Press Releases and Editorials from Australia

TOURISM TASMANIA DIARY HIGHLIGHTS
JANUARY-MARCH 2003

(November 1, 2002)

JANUARY
Hobart Summer Festival
Hobart
December 27, 2002 to January 12, 2003
Enjoy Hobart’s warm summer days and seemingly endless twilights at the Hobart Summer Festival, a mixing pot of culinary, sporting and cultural events. The Festival starts with the Taste of Tasmania (Dec 28-Jan 3), an outdoor smorgasbord of Tasmania’s fine food, wine and beers. Other events include Street Music in the Cove (Jan 4-11), nightly outdoor performances in Sullivan’s Cove, and the International Buskers Festival (Dec 28-Jan 7) drawing thousands to see buskers from around Australia and the world.
Phone (03) 6234 7844

The Lord Mayor’s Salmon Dish
Hobart
December 27, 2002 to January 12, 2003
Tasmania’s renowned salmon becomes the focus of culinary rivalry as restaurants around Hobart offer a showcase dish to celebrate the Hobart Summer Festival. Diners will be able to try dishes at restaurants throughout the festival before a panel of judges chooses the winning Lord Mayor’s Salmon Dish on behalf of Tasmania’s salmon industry. Phone 0417 556 431

The Great Tasmanian Bike Ride
Launceston to Hobart
January 11 to 19, 2003
A nine-day cycling adventure covering 530km of Tasmania’s dramatic east coast, giving cyclists the chance to fill their lungs with clean southern air as they ride among some of Australia’s most spectacular coastal scenery. The event starts near Launceston at the Bridestow Lavender Farm and finishes in Hobart.
Phone (03) 8636 8888

FEBRUARY
Wildside MTB
Cradle Mountain to Strahan
February 1 to 4, 2003
More an adventure than a race, Wildside MTB is a challenging four-day mountain bike event, taking riders through 200km of exciting tracks and spectacular Tasmanian scenery. The race starts near Cradle Mountain and ends at the wilderness gateway of Strahan on the State’s west coast.
Phone (03) 6428 2270

Australian Wooden Boat Festival
Hobart
February 8 to 10, 2003
Hundreds of wooden boats from tall ships to hand-crafted kayaks converge on Hobart for the fifth Australian Wooden Boat Festival. Boat builders, owners, model makers, exhibitors, maritime artisans and an array of nautical musicians and entertainers will embrace the unique qualities of wooden boats and their rich maritime history. The weekend program is packed with events to entertain, educate and welcome visitors to the wooden boat culture.
Phone (03) 6231 6407

Festival of the Senses
Tamar Valley
February 14 to March 2, 2003
Tasmania’s tantalising Tamar Valley celebrates its superb food, wine and summertime events in the annual Tamar Valley Festival of the Senses. Highlights include the three-day food and wine extravaganza known as Festivale (Feb 14-16), the AAMI Launceston Cup and Carnival (Feb16-26) and the Evandale Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships (Feb 23).
Phone (03) 6323 3154

MARCH
Devonport Golden Guitar Winners Concert
Devonport
March 1, 2003
Australian country music stars including Adam Brand, John Williamson and Graeme Connors will perform at the Devonport Oval, along with winners from the 2003 Golden Guitar awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Phone 0409 405 750

Tasmanian Open Vineyard Weekends
Statewide
Early March, 2003
Almost every winery in Tasmania will throw open its doors for public tours, tastings and cellar door sales. A fantastic opportunity to explore rarely open wineries and meet the people behind some of Tasmania’s renowned cool-climate wines. Wineries in Southern Tasmania including the Coal River Valley will open on March 1 and 2, while Huon Valley wineries will open as part of the Taste of the Huon food and wine festival on March 9 and 10. Wineries in the north of Tasmania including the Tamar Valley will open on March 15-16.
Phone (03) 6239 1541

10 Days on the Island
Statewide
March 28-April 6, 2003
Tasmania’s biennial international arts festival, curated by Robyn Archer, celebrating the mystique of island culture. The program will allow visitors to explore Tasmania's treasures and enjoy a daily program of local, national and international arts, all drawn from an island culture. Activities will take place around Tasmania, in regular venues as well as the unexpected, giving visitors a chance to combine the arts with Tasmania’s breathtaking beauty.
Phone (03) 6233 5700

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