OUTBACK FESTIVALS, SHOWS AND EVENTS
For details and dates of all the Agricultural Shows and Field Days held in Tasmania each year, check out the web site at:
Agricultural Show Council of Tasmania: http://www.ascti.com.au/societies/
The following web sites are worth a look to see what festivals and events might be happening in South Australia:
Henley on the Mersey - January (Australia Day Weekend)
Celebrate Australia's proud heritage and pioneering spirit as well as our unique quirkiness at Henley on the Mersey and offers visitors a vast array of entertainment and family based activities such as: Betta Boat Race, Ferret Racing, Archery, Whip Cracking Competition, Track & Field Events, Egg Throwing Competition, Sheaf Tossing Competition, Spud Picking Competition, Triathlon, Heritage Display, Model Off-Road Cars, Ferret Chocolate Wheel, Croquet, Great Aussie Cherry Spit Competition, Wood Chopping, Spray On Tattoos, Remote Control Boats, Dragons Abreast, Miniature Pony & Cart Rides, Historic Machinery, Veteran Cars, High Country Riders, Helicopter Rides, Gumboot Throwing Competition, Face Painting, Hurdy Gurdy Rides, Art Exhibition and Market Stalls ... and more! Web: http://www.henleyonmersey.com.au/.
Cygnet Folk Festival - January
The pubs, halls, cafes, parks and streets of Cygnet will come alive with music as local and international folk artists take to the open-air stage. For more information have a look at their website: http://www.cygnetfolkfestival.org
Tasmanian Mountain Cattlemen's Assocation ANNUAL GET TOGETHER - February
This is a really enjoyable weekend for the whole family with a packed agenda of events to keep everyone amused over the two days with lots of horse displays, whip cracking, various horse races, trail rides, dog high jump and lots more. For all the details, dates and program, visit the TMCA web page: http://tmca.net.au.
The Australian Wooden Boat Festival - February 2019
Staged on Hobart’s historic Sullivan’s Cove waterfront docks. The scene is alive with maritime activity including an enormous collection of wooden boats of all descriptions; a big display of model boats; many permanent and temporary food outlets with an emphasis on fresh Tasmanian seafood; nautical skill demonstrations; live music and theatre; boat handling demonstrations, trade exhibitions, community groups and much more. Web: http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/
Party in the Paddock - White Hills - February
Pull up a hay bale and party under the open summer sky to a line-up of top emerging independent Aussie musicians over one day and two nights with camping included onsite at this BYO event.. Web: http://www.partyinthepaddockfestival.com.au
Koonya Garlic Festival - February
Sample fine Tasmanian garlic at various gourmet food and beverage stalls, enter garlic bulb competitions, with garlic talks, and classes for making delicious garlic-infused dishes. For more information go to their Website: http://www.koonyagarlicfestival.com
Longford Blessing of the Harvest - March
To celebrate Tasmania's harvest the historic town of Longford throws a festival that retains the themes and activities of a true country fair. Web: http://longfordharvest.com
Taste the Harvest Festival Devonport - March
The Taste the Harvest Festival is held in March at Roundhouse Park, on the Devonport foreshore. The aim of the festival is to celebrate the diversity of fantastic produce that is available on the North West Coast and is co-ordinated by a dedicated committee, made up of members of the City of Devonport Lions Club, who are supported by volunteers, Devonport City Council, Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group and Soroptimist International. Events and activities include food & wine tasting, entertainment, and festival fun for the whole family. For all the festival details and dates, check out: http://www.tastetheharvest.org.au
SteamFest - March
The first SteamFest was held at Sheffield in 1994 and it has been held ever since each year on Tasmania’s March long weekend. It’s the Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society’s major fund raiser. The weekend features extensive displays of vintage machinery, train rides, traction engines, steam rollers, vintage cars, farm tractors, tractor pulling competitions, demonstrations of farm practices from the steam era – e.g. sheep shearing, threshing, stone crushing etc.- stationary engines, craft displays, bands, entertainment for both adults and children. Web: http://www.redwater.org.au/
Bream Creek Show - March
Locals vie for the State's wood chopping title amid country show festivities with yard dog trials, horse events, rides and vintage machinery displays. Browse and purchase produce, crafts and arts. Web: http://www.breamcreekshow.com.au
Tasmania International Mural Fest - March/April (Easter)
Be captivated by this truly unique art competition and exhibition held annually in Sheffield, "The Town of Murals" in Tasmania. International Mural Fest is both a mural art competition and festival held annually at Easter in Sheffield, Tasmania's 'Town of Murals'. The first of its kind in the world, the competition is held in Mural Park, a purpose-built 'outdoor art gallery' in the heart of Sheffield, and attracts artists and visitors from around the nation and globe. Web: http://www.muralfest.com.au/
Convicts and Wenches Trail Race- April
Now if you are in Tassie and feeling fit you may like to try the Convicts & Wenches race. This race is held in the Narawntapu National Park at Greens Beach just north of Launceston. The race is designed to commemorate our convict heritage and there are a number of options from a 5km walk or run to a solo 50km marathon. Next race date Sunday 5 March 2017. For more go to: www.convictsandwenchesmarathon.com.
