It’s a little pocket of paradise that has been magnifying its presence year after year.
The annual Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race has been reminding mainlander Aussies since 1945 that Tassie is actually connected to Australia. However, it’s really only been catapulted to the ‘trendosphere’ since MONA morphed Tassie’s lingering weird quirkiness into an edgy, progressive one.
But we won’t give art collector David Walsh all the credit for Tassie outgrowing and shaking off those awkward years like an acne riddled teenager. Tassie’s coolness has been bubbling away out of the judgemental eyes of tall poppies for decades.
Wine and whisky makers, beer brewers, music maestro’s, wasabi growers, seafood, truffle, fruit, cheese, meat farmers and artisans have been delighting tourists and winning awards for many years without making too much fuss.
Tasmania has essentially been off the grid and its isolation has preserved it well. Some would say it’s the Cuba of the south! With a constant supply of fresh, quality produce and beverages in barrels at its fingertips, Tassie has shaken off its sleepy demeanour and broken free from its cocoon to become the perfect party host year round.
And mainlanders now want their names on the guest lists.
Every month there are a number of events that keeps Tasmania buzzing to its own beat even through the cold winter months.
Infact it’s not hard to fill up your dance card every month over the entire year.
As it’s already mid year, let’s get busy!
Now that Dark MOFO is over and the Festival of Voices is no longer in full swing or should I write full sing, it means winter fun is almost behind us and the spring action is fast approaching.
Your tastebuds are certainly spoilt on these fertile grounds and there’s barely a month free where food isn’t the theme. If the dark, sweet stuff disarms you, then the chocolate winterfest held in Latrobe in August will keep you smiling and kicking along on a sugar high. All. Day. Long.
For sports enthusiasts there is always something happening in Tassie. You can catch a footy match for a few more months to come. The North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks are scheduled to play home games at Hobart’s Blundstone Arena, as are the Hawthorn Hawks at Aurora Stadium in Launceston. Check the link at the bottom of the page to scope out details.
To highlight Hobart as a gateway to Antarctica, a slice of the icy wilderness is being rolled out on the city’s doorstep in September. Aptly named the Australian Antarctic Festival, it has something for the little ones as well as the older ones. The festival is featuring a series of film and photograph exhibitions, open days, school excursions, entertainments and lectures. The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is opening its doors offering individuals a chance to chat with scientists who have dedicated themselves to work on this frigid continent.
October / November
Throughout the Spring and summer months Tasmania’s greenery will be transformed with mothers nature’s vivid hues. The Blooming Tulips Festival is in Wynyard on October 8th is an event to dye for ;). And while there’s not an official public event taking place at Bridestowe Lavender farm, the lilac coloured stems will be in full bloom again from early November.
Blooming Tasmania has a long list of where to find these bursting floral gifts at open public gardens and private estates all over Tasmania.
November has everything from crafts in Deloraine on the 4th, an Aussie vs S Africa test cricket match on Nov 12th in Hobart to the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival on the 19th.
December / January 2017
Alongside the usual end of year festivities and the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, the Falls Music and Arts Festival never fails to impress with its line-up of local, national and international acts and bands. Marion Bay is the place and you’ll want to be there from Dec 29 to Jan 1.
If it’s the strumming of an acoustic guitar on a blue sky day that makes you smile then the Cygnet Folk Festival could strike the right string for you in January as well.
The Taste of Tasmania kicks off on Hobart’s waterfront from December 28 to the 3rd of January in the new year. The Taste of Tasmania is a Hobart highlight that’s held every year on the waterfront from the 28th December until January 3.
Local seafood, cheeses, berries, boutique beers, ciders, wines and much more will send your appetite abuzz.
February / March
Is the month for another fab food fest, Festivale. It’s a three day celebration staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park featuring local food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment.
Once you’ve digested all that yummy goodness, it’s time to make some room for the Devonport Food & Wine Festival before heading south again for the ‘Taste of the Huon’ just a few weeks later.
Each year up to 300 of the world’s finest cars and drivers compete in Targa Tasmania car rally event. Over six days in February, more than 2000 kilometres (1200 miles) divers challenge each other on scenic routes and mountain passes in Tassie’s north west.
This is just a snapshot of what’s happening down, down under. For more information about any of these events click on any of the links below or head to the Discover Tasmania tourism site to search for more:
Photo Credits: Shutterstock, Pierre Destribats, Alastair Bett, Tourism Tasmania, Latrobe Council, Catherine Forge