Time Out says
Celebrate apple picking in the Huon Valley with a wild weekend celebration
The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival is a wild pagan celebration in the green, frosty hills of Tasmania’s Huon Valley, located less than an hour west of Hobart. Its festivities have roots in the ancient English tradition of ‘wassailing’ – singing to the apple trees and banging on drums to scare away evil spirits and ensure a strong crop.
The festival is also a celebration of the region’s bounty; guests can feast by the fire on treats from Tasmania’s best producers, wineries and cider breweries.
Festivities kick off Friday night with an evening of craft cider, music and feasting by the fireside.