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Autumn comes steaming into Sheffield

It’s all happening in Sheffield and nearby Cradle Mountain in March and early April 2018!

SteamFest brings history to life over three days in March (10-12) 2018 with one of the largest collections of working steam machinery in Australia including Krauss steam train rides every half hour. Enjoy historic machinery such as steam rollers, steam powered threshers and rock crushers showing how things were done in yesteryear and the exhibitions of pioneering skills including blacksmithing.

SteamFest, March 10-12, 2018. Photo: Bruce Hutchison

The new Miniature Railway rides are a delight for the young (and not so young!) and the Kids vs Steamroller Tug-o-War will be a sight to behold.

SteamFest, March 10-12, 2018. Photo: Bruce Hutchison

Add to all this plenty of kid’s entertainment and vintage cars as well as stalls offering Tasmanian foods, crafts and fresh produce and you know there’s something for everyone here.

SteamFest, March 10-12, 2018. Photo: Bruce Hutchison

Taste of the North West features some of North West Tasmania’s tastiest and best premium produce and beverages at an annual event at King George V Park in Sheffield. Celebrate its 10th birthday on April 7, 2018 from 11am to 4pm.

Photo: Taste of the North West

Enjoy free entry to this producer-driven event showcasing wonderful north-west Tasmanian food and beverages including wine, beer, spirits, rabbit pies, pork and smallgoods, salmon, honey, fresh fruit and vegetables, baked potatoes and much, much more.

Live music will add to your gastronomic adventure and, happily, Taste of the North West coincides with the final day of Sheffield’s annual International Mural Fest. That’s just two of the great reasons to visit the ‘Town of Murals’!

International MuralFest is a truly unique art competition held annually in Sheffield – Town of Murals. In 2018, The Tasmazia International Mural Fest begins on April 1 and concludes on April 7.

International MuralFest

Each year a new poem is selected for the murals central theme, so no two Mural Fests are ever the same, and nine artists engage in a public paint off over the week. They must each complete a 2100mm x 4800mm mural, using the poem as their central theme and inspiration. This year’s competitor list includes artists from as far afield as France and the USA.

The competition is held in Mural Park – Sheffield’s very own outdoor art gallery. Artists are subjected not only to public scrutiny and time constraints during the paint-off week but also the sometimes unpredictable Tasmanian weather!

The 2017 winning mural at International MuralFest.

At the end of the paint-off week a panel of qualified judges decides the winner of the event’s major prize, The Mural Fest Judge’s Award. All visitors to Mural Park are encouraged to vote for their favourite artwork in the Mural Fest Visitors Award.

Cradle Mountain FilmFest is a weekend of adventure and film taking place in unexpected and exciting locations all over the Cradle Mountain National Park and village from April 6 to 8 in 2018.

Photo: Cradle Mountain Film Festival

The event will screen the best adventure films from Tasmania and across the globe on the fringe of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The program includes the Tasmanian exclusive screening of Mountainfilm On Tour, the One Year in Tasmania Adventure Film competition showcasing the many moods and adventures to be had on our little island in one year, kids’ film events, filmmaker’s workshops and Q & A sessions, the Mountain Huts Film Trail: a self-guided walking program of screenings in the mountain huts around Cradle Mountain, and your chance to salute the sunrise in the wilderness plus other adventure activities!

Photo: Cradle Mountain Film Festival

Photo: Cradle Mountain Film Festival

Photo: Cradle Mountain Film Festival

Join the local wildlife and people for some mountain culture and experience adventures in film in the stunning Cradle Mountain National Park. Get in early as venue spaces are limited, making for an intimate and exclusive experience. Seriously beautiful, boutique and adventurous! Tickets are available from www.cradlemountainfilmfest

This post was in collaboration with Kentish Council.

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