To help save one of Australia’s most distinct animals, the Tasmanian Devil, we are asking all Tasmanians to come and experience local food, music and culture by the beach in the coastal hideaway of Blackmans Bay.
Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) is a rare infectious parasitic cancer that is destroying the wild populations of our most beloved island mascot. Once unheard of it was first discovered by a photographer in 1996 and is now, according to researchers, estimated to decimate up to 65% of the devil population. The disease presents itself as cancerous lesions around the face and mouth. Once infected a devil is only expected to live for another six months before they die from either multiple organ failure or from starvation.
So we need your help. How? By eating food and listening to live music, of course! FestDEVIL is a small one day festival, running with the full support of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal, that sets out to educate, entertain and feed residents and tourists alike.
The festival itself is being organised by those who have a strong passion for saving the critically endangered devil. Several of these advocates have banded together to create a special stall on the day called Spicy Devil.
Spicy Devil is an exciting new initiative developed between hospitality aficionados and the Good Food Empire based out of the Glenorchy Football Club. Spicy Devil’s aim is to create a range of spicy sauces, curry pastes and biscuits sourced from Asian and African cultures and through that process develop a better understanding of their food and culture. Some of the countries being explored include Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bhutan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Congo. Better yet, all proceeds from this stall will go to the Appeal.
Additionally we have some amazing and talented local artists who are donating their time to ensure there is live entertainment throughout the day. This includes Mina-Nina, Dawayne Everettsmith, Shewit Belay, Mwase Makalani, Tasmanian Chinese Art and Communication Society and Dancing Divas.
There will be a fundraising raffle on the day with prizes that include a cruise from Pennicott Wilderness Journeys valued at $270, a professional photography session from Wittle White Wolf Photography valued at $175 and many other great prizes.
Other great fundraising opportunities will be available on the day and many interactive activities. We look forward to seeing you all there.
For more information about FestDevil or if you would like to get involved please get in contact with the team at;
Facebook: FestDEVIL @hobartsummerfestival