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About tthe Taste of Tasmania

About the Taste

Tasmania’s most popular and enduring summer event, The Taste of Tasmania, returns to Hobart’s waterfront from 28 December – 3 January 2016, and it’s free to enter.

The majestic River Derwent, Hobart’s historic wharves and Salamanca Place provide a stunning backdrop to this annual celebration of quality Tasmanian produce. Think Tasmanian seafood, cheeses, berries, our famous cool-climate wines and boutique beers and ciders, combined with a fabulous entertainment program and family-focused activities. We look forward to seeing you there.

OPENING HOURS – PRINCES WHARF NO.1 SHED (PW1) Monday 28 December to Sunday 3 January, 11am – 11pm, free entry. Thursday 31 December: 11am – 3.30pm, free entry. Thursday 31 December: New Year’s Eve Party, 7pm – 1am, ticketed entry only. OPENING HOURS – PARLIAMENT HOUSE LAWNS Monday 28 December – Sunday 3 January, 11am – 8pm, with a 9.30pm finish on New Year’s Eve. Free entry.

The Taste is Cashless

This year The Taste of Tasmania is going cashless as part of a one-year trial. You will need to bring along your personal debit or credit card for all purchases and then simply tap, swipe or insert into the EFTPOS tablet just as you would at any shop or restaurant.

A copy of our television ad is available for viewing here. And here are some FAQs which will help explain the new system.

If you or a family member don’t have your own card, a free Taste Prepaid card will be available on site with which to make purchases once it has been pre-loaded with a cash amount.

The Prepaid card will be available to collect from our Taste Prepaid booth in the PW1 forecourt. Further details, including full terms and conditions of the use of this card, are available here. You will also be able to check your balance online.

New Year’s Eve at the Taste

The Taste of Tasmania New Year’s Eve Party is the place to be and be seen if you’re lucky enough to be in Hobart this New Year’s Eve. Hobart’s waterfront will come alive when we match a funk and soul entertainment line-up with sensational Tasmanian produce and the finest beverages.

The skies will light up during the family fireworks display at 9.30pm and in another spectacular display at midnight, delighting you with an experience to remember.

There’ll be street performers and roving entertainers to get you in the mood to get down with The Hobart Funk Collective. They have more groove than you can poke a stick at, so come along and support these local funksters.

Special guests The Bamboos will really get the party into full swing with their upbeat energy and big, big sound.

Founded in Melbourne in 2000, The Bamboos have carved out a signature style that embraces classical and current influences while weaving them into something altogether brand new.

The Age calls them “the highest, tightest and easily the best live band of their kind in the country,” with their latest album, The Rules of Attraction, garnering an ARIA Award-nomination for the best blues and roots album for 2015.

What does funk and soul mean to you? Dress up and show us your groove at The Taste of Tasmania New Year’s Eve Party!


The Taste of Tasmania offers a number of experiences:

Featured Acts

A selection of the most popular acts from around Australia will be performing at The Taste of Tasmania on the main stage, free of charge. We’re proud to present The Black Sorrows, Tasmania’s own Southern Gospel Choir, Stonefield and The Audreys, as part of an expanded entertainment program this year. There will be more than 100 performances on offer over the seven days, with bands, roving performers and buskers galore to keep you entertained. These include a strong Tasmanian contingent and you’re sure to be impressed by our awesome local talent.

Twilight Cinema

This year we have programmed a great line-up of movies featuring Australian films, classics and some the whole family will enjoy. There’ll be a G-rated movie on every night apart from New Year’s Eve, when there will be a fantastic program of events to bring in the new year.

Movies start at 6.30pm on Parliament House Lawns so come early and snap up a spot. BYO cushions and blankets or settle into a comfy bean bag (limited numbers available on site.)