Agfest - May
See 700 exhibitors showcase things for the farm and home from machinery, automotive, livestock to jewellery, with pioneering agricultural displays, draught horses and rides. Web: http://www.muralfest.com.au/
Campbell Town Show -June
A long-running favourite with an animal nursery, dog trials, sheering and equestrian events, wood chopping, fashions, craft, ute competitions, food expos and stalls. Web: http://www.campbelltownshow.com.au
The Market at Franklin -June
Huon Valley locals showcase fruit and vegetables, eggs, pastries and conserves, olive oil and plants plus ceramic, wooden and textile crafts, including jewellery and alpaca products from the region. Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/themarketatfranklin/:
Australian Antarctic Festival Hobart - September
With a series of exhibitions, open days, entertainment and lectures, this Festival was held in September 2016, you will be enthralled by Antarctica. A fascinating look at the work Australia does in the coldest, highest, driest and windiest place on earth. Meet the expeditioners and scientists, the tradespeople and the chefs, and be intrigued, surprised, entertained and amused at the details of how people live and work at -40 degrees Celsius, or go for a refreshing dip when the temperature climbs to zero! Hopefully this Festival will run again in 2017.
For more go to: http://www.antarcticfestival.com.au/about-the-antarctic-festival/
Flinders Island Agricultural Show – October
A traditional agricultural and pastoral event for the whole family with sheep, cattle and wool displays, equestrian and wood chopping competitions and plenty of produce and food. For more details ph: 0439 673 401, email: email@example.com,
The 161st running of the Longford Show is due to be held on October 21st. It gets of to an early start with the show jumping commencing at 8.30am then there's sheep and dog judging and even demos on how to rescue snakes. Of course there will be a wood chop competition and lots more. For details see: http://longfordshow.com.au.
Tasmania Craft Fair – Oct/November
Australia’s premier arts and crafts event, the Tasmanian Craft Fair is held early November and is spread over many different venues in the picturesque township of Deloraine in northern Tasmania. For more details ph: 0458 705 790, web http://www.tascraftfair.com.au.
Zeehan Gem and Mineral Fair - 1st weekend in November after the Melbourne Cup
The Zeehan Gem and Mineral fair is an annual event located in Zeehan on the West Coast of Tasmania. There are also Market stalls, CWA Art and Craft Exhibition, Garage Sales, Zeehan Primary School Fair and lots more in town that weekend. It is held the first weekend after The Melbourne Cup. For all the details, check out their web site: http://zeehangemandmineralfair.com/, and have a look at their Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zeehan-Tasmania-Gem-and-Mineral-Fair/171452423514
Bicheno Food & Wine Festival – November
If you love food and wine why not spend the day rubbing shoulders with some of the leading local wine and beer makers, chefs and food producers that all hail from Tasmania's sunny east coast. Classes, tastings, workshops and live music are all on offer. Check out their web page for more details: https://www.bichenofestivals.com.au
Tasmania - Agricultural Shows
The following Agricultural Shows are happening in November & December in Tasmania. For more details on these and other shows in Tasmania held throughout the year, check out the web site of the Agricultural Show Council, web: http://www.ascti.com.au/
Scottsdale Show – November
The annual agricultural show at Scottsdale Northeast Tasmania is the showcase for the region's agricultural diversity and wealth. Includes horse events, wood chopping and shearing competitions. Held at the Scottsdale Show Grounds. Check out their web site for all the details: http://www.scottsdaleshow.org.au
Huon Show – November
Known as “The Show of the South”, it is held in November at the Ranelagh Showground, Ranelagh. Events and activities include homecrafts, horse riding, livestock judging, ute muster, wood chopping and dog high jumping. Check out their web site for all the details: http://huonshow.com.au.
Devonport Show - last Friday & Saturday of November
The Devonport Show is held annually on the last Friday and Saturday of November. The show offers fun for the entire family, including carnival rides, prizes to be won, family entertainment and even fireworks. The show runs for two days and brings in people from all across the North West Coast and even statewide.
The Devonport Agricultural & Pastoral Society also runs a Farmers Market which is held at the Devonport Showgrounds on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month from 8:30am – 12:00pm. The market allows local farmers to sell their produce and the public to browse and purchase local crafts and handmade items. There is also a Car Boot sale and is a great family day out to keep all members of the family entertained. For more information on the Show and other events, check out the web site: http://www.devonportshowsociety.org.au/
Circular Head Agricultural Society Show – Early December on a Saturday - Competitions inclue cattle, equestrian, exhibition hall, kennel, chopping and also showgirl and showboy. There is also cooking demonstrations, a sideshow alley, grand parade, agricultural machinery displays, food stalls and much more. Check out the web site: http://www.circularheadshow.com.au/
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