It’s that time of the year again – Hobart’s waterfront is about to burst to life with the annual Summer festival known as the Taste of Tasmania. Crowd numbers in excess of 350,000 people over the week long celebration will converge on Princes Wharf shed and the surrounding Salamanca / Parliament lawns as well as the rest of the waterfront to view the Sydney to Hobart yachts after they arrive from their arduous journey across Bass Strait. We have prepared a few tips for those planning on attending the Taste this year (and who wouldn’t be?).
Plan your travel: There will be road closures around the Hobart waterfront during the event so the best option is to park at the Regatta Ground and make use of the bus service between there and the waterfront. The bus runs from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM on each day, except for 31st December on which it will run from 10:30 AM until – 10:00 PM.
Scope it out on arrival: There’s plenty of good tucker at ‘The Taste’ so you can’t get too carried away in the first 3 minutes. Walk a lap, take it in and then decide. You don’t want to see your mate with something that you wish you had ordered. ‘Food envy’ is nobody’s friend!
Dress it up, dress it down: Hobart’s weather during summer can be varied. We’re experiencing a dry second half of 2015 but it always pays to check the forecast before you head to The Taste. If you plan on sitting outside during the afternoon, keep in mind that warm days will lead to a sea breeze, which can certainly drop the temperature by a few degrees.
Slip, slop, slap: Tassie’s sun means business. Don’t underestimate the value of bringing something with long sleeves and a collar, a hat and some sunscreen. It really does not take long to get sun burn here in Tasmania so make sure you cover up, fins some shade and make the most of our beautiful weather without suffering for it in the coming days.
The Taste goes cashless: This year, the Taste of Tasmania will trial a cashless payment system. What does this mean for you? You can either simply use your credit or debit card at each stall or if you would prefer, you can load a ‘Taste Prepaid Card’ that is available on site. Either way, there’s not much standing between you and lunch.
The early bird gets the table: There’s plenty of seating at The Taste but there are also plenty of folks who are keen to settle in and enjoy the event. If you have a family or are traveling in a group and need a table, it makes sense to arrive a little earlier than the bulk of the crowds. You can guarantee seating by making a reservation here: http://www.thetasteoftasmania.com.au/experiences/reservedseating/
Get outside of your comfort zone: The Taste is a showcase of Tassie produce so don’t miss the opportunity to track down something that you might not usually find from day to day. Meet the producers, learn about where their products come from and enjoy some of Tassie’s finest!
Don’t hold back: The Taste happens once a year so make the most of it. It’s great to see people finish their work day at The Taste and experienced campaigners relocating the odd work meeting to the waterfront.
Learn a few new tricks: The cooking and cocktail demonstrations that take place at The Taste are great fun and really informative. Keep an eye out for some of Tassie’s best Chefs and food personalities to pop up at the event and share some of their knowledge with you.
Happy New Year: You won’t find a better venue in Hobart from which to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks and ring in 2016. The New Year’s Eve party at The Taste is a ticketed event and tickets are limited. There are still a few available and you can grab them here: http://www.thetasteoftasmania.com.au/nye-at-the-taste-of-tasmania/.