Launceston prepares to ring in the New Year in style

Published on 29 December 2022


Northern Tasmanians are being encouraged to welcome in the New Year with a bang - literally - with a night of fun and frivolity at Royal Park for Beerfest NYE.

The City of Launceston’s signature New Year’s Eve event again promises to deliver an immersive experience for both locals and visitors alike featuring a creatively curated food, drink and entertainment program.

 All the festivities will kick off from 4pm, with revellers free to indulge in offerings of diverse and unique premium craft brews, ciders, wines, cocktails complemented by Tassie’s decadent local street eats food, including single batch, festival exclusives as well as well known, crowd favourites.

Free activities and entertainment continue through the day with live comedy sessions, masterclasses, wine-food pairings and live demonstrations lead by local industry favourites plus the best in local, emerging and iconic live music including Tassie icons Luca Brasi on the main stage and nationally celebrated HYPE DJ set Scudda and Ed Coleman closing out the night.

And to virtually guarantee the night goes off with a bang, event organisers will deliver two sets of fireworks displays - at 9.30pm and at midnight in what promises to be the best fireworks display in the state.

Earlier this year, the City of Launceston unanimously supported the event with $46,000 in funding through its special New Year's Eve Event Sponsorship Program.

Launceston Mayor Danny Gibson said the special sponsorship program was specifically designed to support a New Year's Eve event in the Launceston municipality. 

"We're delighted to welcome the Beerfest crew back to Launceston for what we expect will be another wonderful celebration on the eve of 2023," Mayor Gibson said.

"Beerfest has been involved in our city's New Year's Eve celebration since 2018 and as a family-oriented event, it continues to deliver year-after-year, improving each and every year and it's certainly something the Council is extremely happy to support.

Mayor Gibson said as has become tradition, there would again be two fireworks displays on the evening - one earlier in the night for families with children, as well as the time-honoured tradition of a midnight blast to ring in the New Year.

Event organiser James Harding said he was incredibly excited by what was on offer at this year's event.

"Our event on New Year' Eve in Launceston celebrates creativity, diversity and all things that make Tasmania great," Harding said.

"We are honoured and excited to continue to have the opportunity to work with such talented, creative, and passionate people that each make a vital contribution to the creation of an amazing industry, region and State.

"We are expecting a sold-out crowd with a diverse mix of locals and visitors from all parts of Australia and overseas.  It’s very clear people are keen to spend their time in Launceston this New Year’s Eve.  Breathing in the fresh Tassie air and indulging in our fresh, local produce and amazing talent.

"We are so thankful for our ongoing partnership and support from Launceston City Council that allows us to deliver such a high calibre event and showcase the best of Launceston and Tasmania to the rest of the world."



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