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Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe

Chocolate Winterfest is Latrobe's wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate. It is no coincidence that the Latin name for cocoa, from which chocolate is made, translates as "food of the gods". Some cultures even valued chocolate more than gold, and who could blame them. Just the mere mention of chocolate turns heads and that's what Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe will do to you. Chocolate Winterfest, Latrobe will indulge, inform, astound, amuse but above all celebrate chocolate as you escape from the bleakness of winter. Be indulged by events individually or successively as you immerse in this chocolate experience. Don't deny one of life's pleasures - join us at Latrobe on the central northern coast of Tasmania for this unique celebration.

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Christmas in July at Cradle Mountain Hotel 2018

Christmas in July is back in 2018 Stay at Cradle Mountain Hotel at festive prices and enjoy a jolly Christmas in July feast on Saturday 7th or Saturday 14th July. Extend your stay to include the Friday prior or Sunday following. We will be offer winter warmer additions to our menu to help you stay warm and cosy while getting into the festive spirit. Some of these Christmas treats are: hand crafted cookies Christmas pudding and hot chocolate Mulled wine Christmas cocktails Make sure you leave lots of room for the Christmas in July buffet! Clinton Hutton will play all the favour covers in Altitude Lounge and Bar well into the evening. A special surprise visit from Santa for the kiddies might just be the perfect way to finish off the evening

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Clarendon Road Race

The Road Race is held over 30km. Starting from Evandale the race heads south through Nile before turning back to the finish at historic Clarendon Homestead. The fastest riders take just over an hour to complete the course, with many riders opting for the more leisurely social ride from Evandale directly to Clarendon.

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Cockfight

The Theatre Royal Presents the Farm's Production. Two blokes in an office: one older, one younger. A cross between The Office and a cage fight, Cockfight is a game of comical one-upmanship that builds to moments of emotive impact, where generational truths are exposed and unpacked. A flash of bared teeth, territorial pissing contests, the desperation of needing to prove yourself versus the need to hold on to what you’ve got. Cockfight explores the power play between men, the frailty of the ageing body and questions our culture’s desperate struggle for achievement. ‘Its physicality is masterful and its comedy biting.’ Dance Australia.

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Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo, Mona's winter festival, delves into centuries-old winter solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions,darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal. Dark Mofo runs June 15-24 across Hobart, on the wild island state of Tasmania, with major exhibitions at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), a public art playground at Dark Park, international musicians and artists performing around the city, at the historic Odeon Theatre, and home of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Federation Concert Hall. It is a heady fortnight of festivities, and highlights for travellers often include the annual City of Hobart Dark Mofo Winter Feast on Hobart's waterside docks, the ogoh-ogoh parade and burning on the solstice night, and the annual Nude Solstice Swim, where hundreds of brave souls plunge into the River Derwent at sunrise to welcome back the return of the light after the longest night. Mona's midwinter festival Dark Mofo is an annual pilgrimage south celebrating the dark through large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise.

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Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Devonport Food and Wine Festival is a month-long celebration of North West Tasmania's rich food and beverage philosophy with multiple events held during the month of October each year. The Festival encompasses a variety of delights from cooking classes, through to wine tastings and everything in between.

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Devonport Jazz Festival

Tasmania's only winter Jazz Festival! Held on the last weekend in July, Devonport Jazz returns in 2018 with a program full to the brim of jazz. The festival features award-winning a Cappella sextet Skety, direct from the Czech Republic. Described as the future of a Capella groups, Skety are a fresh and contemporary spin on traditional jazz vocals. Other Highlights include quirky Melbourne duo Lily and King, Sydney Crooner Gregg Arthur with his smooth vocal style reminiscent of Frank Sinatra, and the ultimate 1930s party band The Furbelows. Devonport Jazz is pleased to welcome The Hobart Jazz Quartet to the festival, led by 2017 Australian Jazz Hall of Fame inductee Ted Vining and playing the music of John Lewis and the Modern Jazz Quartet. Devonport Jazz will also feature community events such as Street Eats and the Providore Place Sunday Market where food and artisan products will be the main course with a side of jazz performance. Why not make a weekend of it and explore the food,wine and scenery that the region is famed for. There is more than meets the eye in Devonport, and Devonport Jazz is a great excuse to visit. Visit their website for more information.

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Effervescence Tasmania

The "Effervescence Tasmania" Sparkling Weekend serves as a celebration of the world class sparkling wines emanating from the island state of Tasmania. Described as one of the best sparkling wine festivals in the world, Effervescence Tasmania will celebrate some of the world’s finest sparkling wine in Launceston from 16-18 November 2018. The sparkling producers featured at Effervescence Tasmania are by invitation only, ensuring that the highest quality sparkling wine is presented to guests. In its fourth year now, Effervescence Tasmania in 2017 attracted over 1200 wine enthusiasts over five days and sold out dinners and master classes presented some of the best sparkling wine to have ever been produced in Tasmania.

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Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships

The wheels of time turn back 100 years as the historic village of Evandale plays host to The Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships. The Evandale Village Fair is held annually and features a full program of Penny Farthing racing including the National Penny Farthing Championship. Penny farthing enthusiasts converge on Evandale from throughout Australia and overseas to vie for a series of races, held on a triangular circuit in the centre of the village. Market stalls and a variety of entertainments are situated in the streets and parks surrounding the race circuit, creating the ambience of a colonial country fair. The event includes the Penny Farthing Food Fest in Pioneer Park, a wide variety of stalls offering craft, bric-a-brac and cycling memorabilia, street entertainers, clowns, music, displays of veteran and vintage cars, traction engines and horses and carriages. plus pony rides for the children and puppet shows.

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Falls Festival - The

The Falls Music and Arts Festival is a major Australian music festival recognised globally. It is an annual festival held in Marion Bay, Tasmania from 29th Dec to 1st Jan. The Falls Music and Arts Festival is held on a beautiful farm in Tasmania overlooking the stunning Marion Bay and out over Maria Island, with the backdrop to the stage being the Tasman Sea! Tickets entitle patrons to three nights of free camping on site and three glorious days and nights of entertainment on two stages. Acts include a diverse range of top bands, DJs and comedians. The campgrounds are equally spectacular, surrounded by native forest and nearly every campsite has a sea view. The beach is just a short stroll away so you can sun bake or have a swim in between your favourite acts.

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