Summer bubbles and balls, music and arts

The Taste of Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania

Summer bubbles and balls, music and arts

This summer Tassie is turning it on and turning it up. Join us for boundary-pushing music and arts festivals, world-renowned sporting pursuits and some of the best food, wine and drinks this side of anywhere. It’s all happening on the island, don’t you miss out now.

Effervescence Tasmania
11-18 November 2018
The bubblier the better right? This year, experience the annual Effervescence Tasmania festival as it kicks off in Hobart on the 11th November, then travels north to Launceston and the Tamar Valley from the 15th-18th November. Touted as one of the best sparkling wine festivals in the world, Effervescence Tasmania is by invitation-only for the winemakers and features the best of the best Tasmanian sparkling wine brought to life through a curated program of events. Join Ed Carr, Australia’s most decorated sparkling winemaker for the House of Arras Degustation Dinner in Hobart, get along to a masterclass with Tyson Seltzer or try all the drops at the decadent Grand Tasting garden party at Josef Chromy Wines. More information at

Bicheno Food & Wine Festival Bicheno
16-18 November 2018
The east coast of Tasmania is renowned for fine wines and the freshest of seafood, alongside ocean vistas and deserted beaches. The upcoming Bicheno Food & Wine Festival (16-18 Nov 2018) celebrates all this and more with a program of paid and free events. Join the Pinot and Lobster dinner at The Lobster Shack, book in for a cooking class (or look on for free!) in the Food & Wine Master Class Marquee and enjoy the all-day music program and surfboard exhibition. Taste the best of the region in one place, overlooking Waub’s Bay in the heart of Bicheno. More information at

Farmgate Festival Tamar Valley
24-25 November 2018
Join in the delicious fun at the 2nd annual Farmgate Festival, held on 24-25 November at a collection of farms in the West Tamar region. Knowledgeable farmers will personally guide visitors through the inner workings of their farms and the bounty they produce -beef, apples, pork, hazelnuts, wine, cider, truffles, seafood, salads and herbs, olive oil, berries and even alpacas. A highlight of the festival will be two exclusive gourmet feasts featuring food produced in the Tamar Valley region at Timbre Kitchen and Strathlynn. More information at

Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Hobart
26 December 2018-1 January 2019
Proclaimed as one of the most challenging ocean races in the world, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race blows into Hobart from 27 December, weather permitting of course. Be at the Hobart Race Village at Constitution Dock to welcome the salt-laden sailors as they cross the line after travelling 628 nautical miles from Sydney. Wander the docks after the race to overhear the fascinating race stories – watch and listen on as the yachties debrief and recall tales (tall and otherwise) of the open ocean. More information at

Taste of Tasmania Hobart
28 December-3 January 2019
Celebrate the way we eat, drink and socialise on the island at the 30th annual Taste of Tasmania festival in Hobart. What began as a small waterfront festival within easy reach of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race finish line to feed and entertain the sailors has morphed into the largest food festival in Australia. This year’s program features the carefully curated Culinary Kitchen Program featuring the best food talent in Tasmania presenting workshops, masterclasses and tastings, as well as more than 100 stallholders open from 11am-11pm daily and a vibrant program of live music across four stages. Entry is free (except for the ticketed New Year’s Eve party) and tickets to the programmed events are selling fast. More information at

Falls Music and Arts Festival Marion Bay          
29 December-1 January 2019
The Falls Music and Arts Festival returns to Marion Bay, for the 26th annual festival. This year’s line up includes international acts Chvrches, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Toto and Dizzee Rascal, and homegrown heroes Vance Joy, Flight Facilities and Amy Shark. Head along to The Village, a family-friendly space with circus shows, kid’s comedians, face painting, yoga sessions, treasure hunts and more. The beach is a short stroll away and there are plenty of food and drink options to keep the foodies entertained too. More information and ticket sales at

Hobart International Tennis Hobart 
6-12 January 2019
The Hobart International is Tasmania’s premier international women’s sporting event and a lead in tournament for players to fine-tune their preparations ahead of the Australian Open. Having hosted some of the biggest names in tennis like Serena Williams, Dinara Safina and Australian number one Sam Stosur, the tournament promises top on court action as well as premium food trucks with fantastic local fare, a beer garden and the chance to win a meet and greet with the women’s singles champion post-match. More information at

Cygnet Folk Festival Cygnet
11-13 January 2019
Into folk? Head to the 37th annual Cygnet Folk Festival to enjoy more than 100 acts in the picturesque town of Cygnet, an hour south of Hobart in the Huon Valley. This is Tasmania’s leading celebration of folk and world music, dance, poetry, performance art, food and culture and is highly regarded by musicians and festival-goers from all over Australia and overseas. The competition to get on stage is fierce and the punters are the beneficiaries. In 2019 enjoy musical performances as well as workshops, dances and market stalls. Tickets available at

Mona Foma Launceston       
13-20 January 2019
Migrating from south to north, like a flock of arts-loving travelling birds, Mona Foma is back for another year of mayhem, this time based in Launceston. Mona’s summer festival is set to welcome artists from Australia and overseas such as Courtney Barnett, Neneh Cherry and Underworld, who will perform alongside a program of arts trails, morning meditations and of course, the famous onesie party. Australian artist and designer Adele Varcoe has teamed up with Finnish clothing label Self-Assembly to create over 2000 DIY onesies (no sewing machines required) for the event. Tickets on sale at

Source = Tourism Tasmania
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