Since 1992, “A Taste of the Huon” has been the premier festival for people who love indulging in fine food and wine and who appreciate arts and crafts. During the annual two-day festival in March, the township of Ranelagh in the Huon Valley comes alive with more than 20,000 visitors ready to partake of nature’s bounty. You’ll understand why Tassie is known as the “Apple Isle” during your time at “A Taste of the Huon”. But apples aren’t the only things on the table. There’s also cider, berries, mushrooms, vineyards, and lots more. To complete the festivities, there is a wide array of entertainment, exhibitions, and other exciting activities lined up.
In a nutshell: eat, drink, watch performances, drink, and then eat some more. This nutshell, however, is a rather big one. There is an abundance of food and drink to be had, so you better bring your appetite with you.
While there are changes to the programme and exhibitors every year, you can have a taste of the locals’ various specialities for sure.
Do you want something filling? Smoked meats and burgers are there for the taking. Do you have a sweet tooth? Try the fruit pies, crepes, ice creams, and freshly picked fruits. Feeling parched? Tassie’s cool climate wines will soothe your throat. And of course, you have to try the cider, which the Huon Valley is known for.
Be warned: there can be almost a hundred restaurants and stalls with irresistible treats, so pace yourself.
Arts and crafts can also be found aplenty. When you’ve had your fill, shop around. From woodworks to embroidery to natural soap to flowers--you’ll want a memento of your “A Taste of the Huon” experience.
Do you need to keep the kids occupied? There are dedicated activities for children ranging from a social circus to face painting.
At “A Taste of the Huon”, there is no room for boredom.
For a small fee, you can enjoy the entire festival with the family. There are adult passes, children passes, and family passes available.
From Hobart, take your car and drive south for about 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the bus, which also departs from Hobart. Bus service runs 7 days a week.
- Free parking is available
- No BYOB
- Pets are not allowed
- The festival is a 100% smoke-free event
- The festival is an outdoor event, so bring mats or portable chairs, and find the perfect spot to relax