Natalie Mendham Photography
Natalie Mendham Photography
Events + Festivals

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest

13 - 15 July 2018
2064 Huon Highway, Grove
​Indulge in a fireside feast of rustic food, local tunes and hand-crafted apple cider. But not before partaking in the ancient practice of wassailing, a ritual which involves scaring the evil spirits from the orchard’s apple trees.

The largest wassail in the southern hemisphere
Natalie Mendham Photography
Wassailing in the apple orchards

Presented by Willie Smiths Cider, the opening night of the Huon Valley Mid Winter Fest belongs to The Burning Man. This ancient ritual culminates in the burning of the wicker man which symbolises the releasing of patterns of behaviour that no longer serve us.

Insider’s Insight

The festival draws on the traditions of the cider producing regions of south-west England and will beckon visitors from near and far with a perfect melding of irresistible local food, wine, beer and, of course, cider, warming bonfires, mesmerising folk music, dancing and storytelling..

The second night heralds the main event. Get your ticket for the largest wassail in the southern hemisphere! Sing, shout and generally make as much noise as possible to awake the cider apple trees and scare away evil spirits.

Festival goers are encouraged to get involved and wear costume. Let your imagination run wild and dress to impress – think pagan traditions, changing seasons and morris dancing.

If dressing up isn’t your thing, the festival is also a great excuse to sip on a locally made cider and sample festival food with a difference.

Sunday is family day, with kid’s storytelling, yoga, flower crown workshops and maypole dancing.

Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival Sunday family fun day
Kate Berry
Sunday is Family Fun Day

For more detail visit the event website.