Festivale's tried and true recipe

FOOD, wine, music and party lovers, clear your diaries.

Festivale is back.

City Park will be transformed into an epicurean wonderland next weekend, with more than 75 stallholders descending on the picture-perfect space to showcase their produce.

About 10 of these stalls are taking part in Festivale for the first time this year.

Event chairwoman Lou Clark said the formula for next weekend's festival would not be changed dramatically.

``We're quite proud of the recipe we've developed over a number of years,'' she said.

``We certainly won't be making wholesale changes to the festival, but we are adding some new elements to keep things exciting.''

A new addition to the Launceston festival will be whiskey tastings in the Design Tasmania building on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Tastings will take place surrounded by an exhibition of striking designs by architectural draftsman-turned-master glassblower James Dodson.

Ms Clark said attracting iconic chef and restaurateur Guy Grossi to Festivale this year was a real coup.

``Guy joining us for the weekend is a testament to the exceptional quality of fresh, seasonal, local food and drinks Tasmania has become renowned for producing,'' she said.

``Our Festivale lunch on Friday has sold out, but people will have a chance to meet Guy at a summer barbecue masterclass at Harvest on Saturday.''

ntsas well as when he helps judge the festival's best stall.''

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