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Spring Community Festival

  • 05 Oct 2013 to 06 Oct 2013, 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

The Spring Community Festival has been a Tasmanian community institution since 1986.  Attracting more than 15,000 visitors annually, the Spring Community Festival is the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens premiere festival overflowing with entertainment, activities, rides, food, wine and much, much more.  The weekend event will be held on October 5th & 6th of October with the vibrant annual display of spring colour providing a dazzling backdrop for a program of non-stop family entertainment, music and food.   Come along and be a part of a fun family day celebrating spring in Tasmania.


While the community celebration of spring in Hobart remains the

central theme for the festival, increasingly the event has become a celebration of Tasmania’s cultural diversity, fine food and wine, performers and vibrant community spirit. This is reflected by the inclusion of over 30 community organisations and charities from the initial development stages through to the stalls, suppliers and entertainment.  This benefits both the festival and significantly contributes directly to the community and charities involved, providing economic benefits and helping to build a strong sense of community across the diverse cultural backgrounds and age groups represented throughout Hobart.  The festival highlights a strong bond between the community and the Gardens and it provides an opportunity for the RTBG to enhance its links with local people and visitors.


This year's festival will feature fine Tasmanian musicians in a diverse program that fills the whole weekend.  Features include:

  • Gardening gurus Peter Cundall & Tino Carnevale giving free hands on demonstrations in the new Tasmanian Community Food Garden – formerly Pete’s Patch.  This will be the first chance for the public to see this new developmental.
  • Cooking lessons with Kumar Pereira from Master Chef.  Kumar will be highlighting how you can take the produce from your own garden and cook amazing nutritious cuisine. 
  • A major theme of the Tasmanian Community Food Garden is to show Tasmanians how to grow their own food, harvest it and cook delicious nutritious meals and who better to help than Peter, Tino & Kumar!  All classes and demonstrations are free!
  • Fantastic musicians and dancers
  • Free Sporting activates with fun and games for the kids

Non-stop entertainment will include bands and performers on the entertainment stage with free garden and cooking demonstrations at the Tasmanian Community Food Garden.

Children's entertainment will be centered on the lower playground area with roving performers wandering throughout the Gardens to ensure all patrons are having fun.

What is the Tasmanian Community Food Garden?

This festival will feature the public opening of the Tasmanian Community Food Garden – note the garden is not completed.  This is a public opening but work will continue after the festival to complete the garden.


The Tasmanian Community Food Garden is part of the ongoing redevelopment of the area formally known as Pete’s Patch.  The garden it’s self will consist of 20+ small gardens, an education centre and training facilities.  The aim is to engage community groups from schools, migrant, older Tasmanians, Salvation Army, SecondBite etc to take ownership of the planting and maintenance of a veggie patch within the greater garden.  It’s like a large group of community gardens in one location that will be facilitated by the RTBG in maintaining and growing this resource.


We’ll give community groups the skills, resources and knowledge to take back into the community and disseminate this information. 


At the opening we’ll have gardening demonstrations (Pete & Tino) & professional chefs showing you how to harvest and prepare what you’ve grown.