Hello and welcome to the latest instalment of the Escape Valve blog.

Did you get to any of the 5 Cool Things you can do in September?

It’s been pretty quiet in the Escape Valve offices as far as Tassie has been concerned. There has also been a distinct Oreo shortage.

Although failing miserably in bringing the Tasmanian Microbrew Festival to life via social media, I did get along to the festival on September 8 for a couple of cheeky beers. I tried the Buttons Brewing Hazard Ale and The Spotty Dog Li’l Ballard Milk Stout. According to a newspaper article during the week, stouts are all the rage at the moment, and I am happy to say that Spotty Dog’s is a good one.

Anyways, it’s coming up to October. So, what’s on in Tasmania? Here are the 5 Cool Things that Escape Valve has picked out for you.

5 Cool Things in October 2018

1. Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Food, glorious foooood. Visit the north-west city of Devonport for a month long celebration of food. You are encouraged to try something new at this years festival.

When: The entire month of October

Where: Devonport, at a guess.

For further information: www.devonportfoodandwine.com.au

5 Cool Things DFWF
A month long series of events in and around Devonport



2. Sheffield Medieval Festival

Full contact sword combat, armoured knights, archery and jousting! There’s kid stuff too at this family friendly event.

5 Cool Things
Lego knight does it best

When: Sometime in the medieval era. 1220’s were a pretty good time.  Otherwise, try 13 -14 October.

Where: Sheffield, The Town of Murals. Northern Tasmania.

Their Facebook page has updates and more info:


3. World Gin & Tonic Day

A bit like a horse and carriage, hey Frank? These two go together better than most, and they have their own day! Celebrate by drinking one or the other, or both!

When: 19 October. Or the day after your last memory of events.

Where: All around the world, but importantly in Tasmania at The Spirit Bar in Burnie.

This event features 12 of Tasmania’s finest gins.

For more info: spiritbartasmania.com.au

5 Cool Things
Make your gin a Tasmanian gin on 19 October 2018


4. The Unconformity

An arts festival with a difference. It explores the enigma that is Queenstown, a mining town on Tasmania’s wild west coast.

When: 19 – 21 Oct

Where: The small mining town of Queenstown.  The home of the gravel footy field.

The cool website is: theunconformity.com.au

5 Cool Things
Queenstown does not conform

5. Urban Wine Walk – Hobart

Turn your Saturday afternoon in to a self-guided wine sampling adventure around Hobart. This was maybe once called a pub crawl, but I digress.

When: 20 October

Where: At 14 of Hobart’s finest venues

For tickets and more info: events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/urban-wine-walk-hobartspring/listing

5 Cool Things
Taste, walk, explore, taste some more


…Did you really think the Royal Hobart Show would make the 5 Cool Things list???

I hope these events help you enjoy your Tasmanian October in 2018.

Looking ahead to November:

Bicheno Food & Wine Festival

Where: Bicheno, East Coast

When: Saturday 17 November

Go to: www.bichenofestivals.com.au – get your tickets now!


Effervescence Tasmania

Where: Various locations across Tasmania

When: Various dates across November

It Sparkles! if you like sparkling wine, this could be for you.

The website has more info and tix: www.effervescencetasmania.com


The Great Huon Valley Festival

Where: Franklin, Huon Valley

When:  The weekend of 10-11 November

The Huon is a splendid place and they do festivals well.

Click the link to the website: thegreathuonvalley.com.au



Cheers for reading,


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