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08/11/2011

The fourth annual Gardenfest will be held this coming weekend at Entally Estate in northern Tasmania.


The Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage, Brian Wightman, said Entally’s signature event has become hugely popular for its sights, sounds, food and fun.


“This year’s Gardenfest has attracted 50 stalls, and promises to be another bonanza for garden lovers,” Mr Wightman said.


“It offers a wide variety of products - including rare plants, bonsai, herbs, begonias, fuchsias, succulents and even garlic plants.


“Gardenfest will also mark the launch of the spring season of blooms. As usual, there’ll be many gardening experts providing advice and expertise.


“It’s a special opportunity for green thumbs and families to get together, learn new skills, and celebrate in a beautiful spring setting,” he said.


Food stalls include espresso coffee, hot potatoes, cheese and wine platters, pizzas, burgers and sausages.


Food and refreshments include Tasmanian Spring Vale wines to taste and buy, Entally’s new vineyard platter or cheese platter, as well as the a popular Devonshire Tea on the veranda.


There’ll also be music and children’s entertainment - including free pony rides on Saturday, The Singing Farmer, and The Colonial Strollers (a group of performers dressed in the 1819 costumes of the early colony). On Sunday, there’ll be a special appearance by the Launceston City Brass Band.


Gardenfest is on this weekend – November 12th and 13th. Entally Estate is located on the Meander Valley Road, Hadspen.


Entry is $5 for adults, and free for children under 16. Tours of the Entally Historic Homestead will be available for a gold coin donation.


All funds raised will go to the Entally Estate Maintenance and Restoration Fund.


For more information, call the estate on 6393 6201. There is plenty of car parking available at the site.