The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest Is Coming Back For 2020... Kind Of
Firing up from home
We were all disappointed at the announcement that the Mid-Winter Fest would be cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, the iconic pagan apple picking festival has just announced they'll be putting on a virtual show instead!
The festival will be live streamed via Facebook, with participants encouraged to dress up, light a bon fire, and "get ready to make a racket".
Festival Director and Willie Smith’s Cider Makers Co-Founder, Sam Reid, said:
“We couldn’t let winter pass without our traditional wassail to the apple trees to bless the coming harvest – and of course, all the festivities surrounding it! We’re stoked to be bringing Mid-Winter into the homes of festivalgoers around the county – bringing our community together once more.”
All the much-loved traditions will be back over a packed 2 hours of streaming, including the wassail, Tassie folk-funk acts, storytelling, and the burning of the effigy ‘Big Willie’.
And don't forget to dress up in your pagan finery, and upload a picture to social media with #midwintercostumecomp to enter go the costume competition.
Jimmy & Nath were joined by Sam Reid to find out more about the virtual return of the festival...