Farmgate Festival 2020


Farmgate Festival returns for a fourth year in 2020, connecting people with locally produced food. The festival will take place this year on 21st and 22nd November, when a handful of small farm and rural businesses in the West Tamar will open their gates to the public for the weekend.

Visitors can visit the farms they’re interested in, for short guided tours hosted by the business owners themselves.

The aim of the festival is to educate and inform people on how real food is produced. This year, thirteen businesses will take part. Some have been part of the festival since its inaugural year, and some join us for the first time to tell their stories.  

There’s plenty to discover, as the farms, orchards and vineyards showcase how they go about their business. You can expect to see demonstrations of harvesting, production and processing techniques. There will be product samples and tastings, animal encounters and farmgate sales.

Tours vary in length. Some are short at around 10 to 20 minutes, some a little longer, up to 40 minutes. As a visitor, you will drive your own vehicle between venues, choosing the farms to suit you, and taking in the scenic Tamar Valley along the way.

Festival tickets gain you entry to as many farms as you would like to visit on both days, allowing plenty of time over the whole weekend to visit.

New to the festival for 2020 is walnut farm Tamar Valley Organic, and Marion’s Vineyard who have a focus on biodynamics. Returning for the second time are Wilmores Bluff sheep and cattle farm, Bridgenorth Berries and Glengarry Dairy.

Remaining with the festival are Tamar Valley Truffles, Tascargot snail farm, Brady’s Lookout Cider, Grey Sands Vineyard who will be offering a plant sale, Lentara Grove and Village Olive Grove, Honey Tasmania – The Beehive, and Waterton Hall historic estate.

A further highlight of the festival is the dinner event, to be held this year at Loira Vines. Their Four Season Soiree will feature the music of Vivaldi, with a four course dinner matched with both music and wines. Dinner will feature produce from the Farmgate venues and the region. Tickets available here.

We recommend a selection of cafes and places for lunch around the valley, and you’ll find details of these in our program and here on the website.

Latest Updates

Keep up to date with the festivals latest news!

What’s on the menu

We can't show you a picture of what will be on your plate at the Farmgate Festival dinners. The chefs are, at this moment, sourcing and selecting ingredients and beginning to cook. But we can tempt you with a few details. At Loira Vines' Four Seasons Soiree, you'll be greeted…

What to expect on the festival weekend

Just a few days to go until the festival weekend! We hope you're excited. We hope you've got your tickets too. They're on sale on the festival website, and we encourage you to buy online. At each of our venues, you'll find the owner ready to conduct a short tour.…

Info for buses

If you intend arranging for a bus tour to Farmgate Festival, please note that our venues are working farms and vineyards. They may have limited access for large vehicles, and may be on rough ground with unsealed roads or tracks. Please plan your tour carefully and contact our venues direct…