Winter with fire

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Winter with fire

The flaming Off Season

Baby it’s cold outside, and nothing beats warming up by a crackling fire after a day exploring.
Here are our hot tips for a blazing good time in Tasmania.

Fiery events

Winter in Tasmania is the time to celebrate the dark in unordinary ways, with fire lighting the way. This is the season for connecting, and there’s no better place than around a fire at a winter festival. Taste food cooked over fire at Dark Mofo’s winter feast and follow the blazing torches to the ritual of The Burning. Sing around a giant bonfire at Festival of Voices. And sip hot cider as pagans wassail in apple orchards in the Huon Valley to ensure a good crop. Grab your calendar - it’s time to get fired up.

  • Dark Mofo, Hobart, 16-22 June 2021
  • Dark Mofo winter feast, 16-20 June 2021
  • Festival of Voices, 30 June-11 July 2021
  • Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival, 16-17 July 2021

Cooking with fire

Communal feasting around a fire goes back to the dawn of time, and it’s been fired to perfection in Tasmania. Cooking with fire is a sensory experience. It’s unpredictable. It’s elemental. It enhances flavours in unique ways as ingredients transform before your eyes. For wood-fired good times, indulge in a farmhouse lunch at Fat Pig Farm, embark on a riesling tasting and a riverside firepit barbecue at Waterton Hall. Warm up in these wood-fired kitchens:

Create this delicious Plank Salmon recipe [PDF, 325 KB] by Michelle Crawford

Lounging with fire

Indoors or outdoors, fire is mesmerising. Hours can vanish while gazing into flickering flames by the hearth, and connections are forged around the firepit as logs crackle and snap in the winter chill. After a day of wilderness e-biking, warm up in front of the extravagant fireplace at Thousand Lakes Lodge, or sip a whisky in front of a toasty fire at Pumphouse Point in the middle of Lake St Clair. Chill out at these fire-warmed stays:

Glamping with fire

Thinking outside the box? Think of a tent, but one with a toasty fire, and space, and lots of style. Make friends around a firepit at dusk or cuddle up in front of a wood fire in a dome tent, with a soundtrack from the ocean or the forest – or even a vineyard. Go off-grid at these glamp sites:

Toasting with fire

Enjoy a Tassie whisky, cider or pinot noir by a roaring fire. We know you want to. After a hike or a day exploring, shed beanies and coats and find a warm welcome in the island’s intimate bars and cosy pubs. Feel the warmth in these atmospheric watering holes:

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Inside the off season

"Fire cooking ignites a passion that evokes creativity and imagination. It takes me to a place where I forget about the world around me and I’m transported by the smoke and flavour of fire cooking."

Chef Sarah Glover