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Tasmanian Wine Festival

All is in readiness for the first Tasmanian Wine Festival staged at the state's Botanical Gardens in Hobart this weekend.

20 wineries each with around half a dozen products are setting up, as are gourmet food vendors and live musicians.

It is a vision coming to life for organiser Brendan Self and his wife.

"We would often come to the gardens with friends and family and have a glass of wine or two and we started thinking this is a great spot, we've worked here before, we run Day On The Lawn and other events and we started thinking why isn't there a Tas wine event."

Brendan reckons the food should be a big hit. 

“We’re turning the Gardens into a foodie’s paradise with Tasmania’s freshest local seafood to match the wines, including Barilla Bay Oysters, Waji cooking up a storm and Wattlebank.

Saturday is also World Margarita Day, so if you can’t decide which wine to choose, we’ve also got a cocktail bus to mix you a midday margarita.”

The event will be spaced out over three sessions to encourage people to spread out and relax.

Sessions are:
 Saturday 12pm-4pm
 Saturday 5pm-9pm 

 Sunday 12pm-5pm

Tickets are $25 and available from Oztix or www.taswinefest.com.au There may be limited tickets available on the gate unless sold out beforehand. For updates you can follow Tas Wine Festival on Facebook or Instagram.

Photo: Apogee and Gala Estate's Joseph Burton pours Wine Festival organiser Brendan Self a glass of wine.