Friday, January 20, 2012

Discover the very best of Tasmania this Autumn

Tasmania continues to thrive in autumn with an array of exciting events for visitors. Check out some of the great things to see and do in the coming months - like we needed any more reasons to get down to beautiful Tasmania for that perfect short break ... 

MoMa (MONA market)
MONA's newest attraction, MoMa (or MONA Market), held on the roof of MONA every Saturday afternoon. As with all things MONA, MoMa will have art (and a dash of quirkiness) in its veins. Visitors can expect locally grown, organic, and sustainable produce from the Derwent Valley, greater Hobart area and beyond, set alongside craft, art installations, 'other bizarre bits' and 'elements of the unexpected' (in their words).
When: Every Saturday afternoon, throughh to 14 April, 1.30pm to 6.30pm
Where: MONA's rooftop, 655 Main Road, Berriedale
How: Admission is free. 

Officially launching on March 3 at Ghost Rock Vineyard, the Devonport Food & Wine Festival is a month-long celebration of the region's glorious local cuisine and produce. Cooking classes, cook-offs, exotic barbecues, family picnics, wine and beer tastings, culinary-themed dinners hosted by celebrity chefs, indulgent long lunches in vineyards and other special events are just some of the gourmand treasures in store. The deliciously-packed program of events makes it a great time for food-lovers to explore Devonport.
When: Tuesday 1 March to Sunday 31 March
Where: At various locations throughout Devonport
How: Prices vary from event to event. 

The Taste of the Huon celebrates the epicurean treasures of the Huon Valley, from apples, cherries, berries and mushrooms to salmon and truffles. One of Tasmania's most popular regional events, Taste of the Huon is held over two days, bringing together the best of the Huon and Channel region's provenance, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts. 2012 will be the twentieth year of the festival.
When: Sunday 11 March to Monday 12 March 2012, 10am to 4pm (the event runs to 5.30pm on Sunday)
Where: Ranelagh Showgrounds, Ranelagh, 30 minutes drive south of Hobart. Special buses will run between the festival site and Hobart City.
How: Admission is $8 for adults. Children enter free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. 

The Longford Revival Festival made its debut in 2011 to celebrate the international motor racing heritage of the town. Longford played host to the world's greatest F1 racers in the 1950s and 60s, when it hosted the Australian Grand Prix on its 7.2km track. Although the track was closed in 1968, its most famous section, the Flying Mile, is specially reopened during the festival for car races and displays. The festival also plays host to the greatest automotive collection ever put together in the state, fine food and wine from the Tamar Valley, and live 60s music that recalls the town's hey-days.
When: Saturday 24 March to Sunday 25 March 2012
Where: Longford, 20 minutes (24km) south west of Launceston
How: Registrations are currently open for enthusiasts interested in racing or displaying their cars and motorbikes at the festival. There will be a general admission charge. 

Vintage in the Valley takes visitors on a harvest celebration at six of the most beautiful vineyards on the West Tamar Valley Wine Route. An additional six local wineries will join the celebration to present a bacchanal (moveable feast), where visitors can savour vintages from vineyard to vineyard complemented with fine local produce and lively entertainment.
When: Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 April 2012 (Easter long weekend)
Where: West Tamar Valley Wine Route - participating host wineries include Velo; Elmslie; Moores Hill; Marions Vineyard; Goaty Hill; and Holm Oak. Guest wineries will include Grey Sands Vineyard; Humbug Reach; Ninth Island; Winter Brook Vineyard; Tamar Ridge and Waterton Hall. 
How: For more information contact Velo Wines Tasmania on 03 6330 3677 or email.

The famous Targa Tasmania car rally has undergone an overhaul, with an additional 70 kilometres and an additional night added to the course. Kicking off with a street festival in Launceston on Thursday night, the competitors will then head for Strahan on Friday and Saturday, before the traditional finish in Hobart on Sunday afternoon. Targa is a must-see for automobile aficionados, as the best touring, sports, and Grand Touring (GT) cars gather on the state to drive through Tasmania's scenic but challenging tarmac roads.  
When: Tuesday 17 April - Sunday 22 April, 2012
Where: Various locations in Tasmania
How: Spectator information will be available on the Targa Tasmania website closer to the date.

Every autumn, Tasmanians follow the tradition of flocking to locations where the Fagus tree can be found, to witness its spectacular range of autumn colours from rust red through to brilliant gold. Called 'The Turning of the Fagus', this stunning sight can only be seen in Tasmania and nowhere else in the world.
What: Witness the fascinating Fagus tree as it turns a spectacular range of autumn colours
When: Late April and early May
Where: The best viewing spots include Mount Field National Park and Cradle Mountain National Park

Head to Tassie, rent a car and hit the road for some really special experiences! For a full and up-to-date listing of Tasmanian events and information on travelling to Tasmania, visit the Discover Tasmania website

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