Weekend getaway - Cafe Fest in Launceston

As a coffee lover I couldn't resist the idea of this weekend which combines coffee with the undoubted delights of Launceston, Tasmania.

If you are not familiar with what Launceston offers, check out James Halliday's list of Launceston wineries in The Weekend Australian Magazine September 12 -13. Names like Pipers Brook, Jansz and Bay of Fires sound familiar?

Launceston’s inaugural ‘Café Fest’ is scheduled for 3 October. The centre of Launceston will become a showcase of the city’s celebrated café culture with coffee inspired fashion shows, a latte art competition (featuring the world latte-art champion), street theatre, international tea and coffee stalls, a historical coffee lovers tour, chocolate face-painting, chocolate and coffee cooking workshops and demos all part of the celebration - plus, local baristas will be brewing up coffees for only $1! There is also a chance to win a home coffee maker valued at $1200 simply by voting for your favourite café.

Need somewhere to stay? Mercure is offering packages from $159 per night including overnight accommodation in a superior queen room and breakfast for two – plus complimentary offerings from their Pure Pleasures range of premium brewed coffee and hot chocolate. Or if you’re all ‘coffee-d’ out, try the ‘Blooming Tea’ for two - a careful fusion of exquisite herbal flowers and whole white tea leaves.

More information: Mercure Café Fest 03 6333 9999 or visit www.mercurelaunceston.com.au