BOFA EVENTS 2022

The 2022 BOFA Launceston Film Festival is an event focused on showcasing our great regional city with extraordinary films, and visual and performing arts.

We’re also celebrating the recent recognition of the Launceston region as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy, and hosting a series of food events matched with delicious films in some of the region’s finest food and wine establishments.

This year’s festival is deeply embedded and widely dispersed across the city, embracing unique venues that emphasise the unique style and history of Launceston. From vintage cinemas, craft breweries, arts precincts, heritage houses and even a pop-up cinema in a food market, as well as vineyards, iconic buildings, and even a men’s wear store; explore some of this year’s highlights below:

  • 50th Anniversary of CABARET with a red-carpet opening party – so get ready to party with Lisa Minelli at Cabaret in your finest Roaring 20’s outfit.
  • The Kitchen Brigade screening and red-carpet party – with food from around the world – and drinks from around Tasmania – prepared by our very own ethnic food brigade

 

  • The First Nation Stories Short Film Awards – Enjoy a night of celebration and see the winning filmmakers receive their prizes.
  • A ½-day conference to encourage experts and people with passion to think about how the UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy title can be leveraged to the Launceston region’s advantage.
  • Musicians, artists and performers, will extend Launceston’s award-winning Harvest Farmers Market through the morning and into the afternoon (Saturday 30 April & 7 May). Enjoy free musical performances as well as creative activities for children, and as night falls, enjoy the family-friendly pop-up cinema.
  • Four food and wine events at celebrated restaurants, vineyards and function centres including:
    • Peppers Silos Grain Restaurant long lunch
    • Josef Chromy Vineyard matched food and wines dinner
    • Museum Aged Wine Tasting dinner and quiz at Tail Race
    • Earthy Eats Mother’s Day Long Table lunch
FESTIVAL MAPFESTIVAL SCHEDULE

PARTIES AND AWARDS NIGHTS

RED CARPET OPENING NIGHT PARTY

Friday, 29th April, 6.30pm
Inveresk Precinct

Get ready to party with Lisa Minelli at Cabaret in your finest Roaring 20’s outfit and join us for stylish drinks, cabaret performers and to-die-for canapes at Inveresk Precinct at 6.30pm, Friday 29th April.

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FIRST NATIONS STORIES SHORT FILM COMPETITION AWARDS

Saturday, 30 April, 4.30pm
Tramsheds Theatre, Inveresk

First Nation Film-makers from around Australia were invited to tell First Nation stories, short films that tell the Stories of First Nation people – men and women, young and not so young, stories of the past, present and future. Stories of adventures, wins, losses, connection to country, dreams and Dreaming, heart-ache and hope!

Join us to view the winning films and hear the winning filmmakers tell their stories that led them to create these inspiring and heart-felt stories. Then mingle over a drink to discuss these outstanding films.

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THE KITCHEN BRIGADE & RED CARPET PRE-SCREENING PARTY

6th May, Friday | From 6.30pm
Start Theatre, Invermay, Launceston

For the final Friday of BOFA Launceston, the fun starts before the film with food from around the world – and drinks from around Tasmania. Designed to showcase the multicultural flavours from our very own ethnic food brigade, the Red Carpet Pre-Screening Party will be sure to get you in the mood for this funny and thought-provoking film. Starting at 6:30 and going until just before the film starts at 8:00pm.

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EAT, DRINK, ENJOY

You are invited you to enjoy the cornucopia of local produce, great chefs and stunning presentation that led to the recently acquired title of an UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy. A short film will be shown at each event.

CREATIVE CITY OF GASTRONOMY CONFERENCE & LONG LUNCH (PEPPERS SILOS HOTEL)

Sunday, 1 May
Peppers Silo Hotel, Grain Restaurant, 89 Lindsay Street, Invermay

Start the day at 9.15 am at Peppers Silos Hotel for a three-hour discussion of the features of the local food systems that convinced UNESCO to confer the Creative City of Gastronomy title on Launceston and the region. Hear  the experiences of getting this award from Bendigo, Ostersund and other Cities of Gastronomy. Get the views of local artisanal producers like Meru Miso. Hear ideas for making this an internationally famous City of Gastronomy then give YOUR thoughts on how this title can be used to further enhance this region and its consumers. A must for anyone interested in food and beverages and the potential this award offers! These ideas will be recorded and  turned into action.

