The Willie Smith’s Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest is set to shout down the cold this 16 & 17 July for fire, feasting, folklore, and good vibes.
Willie Smith’s Cider Makers Co-Founder Sam Reid said, “We’re excited to be able to open up the festival to the community and visitors alike in 2021. We had an amazing time at the Apple Shed last year and it was certainly something different to stream the festival live to people around the globe, but without the punters, it was really missing something. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, we are running a smaller version this year by opening to a maximum of only 600 on Friday and 600 on Saturday. At each night you can be guaranteed we will be making sure to cover all the highlights festival goers have come to expect of us. The local community has supported us through COVID 19, we are forever indebted to them for that, so in our minds it’s all we could do to keep the festival going.”
Offered over two nights, tickets will be available through a ballot system via Moshtix. The link to the event will be posted on our channels at 9 am on Monday 24 May and you will have until 9 am 31 May to sign up.
Successful balloters will be notified on Tuesday 1 June and given the opportunity to purchase a maximum of 4 tickets for either 16 or 17 July (not both).
All the old favourites will be back including Nayri Niara’s captivating welcome to country and culminating in the burning of our effigy “Big Willie”. Fire pits will light up the night, a storyteller’s stage will be nestled in the Apple shed, roving performers will be there to entertain and tickle the sense until the festival’s core event, the Wassail gives attendees a chance to sing their hearts out to the apple trees in the hope of bringing on a bumper crop for the next harvest’.
14 thousand people across 40 countries took part in the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest via live stream last year and Willie Smith’s are proud to be returning to our roots by hosting the 2021 festival at our Apple Shed in Huonville, Tasmania.
We would like to thank the local community, Huon Valley Council, Destination Southern Tasmania, Tourism Tasmania, Events Tasmania, and all our supporters for helping us bring the festival back this year.