By Freya Ensbey.
The first event of the year on any gourmand’s calendar is
Tasmania’s biggest food festival, Festivale,
held in iconic Launceston. This year will see Festivale delivering its biggest
year yet, filled to the brim with activities and showcasing the regions finest
mixed salad of culinary talent dressed with world class beverages and a
sprinkling of live entertainment.
With a fierce appetite for adventure, food, local culture
and a sneaky glass or two of wine, we take to the Apple Isle and hit the ground
running at Festivale, bringing you live updates. For those of you who are a
little overwhelmed with so much on offer, we have created a schedule from dawn
to dusk, with our must do and see picks for this year’s Festivale.
Beat the crowd and grab your general admission tickets here. Day
passes start at just $20 for the Friday, Saturday at $25 and Sunday $15, with
family bundle packs available to receive a discount when bringing the whole
family. Masterclass and experience tickets are now on sale via Ticketbooth starting
at $25. A general admission ticket is also required to attend any of the
masterclasses or experiences.
For information on the go, Festivale has a free app that you can download, APPLE HERE | ANDROID HERE.
2nd February 2018
Wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed today, as you
anticipate what’s ahead for your very first day of the festival. Be sure to
start your day on the right foot with a cup of coffee from local Bryher Café and Caterers set along
George Street, and be sure to grab yourself a freshly baked slice, muffin or
donut whilst you’re there to tie over your hunger until noon.
12pm – 3pm:
Friday sees the first official event of the weekend’s
festival at renowned local Chef hatted restaurant Stillwater,
with a decadent lunch hosted by Karen Martini. Working in collaboration with
Stillwater’s Executive Chef, Craig Will and his team, Karen will design and
cook a lunch menu showcasing Tasmanian produce, each course being paired with a
glass of Goaty Hill wine. Tickets for
the luncheon are $165, and seats are limited so be sure to book
your place here (now sold out) to avoid
missing out on experiencing the highlight event of Festivale.
5.30pm – Late:
After your long lunch, make your way back to City Park in
the heart of Launceston to get your boogie on with an evening of live
entertainment kicking off at 5.30pm. A number of stalls this year will be
offering share platters as an easy option to enjoy with friends, so delve into a
gourmet spread, grab a glass of wine and tap your toes to the likes of Mason
Weller and Medhanit Barratt or perhaps partake in 2 hours of side splitting laughter
while you watch stand-up comedy from local and interstate comedians. End your
night by catching ARIA Award winning songwriter and actress Clare Bowditch on
the VJAM Stage at 9.30pm.
3rd February 2018
11.30am – 12.15pm:
Pack your pen and paper today as it is a jam-packed day of
schooling for those who are eager to sink your teeth into some inside knowledge
at Festivale. Start your weekend with an educational Masterclass on "Sparkling
Wine, and the Importance of Being Aged.” This masterclass will teach you everything
you need to know on the ageing process of wine and the chemistry behind why It
can create a better taste overall to your favourite drop, giving you the chance
to taste for yourself the effects of ‘tirage age' on sparkling wines of
2.30pm – 3.15pm:
Think cheese can only be matched with wine? Not according to
Nathan Calman, Head Brewer at James
Boag Brewery and Ueli Berger, Head Cheese Maker at King Island Dairy. Ideal
for the men and couples out there, their Masterclass "Four Beers, Four Cheese” will
have you tasting your way through a selection of beers accompanied with an
iconic selection from King Island
Dairy, satisfying both cheese and beer lovers.
4pm – 4.45pm:
Chocolate and Wine, it’s enough to get anyone’s attention at
the end of a long day. Join presenters Natasha Nieuwhof, from Goaty Hill Wines
and Theresa Streefland, Director of Cocobean Chocolate for "Indulge
– Chocolate and Wine.” Explaining there is more than just recommending a red or
white wine and simply choosing a milk or dark chocolate, this masterclass will
have you pairing the two seamlessly for an indulgent moment shared with a loved
Be sure to stick around the main stage, VJAM, after dinner
to catch headlining iconic Australian band, CHOIRBOYS, rocking out to classic
hits like ‘Boys Will Be Boys,’ ‘Struggle Town’ and ‘Never Gonna Die.’
4th February 2018
10.30am – 11.15pm:
Discover the pick of the crop with the judges of this year’s
Festivale Wine Awards, "Best of the Best” as they lead you through a tasting of
the winning wines from this year’s awards, explaining why each of the wines are
considered to be at the top of their game.
1.30pm – 2.15pm:
Make sure you have lined your stomach with a hearty lunch
from the selection of food stalls on offer, before you take on "Whisky – More
Than Meets the Eye.” With the popularity of whisky ever increasing, come along
and hear from one of the most recent additions to the world of whisky
distilling along with one of the most established and recognised Tasmanian
whisky distilleries. Join Chris Condon from Launceston Distillery and Mark
Littler from Hellyers Road
Distillery as they take you on a journey of Tasmanian whisky tastings.
3pm – 3.45pm:
We all have been served wine variations in different glass
shapes and sizes and you will learn just how much difference this can make to the
overall taste at masterclass "Plumm Glassware – Does the wine glass really
matter?” Join Plumm Ambassador, Jared
Dickason and winemaker Julian Allport, as they take you on a journey of
discovery on how important a glass can be to enjoying a fine wine. Be ready to
enjoy Julian’s superb range of Tasmanian wines with style specific glassware,
learning how the correct wine glass can enhance the taste and drinking
experience beyond your imagination.
For the adventurous who still manage to find a
little time up their sleeve, be sure to check out our list of top things to do
whilst visiting Launceston.