Simon Bryant's 25 year career includes cooking in Thai, Indian and award winning fine dining restaurants, a one year stretch as a butcher, working as Hilton Adelaide's Executive Chef and co-hosting 152 episodes of ABC Television's "The Cook and the Chef"
with South Australian food icon Maggie Beer.
He is also an author and Co-Creative Director for Tasting Australia, and in 2017 Simon will take on the role of festival director.
Simon is also a providore of single origin, traceable, non GM, Australian foods with his brand dirt(y); and a semi competent organic home vegie gardener. Simon strongly believes in using his profile to highlight ethical food issues, including paying fair prices to producers for ethically produced food; using local, seasonal, fresh ingredients with minimal environmental impact; the responsible and culturally appropriate use of Australian native foods; and in particular, the ethical treatment of animals in the food chain.
Above all, Simon is an advocate of simple produce driven cooking.
Festivale Lunch with Simon Bryant at Stillwater, Friday 10 February, 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Tickets available online www.ticketbooth.com.au
Cooking in the Conservatory with Simon Bryant, Craig Will and Fiona Hoskin, Sunday 12 February, 10.45am – 3.15pm
You can also catch Simon at Harvest Launceston on Saturday 11 February
Design Tasmania Courtyard Exhibition
The West Tamar Arts Group, in partnership with Design Tasmania, Festivale and the West Tamar Council present Mostly Metal exhibition by Pirjo Juhola.
Pirjo has created paintings and sculptures all her life, it is only relatively recently that she's found the means and opportunity to pursue art as a full time career. Her work is currently represented in exhibitions at the Rosevears Fine Art Gallery, as well as a new gallery Fanfare in Beauty Point. Pirjo was the recipient of the 2016 Bell Bay Aluminium People's Choice Award at the West Tamar Arts Group's Artentwine Sculpture Biennial 2016.
Pirjo experiments and improvises using commonly available and recycled materials - revealing the beauty of discarded metal or the potential of a roll of wire mesh for example - the narrative of her works is driven by indignation over injustices, inequalities and the destruction of our natural environment.
Design Tasmania is open Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm
MASTER CLASSES – TAMAR VALLEY WINE ROUTE EXPERIENCES
Indulge in a palate-pleasing array of Tasmanian wine, beer, spirits and produce. Engage with some of Tasmania's most inspirational food and beverage producers.
RAW! YOUNG TALENT ON STAGE
Launceston has a seemingly inexhaustible store of young talent. This is proven time and time again by the many local productions that give them the opportunity to perform. Some are lucky enough to have solo parts. But what if there were many more deserving young artists who don't get to strut their stuff? And so the idea of RAW! Young Talent on Stage, a busking competition for 18 to 35 year olds was born.
Presented by Theatre North at the Princess with Festivale. KPMG Stage, Saturday 12 February, starting 12.00pm, with a winner's performance at 2.30pm.
THE AMAZING DRUMMING MONKEYS!
Back by popular demand, The Amazing Drumming Monkeys is great entertainment for all ages. The brainchild of South Australian based percussionists, Xavier Beaubois and Troy Moore, the show features beautiful positive messages, such as caring for our environment, and getting along with each other.
Famous Australia-wide, this show is not to be missed!
KMPG Stage, Saturday & Sunday
New to Festivale! Fresh Comedy showcases local stand up talent on the KPMG Stage at 7.30pm.
Fun for the kids (and the young at heart!) in the Tiny Top – shows start at 6.00pm.
Meet the roaming performer Angelic as she entices you into her surreal world.
See Phoebe Divona, the winner of RAW! Young Talent on Stage 2016, on the VJAM Stage at 11.00am.
Don't miss The Amazing Drumming Monkeys, performing on the KPMG Stage at 11.30am and 2.40pm.
Watch out for the stallholder award announcements at 5.05pm on the VJAM Stage, then go and taste the winners!
Festivale favourites Agent 99 are back on the VJAM Stage at 7.00pm.
Meet Simon Bryant, Craig Will and Fiona Hoskin at The Tasmanian Food Co. Conservatory Cooking as they cook up a storm in the John Hart Conservatory.
The legendary James Morrison performs on the VJAM Stage at 1.00pm.
Local dancing talent is featured throughout the day on the KPMG Stage.