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The Taste of TasmaniaDecember 28 - January 3

  • Hobart
  • Major Events
  • Tasmania
  • Food and Wine

Hobart, Tasmania

Tasmania’s artisan food and drink producers pull out all stops when it comes to showcasing their wares at The Taste of Tasmania. 

The Taste of Tasmania is one of Australia's most popular food festivals. Stallholders use their creativity to present a variety of dishes that showcase Tasmanian produce and producers. The festival also hosts a vibrant ticketed New Year's Eve party with live entertainment, culminating in the midnight fireworks to welcome in the New Year.

Reasons to attend 

1. Tasmania might be small in size but it's a giant of the Australian food scene. The island state shows off its incredible produce and sophisticated culinary outlook at The Taste of Tasmania - a buzzing waterfront event that attracts 265,000 visits each year. With opening hours of 11am-11pm (on New Year's Eve it's open until 1am), it's possible to drop by to enjoy brunch, lunch, afternoon nibbles, dinner or even a late-night supper.

2. This year, The Taste of Tasmania will be going cash-free. Visitors will be able to use their personal EFTPOS debit or credit cards at all stalls, but won’t be able to use cash. If you don’t own a card, there will be a load and go card available for you to add cash and use at all stalls. No more waiting for change, or standing in line while the person in front pays in coins. Just touch your card and go!


Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

3. Got a sweet tooth?  Check out the huge range of desserts, icecreams, cakes, drinks and other goodies on offer. If you’re after something savoury, there’s plenty for you as well, with some of Tassie’s finest produce on offer.  Check out The Taste of Tasmania website closer to the event for a full list of stalls.

4. Learn all about Tasmania's cool-climate wine, peat-distilled whisky, cider and craft beer scenes. The event showcases the delicious work of producers ranging from boutique-size through to larger-scale operations. It's a chance to see and taste Tasmania's world class treats and experience why Tasmania is gaining a global reputation for its whisky production. Explore the newly formed Tasmanian Whisky Trail and meet the passionate people behind the world-class whiskies. Cider is also booming so much in the Apple Isle that the state recently developed an official Cider Trail. Cider makers are clustered around Launceston in the north and Hobart in the south-east - but The Taste of Tasmania brings both Whisky and Cider producers together.

Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

5. Enjoy non-stop entertainment with bands, dj’s, buskers and roving street performers across the site. Kids in the Park presents scheduled activities for children including cooking and grow your own vegies demonstrations. Each evening family friendly movies will be shown at the festival's Twilight Cinema.

6. For a more in depth festival experience you can get a look behind the scenes by booking into a Taste Food Tour, or learn about Tasmania's wines, beers and ciders directly from the makers at Tasting Table events.

Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

7. Explore the surrounding areas as the magnificent harbour side location of The Taste of Tasmania is within walking distance to the historic precinct of Salamanca Place, the old maritime village of Battery Point and Hobart City.

8. Find a spot at the picturesque Salamanca Lawns precinct as it's the perfect place to move, mingle and relax under the Plane trees and enjoy the outdoor festival experience with a host of food stalls in this location.

What to look out for

There's no better place to enjoy Hobart's two spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks display than the city's waterfront. The family fireworks happen at 9.30 and at midnight, the New Year is welcomed in with a second blast of fireworks. Against a backdrop of sailboats and historic sandstone streets, The Taste of Tasmania is perfectly positioned to offer patrons a great view of the fireworks over Sullivans Cove. Grab a ticket for the New Year's Eve celebrations - they kick off at 7pm - and dance the night away while enjoying even more fabulous Tasmanian food and wine.

Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS

How to get there

Fly to Hobart from Melbourne (75 minutes), Sydney (about two hours) or other Australian capital cities. Pick up a rental car, or take a shuttle bus or taxi into the city centre.

The Spirit of Tasmania leaves from Melbourne, sails overnight, and berths in Devonport. Hobart is a 2.5 hour direct road trip. Or you can choose to explore a little of the state and start your The Taste of Tasmania experience by travelling down the east coast where can sample some the state's wines directly from producer's cellar doors or fresh oysters straight from the sea.

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