'Chef's Table' Alum Ana Roš From Two Michelin-Starred Hiša Franko Headlines Dark Mofo's 2023 Winter Feast
The Slovenian chef will be joined by The Agrarian Kitchen's Stephen Peak and Rodney Dunn, cooking up fare inspired by her homeland but made with Tasmania's top seasonal produce.
April 28, 2023
If you've been following Dark Mofo's 2023 lineup announcements, you'll have spotted that the Tasmanian winter festival knows how to serve up multiple courses. First, it announced Florentina Holzinger's dance theatre performance A Divine Comedy back in January. Then, it followed up with the full boundary-pushing lineup in March; however, there was still more to come. So, the fest added a few fresh events in mid-April, and unveiled the huge roster of talent for this year's Night Mass as well. Next on the menu: announcing that Ana Roš is hitting the Apple Isle to headline Dark Mofo's annual Winter Feast.
For Dark Mofo newcomers, Winter Feast is all about tucking into local produce by the fire while listening to tunes and just generally enjoying an evening of revelry. It's one of the Hobart-based festival's annual highlights, returning for the 2023 event across eight nights — from Thursday, June 8–Sunday, June 11, then again from Thursday, June 15–Sunday, June 18.
Attendees will head to Salamanca Lawns and Princes Wharf Shed 1, where 90 stallholders will set up by the feast's blazes. (Concrete Playground Trips' Dark Mofo accommodation package might come in handy — it helpfully includes Winter Feast tickets.)
Roš, who folks might know from Netflix documentary Chef's Table, heads to Australia with plenty of well-deserved fanfare. She's the owner of Slovenia's two Michelin-starred restaurant Hiša Franko in Kobarid, and was named the world's best female chef by The World's 50 Best Restaurants academy in 2017. The World Tourism Organisation have also given her the title Ambassador of Gastronomic Tourism.
At Dark Mofo, she'll get cooking in a newly built 50-seat structure just for cooking and dining, and she'll have company: Stephen Peak and Rodney Dunn, both from New Norfolk's The Agrarian Kitchen. Peak is the eatery's Head Chef, Dunn is its co-founder, and together they're a key part of a spot that was named Regional Restaurant of the Year at the National Good Food Guide Awards — and also earned two hats in the process. They're particularly passionate about supporting local producers, as well as about ethical and sustainable farming, which will come through on the Winter Feast menu.
That spread is set to span four courses, taking its cues from the dishes that that Roš and Peak whip up in their own kitchens. So, expect Slovenian-inspired fare, but made with Tasmania's top seasonal produce.
"Both Ana Roš and The Agrarian Kitchen have elevated regional dining in their respective countries by taking a bold and innovative approach to their food. We're thrilled to be able to highlight such incredible artists of the culinary world," said Winter Feast Food Curator Amanda Vallis.
As for who'll be taking care Winter Feast's stalls — and what'll be on their menus, and which installations will surround them — that's all still to be unveiled. Expect more details mid-May, ahead of Dark Mofo 2023's Thursday, June 8–Thursday, June 22 dates.
Top image: Winter Feast, Dark Mofo 2022. Photo credit: Jesse Hunniford, 2022. Image courtesy of Dark Mofo 2022.
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