Draft Program

Please note this is a draft schedule only. Further details and final schedule to be provided.


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Not satisfied with just words? We have a line-up of delicious and varied eating, cooking and crafting events to stimulate your creative juices in our two day après-fest, the Trail of Writers’ Tears.

The trail will offer self-drive trips to wineries, cheeseries and galleries, plus we’re planning a Hall of Gin and Cheese* on the Monday in Franklin (27km from Cygnet). More detailed information on the Trail to come, including a map and suggested itineraries.

For now, our ticketed events are below for your perusal. From bookbinding and making dumplings, to Fat Pig Farm Afloat and literary whisky, there’s something for everyone.

You’ll be able to reserve seats at these events when purchasing your TAF2019 weekend pass. Payment will then be made directly to the venue.

Please note that some events take a maximum of just 8 participants. Tickets will be made available on a first come-first served basis.

(*Why a Hall of Gin and Cheese? Because writers are known to reach for one or the other (or both) when tears threaten.)


Baker & Co. Exquisite Seasonal Lunch

A sumptuous feast of the finest ingredients the far south of Tasmania has to offer, prepared by one of Tasmania’s most inventive chefs. Includes a glass of matched Tasmanian wine per course (additional wine available for purchase). Please enquire regarding dietary requirements.

Baker & Co sell a carefully selected range of cookbooks and kitchenware as well as serve delicious cheese, charcuterie, coffee, bread and to-die-for cakes and pastries. 

When:  Monday 4 November, 12pm

Where:  Baker & Co., Geeveston (39km from Cygnet)

Cost:  $145

Max no.: 16

Book-binding and Saffron-based Lunch at Campo De Flori

Spend the day at Campo De Flori learning basic bookbinding skills and enjoying a delightful lunch showcasing one of the farm’s key products - saffron.

Campo de Flori is a multi-crop boutique farm and ceramic artistry in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. Growing high quality saffron, olives (growing for extra virgin olive oil), lavender which is grown and dried for lavender products and culinary lavender. Ceramic art and classes are available on the property.

Vegetarian and GF lunch options.

When:  Monday 4 November or Tuesday 5 November, 10am -4pm

Where:  Campo De Flori, Glen Huon (26km from Cygnet)

Cost:  $145

Min no. per class: 4

Max no. per class:  8


Deadly Diva of Dumplings

Sally Ives, originally from Beijing, now calls Cygnet home. She will show you how to make authentic and sensational Chinese dumplings from scratch, including the wrappers.

Over 3 hours you’ll learn how to make one meat- and one vegetarian-filled dumpling. The class includes hands-on making and - of course - a lunch based on the fruits of your labours. All Sally's classes finish with something sweet.

Vegetarian possible, not GF suitable.

When:  Monday 4 November or Tuesday 5 November, 11am to approximately 2pm

Where:  Sally's Kitchen, Lymington (5km from Cygnet)

Cost:  $50

Min no. per class: 8

Max no. per class: 10


Farmhouse Kitchen - Italian Pastas and Desserts

At the Farmhouse Kitchen based in beautiful Wattle Grove, Guiliana White is offering TAF2019 participants a choice of four half-day cooking classes. At the end of the class you sit together at the farmhouse table to eat, Italian style!

Three of these classes can be vegetarian, none are GF.

 Class 1: 9.30 am, Monday 4 November, Gnocchi con Sugo di Pomodoro (Pasta; can be vegetarian)

 Class 2: 2 pm, Monday 4 November, Tiramisù (Dessert; vegetarian)

 Class 3: 9.30 am, Tuesday 5 November, Sagne Ricce (Pasta)

 Class 4: 2 pm, Tuesday 5 November, Cannoli and Chiacchiere (Dessert; vegetarian)

Where: Farmhouse Kitchen, Wattle Grove (5km from Cygnet) 

Cost: $75.00 per class

Min no. per class: 3

Max no. per class: 8


Fat Pig Farm AfloatYukon Sail

All board! You can wander across the road from our Hall of Gin and Cheese to a delicious Fat Pig Farm lunch on the water.

It’s foodie heaven as you nibble, sip and cruise the Huon’s beautiful waterways for two hours in a restored eighty-year-old ketch. What more could you ask for? 

When: Monday 4 November, 12.30pm

Where: Yukon Boats, Franklin (27km from Cygnet) 

Cost: $180

Max no.: 25

Fat Pig Farm - Friday Feast

And for those of you who may wish to indulge in a fabulous lunch after visiting the Hall of Writers on the Friday of the festival, TAF2019 has reserved a swathe of seats at the magnificent Fat Pig Farm Friday lunch.

Treat yourself to a sumptuous seasonal lunch at the famous Fat Pig Farm, showcased on SBS’s Gourmet Farmer series, matched with beer, wine, cider and spirits from around Tasmania.

Between courses, you'll have a chance to go outside and explore the farm, meet the pigs and find out more about where your food has come from!

When:  Friday 1 November, 12.30pm

Where: Fat Pig Farm, Glaziers Bay (6km from Cygnet)

Cost: $175

Max no.: 20