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Taste of Tasmania | Hobart

Taste of Tasmania | Hobart

Our dinner view

Our dinner view

That post Christmas feeling - I was supposed to be eating steamed vegetables, poached eggs, and salads. Instead I got home from a New Year’s camping trip and marched straight to the City of Hobart Taste Of Tasmania (the Taste) food and wine festival, and proceeded to make a pig of myself.

Pigging out on scallop taco

Pigging out on scallop taco

I replaced my steamed vegetables and poached egg with;

  • Szechuan chilli chicken and rice;
  • Scallop Tacos;
  • Icecream (the “Fat Elvis” no less);
  • Mexican Pie (the BEST pie crust filled with rice, beans, chilli sauce, sour cream, and nachos); and
  • Potato Rosti with mushroom and spinach.

Whoops.

All washed down with some amazing;

  • Frogmore Creek Chardonnay;
  • Beautiful Isle Riesling; and
  • Beautiful Isle Delicious Red.

Double whoops…

The trouble with the Taste is that it’s so darn seductive; decadent desserts of Tasmania’s finest, freshly picked, summer fruits and berries with homegrown cream and ice cream, seafood caught in southern ocean’s, prepared fresh for the event, traditional dishes from far off cultures to delight your palate, Tasmania’s best beers, ciders, and wines to accompany the myriad of flavours and dishes, sparkling wines with which to toast your good fortunes (or use them to wash down fresh Tasmanian oysters), as-well-as a whole plethora of other dishes, drinks and cocktails. Sounds pretty good no?

Salamanca lawns and the outdoor area

Salamanca lawns and the outdoor area

This year the Taste ran from Monday 28 December - Sunday 3 January at the Princes Wharf No. 1 Shed (PW1) on Castray Esplanade. It always operates during the festive period making it a great destination for locals on Christmas break, or anyone visiting Tasmania. It’s really REALLY popular.

During this time you can watch super-maxi yachts triumphantly sweep into harbour, crossing the finishing line of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race - a perilous sailing race that has claimed many lives. Or ring in the New Year - a popular time to attend. Event organisers ensure you are entertained by lots of incredible acts so you can usher in the new year with feasting and dancing. However any time is good to visit the Taste. The venue is so central and entry is completely free (!)(except between the hours of 7pm and 1am on New Year’s eve, when it becomes a ticketed event).

The cascade DJ van

The cascade DJ van

If you have children then fear not, the Taste caters for them too. There is a whole area dedicated to families. Plenty of activity stalls and workshops are set up, and the area is completely alcohol free.

For grown ups wanting some activities there are Taste Tours, the Taste Theatre, and various performers roving through the event.

This year the Tasmanian media focused their coverage on event organisers making the Taste a cashless event. If you google it you’ll find plenty of opinions about this initiative (snore). I thought it was great to be able to go to the event and pay pass any purchase. I didn't have to worry about getting cash out before the event, eftpos unavailability, or minimum purchase amounts etc. Something else to bear in mind; if you’re going to be drinking wine you will need to make a once-off wine glass purchase (or remember to bring a Taste glass from previous years).

Love hearts in the trees over the event

Love hearts in the trees over the event

I’ll definitely be at the Taste again next year. Perhaps I’ll see you there. I’ll be the one making a pig of myself and lamenting the wilting vegetables in my refrigerator.

 

xxx

K

For more information about the Taste of Tasmania visit their website www.thetasteoftasmania.com.au

Beautiful stalls in the main shed

Beautiful stalls in the main shed

The outdoor seating area on the wharf

The outdoor seating area on the wharf

More from the outdoor seating area on the wharf

More from the outdoor seating area on the wharf

Food stalls and happy feasters on the Salamanca lawns

Food stalls and happy feasters on the Salamanca lawns

The beautiful Beautiful Isle Wines stall

The beautiful Beautiful Isle Wines stall

Seagull on a tent

Seagull on a tent

Hobart's Cascade Brewery stand

Hobart's Cascade Brewery stand

Delicious ice cream van

Delicious ice cream van

Looking up over the dancefloor

Looking up over the dancefloor

The gorgeous folks from Pacha Mama

The gorgeous folks from Pacha Mama

Hobart Twilight Market | Sandy Bay

Hobart Twilight Market | Sandy Bay

Woolmers Festival of Roses | Longford

Woolmers Festival of Roses | Longford