Then join us at 1pm to taste the best of seasonal produce and local wines, presented by the award-winning chefs at Peppers Silo Hotel’s Grain Restaurant.

First course: marinated zucchini, stracciatella, green pesto, roasted koji (v, gf); king tiger prawn, gochujang emulsion, lettuce; wood fired quail, saffron fennel jam, macadamia cream (gf, df)

Second course: market fish, burnt leek, potato cream, dashi buttermilk (gf); lamb rump, garlic yogurt, wilted greens, chimichurri, jus (gf); Sides: salad leaves, tomato, cucumber, oregano, lemon dressing (v, gf, df)

Dessert: baked plums, ricotta cream, bitter chocolate, almond crunch; apple tarte tatin, vanilla bean ice cream

Menu is based on seasonality produce and changes may be made without prior notice

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JOSEF CHROMY MATCHED DINNER AND WINES

Wednesday, 4 May, 6.30pm
370 Relbia Rd, Relbia

This stunningly beautiful 60 ha vineyard site produces both exquisite table and sparkling wines. A memorable matched regional food and Chromy wine experience awaits. Enjoy canape’s, main and dessert, $140 per person (includes matched wine with each course – sparkling, white, red).

A short film follows founder Josef Chromy’s life from refugee to serial entrepreneur and meet the man himself!

Menu includes:

Canapes: East Coast Pacific oyster, Pinot mignonette & ginger; and Wallaby tartare on a tapioca crisp, shima wasabi, chervil

Main course: Miso glazed Scottsdale pork belly – paprika spiced almond crème, grilled sugarloaf cabbage, seasonal pickles, pangratato

Dessert: Jerusalem artichoke ice cream –  coffee soaked vanilla sponge, fresh & preserved cumquat, cocoa nib crumb crisp, sorrel

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MUSEUM AGED WINE DINNER AND QUIZ

Thursday, 5 May, 7.00pm
Tailrace Centre, 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside

Ten of the top Tamar Valley wine makers, such as Brook Eden, Holm Oak, Marion’s Vineyard and  Pipers Brook, have chosen museum quality aged wines from their cellar to share with you, matched to seasonal cuisine of the region. Tony Walker, Tasmanian wine expert and author of Vintage Tasmania, will guide the evening and test your knowledge with a wine quiz.

Sparkling wine course: Stanley Octopus skewers grilled over fire, salsa verde, Potato Blini’s, crème fraiche, salmon roe

White wine course: Nichols Chicken Pate, locally farmed pickled vegetables, focaccia bread, Caramelised pork belly with nashi pear, ginger & citrus salad

Red wine courses: Fire roasted lamb rumps with hazelnut and red pepper salsa, Tasmanian Cheese Platters, port wine plums, quince paste, fruits and crackers

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EARTHY EATS MOTHERS DAY LONG TABLE LUNCH

Sunday, 8 May, 12.30pm
Earthy Eats, Kingsway, Launceston

“To the World you are a Mother, To your family you are the world” Join us in celebration of our wonderful Mums with a special 3 course Italian inspired Long Table lunch featuring Tasmanian produce and wine followed by a special screening of a short film celebrating  what a treasure a mother is!. Limited tickets available.

Earthy Eats have partnered with Luna Wines, Misty Meadows, Della Valle Gelato, Long Name Farm Pork, Elvenhome Farm and Tongola Cheese to bring together a delightful feast that is a celebration of integrity, as together, we strive towards a more sustainable food system in Tasmania.

