Festivale Launceston

When it comes to summer festivals, two great events in Tasmania come to mind. The Taste of Tasmania is well known in the south as the event must see for the summer, but its northern cousin, Festivale, is equally important.

Festivale is northern Tasmania’s opportunity to shine and celebrate the best of summer with the best of the regions’s food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment, all rolled up into one three day event from Friday the 7th to Sunday the 9th 2014.

Held annually in Launceston’s City Park under the beautiful Elm trees, the event is perfect for couples or families wanting to make the most of the summer. The events draws up to 35,000 people each year and has transformed over the years from a humble multi-cultural street party to what it is today, a celebration of what Tasmania, and in particular, what northern Tasmania has to offer the world.

The event runs over three consecutive days including Friday night, Saturday and Sunday and provides visitors with an enormous selection of food and wine plus first class entertainment options.

In fact there is so much to do, instead of just offering one day tickets, the organisers now offer a full three day pass (but here’s a secret, you need to buy them in advance as they are not available at the gate).

Friday night is all about food, wine, beer and entertainment. The latter is sure to fill the evening with options for kids including being a clown and the commencement of the International Buskers with their wide selection of acts.  There’s face painting, craft and ballooning too just to keep the little ones occupied.

For the rest, the night kicks off with a range of performances from local and interstate acts.

Saturday sees the start of the Master Class Series, where you can get up close with local producers and find out more about your favourite drops. From wine basics, to cheese and beers through to the search for the holy grail of Pinot Noir, these Master Classes will educate and enthrall. Be sure to book early though at the Launceston Travel and Information Centre.

For the kids on Saturday, there are plenty of events including music tree singing workshop, the fairies dance workshop and a host of roving entertainers around the park including stilt walkers and circus performers.

On the performing stage, bands, artists, dance performers and circus performers will be doing their thing all day from 11am through to around 11pm.

Sunday is more food and wine, or perhaps a refreshing local cider, but either way the entertainment continues.

This is one action packed weekend that shouldn’t be missed, and staying for the three day festival is recommended. There are plenty of great accommodation choices in close vicinity to the City Park area, but a word of advice, they do book out early so don’t delay!

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