Record crowd a perfect starter

THOUSANDS wined and dined in Launceston's City Park last night for the opening night of Festivale.

Fine weather, gourmet delights and headline act Australian rock great Ian Moss drew a record Friday night crowd to the event, according to organisers.

And the crowd partied long into the balmy evening with plenty of fine food, wine and cider stalls providing something for all tastes.

The majority of the 1900 chairs, 270 tables and 40 benches were full.

International buskers stalked the park's lanes entertaining those mingling with friends as the children watched the Mieke Lizotte Circus Workshop at the Kids Kingdom or enjoyed the Tiny Top.

The three-day gourmet celebration continues today from 11am and Mahalia Barnes and Prinnie Stevens will perform tonight, before the event wraps up tomorrow  afternoon.

TODAYS ENTERTAINMENT ON THE FRONTLINE STAGE 

11am-11.45am: Tiarni Cane; 11.50am-12.35pm: Heloise; 12.45pm-1.45pm: Pete Cornelius; 1.55pm-2.55pm: S&M; 3pm-3.50pm: Jesse Teinaki; 4pm-4.50pm: The Usual Suspects; 5pm-5.50pm: The Brett Budgeon Band; 5.55pm: Best Stall Awards; 6pm-6.50pm: 7th Street Entry; 7pm-8pm: Agent 99; 8.15pm-9.15pm: Pete Cornelius & The Devilles; 9.30pm-10.45pm: Mahalia Barnes & Prinnie Stevens.

FACT FILE

WHAT: Festivale.

WHEN: Continues today, 11am to 10.45pm; tomorrow, 10am to 4pm.

WHERE: City Park, Launceston.

TICKETS: $20 today, $15 tomorrow. Free entry for children under 14 with an adult.

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