The Summer of Fun (a label adopted by local newspaper ‘The Mercury’) best describes over a month of celebration, sports, relaxation, extreme endeavour, performance and an enormous amount of eating and drinking. It begins with the trio of Yacht Races on Boxing Day – Sydney to Hobart (S2H), Launceston to Hobart (L2H) and Melbourne to Hobart (M2H), continues with Falls Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival and concludes with the incredible MONA FOMA.
After the Rolex Sydney to Hobart blue water classic yacht race, Hobart’s famed Taste of Tasmania is a primary focus down at the waterfront. The 2011 event has spread its wings to Parliament House lawns where there is a large installation and set of ‘supervised’ activities for children.
Nightly outdoor film screenings on the large screen and any number of games, fingerpainting, a few kid-friendly food outlets too means that ‘The Taste’ really caters for all ages.
You can even check on the webcam for the forecourt to see what is going down before heading down.
We took a look and have to agree that the upgraded PW1 location is great. Even took a look at a couple of stalls (how could you not?), and, as well as the winning stall from Tasmania’s North West which features a mini Wagyu beef pie with a trio of fresh North-West oysters – yes, a big yum is in order – we actually quite liked the Cafe de Paris stall (pic below) serving an unlikely but delicious Mexican-style crepe.
See The Taste Festival site for the full program.