The Taste Festival, Tasmania’s largest annual event, returns to Hobart’s waterfront for its 23rd year with a refined new look and additional space, taking in the iconic Salamanca Lawns for the first time.
The long-time Taste Festival venue has undergone a substantial facelift in the past two years, with new food and beverage areas, new flooring and glass doors leading out onto the waterfront and Salamanca Place sides, all adding to the summer celebration that attracts more than 250,000 people over the seven days. In 2011/12 there will be an additional 500 seats, incorporating a new, decked area on the Salamanca side of the venue, as well as access to Salamanca Lawns for families to spread a picnic blanket in the sunshine.
This year’s event will also feature a new area, The Winery, dedicated to the pleasures of fine Tasmanian wines and the delicacies that go with them. Situated in the event’s forecourt, the state’s best boutique wineries will offer a broad tasting range, including limited releases, and visiting and local experts will give talks and guided tastings. With a new shaded seating area, a dedicated ‘tasting arena’, and a seven-day program of wine events, this will be a popular new addition to the festival.
The popular Red Hat Tours will be here for the second time, offering small group, specialised themed tours of the Taste Festival. ‘In-the-know’ locals will lead visitors on carefully planned safaris to taste artisan soft cheeses, smoked and cured smallgoods, superb Tasmanian seafood and cool-climate wines. There are also tours specialising in craft brewing, confectionary and more. Red Hat Tours offers a bespoke Taste Festival experience, perfect for wine and food lovers.
An expanded and refined brasserie will also return this year, featuring Tasmania’s burgeoning craft brewing and cider making industry, along with matched foods.
The Taste Festival is an initiative of the Hobart City Council. The aim is to present a unique and memorable festival that showcases some of the best food and beverage Tasmania has to offer, while providing opportunities for the whole community to meet with friends and family and celebrate the essence of summer in Hobart in a fun and safe environment.
The Taste Festival invites the celebration of our community and our rich heritage, while contributing to increasingly sophisticated, and forever surprising, contemporary food culture. The 2011/12 festival will seek to celebrate the people of Tasmania through culinary, artistic and cultural expression.
Families and children will be well catered for this year at Kids in the Park on Hobart’s Parliament House Lawns, offering plenty of activities. Daily programming includes a dedicated area for sporting activities and games, family outdoor board games, cooking classes for children, jumping castles and children’s rides, various workshops, face painting, buskers, performers and other family entertainment.
The Forecourt Stage will become the focal point for stage-based acts and busking performances throughout the day. Each evening, the forecourt will transform itself into a popular area to dance the night away with friends. An exciting line-up of entertainment will again be a festival highlight, with a focus on showcasing local Tasmanian talent. Roving performers will also entertain the crowds around the venue.
For further information visit: www.tastefestival.com.au
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