Mar
10
2013

Tasmania is renowned for its many food and wine festivals, but every now and then there's one that manages to stand out from the rest, with the King Island Long Table Festival one that is sure to surprise and delight visitors and locals alike!

King Island is a location "famous for its cheese and beef", counting seafood, "abundant" game foods and locally grown fruits and vegetables among their delicious line of produce too.

Co-founder of the Long Table Festival, Cynthia Daniel, says that the festival offers activities not usually available to tourists, and is a "rare opportunity" to get a behind the scenes look at life on the island.

The foodie gathering is a three-day event that showcases all the island has to offer from "paddock to plate".

The Long Table Festival includes kitchen sessions, farm tours and a fantastic four hour long lunch!

The first day of the festival will see visitors venture out to Camp Creek Organic Market Garden in the morning, then make King Island seafood discoveries at Currie Wharf, take a trip to the Hydro Renewable Energy Wind and Solar Farm, tuck into a picnic lunch, then spend the afternoon at a bee apiary, beef farm and dairy farm.

The second festival day is jam-packed with kitchen sessions and culture tours with an array of activities such as a kelp craft shop, learning secrets from the chef in preparing a gourmet meal, visiting an alpaca farm and heading out on a penguin tour.

The last day of the festival has the last kitchen session on breadmaking, where the chefs will instruct you on how to make the perfect focaccia, and seek your cooking expertise in the final preparation of the festival's banquet.

The final grand event, the four hour Long Table Lunch, will round around at 12:30 with guests tucking into the island's most delicious produce at the Golf and Bowling club for an afternoon of gourmet delights and fantastic company.

Tickets are $150 per person (resident rate $85 per person) and are available now at the Currie Newsagency or by direct deposit and cheque. Details are available from the Long Table website.

The Long Table Sitting on King Island

Setting on the Long Table on the 4th Festival

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Mar
09
2013

Excellent wine, divine cheese and fresh seafood – what more could you want in a food journey of Richmond with Herbaceous Tours!

If you have a great passion for food and wine, then why not hook up with Herbaceous Tours who can show you the gems of the historic town of Richmond.

The village holds a number of significant buildings including the old Richmond Gaol, with the area identified as the "halfway mark" between the penal settlement at Port Arthur and Hobart.

Richmond is now renowned for its "prime wine and olive area", with fruits such as apricots, nectarines and cherries grown in the village, with their oyster farms also worth a mention.

Tour guests will travel from the capital city of Hobart out to the Coal River Valley to make their first stop at Puddleduck Vineyard, who count fantastic wines such as 'Bubbleduck' and 'Bazil' Signature among their products.

Cheese connoisseurs can then get their taste fix with a visit to the next stop, Wicked Cheese Co.

Sample some of Ashley and Jennifer's award winning cheeses, which are made from milk produced by chemical and hormone free cows. Don't forget to take a few of these local Richmond cheeses home with you!

On the next stop, you can explore the village, stopping at the Richmond Bakery for a bite or walking over Australia's oldest functional bridge!

Palmara Vineyard is next on the tour schedule, with a range of soft fruity wines including chardonnay, pinot noir and blended white montage.

Wine fans can again rejoice as Meadowbank Vineyard is the next stop, and is one of the largest in terms of size in the valley!

The last stop is the home of the popular, award winning Sullivans Cover Whiskey – Tasmania Distillery.

This holds a range of different whiskeys as well as Mt Wellington Gin and Storm Bay Vodka!

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Historic Richmond Gaol - Image Credit: richmondvillage.com.au

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Mar
08
2013

Looking for a Hobart bar to indulge in a cheeky brew? If you're a bit of a motorbike enthusiast and an all-round petrolhead, then head on down to Joe's Garage on Market place for a pint of beer and some good company.

In a recent visit to Tasmania, English adventurer and motorcycle buff Charley Boorman made a brief stopover in Hobart, joining a host of bikies and patrons at "The most unique bar in Oz".

