The Southern Trove is home to a creative and clever bunch. There’s a joyful, eclectic energy that attracts people to the region’s annual festivals, shows and regattas. We’ve listed seven special events to pop in the diary—prepare to have a blast!
1. The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
Winter is no longer just for hibernating indoors—there’s plenty of festive fire outside to warm you! In July, dress in your finest pagan attire (think antlers, faux furs and foliage) and head to the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest to yell at some apple trees. Bang pots and pans to wake them up—next year’s crop (and importantly, future batches of cider) depends on you! Folk music will move you, storytellers will enchant you, and firelight feasts will warm your belly.
2. The Bruny Island Bird Festival
Bruny Island is a hot spot for bird lovers, and is home to all 12 species endemic to Tasmania, including the critically endangered forty-spotted pardalote, swift parrot, and Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle. The Bruny Island Bird Festival brings together science, conservation, community and creativity across four days. There are workshops, expert speakers, birdwatching tours and walks, photography classes, markets and cultural celebrations. This year, there’s also Nestbox Workshops and Gatepost Sculpture Workshops happening in the lead up.
Image: Chris Tzaros via @brunybirdfestival/Instagram
3. The Cygnet Folk Festival
The Cygnet Folk Festival is one of Australia’s most iconic folk music festivals, held annually on the second weekend in January. The festival is a rich cultural community event that showcases eclectic music genres, featuring local and international talent. The good vibes extend through dance, poetry, masterclasses, film, kids’ entertainment, food, wine, art and local handicrafts.
When: Annually on the second weekend in January (11 – 13 January 2019).
Who: All ages.
Tickets: Via the website.
4. A Taste of the Huon
Wear your stretchy pants—A Taste of the Huon is held every year over the long weekend in March. Head along and celebrate the food, wine, cider, entertainment, arts and crafts from the Huon Valley and Channel regions. Taste apples, cherries, mushrooms, salmon, berries, truffles, the local tipples, and more. There are plenty of attractions to keep the kids entertained.
When: Annually in March.
Where: Ranelagh Recreation Grounds.
Who: All ages.
Tickets: At the gate (adults $10, children 11-15 years $5, family $25).
5. The Huon Show
The Huon Show has everything you love about a good old fashioned country agricultural show. The show features competitions, entertainment, and a large line-up of agricultural equipment and machinery. Say hello to alpacas, cattle, goats, horses, poultry, and more. Get caught up in the excitement of woodchopping and sawing, watch the show jumping, grab a bite to eat, and peruse the arts and crafts.
When: Annually in November (Sunday 17 November 2018).
Where: Ranelagh Recreation Ground.
Who: All ages.
Tickets: At the gate (adults $10, u/16 $5, u/4 free, family $25).
6. Huon Tasmanian Salmon Port Esperance Regatta
The Port Esperance Regatta is on once a year in the pretty seaside town of Dover. It’s a fantastic way to spend the Easter long weekend, both on and off the water. Get swept up in the excitement of sailing races, taste yummy local food, and enjoy a great range of entertainment.
When: Easter long weekend (Friday 19 – Sunday 21 April 2019).
Where: Port Esperance Sailing Club, Dover.
Who: Sailing enthusiasts and social butterflies.
7. Middleton Country Fair & Scarecrow Competition
The Middleton Country Fair is all about fun! There are over 70 stalls, with arts and crafts, antiques and collectables, books, native and exotic plants, fresh produce, wine, cider, and sweets. Check out the trade displays, vintage cars, and sheep shearing. Enjoy live music and other fantastic performances. Keep an eye out for clever and quirky scarecrows—the scarecrow competition gets very competitive!
When: Annually on the first Saturday in February.
Where: Middleton Community Centre.
Who: All ages.
Tickets: On entry ($5 adults, children free).
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Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival | @vertigrator/Instagram