The Taste of Tasmania

Hobart is a harbour city.  Our association with the water is intrinsic to who we are and how we live.  Our waterfront area has long been where we gather to play, relax and wine and dine.

This tradition was set in 1988, when the first Taste of Tasmania festival was held, to ensure the crews finishing the Sydney to Hobart yacht race had a reason to stay and celebrate their arrival in Hobart.

Originally, held over just two days and featuring 22 stalls, the fascination with Tasmanian produce, served in a unique location on the waterfront, entrenched the Taste of Tasmania as the States pre-eminent summer event.

Fast- forward 30 years and The Taste of Tasmania festival is the largest and most significant food and wine festival in the state of Tasmania. (It's also the largest festival of its kind in Australia). Owned, managed and delivered by the City of Hobart. In 2017, there was over 220,000 people through the gates; 16,000 unique International visitors and 13,000 unique visitors from Interstate attending 'The Taste'

Featuring a vibrant program of emerging and established live music across 4 stages in addition to a newly improved food and beverage program, this positive success has paved the way forward for a positive and eagerly anticipated 30th Birthday. 

In 2018, we are preparing for the biggest Taste festival yet. Celebrations begin on Friday 28th December until Thursday 3rd January (inclusive). Entry is completely FREE from 11am - 11pm with the exception of New Year's Eve, which is ticketed and a significant revenue stream for the festival.

In 2018, there will also be a culinary kitchen program housed in an industrial, commercial kitchen.

The Culinary kitchen program proudly promotes the Tasmanian food and beverage landscape. Featuring over 20 Chefs, cooks and leading, influential people that have been part of the Tasmanian success story.  This program featuring workshops, demonstrations, exclusive hands-on cooking classes and dining events is focused on creating a platform for the community to be part of their story.

In 2018, this festival will feature over 100 Stallholders (an increase of over 25 new Stallholders from 2017) - showcasing a combination of existing and much loved stallholders with new small businesses created specifically for 'The Taste'. Food and Beverage programming will be balanced with emerging and new food and beverage producers from across the State. Everything from fermentation to edible insects will be available. Within the festival footprint there are 5 x different zones - each with a unique look/feel and atmosphere.

Travel Information

As Australia's only island state, access to Tasmania is by air and sea only.

Regular flights depart from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and fly direct to Hobart and Launceston.

Alternatively many visitors travel to Tasmania from Melbourne by sea on the Spirit of Tasmania. Departing from Melbourne and arriving in Devonport, this has the added benefit of letting you bring your own car and make the most of Tasmania's touring potential.