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On one of our jogs around Hobart we saw the signs at the gates of the Botanic Gardens for the Spring Community Festival.  Gardening and cooking demos in a lovely garden sounded too good to miss, so we headed along. It was cancelled on the Saturday due to intense winds, but Sunday went ahead as planned.

Festival food in Tassie is different, there was not a gozleme to be seen. There were however root vegetable french fries. What a great idea! Beetroot, carrot, parsnip and potato for $5.


And there’s your serves of vegies for pretty much a whole day – awesome!


There were lots of great plant and gardening stalls even for quite a small festival, this one selling fig scions was pretty cool. Haven’t seen them sold like this before.


There were also quite a few sections with info about Tasmanian heritage breed chooks. These Barnevelders were enormous and very pretty.


Hey there cluckies!


In the gardens proper there were these beautiful white Telopias. Lovely.


Tulips were also poking their heads through, adding to the spring feel.


The garden itself has a sweet little old cottage which now has historical displays in it. This seems to be where they got the recipe for the Cabbage Soup diet non?


There was also music and more food and apple cider and the like. All in all rather a lovely way to spend an afternoon if you’re around Hobart.


Election Day in Australia means one thing – democracy sausage. Voting and sausage sizzles are now permanently linked in the Australian imaginary.

The excellent snag votes map is a crowd sourced map of which booths have sausage sizzles, cake stalls or other delights. Choose wisely.

This year my booth went above and beyond with a wonderful fete. The booth is Darlinghurst Public School – a lovely inner city public school which clearly has a very active group of parents.

Polling goes from 8am to 6pm (voting is compulsory).

20130908-113216.jpg The most important part; the sausage sizzle or in this case the haloumi & egg sizzle.

20130908-113144.jpg Mmm, delicious democracy.

20130908-113222.jpgThe cake stand was very impressive with an enormous variety of cakes, cookies & more – all home made.

20130908-113227.jpgI had these wonderful afghan cookies for morning tea.

20130908-113233.jpgGorgeous Victoria sponge, very tempting.

20130908-113241.jpgReally cute murals above the bubblers, wish my primary school was like this!

20130908-113300.jpgThere were also pottery stalls, clothing, paper craft and this amazing flower stall with ‘tussie mussies’ – mixed posys which have special meanings & are intended to be given as gifts. Lovely.


Last year’s Roskilde Festival was a case study in European Festivals. Spectacularly well organised, great line up, not that expensive and remarkably free of drunken louts. Transport is super easy – just a train from Copenhagen central station through the country side, and there you are.

Festival main stage











Next time we will wear costumes. Was glad to have a hotel in town, despite the need to take trains home, like all festivals the camping was a bit manky after a few days.

The food was also incredible. There was even a very impressive iPhone app for the food stalls called APPetizer.

This flexitarian was swayed into trying the Stegt flæsk sandwhich. It translates as something like fried bacon, but is kind of pork bellyish, served with cabbage, mayonnaise and all things good. Mr K was almost moved to tears by how good this sandwich was. Worth the price of admission alone.

Stegt flæsk sandwich











Of course there was also music. There were some pretty impressive headliners, including Bruce Springsteen and the Herbalizer DJs and Bjork, but my favourite act was First Aid Kit. They had just the right amount of rock and cheer for a gorgeous festival like this.

Johanna and Klara from First Aid Kit blasting out their lovely folk pop

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