The 2013 Taste the Harvest Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday 10 March at Roundhouse Park, Mersey Foreshore. Guaranteed to be a feast for all the senses, it’s the perfect place to meet family and friends for a great day out. So when the organisers of the Devonport Food and Wine Festival invited Think Tasmania to join the party, we could hardly say no!

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Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Taste the Harvest: Devonport Food and Wine Festival

For the past 13 years, the food and wine festival known as Taste the Harvest has been sharing fabulous fresh Tasmanian produce. It’s a celebration of culinary diversity that has been embraced by the people of Devonport and the broader community.

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Taste the Harvest: Devonport

A dedicated committee coordinates the festival each year. Committee members represent the City of Devonport Lions Club, the Devonport City Council, the Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group and Soroptimist International. The latter was responsible for the initial idea behind Taste the Harvest, so I thought it relevant to include this quote about their organisation…

Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. ~ www.soroptimistinternational.org

Food, Festival and Fun for the Family

It would come as no surprise then that Taste the Harvest is promoted as a family-friendly event. Entertainment is provided for children which traditionally includes a jumping castle, face painting, games, activities and performers. Adults are also well catered for, with two main stages showcasing local, intrastate and interstate talent.

The Taste the Harvest Entertainment Program for 2013 can be accessed online and features The Bass Highwaymen, Nine Lives, The Sun Kings and Gina Timms. Belly dancing routines by crowd favourite Hipnosis will add even more colour and movement at Taste the Harvest.

Taste the Harvest and Learn from the Masters

Many business owners from restaurants, wineries, breweries and boutique producers in north west Tasmania vie for a stall at Taste the Harvest each year. Visitors to the 2013 Devonport event can look forward to a range of seafood, berries, cheese, wine and artisan gourmet products. There will also be a prominent display of local agricultural interests.

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Sample local wines: Taste the Harvest

Avid followers of the MasterChef series will be pleased to learn Tasmanian celebrity chef Ben Milbourne will be on hand. With a few cooking demonstrations under your belt, you’re sure to elevate your own gastronomic endeavours to new heights!

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Taste the Harvest food demonstrations

Who Will be at Taste the Harvest in Devonport?

The sample Taste the Harvest menu gives an indication of what may be offered by stall holders on the day. Very mouth-watering indeed. Some of the stall-holders are already familiar to readers of Think TasmaniaSweet-As Rock Candy, Hellyers Road Distillery, Iron House Brewery and Pickled Sisters Pantry for instance. Many others are still waiting to be discovered.

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Great day out with family and friends

Jill and Len Langan will be attending Taste the Harvest on behalf of Think Tasmania as guests of the Devonport Food and Wine Festival. The gates to Roundhouse Park are set to open at 10:30am. We’ll be publishing a review of the day’s happenings… but why wait for that?

Why not head to the banks of the beautiful Mersey River yourself and enjoy a day of culinary indulgence and entertainment. You might like to send us your own photo/s taken during the Devonport Food and Wine Festival to share with our readers.

For more information visit the official Taste the Harvest website or contact the Devonport Taste the Harvest Committee by email. Images supplied to Think Tasmania by Devonport City Council.

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