UNESCO has just announced that Launceston is to be anointed as a Creative City of Gastronomy.
This means the Launceston region of northern Tasmania — which is home to dozens of vineyards, hundreds of agricultural producers and has a rich history of flour mills and breweries — has been recognised globally as one the world’s best food destinations.
And Launceston’s Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is taking that honour to heart with an expanded 10-day festival that celebrates:
Films on food and wine in the award-winning Harvest Farmers Market, a craft beer venue, a brewery and in world-class restaurants.
Films on 9 other themes in cinema and unexpected venues as diverse as stunning mansions, the Inveresk Railyard arts precinct and in the historic Majestic Film Theatre
Four major dinners in Launceston’s top restaurants
A half-day conference on the opportunities flowing from the UNESCO award
Activities like wine stomping, masterclasses and, of course, wine tasting across the whole Tamar Valley
Performances by the unique Tasmanian Leather Orchestra, dance companies and musicians
Plus BOFA Yoga, sunrise hot air balloon rides and lunch-time Tamar River Cruises
Enjoy films with themes ranging from Stories of Us and a First Nations short film competition, to World Stories, Wild Side adventure and new media films plus – of course – many films on eating and drinking!