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Sunday 23 September 2018

Tasmanian winery holds its own music festival

Wine lovers who also enjoy some funky music might want to plan for a trip to Tasmania in late October.

The Delamere Music Festival returns to Delamere Vineyard, Pipers River, on Saturday, October 27.

Delamere owners/winemakers Shane Holloway and Fran Austin had been looking for ways to shine a light on the creative talent, innovation and spirit of the regional Tasmanian community when they conceived the first Delamere Music Festival three years ago as the winery partner of the North East Rivers Festival.

The festival, which brings together roots-based musical talent from around the country to perform in the beautiful setting of the Delamere gardens, has since gained its own strong following.

“We decided to create an event that gathered together friends and families to enjoy intimate performances of some really talented musical artists, all while enjoying local food, beverages and the stunning local scenery," said Fran Austin.

"It’s a beautiful way to celebrate what regional community is all about, and it’s been particularly rewarding to see the community get behind it with so much enthusiasm."

The Music Festival is going ahead this year, along with a number of other satellite events, despite the main North East Rivers Festival being put on temporary hold whilst the committee seeks additional volunteer support to manage the full program of events.

This year’s line-up includes the award winning South Australian singer/songwriter (and ex winemaker) Kelly Menhennett, who will be accompanied by her talented band for the first time in Tasmania.

The Bad Dad Orchestra is on the bill as well as one of the country’s most experienced young bluesmen, Tasmania’s own Pete Cornelius. Funktional, Launceston’s energetic nine-piece funk band completes the program.

Festival goers can also enjoy food from Formosa Bites (below) with Taiwanese food from Tasmanian produce; beer from Little Rivers Brewing Co and Delamere’s range of 100% estate-grown and -made wines. Attendees are welcome to bring along a picnic.

Delamere Music Festival tickets are $35 (plus booking fee) per person and kids under 18 get in for free. Tickets are limited and are now on sale via the Delamere Vineyards website:

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