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Five Events to Enjoy on the Cradle Coast This October

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If you’re planning an upcoming visit to the Cradle Coast Coast or if you live locally and want to get out and explore more, here are five events to add to your calendar this October. From a smorgasbord of gastronomic delights to a month of arts and culture, from a fun medieval festival to floral celebrations, there is so much on offer for all tastes.

Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Running throughout the whole of October, the Devonport Food and Wine Festival is a celebration of North-West Tasmania’s rich food and beverage philosophy. It’s a delicious opportunity to discover something new, whether it is a workshop on growing your own food, a behind-the-scenes factory tour or a fine dining experience.

Some highlights of the 2018 festival program include Home Hill’s Providore on the Lawn, October 15 and 29 10am-3pm; Seafood Degustation Dinner at Drift Cafe Restaurant, October 28, 6pm; High Tea at The Grand on Macfie, October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 at 4pm; Street Eats at Southern Rooke, October 26 from 4pm; Hill Street Producers’ Night, October 20 from 5.30pm; and Taste the Coast, Drysdale Campus, October 19 from 6pm.

Pick up some new skills with plenty of workshops on offer, including a gin masterclass at Southern Wild Distillery on October 13-14, 11am-2.30pm; 101 Wine, Learn the Basics at Ghost Rock Vineyard on October 20, 7.30pm-9.30pm; and Dairy and Gluten Free Cooking at the East Devonport Community House on October 25 from 10am-1pm.

For full program details or bookings visit the website at



Burnie Shines

Now in its 18th year, the month-long Burnie Shines festival is a unique mix of exhibitions, shows, events, performances and parties throughout October. A pivotal feature on Burnie’s event calendar, each year it brings together the community and visitors for a wonderful array of activities to suit everyone.

Burnie Shines links together many small to medium events, to create a Burnie-made celebration each spring. The theme for last year’s festival was ‘Everything Starts with a Dream’ and events included performances by the Hoodoo Gurus, country rock legend Jade Hurley and the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Tribute show. The program for this year’s event will be launched soon, keep an eye on the website for all the details at



Bloomin’ Tulips

The annual Bloomin’ Tulips is Wynyard’s major celebration of everything that is colourful, beautiful and charming about not only the tulips that adorn Table Cape every spring, but also the municipality as a whole. There’s a whole host of events throughout the month, including the major feature, the one-day Tulip Festival to be held on Saturday, October 13.

The festival is a full day of free entertainment, food and beverage stalls, kids activities and rides, set in the beautiful Gutteridge Gardens on the banks of the Inglis River. The night ends with a bang with a fireworks display at 9pm. Take the opportunity to walk through the largest publicly accessible area of tulips under cultivation in the southern hemisphere on Table Cape, and enjoy the superb floral showcase, art exhibition and light refreshments. Bulbs, flowers and potted colour are all for sale at the Table Cape tulip farm.

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Sheffield Tasmania Medieval Festival

Take a step back into the past at the Sheffield Tasmania Medieval Festival and see some of the best jousting and sword combat you will see in a family-friendly environment at budget prices. See armoured knights engaging in full-contact sword combat, archery displays and a working trebuchet.

Other activities include a birds of prey display, belly dancers, face painting, pony rides, jumping castle, children’s games, snake display on Sunday, best dressed competitions and a fireworks display on Saturday night. Facilities on site will include a small bar, merchants and interactive lane, hot and cold food. There is a cost to attend the medieval feast on Saturday night, bookings are essential.

The festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, 9am-4pm at the Sheffield Recreation Ground. For more details like the Tasmania Medieval Festival Facebook page



Cherry Blossom Celebration

The Cherry Blossom Celebration is the biggest day of the year on the calendar for the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden, located at Romaine, near Burnie. Held this year on October 20, this celebration of the flowering of the Japanese cherry blossoms features Japanese-inspired displays such as bonsai, taiko drummers, traditional tea ceremonies and Aikido martial arts.

Wander through the 11-hectare garden featuring more than 23,000 plants then fill up on something from local food and beverage vendors who will be on site for the day, along with hardworking volunteers in the tearoom providing hamburgers, sandwiches, scones, slices, coffee and tea.

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