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28,000 people through the gates: 35th Festivale event draws record crowds

Pulse Tasmania
Festivale hits milestone: 35th anniversary draws record crowds. Image / Supplied

Launceston’s biggest food, wine and entertainment event Festivale is being celebrated as the best yet.

The festival marked its 35th anniversary this year and attracted close to 28,000 people over three days at City Park.

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Deputy Premier Michael Ferguson said that the sizeable turnout showed “premium Tasmanian summer events” were a drawcard for local and interstate visitors, with approximately 7.5% coming from outside Tasmania.

“This year the event boasted 72 food and beverage stallholders from across the state, including 12 first-time stallholders – and some stalls proved so popular that they had to keep restocking,” he said.

Festivale hits milestone: 35th anniversary draws record crowds. Image / Supplied

“Congratulations to the Festivale organisers for another stellar event. I thank all the volunteers who helped support the successful running of this year’s event.”

The state government, through Events Tasmania, gave organisers $810,000 to support the event from 2022 to 2024.

Festivale hits milestone: 35th anniversary draws record crowds. Image / Supplied

Organisers are determined to maintain the high standards of the event and continue attracting large numbers of attendees and stallholders.

Planning for next year’s Festivale has already begun, with dates locked in for January 31 and February 1-2 and funding discussions set to begin over the next several months.

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