About the taste of Tasmania

Enjoying the flavours of The taste of Tasmania in the sun

Tasmania’s most popular and enduring summer event, The Taste of Tasmania returns to Hobart’s waterfront from 28 December 2016 – 3 January 2017.

Seafood, cheeses, berries, cool-climate wines, boutique beers and ciders and much more, representing regions from right around the state, are on offer at close to 70 stalls located both inside the Princes Wharf No.1 shed, and outside.

The Taste of Tasmania  features a fabulous entertainment program, with more than 100 buskers, local musicians and DJs performing throughout the event. All performances are free, but buskers may ask for a donation after their performance.

Our Kids in the Park space offers classes, performances, activities and a nightly family-friendly movie: something for children of all ages.

Celebrity host Maeve O’Meara introduces local chefs in daily presentations at the Smeg Kitchen. They’re informative, fun and free.

We also have several ticketed events, including a New Year’s Eve party featuring Kate Ceberano and Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento, beverage tasting sessions in the Tasting Table and an eclectic range of Taste Food Tours. Wine critic and writer Huon Hooke will deliver a keynote address on the development of the Tasmanian wine industry over the past 25 years.

The majestic River Derwent, Hobart’s historic wharves and Salamanca Place provide a stunning backdrop to this annual celebration of quality Tasmanian produce and local talent. We look forward to seeing you there.

Getting to the Taste

Regular Taste-goers would be familiar with a park-and-ride service that operated between the Taste and the Regatta Grounds.

This service is unable to run as normal this year, because the Moscow Circus has come to town.

However, the City of Hobart is providing a FREE replacement service that connects the city and the Taste precinct and takes the stress out of parking.

Look out for the Salamanca Market shuttle bus that will be operating for the Taste in a continuous loop from 10.30 am to 11 pm, 28 December – 3 January, stopping at seven city centre locations, including the multi-storey car parks.

You can check the route HERE, and look out for signs placed at the car parks. Please check the closing times of each car park as they vary, and note that fees apply. The Argyle Street car park has extended its hours until 11 pm, while Hobart Central is open until 6.30 pm. There have been no changes to the Centrepoint car park hours. Check Parking information for details


Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Taste of Tasmania?
The Taste of Tasmania is the State’s most enduring summer event, proudly produced and presented by The City of Hobart. It showcases culturally diverse cuisines and the talents of Tasmania’s food and beverage producers, our local restaurateurs and entertainers, and celebrates our relaxed lifestyle.

When is it on?
Our event is open from 11am – 11pm on 28 December 2016 to 3 January 2017, apart from a special ticketed New Year’s Eve party, held from 6pm to 1am on 31 December.

Where is it held?
Our event is held in and around the Princes Wharf No. 1 Shed on Hobart’s waterfront, a stone’s throw from Parliament House Lawns and historic Salamanca Place. With plenty of undercover and shaded seating, you can choose to be right on water’s edge, on the lawns or under a tree in the park.

Who goes to The Taste?
There’s something for all tastes, age groups and budgets at The Taste! Offering both quiet and lively spaces and accessible seating and parking, it’s the perfect place to catch up with friends, tempt your taste buds with an amazing array of food and drinks, enjoy bands, street performers and children’s activities, and relax with your family.

Is there an entry fee, and do I need a ticket?
We’ve kept the event free-to-enter so that people can come and go as they please over the course of the event. It’s the only large-scale food and beverage event in Tasmania that is free to enter and we’re very proud to say that it’s now in its 28th year.

You will need to buy a ticket if you’d like to come to The Taste on New Year’s Eve, or if you’d like to participate in a Food Tour or Tasting Table event. You can purchase these tickets via this website or directly from the Theatre Royal prior to the event, or at the ticketing booth on site during the event.

Is The Taste of Tasmania a cashless event this year?
This year you can use either cash or your personal EFTPOS debit or credit card to purchase your food and drinks, just like you would at a shop or restaurant. The option you choose depends on your personal preference.

Will every stall give me the option to use either cash or my card?
Yes. The Taste is no different to any shop or restaurant, where you use EFTPOS credit or debit cards, or cash. Each stallholder will have at least one EFTPOS terminal at their stall, and they will also be equipped to take cash payments.

Which cards can I use?
You can use any standard card. Some stalls may also be able to accept American Express, Diners Club and the Union Pay card but that is a matter for each stallholder and is out of the City’s control.

Will the payments I make with my personal card be secure?
There is the same level of security with this system as there is with any EFTPOS purchase at any shop or restaurant.

What happens if I don’t have an EFTPOS debit or credit card?
You can use cash.

If I choose to use cash, where will I find the nearest ATM?
There will be ATMs available at The Taste of Tasmania site and they will be clearly signposted. There are also ATMs located in nearby Salamanca Place.

Can I use either cash or my card to book tickets to the New Year’s Eve party or to other special events?
Yes – the on-site ticketing booth will be set up to take either cash or card. The choice is yours.

I am vision-impaired – will I be able to use my card easily?
It is possible that some stallholders may choose to have a terminal at their stall that doesn’t have a tactile interface. You will also have the option to pay with cash.

I use a wheelchair – will I need help to make my purchases?
Our stallholders are committed to providing the very best service for all customers and will be able to assist you if necessary.

How can I get more information about The Taste of Tasmania?
Find out all the details, both before and during the event, by keeping an eye on this website and signing up to our electronic newsletter. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll have a printed event guide available on site,  and look out for promotions on Southern Cross and Hit 100.9 too. We look forward to seeing you there!


City of Hobart

The Taste of Tasmania is proudly produced and presented by the City of Hobart.

Our aim is to present a unique and memorable event that showcases some of the best food and beverages Tasmania has to offer, while providing opportunities for the whole community to meet with friends and family and celebrate the essence of summer in Hobart in a fun and safe environment.

For more details on the city’s summer events, tours and attractions, check In Hobart, call in to the Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre on the corner of Elizabeth and Davey Streets, close to the docks precinct.

The Taste of Tasmania Advisory Group

Chairman, Lord Mayor Alderman Sue Hickey

Melinda Anderson, Destination Southern Tasmania

Greg Astell, Tasmanian Hospitality Association

Vanessa Bagot, Ashgrove, Barringwood & Spreyton

Cameron Brett, Tourism Industry Council Tasmania

Richard Latham, Waterfront Business Community

Tim Lovibond, Events Tasmania

Natasha Nieuwhof, Goaty Hill Wines

Fred Peacock, Bream Creek Vineyard

Guy Robertson, Mount Gnomon Farm

Mark Robertson, Lost Pippin and The Lamb Baa