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Shout down the cold

Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival

Old apple tree, we wassail thee! One of the premier festivals on the Tasmanian festival calendar is the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival, a three-day pagan-inspired celebration of the apple history of the region. If you haven’t dressed up and sung at apple trees in the dark recently, then this festival is an experience you must embrace!

Singing to the trees

The festival is run annually by Willie Smith’s at the Apple Shed and draws on the traditions of cider-producing regions of south-west England. The main event, the wassail, takes place on Saturday night and involves a ritual performed by Morris dancers from all over the country. Think fire, banging pots, singing and gunshots.

Defy the night

The festival beckons 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.

Festival website

Know your apples

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