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@HARVEST MARKET

Saturday 30th April
and Saturday 7 May

Awarded Australia’s Most Outstanding Farmers Market by ABC Delicious Magazine in 2013 and 2017, Harvest Launceston Community Farmers’ Market runs each Saturday at 71 Cimitiere Street.

What better place to feature food, fun, and film on Saturday 30th April and Saturday 7 May.

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CREATIVE PASSIONS

Wotif named Launceston the 2022 Best Town to Visit in Australia in their annual Aussie Town of the Year Awards. A major reason for that title is that it has some of the finest early Colonial and Victorian cityscapes plus gracious homes and mansions. So, why not combine a tour of these gems with a glass of bubbles, some canapes and a film on great art? 

CLAREMONT HOUSE

Whiteley
Saturday 30th May, 2 – 5pm
Claremont House

Claremont House, circa 1843, is hidden away amongst the seclusion of 100-year-old trees on 1 1/2 acres of tranquil gardens. Claremont is one of the oldest examples of pisé construction in Australia and was was the Gunn family residence for 100 years.

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DOWLING HOUSE

Maverick Modigliani
Saturday 7th May, 2 – 5pm
Dowling House

Dowling House is a fine example of 1840’s Georgian architecture, with classic symmetry, original timber joinery and a period garden. It was the home of Henry Dowling, a leading 1800’s figure and brother of colonial artist, Robert Hawker Dowling, who has portraits in the QVMAG, Royal Park.

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VISIT NORTHERN TASMANIA IN MAY

MAY in Launceston and the Tamar Valley is particularly beautiful with golden autumn leaves and magical twilight. Launceston and region also have an amazing range of things to do and see in May, so BOFA has partnered with the best of these to make your visit even more enjoyable!

AFL ANZAC DAY MATCH

Hawthorn Football Club, whose home is Launceston, is set to host Sydney in an ANZAC Day blockbuster on Monday 25 April, 12:30pm, UTAS Stadium. So come early… and Garn the Hawks! See more hawthornfc.com.au

TOUR THE TAMAR VALLEY

Called “One of the Top 10 Wine Routes in the World” by Essential Travel magazine (UK), the Tamar Valley boasts over thirty vineyards and wineries in one of the world’s premium cool climate wine regions. And their cellar doors are all on Launceston’s doorstep. See more tamarvalleywine.com.au

CRUISE THE TAMAR

Launceston sits on the confluence of three rivers so taking a Tamar River Cruise with a free glass of wine when you mention BOFA on booking makes a wonderful and relaxed way to see the region. See more tamarrivercruises.com.au

VISIT THE QUEEN VICTORIA MUSEUM

QVMAG (2 Invermay Road, Invermay and 2 Wellington Street, Launceston ) is the largest regional museum in Australia with a huge collection. They are showing BOFA’s First Nation short film competition entries at their auditorium at Invermay. Entry free. See more qvmag.tas.gov.au

JUNCTION ARTS FESTIVAL

Junction Arts Festival has added more reasons to visit Launceston over 6-8 May. See the historic Chalmers Church illuminated by Soliloquy, feast on the very best local food, wine + gin at Tamar Valley Feast, explore Launceston’s incredible architecture at Open House Launceston and enjoy an intimate gig with friends at Backyard Bands. See more junctionartsfestival.com.au

RUN AWAY TO THE CIRCUS

Launceston’s local circus, ROOKE, combines daring acrobatics, silliness and a bit of magic at Earl Arts Centre from Saturday 14 – Monday 16 May. See more at theatrenorth.com.au/interloper

WHY NOT STAY A LITTLE LONGER?

The Australian Musical Theatre Festival (18-22 May) is an unparalleled opportunity for musical theatre lovers, makers and industry professionals to get together, share and celebrate this wonderful genre. World class performers and outstanding local talent, make this an event not to be missed. See more at amtf.org.au

DISCOVER TASMANIA

Check out accommodation, travel and events at discovertasmania.com.au/Launceston

SEE & DO

There’s always something to SEE & DO in Tasmania, whether its a few blocks away, half an hours drive away, in Hobart or a few hours away.