Located only a short distance from Hobart's stunning waterfront, Joe's Garage is home to roadie relics and other motor-related adornments that make up the extensive collection owned by the bar's passionate creator Matt Hamilton.

Joe's Garage is now owned and managed by Craig Ferrar and Em Seer, who have kept intact the legacy of the bar.

If you are dropping by Hobart, make sure to visit this bar that is likely to be one of the standout places in Tasmania to take a sip of cool beer!

Joe's Garage is open five days a week, from Tuesday to Saturday, 12 midday until late – organise a visit there now!

Joes Garage - Unique in Australia, during a visit by adventurer Charley Boorman (early March 2013)

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Mar
07
2013

Get strapped in and buckle up tight for a weekend of supercars, superbikes – and for the first time – super sprints at an action-packed weekend of racing with V8 Supercars Tasmania 360!

The super weekend will be speeding to Symmons Plains from April 5 to 7, with the 'Car of the Future' taking the track to battle it out with Nissan and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG as they tackle the new 60/60 sprint format for the first time.

Billed as Tasmania's "largest single sporting event", car enthusiasts can get up close and personal to the action, where you can meet a number of drivers including Kelly, Lowndes, Davison, Whincup, Winterbottom and Tander!

It's not just a big weekend for the adult petrolheads, with the kids also able to get in on the fun too!

The Disney Pixar Cars Truck Tour returns with Mack the Transporter as well as a "bigger and better" world of interactive activities for your little ones to take part in.

On Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00, the Family Zone will be in full swing, with ultimate Race-O-Rama PS3 play-offs taking place in the decked-out B-double trailer, giant Cars-themed inflatable slides to bounce and slide down, a Monsters University maze to get lost in and a Finding Nemo 3D Movie Dome to kick back and chill in.

Tickets are available now from Ticketek, with Grandstand passes from $110. This ticket allows holders to access all of the general admission areas, while also securing your very own seat, letting you come and go as you please.

Grandstand tickets also include free paddock access and a free pit lane walk!

General admission passes are from $47, with holders of this ticket needing to pay extra for the paddock pass if they want entry.

Children aged 12 and under receive free general admission with a paying adult – so race in quick for your tickets!

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Mar
05
2013

Would you consider yourself a massive fan of seafood? Want to taste grilled Tasmanian Atlantic salmon, curried scallop pie and Tasmanian pacific oysters with bacon and worcestershire sauce?

Then make sure to mark Mures Fish Centre on your Hobart travel map, located on the historic Victoria Dock.

Dine on fresh catch and check out prime scene views from the fish centre that has been operating on the Victoria Dock for almost 30 years.

There's a number of delicious foodie experiences to satisfy the fussiest of taste buds, with the centre housing Mures Lower Deck, a family bistro serving the classic fish and chips and grilled seafood.

Next up is The Deep which caters for the sweet tooth with cakes, muffins, ice cream and fantastic Tasmanian roasted coffee – which is a must-try for any guests to the island!

If you love Japanese food then you will be sure to find your kind of menu at the Orizuru Sushi Bar, but if fine dining is for you, then eat on Mures Upper Deck with a selection of premium a la carte seafood on offer.

Eat at Mures Lower Deck if you want a chilled out atmosphere to dine in with your friends and family.

Meals on offer include grilled, crumbed or battered blue-eye trevalla, thai green curry with a combination of fish, prawns, scallops and squid, Mures signature seafood pizza and smoked trout pate with crackers and garden salad to snack on.

Mures Lower Deck is open from Sunday to Thursday at 07:00 to 21:30, and Friday to Saturday 07:00 to 22:00.

Remember to pop in to ‘The Deep’ for dessert!

Mures Complex Hobart Docks - Image Credit: VirtualTourist

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Mures Upper Deck Dining - Image Credit: Tripadvisor

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Mar
03
2013

Head north of Hobart to discover the historical town of Richmond, referred to as "the village in the valley", with great food, fine wines and gorgeous historic buildings.

