bespoke event hosted by the Beer Diva. Toast the coast on Saturday 18 November.

bichenofestivals.com.au

Farmgate Festival 24 – 26 November

Get your gumboots dirty as the producers of the Tamar Valley swing open their farm gates to welcome visitors for the inaugural Farmgate Festival. On Friday, Wines for Joanie will host a boutique dining event at their cellar door, welcoming guests into their historic timber farm shed. Chef Massimo Mele, a Tasmanian chef who has worked across the globe, returns for the festival, cooking up his delicious fare as the featured chef for the main feast event on Saturday night at Timbre Kitchen. Farm tours, tastings and produce sales will be available at most farms, and the Festival Hub will be on hand to plot out itineraries and enjoy the incredible Tamar Valley landscape.

farmgatefestival.net.au

Mona The Museum of Everything Exhibition Until April 2018

Having been on the road since 2009, like a Gen Y ‘grammer, The Museum of Everything is a travelling institution. The idea is to advocate for art that falls outside the confines of the traditional art world – maybe the work of an ‘ordinary’ person, or someone working far from the norm. It’s a statement about who can be an artist and what makes them so. It’s no surprise then it has found its way to Mona, where it will take up residence until April 2018.

mona.net.au

QVMAG The First Tasmanians: Our Story Ongoing

A brand new exhibition, The First Tasmanians: Our Story has opened in Launceston at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) exploring the history and culture of the Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Featuring rarely seen original objects and materials, the exhibition examines climate change, astronomy and stories of creation, craft, technology

and architecture. Developed under the guidance of the QVMAG Aboriginal Reference Group, there’s even an app to download to take the exhibition beyond the gallery walls and a Children’s Trail.

facebook.com/FirstTasmanians

TMAG The Derwent Until 5 November

The Derwent, an exhibition exploring Tasmania’s Derwent River system has opened at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), running until 5 November in Hobart. Featuring the work of two Tasmanian artists, David Stephenson and Martin Walch, who collaborated over a five year period, and other work from the gallery’s collections, the exhibition examines the complex natural and cultural histories connected to it. Immersive videos and time-lapse photographs by the feature artists sit alongside historic works on paper and panoramic photographs.

tmag.tas.gov.au

For a full and up-to-date listing of Tasmanian events, and information on travelling to Tasmania, visit the Discover Tasmania website discovertasmania.com.au.

Travel to Tasmania

Travellers can fly to Tasmania on Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas, Qantaslink, Tigerair, Sharp Airlines or Rex Airlines, or take the Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Port Melbourne (VIC) to Devonport (TAS).

Background Notes

Tourism Tasmania is the Tasmanian Government’s tourism marketing agency. Its main purpose is to connect people to Tasmania through domestic and international marketing programs that create demand for Tasmanian holidays and attract more visitors to the state.

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