Five Events Not to Miss in Tassie This Summer
MONA’s annual summer music festival is as eclectic as you would expect from Australia’s most cutting-edge gallery. Curated by veteran rocker Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes – a Tassie transplant – the program is a mash of music, performance and art held in venues across the city, but with the fantabulous Museum of Old and New Art at its heart.
The party will be going 15-22 January 2018, make sure you are there you experience its unique atmosphere and all-encompassing program of artists, creatives and activities.
Looking for something a bit more upmarket? This high-goal polo match (January 20) brings local and international stars of the sport to the Barnbougle Golf Course, on the north coast of Tasmania, for a day of horseback rivalry.
Off the links, there’s plenty to do besides watch the sporting action. This is an event designed for dressing up, sampling fresh oysters – and even fresher cocktails – and enjoying the atmosphere. If that’s not your style, car-boot parking is also available – BYO food and alcohol, and enjoy a picnic field-side.
Launceston will host one heck of a party this 2-4 February 2018 – when tens of thousands of locals and visitors flock to Launceston’s picturesque City Park for Festivale - a celebration of food and wine, music and arts.
Sit at one of the long tables under the fairy light-festooned trees and feast on everything from pizza to salmon. Take a masterclass, watch an alfresco cooking class or just relax on the grass and enjoy the buzzing atmosphere and great music line-up.
The National Penny Farthing Championships
Evandale, a beautifully preserved heritage town about 20 minutes south of Launceston, plays to its historic ties as host of the annual National Penny Farthing Championships (the penny farthing being a late 19th-century bicycle with a very large front wheel and a very small back one).
On 24 February 2018 the bicycle races are the main event of the Evandale Village Fair, which also offers up entertainment, food, street theatre, children’s events and veteran cars.
Bridestowe Farm Lavender Tour
Who needs Provence? Take a Bridestowe Farm Lavender Tour, visit the old tractor sheds and oil distillery, sample essential oils and taste fresh honey and herbs. You will be taken aback by its beauty and fragrance of this striking lavender farm.
You can walk amongst the flowers and catch their perfume on the cool summer breeze from December until early February, when harvest is completed. Marvel at the rows upon rows of purple buds baking in the sun, watch distillation in action, and join our apiarist as they harvest the finest lavender flower honey.