Taste of summer
Waterfront festival’s new fl avour
CO- CHAIRMEN Marti Zucco and Peter Sexton have corrected some of last year’s most troublesome mistakes and made big improvements for this summer’s Taste Festival.
The most significant will be the product mix of the 41 stalls inside Princes Wharf No. 1 shed and in the presentation and traffic flow to the 25 stalls in the outside Pier and Paddock sections.
There will be 17 new stalls, including Alistair Wise from Sweet Envy offering his superb ice creams from a remodelled Mr Whippy van.
‘‘ Most importantly,’’ said Alderman Zucco, ‘‘ in the selection process and mix of stalls, we’re aiming to return the Taste to its roots – a community celebration of the best of our homegrown food, wine and regional produce and of the people who make them.’’
Of the stalls selected this year, 50 represent Tasmanian businesses, six are Salamanca stallholders and 10 are regular stallholders at other festivals.
Thirty- seven of the stalls will be offering savoury food, 13 desserts and 34 wine, beer and other beverages.
And in recognition of the importance of wine and other beverages to the event, Ald Sexton said: ‘‘ We have revitalised the Paddock and Pier precincts, re- engaged Phil Laing to put on a wide range of tastings, got rid of last year’s cleanskins, introduced quality glassware and will be offering the winning Best- of- the- Taste wines exclusively in our premium seating areas and at New Year’s Eve.
‘‘ If we say the Taste represents the best of
Tasmania, then, when it comes to our wines, rather than the [ Hobart City] council selling cheap cleanskins, that’s what we need to offer.
‘‘ If we have quality wines, then you need quality glassware to show them off and we’ll have that as an option for visitors this year as well.’’
Overall, the festival will expand into the second Salamanca lawn area this year with stallholders on the lawns and The Deck for the first time.
The Kids in the Park section in front of Parliament House will be bigger and better and the organisers say there will be greater integration of the Taste with the activities of Saturday’s Salamanca Market. When the question of costs and possible entry fees arise, they have dispensed with last year’s $ 90,000 management team from NSW.
Ald Zucco said the stallholders’ food and drinks side of the festival almost breaks even.
‘‘ It’s effectively the ancillary events, the entertainment and Kids in the Park that cost the council,’’ he said.