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Thursday 15 October 2015

You've got to love a film festival that includes food and wine

Combine a popular film festival with some wine tastings and you have the perfect recipe for summer enjoyment.

The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival (BOFA), to be held in Launceston from November 4-8, has teamed with several Tamar Valley producers to add to the interactive side of the event.

BOFA’s offerings include a Behind the Bubbles Tour that will take in some of Tasmania’s best sparkling wineries and winemakers. Jansz and House of Arras vineyards feature along with Andrew Pirie's Apogee and a Tasmanian seafood and sparkling wine lunch at Pipers Brook, where Kreglinger is the signature bubbly.

Small group tours will be led by Tony Walker, author of Vintage Tasmania, the Complete Book of Tasmanian Wine, and former Examiner wine writer on Wednesday, November 4 and Sunday November 8.

Ticket holders can also indulge in pre-screening canapés and cocktails at Mud Bar & Restaurant, hosted by Tasmanian writer/director Roger Scholes, prior to a screening of Scholes’ feature film The Tale Of Ruby Rose on Friday, November 6.

The following day offers the possibility to enjoy delicious platters along with a glass of sparkling rosé at the Barrel Room at Velo Wines, for an event hosted by BOFA festival director, Owen Tilbury.

The Taste of the Tamar Valley tour, meanwhile, features a behind the scenery glimpse as Goaty Hill Wines joins with Casa Paella and a range of Tamar Valley producers to offer a series of gourmet cooking classes hosted by chef Edrick Corban-Banks. They will be followed by a vineyard tour and a wine tasting with Goaty Hill co-owner, Natasha Nieuwhof.

The schedule also includes a pre-screening morning brunch at award-winning Stillwater Restaurant with several leading film-makers.

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