Farmgate Festival In The Tamar Valley

Exeter Opens Its Doors

WHAT SPARKS YOUR INTEREST?

Dalrymple Vineyards
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Ninth Island vineyard - Sample tastings and sales with a stunning view of the Tamar River below.
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Farmgate Festival In The Tamar Valley

Over 100 agricultural businesses will open their doors for those looking to see and taste the pride of Tasmania’s farmers. Northern Tasmania is brimming with goodness this time of year and this showcase always brings the best of farm-raised, garden grown and homemade Tasmanian specialties to the public.

When and What to Expect

Tamar Valley, Tasmania, AustraliaThe valley is known for its diverse blend of everything from milk to meats and fruits to flora. Farm representatives will be on hand to explain how they seed, nurture, grow, harvest and process their wares to ready them for sale. Hands-on experiences and cooking demonstrations are just some of the highlights during your visit to the Farmgate Festival.

Springtime comes alive at Exeter, where the Tamar River Valley and its scenic farmlands will host the festival annually in November.

Why Go?

For three days, visitors can observe and learn about the production of sheep’s milk cheese, sample wine varietals, savour the sweetness of flower honey and taste the freshness of organically grown apples. But that’s just a bit of the richness of this unique festival. Shimmering olive groves and fragrant fields of lavender provide for the senses a lush reminder of days gone by. Farmers in this area are eager to show how they have preserved the old methods and work diligently to bring to you the most delicious and fresh produce, meats and dairy products this side of the equator. Learn about raising healthy animals, processing ciders, the curing of olives and the making of naturally-based cosmetics, just to name a few of the ways in which visitors during the festival can get an insider’s view of how superior products make it to market.

Goodies Available

Willie Smiths Organic Apple Cider , Tasmania, AustraliaSpecialty items at each site are available for purchase. Olive oil, apple butter, truffle paste, lavender sweets and berry conserves are all favorites to taste and take home. If it’s meats you crave, cured pork and premium grade beef are on hand. Savoury cheeses, first-rate wines and aromatic hazelnuts also beckon. Over the years, farm participants have included Muddy Creek Apples, Tamar Valley Truffles, Village Olive Grove, Grinnels Dairy Farm and Grey Sands Vineyard. This is only a sampling of the many farms who have joined the Farmfest over the seasons. Plan your weekend getaway to learn more about Tasmania’s pride of outstanding food and beverage products.

Getting There

As the tour is self-driving, you can take your time at each location, leisurely visiting the farms that are of most interest to you. From Hobart, Exeter can be reached by Highway 1.

Tickets

Tickets to enter all farms along the route are $15 per adult, with children under 16 admitted free.

Where to Stay

Hazelcreek Cottages

Exeter - North

Situated on a lake, this cottage is within 15 km of Stoney Rise Vineyard, Winter Brook Vineyard, and Moores Hill. Marion’s Vineyard and Velo Winery are also within 20 km.
This smoke-free cottage features laundry facilities, a garden, and barbecue grills. Self parking is free. Other amenities include a picnic area.
All 2 accommodations feature kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves, plus furnished balconies or patios and sofa beds. Other amenities available to guests include living rooms, dining areas, and TVs.

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Situated in Gravelly Beach, this vacation home is close to Stoney Rise Vineyard. Area attractions also include Marion's Vineyard and Winter Brook Vineyard.

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Rosevears - North

Situated in Rosevears, this hotel is within 15 km of Velo Winery, Stoney Rise Vineyard, and Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. Marion's Vineyard and Winter Brook Vineyard are also within 20 km.

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Tamar River Apartments

Grindelwald - North

Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is within 10 km of Velo Winery, Stoney Rise Vineyard, and Tamar Island Wetlands Centre. Marion's Vineyard and Winter Brook Vineyard are also within 20 km.

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Aspect Tamar Valley Resort

Grindelwald - North

Set in Grindelwald, this family-friendly motel is within 15 km of Velo Winery, Tamar Island Wetlands Centre, and Stoney Rise Vineyard.

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