Tasmania may be too far off the map for many travelers; but, while it basks in the summer of the Southern Hemisphere, this Australian state is holding one of the country’s best and biggest food festivals. From local cuisines and wines to regional artists and entertainers, Festivale 2014 will highlight all that is unique – and edible – to the island.
Called “Tassie” by its many proud residents, the state is renowned for fresh seafood, micro-brewed beer, fruits and cheeses. Cider experts, celebrity chefs and international buskers add prestige to the event’s world-famous tastes.
During the three-day festival, held in Launceston’s City Park, visitors can sample home-grown produce such as marine farmed Pacific oysters, cloth-strained aged chedders, east coast pinot gris, and cherry ciders. Over 100 wines from 23 Tasmanian wineries will compete for Festivale’s top wine awards.
Festivale runs from Friday, February 7 – Sunday, 9th, with three-day tickets selling online for $39.00. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate, upon entry.
Kelli Mutchler left a small, Midwest American town to prove that Yanks can, and do, chose alternative lifestyles. On the road for five years now, Kelli has tried news reporting and waitressing, bungy jumping and English teaching. Currently working with Burmese women refugees in Thailand, she hopes to pursue a MA in Global Development. Opportunities and scenes for international travel are encouraged on her blog, www.toomutchforwords.com.