Festivale, one of Tasmania's premier summer events, is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmanian food, Tasmanian wine, Tasmanian beer, arts and entertainment. Staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park the ambience of the outdoor event is unique.
Launceston City Park
The City Park, is only a few minutes walk from Launceston’s CBD, Festivale features the best Tasmanian produce, cool climate wines, beers and entertainment in a historically and culturally significant outdoor location on the fringe of Launceston Tasmania. Under historic elm trees, family and friends can relax in the wide open space of Launceston’s City Park.
Festival 2018 dates
Friday 2nd February - 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Saturday 3rd February – 11:00am to 11:00pm
Sunday 4th February 10:00am to 4:00pm
Want to know more
We launch our exciting line-up of food, beverage and entertainment in October. To ensure you don’t miss our 2018 lineup announcement, register your interest by signing up to our newsletter in the footer below.
Early Bird tickets on sale Sunday 1 October 2017
Purchase tickets here
2018 details will be published later this year.
Highlights from Festivale 2017
Festivale 2017 featured an amazing range of quality Tasmanian producers showcasing food, wine, beer, cider, whisky and spirits, coffee and non-alcoholic beverages.
Headline act – Adam Brand
Whatever gives Aussie music its heart, Adam Brand breathes plenty of life into its soul. For more than fifteen years, Brand has been one of the country’s best-loved and most successful recording artists.
Australian soul and RnB band, The Badloves originated in Melbourne in late 1989. With a string of hits throughout the 90’s, the band has released six albums, won two Australian Music Awards, three ARIA awards and has worked with numerous industry legends including Jimmy Barnes, Baby Animals, Lenny Kravitz and Hall & Oates.
Having cut their teeth on Melbourne’s eclectic music scene in the late 90’s, Taxiride’s original line up is back together. With amazing harmonies, the guitars, the hit songs and the distinctive sound that made them such a huge success locally and internationally, Taxiride will take you on a journey to a time where music and songs had meaning and emotion.
Headline act - James Morrison
James Morrison is known throughout the world for his sheer brilliance as a jazz musician and an all round entertainer. He is constantly on the move, touring everywhere and anywhere fine music has an audience. His recordings are best sellers and James works with the cream of the world’s best performers. Ray Brown called him “The Genius” and Dizzy Gillespie called him “One of The Best” but Wynton Marsalis summed it up: “Man, James Morrison can play!”
Buskers and roving entertainment
Hula hoops, acrobatics, freaky body contortions – acts that will make you hold your breath in excitement! Expect the unexpected, lots of fun and laughs galore.
A palate-pleasing array of Tasmanian wine, beer, spirits and produce. Engage with some of Tasmania’s most inspirational food and beverage producers.
Conservatory Cooking Demonstrations
The Tasmanian Food Co presents three one hour cooking demonstrations in the John Hart Conservatory with guest chefs Simon Bryant, from ABC TV’s “The Cook and the Chef”, Craig Will, executive chef, Stillwater and Fiona Hoskin, formerly of Fee and Me fame. Simon, Craig and Fiona will share their culinary secrets and experiences and inspire you to try something new at home!
KID I AM
You’ll find Kid I Am in the big tent this year, with hands-on activities for kids aged 3-12 years throughout the entire weekend. The tent will feature a Craft Zone and a Brain Zone.
In the Craft Zone, kids can explore their artistic side, make a designer jewellery piece, and get hands on with a woodwork activity.
Each year Festivale recognises the outstanding efforts of stallholders with the Festivale Stall Awards: Best Dessert, Best Taste Plate, Best New Stall, Best Wine Stall, Best Overall Stall, Best Accessibility, Environmentally Friendly Stall, Chairman’s Award.
Open to all wine stallholders at Festivale. Winners will be awarded in the following classes: Sparkling, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Grigio, best other red and best other white.
The growing popularity of cider is evident by the increasing number of quality cider houses showcased at Festivale every year. Festivale’s Cider Awards recognize outstanding cider producers in the following classes: Best Cider, Best Perry and Best non-traditional.