If you want to experience what Tasmania is all about, then the annual festival the 'Taste of Tasmania' is a great place to start. Called simply ‘The Taste’ or ‘Taste’ by locals, this is a firm favourite in the calendar as a wharf area adjacent to Salamanca comes alive for dining, entertainment and sampling Tasmania’s best wines, ciders, and beers from 11.00am till late.
Make your way to Hobart around the New Year, with festivities beginning on December 28 and finishing up on January 3. It's the perfect way to ring in 2014.
Celebrate local fresh produce, fine wines and boutique beer in the state's capital, with plenty of entertainment and activities on offer too.
The city truly comes alive with a plethora of art exhibitions and performance stages showcasing Tasmania's talent when it comes to the arts. Enjoy singers, musicians, comedians, and plenty of talented buskers out on the streets.
Princes Wharf is where the action is centred, so make it your base. Enjoy the boats in the harbour, gorgeous views out to see and leisurely stroll the sandstone streets, which will be alive with the festival atmosphere.
One of the highlights of the event is undoubtedly the food. Seafood is always in season on the island, so indulge in salmon, blue fin tuna, oysters and scallops.
Be sure to try Bruny Island cheese and Bicheno berries, pastries brimming with organic berries and vegetables, and stock up on some jams and relishes while you're at it.
You'll enjoy some great meals of lamb and veal, complemented by delicious wine, whisky and beer. Then, for dessert, savour the juicy fruits of local Tasmanian orchards.
For all the revellers out there, the New Year's Eve party is not to be missed. There will also be a spectacular array of fireworks, DJs and bands – so be there.