Taste will spot­light lo­cal wares

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - REALESTATE - Moya Stevens

TASTE Port Dou­glas is gear­ing up for an­other year of cel­e­brat­ing food and cook­ing and is invit­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to ex­hibit their wares at the Fes­ti­val Vil­lage on Au­gust 12 and 13.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Reina Pa­trick, the Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor, they want lo­cal food pro­duc­ers and peo­ple who pro­duce food re­lated prod­ucts to dis­play their goods at the fes­ti­val.

“We al­ready have a re­ally ex­cit­ing line up this year from lo­cally made tim­ber chop­ping boards to ar­ti­san Ital­ian sweets but we want more,” Reina said.

“Our food in­dus­try has so much to talk about and we want to our fes­ti­val to show­case it,” she said. Ma­jor me­dia part­ner,

magazine, is sup­port­ing the event this year and this re­flects the in­ter­est and ex­cite­ment Aus­tralia has for the North Queens­land food scene.

Taste Port Dou­glas runs over three days from Fri­day 11 to Sun­day 13 Au­gust, hosted by the Sher­a­ton Mi­rage, and will fea­ture a Fes­ti­val Vil­lage on Rex Smeal Park.

“The Fes­ti­val Vil­lage is free for guests to en­ter and en­joy cook­ing demon­stra­tions by their favourite chefs, food and pro­duce master classes, bev­er­age tast­ings, live mu­sic and a host of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties,” Reina said, “and there will be a Mega Mar­keta and Food Truck Fi­esta on the Sun­day.”

Some of the celebrity chefs who will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in Taste Port Dou­glas in­clude Colin Fass­nidge, Monty Kolu­drovic, An­thony Puharic, Mas­simo Mele, Nelly Robin­son and Ben O’Donoghue.

“You won’t find an­other food fes­ti­val in Aus­tralia where you can sit and watch the likes of Colin Fass­nidge and Ben O’Donoghue cook­ing on a stage that is over­look­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef and Dain­tree Rain­for­est,” Reina said. “There’s a re­laxed vibe at Taste Port Dou­glas that you can’t repli­cate at other fes­ti­vals.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions are open for lo­cal pro­duc­ers, food trucks and food prod­uct re­tail­ers to ex­hibit at the Fes­ti­val Vil­lage.

Self-set-up and un­pow­ered sites are free with pow­ered sites start­ing at $175.

De­tails and book­ings: info@tasteport­dou­glas.com.

Taste Port Dou­glas in its re­vamped for­mat last year

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