It was Christmas in July at the award-winning Harvest Launceston farmers’ market last Saturday; a Tasmanian winter feast of food and fun, where patrons enjoyed special Christmas treats, mulled wine, carols and decorations. Dan Fellow went along to capture the essence of the occasion with his camera.

Christmas in July - Harvest Launceston Farmers Market

Harvest Launceston (photo by Dan Fellow)

The Spirit of Christmas in July

photos by Dan Fellow

Stalls were decorated in red, green and gold and stallholders came dressed in their festive finery. In true community spirit, Rocky Gardens brought the Christmas cake and Gryphonwood Vineyard the mulled wine. Management at Harvest Launceston were keen to make their party a true Christmas in July with a warm winter feast of local goodies.

Recipes were available so customers could buy the ingredients from the market and create a sumptuous dinner for Christmas in July at home. The newsletter teased “cranberry and macadamia nut rolled beef roast, honey-glazed carrots and garlic potatoes all followed by poached pears in red wine with double cream”. That was enough to catch our attention, but the thought of hot-spiced apple cider was the clincher. Not to mention the goats cheese and smoked salmon, roast pork and apple sauce, baked apples with spiced mascarpone, breads and pastries… Stop already!

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Harvest Launceston - Fresh Produce

Harvest Launceston (photo by Dan Fellow)

We’re sorry if you missed this version of Christmas in July at Harvest Launceston. But don’t despair… you’ll find a great range of fresh Tasmanian food and wine every Saturday in Launceston at the Cimitiere Street car park from 8.30am till 12.30pm. Stallholders sell only food and beverages grown and produced in Tasmania.

If you’d like advance notice of special events like this Christmas in July celebration (so you don’t miss out next time!) subscribe to the Harvest Launceston newsletter. You can also follow Harvest Launceston on Facebook; contact market manager Misty Sanderson by phone: 0417 352 780.

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