Richmond is nestled in the Coal River Valley and was an important military staging post and convict station back in the 1800s, with its past still a remnant figure in its Georgian architecture and stone buildings.

The town is home to the oldest stone bridge in Australia, Richmond Bridge, which was built by convict labour in 1825, and is still in use almost 200 years later!

Make sure to visit this important piece of Australia's heritage in your Richmond travels, as well as these three fantastic attractions.

Richmond Gaol

The tour of Australia's history continues with a visit to Richmond Gaol, learning the stories of the men and women that passed through the doors back in 1825.

During your visit to Richmond Gaol you will visit the solitary confinement cells, punishment cells, chain gangs and convict holding rooms, flogging yard and privy as well as the souvenir and craft shop among other features.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children, $7 concession and $20 for a family (two adults and children aged under 17).

Zoodoo Wildlife Park

Take your family out to visit Bengal tigers, white African lions, Tasmanian devils and more at Richmond's Zoodoo Wildlife Park!

Based on 80 acres of farmland, Zoodoo Wildlife Park has transformed from just being an ostrich farm and minature pony stud to become one of the largest wildlife parks in Tasmania with farm animals, monkeys, reptiles, big cats and native Australian animals.

Zoodoo is open everyday (excluding Good Friday and Christmas DAy) from 09:00 to 17:00.

Admission entry is $22 for adults (children aged 13 and up included), $12 for children (aged three to 12) and infants (zero to two) are free.

Puddleduck Vineyard

Kickback for a wine tasting at the winner of the 2012 Tourism Tasmania Award for Best Tourism Winery, Puddleduck Vineyard!

Only a short drive from Hobart's CBD, you can relax at the wonderful Coal River Valley vineyard to sip on some of Puddleduck's current release wines with a delicious Tasmanian cheese platter to complement your beverage.

Puddleduck Vineyard is open seven days (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day) from 10:00 to 17:00 – make sure to pop on by!

Lazing at ZooDoo Animal Park (Zoo) at Richmond: Image  Credit: richmondvillage.com.au

Puddleduck Vineyard and ... ducks

The lake and entertainment/function area at Puddleduck

Wine Tasting at the winery

Historic Richmond Gaol - Image Credit: richmondvillage.com.au

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Mar
02
2013

Rally the family around for the event that will get your heart pumping all in the name of good health and exercise on Sunday March 17, Run Devonport!

This is a "family focused" event where everyone can participate in a non-competitive run that will help get the 'healthy body, healthy mind' message out to fellow Tasmanians.

Prams and walkers are also welcome to the event, which consists of four different race distances: 1km, 2.5km, 5km and 10km.

Serious runners are encouraged to get amongst the activities, with trophies awarded for the 5km and 10km events, while offices across the state and nation can gather their colleagues for the Fairbrother Corporate Challenge and bring glory to their workplace.

Families and friends can help with the fundraising efforts of the Red Cross Tasmanian Bushfire 2013 appeal by finding people to sponsor them at the Run Devonport event.

Thousands of people across Tasmania were impacted by the devastating bushfires, with some residents losing their homes.

The funds raised through the Tasmanian Bushfires 2013 appeal will be used to help make a difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by the January fires.

All races will start and finish at Roundhouse Park, with each participant receiving a chest bib and timing tag, a finisher's medal, a Run Devonport running cap, fresh fruit at the finish line and the chance to win spot prizes and giveaways at the event.

Families can also cheer their loved ones on from the sideline with music and kids entertainment provided throughout the day.

Standard entry fees are from $20 (1km race), with entries after March 15 charged a little extra.

Interested participants can enter online before March 13 or download a manual entry form and send it through quick smart!

