Experience No.051 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.

Taste of Tasmania (now just “Taste Festival”) makes it into our list because if there is one event that sums up what Tasmania is all about, it is this experience. Between Christmas and New Year, the Hobart waterfront opens up for what is effectively a huge tasting market. Tasmania is known for its stunning produce, and for developing an almost artisan community of growers, breeders, fishers, shuckers, brewers and fermenters doing their own boutique thing. Taste of Tasmania ties them together.

In AT’s opinion, this is the best way and place to spend the Christmas/New Year period in Australia.

Each year about 70 of these producers take a stall inside the huge waterfront sheds. You simply arrive, pay your entry fee and buy a wineglass. Inside the shed is what is effectively 70 tapas stalls. But it doesn’t end there. “The Taste”, as it’s known, coincides with the merriment surrounding the boats completing the world famous Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. You simply stake your position in the beautiful Tasmanian summer sunshine and watch the yachts come in.

But it doesn’t even end there. The Taste also includes live demos from Tasmania’s leading chefs and masterclass wine tasting tables led by leading Tasmanian winemakers. And that’s before you consider the performance art aspect, with continuous shows, musical acts of all kinds and stunning visual arts displays. In actual fact, The Taste is a part of the international buskers festival!

In AT’s opinion, this is the best way and place to spend the Christmas/New Year period in Australia. But you need to book early. There is limited accommodation, and The Taste is growing to coincide with the world significance that the Tasmanian producers deserve.

Where: Castray Esplanade, Hobart Waterfront. www.tastefestival.com.au

Did you know: Over the course of the festival, Tasters will use 30,000 glasses, 100,000 forks and 125,000 plates. There will also be about 300 different performers.

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