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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 63

Mr NIKOLIC (Bass) (13:52): Just when you thought the tourism offerings in Northern Tasmania could not get any better, I am thrilled to stand up and alert you to Festivale, one of our longest-running food and wine events. Festivale celebrates the best of Tasmania's produce, cool-climate wines, beer, ciders and whiskey from 13 to 15 February in Launceston's picturesque City Park. More than 35,000 people will enjoy the best Tasmanian offerings at more than 70 stalls. And the weather forecasters tell us it will be a perfect 25, 27 and 31 degrees over the three days of Festivale.

You can taste the best cheeses, premium meats, salmon and other seafood, luscious fruits and gourmet desserts—all exquisite Tasmanian produce. The wineries include Josef Chromy Wines, which make the world's best chardonnay; Ghost Rock Vineyard; Jansz Wines; Moore's Hill Estate; and Tamar Ridge. Master classes will be held by people like award-winning chef and TV presenter Peter Kuruvita. James Welsh, a sommelier from Stillwater and Black Cow restaurants, will be one of Festivale's wine experts.

The outdoor theatre will feature non-stop entertainment. Mental As Anything will headline Friday night, the Eurogliders will bring Saturday night alive, while Grace Knight gets jazzy on Sunday. Former Powderfinger guitarist Darren Middleton will also play on Saturday. And my Lions Club will be manning the gates at City Park. So, what are you waiting for? Don't miss Festivale in Launceston from 13 to 15 February.