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We've had a little mid winter festival here in sleepy Hobart this last week.  Actually, it wasn't little at all, Dark Mofo was huge.  The highlight was the Winter Feast, three nights of food, fire and fun.  I was working with the Gourmet Farmer helping cook delicious food from his farm so I think I only had 20 minutes free time in all to run around and quickly shoot these snaps.

Matthew also asked me to style his stall so I had loads of fun borrowing props and making 4 metres of stainless steel benches look suitably rustic.

But the fun really began once the doors opened at 4pm.  I don't think anyone quite expected the crowds that came.  It was mental. The queues were massive. We got hammered. It was crazy town!   At times we were selling three buns a minute. We sold out early every night.   I loved to see Hobart town embrace this festival, despite the midwinter chill.  Vicki Frost from the Guardian has written a well rounded review here.  Worth a read to get the whole magnificent story.

I wish I had time to see and taste some more.  But for me, the event was about celebrating winter by cooking good food, working hard with good friends and sipping heart warming whiskey.  And dear reader, there is nothing crazy about that.

19 comments:

  1. Absolutely amazing. Dark Mofo totally captured everything that is Tasmanian. I was stalking all the picture every night - only wish I could have got down there for it.

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    1. Thank heavens for hashtags! There's always next year Michelle!

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  2. Oh wow Michelle...this looks absolutely incredible. Your photos are beautiful and the venue looks amazing. Thanks for sharing, I have just a hint of Tasmania envy x

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    1. Thanks Jane! Well, they say the grass is always greener x

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  3. Everything looks stunning! Reading your posts make me want to move to Tassie even more!

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    1. That's my goal Reannon...to get more nice people like you to move to Tasmania!

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  4. Ohhhh...it does look scrummy and warm! If only your blog included a scratch-and-sniff style setting!

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  5. Oh Michelle your photos are beautiful
    We were lucky enough to stumble in (by accident) at 5pm on Thursday - great food, amazing atmosphere and no queues
    We are so lucky to live here!
    x

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    1. I agree, we are very lucky to live here!

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  6. This looks amazing! Will it be held every year? I'd love to time a trip to Tassie just for this...

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    1. Yes it will be back next year! You should sign up to the MONA mailing list to get the program when it'a released.

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  7. Oh hey, I was working in the stall right next to you guys. You sold out so fast. Nice decorating too. The feast was amazing but exhausting, so good for Hobart :)

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    1. Which stall where you working at? The container bar? I wish I had known I would have said hello! It was hard work, but a walk in the park compared to the Taste, which is a real marathon!

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    2. Nah I was working at Scirocco South. I normally work for Pulp Friction and we did Mona Foma over the summer with these crazy 12 hour shifts every night. I heard that's what the Taste was like too. But, I do really love the market atmosphere. It's good fun!

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  8. wow, what a brilliant time you had! thanks for sharing!
    xx

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  9. I think I'm definitely going to have to organise a road trip next year - it all looked brilliant! Makes me miss living in Hobart very much!

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  10. Loved seeing the pictures from Dark Mofo on instagram and have vowed to go next year. Everything looked amazing, especially the 3 days of feasting...so much amazing food!

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