We know you consider yourselves foodies as much as we do, so we thought we’d let you in on some seriously epic winter foodie events.
There’s a few things they have all got in common—they all feature impressive local produce, they all celebrate and make the most of this wintery weather, and they’re all totally unique experiences that you’ll store in the ol’ memory bank and look back on fondly.
Here are ten of the best foodie events that we’ll be hitting up in the coming months. For more information and even more winter-warming experiences, head to the Tasmania-Go Behind The Scenery website.
1. Indulgent Winter Weekend Of Tassie Pinot Noir And Truffles
You know it’s winter (and your foodie obsession is out of control) when you’re counting the sleeps until a Pinot and Truffle celebration. The geniuses at one of Launceston’s best restaurants, Stillwater, have pared two of the greatest foodie gifts—pinot and truffles—and then created a full weekend program of events to celebrate the two. From a pinot showcase to a six course dinner and a truffled egg breakfast, there’s something for ever truffle lover. It’ll be running from 28 – 30 July. Check out the whole program and book your tickets here.
2. ‘Yulefest’ On The West Coast Wilderness Railway
Because we’re secretly a bit jealous of our northern hemisphere cousins enjoying Christmas in winter, rugged up by the fire, we embrace any Christmas in July festival with some serious pizzaz.
The West Coast Wilderness Railway knows what’s what, and is celebrating Christmas In July for the whole month. The four-hour journey in the Wilderness Carriage will not only take you meandering though some of the most stunning scenery you’ll ever see, you’ll get to enjoy a 'Yulefest' menu, complete with mulled wine while you do it! Sign us up.
3. Dark Mofo Winter Feast
You’re probably already familiar with the artistic portion of Dark Mofo, the festival hosted by Mona (Museum of Old and New Art ) in Hobart each year, but it should also be the pinnacle of your feasting calendar. The centrepiece of Dark Mofo is the Winter Feast: both a celebration of the winter solstice and an ode to medieval harvest feasts. Running from Friday 9 June to Sunday 11 June and Thursday 15 June to Sunday 18 June, you can expect an abundance of local produce and some seriously impressive dishes and wines. Tickets are essential, and you can book them right here.
4. The Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival
The Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival is set in the heart of (you guessed it) the Huon Valley, which lies south of Hobart. A mystical event that celebrates all things apples (BIG business in the region) the festival is a magical weekend, set around around a bonfire. Beyond the celebration, music, performers and ghoulish traditions, you’ll also find some of Tassie’s finest food trucks and vendors. From American BBQ to wines, ciders, doughnuts and everything in between, the tucker is reason enough to trot along. Runs Friday 14 July to Sunday 16 July.
5. Tasmanian Whisky Week
As far as winter food and beverage events go, Tasmanian Whisky Week has got to be right up there when it comes to getting into the spirit of things. With 20 different whisky distilleries from around the state participating in hosting talks, dinners and tastings, it really should be the ONLY reason you need to book flights south, right this very second.
You can get all the info here, but the main thing you need to know is that it’s the ultimate experience for those that dig a little history and a few great stories from behind the scenes of some of the world’s very best whisky makers. Runs Friday 4 August to Sunday 13 August.
6. Festival Of Voices Coastal
The renowned FoV Coastal in Tasmania isn’t just a celebration of sound. Well, it mostly is, BUT between 30 June and 2 July, you can enjoy it in the comfort of one of the states most picturesque settings—Tassie's East Coast. With a number of performances along the coast, it’s set to be a magical experience. Listen to some of the best voices in the country (and from around the world) at Devil's Corner Vineyard on Sunday 2 July while sipping on our winter beverage of choice – red wine! And of course soaking up that seriously Insta-worthy view.
7. Winter Cooking Classes At The Agrarian Kitchen
We’re utterly smitten with the array of experiences on offer at The Agrarian Kitchen, a farm based cooking school in the Derwent Valley, a short drive from Hobart.
With everything from single-day cooking schools to specialty masterclasses conducted over several days, there’s something here for everyone. You don’t need to have any real cooking skills to really enjoy the experience, though a love of food is obviously a bonus.
The Agrarian Experience is our pick for its diversity, but there’s also several meat-based classes that have piqued our fancy. All classes have a strong emphasis on nose-to-tail (not wasting any part of an animal) and using locally grown, seasonal produce.
Classes are led by Rodney Dunn—former editor of Gourmet Traveller and apprentice chef of Tetsuya Wakuda—and are all completely seasonal. There are several dedicated winter classes up for grabs in the coming months. For a full program of what’s on offer, head here.
8. Great Chefs Series
Stop watching Masterchef and experience the world’s greatest chefs with your own two eyes. Returning for another foodgasmic year, the Great Chefs Series sees the likes of Dominique Crenn, Jacques Reymond and Christian Puglisi cooking alongside Tasmania’s up-and-coming culinary champions.
Choose from drool-worthy degustation dinners that pair the freshest Tasmanian produce with local wines. Check out the dates and details here.
9. Winter On The Farm At Fat Pig Farm
Tour your way through Fat Pig Farm this winter, which is exactly as much fun as you expect. A true paddock to plate experience, you’ll meet and greet some of their biggest pigs on Wednesday July 12. Harvest produce for a lazy late lunch, before a hands-on cooking masterclass. After a hard day of eating, cooking and petting animals, you can curl up for a winter feast complete with wine and local treats. Check out all the details here.
10. Chocolate Winterfest
Chocolate lovers, unite. This is the most indulgent event of the season! Running on Sunday 13 August, the Chocolate Winterfest will see Tasmania’s best cacao-loving producers gather for one lip-licking day. Expect chocolate truffles, chocolate workshops, chocolate exhibits and (obviously) hot chocolate. Check out the details here.
Curious? To get amongst it and experience all Tassie has to offer this winter—start your story here.
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Image credit: Adam Gibson, Samuel Shelley, Alice Hansen, Nick Osborne and Pete Harmsen, all supplied by Tourism Tasmania.'