The sounds of hungry bellies being satisfied has rumbled across Launceston as the NORTH Festival kicked off this week.
The festival showcases quality venues in the city and invites those attending to see what's happening in bars, restaurants, cafes, wineries, and pubs across the Northern region.
Friday saw the celebration of High Tea held at Avenue Restaurant, with attendees enjoying scones, pavlova, tarts, macaroons, sandwiches, and pies.
However, Avenue food and beverage manager Allison Hayes said the restaurant's first event with the festival was an oyster evening on Wednesday.
"Our oyster launch on Wednesday night was great ... launching the Tarkine Fresh Oysters which are an amazing product," she said.
"It was a great success so I think [organisers] got involved in that and then we decided to jump on in with the high tea as well."
The oysters were matched with a Pirie sparkling wine, and the crowd of 72 enjoyed the offerings.
"For us, it's about showcasing Avenue Restaurant, our executive chef, and the oysters," Ms Hayes said.
With the oyster evening under their belt, the Avenue team turned their attention to the high tea events.
The restaurant used to run high tea every day before the pandemic, then restarted the events three months ago, only on Saturdays.
When the opportunity came up to be a part of the festival, the team knew the high tea concept would fit well with the food event.
"I think the NORTH Festival is fantastic," Ms Hayes said.
"It's promoting Launceston restaurants, and food and beverage."
For those who missed out on the first High Tea Fridays event, the second will be held on October 22 from 2pm-4pm.
Other events the festival has planned this weekend include Sips of the North, Spring Movie Night, the Stelo Garden Party, Three Cuts Takeover, and Tiki Takeover.
For more information on what the festival is running until October 27, or to buy tickets, visit northfestival.com.au.
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