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Tuesday 14 March 2023

The lowdown on one of Tasmania's quirkiest festivals

Tasmanians love a festival. The quirkier the better.

Maybe a festival celebrating steam. Or an event devoted to garlic.

One of the more offbeat of the island’s festivals is ECHO, which will run from March 31-April 2 on the east coast of the island state.

The East Coast Harvest Odyssey is the brainchild of singer and social dynamo Ange Boxall, who is also one of the owners of the Splendid gin brand.

The festival’s theme for 2023 is Water Birds - with a strong focus on the Black Swan.

The festival aims to guides guests on a journey of exploration that encompasses all the senses: taste, smell, sight, sound and touch.

Hosted in picturesque wine country on the fringes of Swansea, the program brings together chefs, winemakers and producers along with artists, musicians, storytellers, scientists, entrepreneurs, cultural and thought leaders.

The program features the weird and the wonderful, including Wreck of Utes, which utilises found and decaying utility vehicles from the east coast.

These vehicles have been a part of farm life, and the machinery required to run them.

Rather than sending them to be scrapped, they will be reimagined as lighting sculptures at ECHO Festival by lighting designer Jason James.

Also think blacksmith classes and morning yoga. 

So something for everyone.

ECHO falls in vintage - the grape harvesting season and when much of Tasmania's produce is harvested.

Wines from the immediate region - Cranbrook, Swansea, Little Swanport - are celebrated, along with Splendid Gin and Waubs Bay whisky, from just down the road in Bicheno.

One of the highlights of the festival is the Native Bounty Feast - a dining experience focused on using local and indigenous ingredients.

There will also be a wine masterclass and tasting hosted by wine merchant Joseph Burton and grape stomping - with the chance to step in to a wine barrel and squish the grapes between your bare toes.

# ECHO runs a free shuttle bus starting at the Waterloo Hotel, stopping along Franklin Street, Swansea Beach Chalets, and The Barkmill Tavern & Backpackers.

For full details and bookings see

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