Run Devonport Header Image - Credit: Eventfinder

Running the course at Devonport - Spirit of Tasmania in the background - Image Credit: Gordo Images

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Mar
01
2013

The Russian ballet favourite, The Nutcracker, will make its way to Tasmania in April for a truly wonderful evening of passion, humour and imagination.

The Moscow Ballet La Classique will capture the minds of Tasmanian audiences with its exquisite production of the much-loved Nutcracker story.

The ballet company was founded over 20 years ago by its current director Elik Melikov, and will bring the classic story to life with "artistic ballet skill, lavish costumes and magnificent stage sets" in the two act performance.

The Nutcracker is a festive affair for the whole family, as dancers twirl to tunes such as Dance of The Sugarplum Fairy and The Waltz of The Flowers from the renowned Tchaikovsky score.

Devonport will be treated to the first of the Tasmanian shows on Saturday April 20 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre.

Tickets for children (aged under 14) are $65, adults $85, concession and groups of people numbering more than six are $75.

The Nutcracker will then bring some magic to Launceston's Princess Theatre on Sunday April 21.

Reserve A tickets are $70 for children (aged 13 and under), $90 for adults and $80 for concession and groups of six people or more.

Reserve B tickets are $60 for children (aged 13 and under), $80 for adults and $70 for concession and groups of six people plus.

Nutcracker - Moscow Ballet : Image Credit - Eventfinder.com

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Feb
28
2013

Do you love a good cup of mocha in the morning to kickstart your day? Well if you're staying or planning on visiting Tasmania's capital, then why not check out the coffees on offer at Tunnel Vision in Hobart.

Described on its Facebook page as a "little place in a beautiful space for the human race at a Hobart pace", you will find that Tunnel Vision isn't just any ordinary coffee shop.

Tucked away in the Rose Garden tunnel at the Fountain Roundabout, Tunnel Vision is a great little setting to sip on chai, bite into a toasted sandwich and take a seat amongst the mismatched couch cushions and plastic crates.

"I say hello to people from 100 walks of life who walk past and 95 per cent say hello back," Tunnel Vision creator David Osborne told The Mercury .

Mr Osborne has 20 years' hospitality experience, operating ventures in Melbourne and Perth, as well as North Hobart's cake shop just recently, Sweet Envy.

Tunnel Vision is open Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 13:30, so you can pick up your early morning coffee fix or pop on by for some lunch!

The Pig In Mash jaffle is a tasty delight that you must try in your visit, made with crispy bacon, creamy potato and mozzarella mash and a handful of spinach and egg – it's sure to get your taste buds buzzing!

Tunnel life - barista, chef, the micro, the fridge and happy clients

Art on of the tunnel wall

Tunnel location

The menu and great prices

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Feb
27
2013

Celebrate the Easter long weekend with an amazing lineup of international and local talent at Launceston's Breath of Life Festival on Sunday March 10!

'Bonkers' UK rapper Dizzee Rascal is among the international acts confirmed for the lineup alongside popular American DJs Steve Aoki and A-Trak.

Tasmanian music festival, Breath of Life, was created by award-winning artist Diesel and the Lizotte family in conjunction with the Australian Lung Foundation, to establish an event which would attract audiences across the nation and generate awareness about lung health.

Last year's event was "phenomenally successful" with a 16,000-strong crowd in attendance and nearly $70,000 raised for research into chronic lung disease.

Launceston's lush Inveresk Park will play host to the festival with entertainment kicking off at 11:00 and the last acts closing up at 23:00.

Other performers providing entertainment for the day are Sydney hip hop group Bliss N Eso, Melbourne rapper 360, Perth alternative rockers Birds of Tokyo, English quartet Rudimental and Melburnian DJ Havana Brown.

Breath of Life tickets are on sale now from the official website, all Oztix retail outlets and selected Red Herring Surf stores in Tasmania.

Crowd rockin' at the 2012 Breath of Life Festival

Tickets on Sale now and link to FB

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