Taste the Harvest, a thirty five year old event in Devonport, deserves to be a red letter date on our calendars. The name conjures up images of good food and this event certainly delivers that in spades. Yet, “what’s in a name?” is not a question for Shakespeare alone to ask.

Harvest - Devonport Food and Wine Festival

Taste the Harvest (photo by by Kelly Slater)

Taste the Harvest: A Meeting of the District

by Len Langan

“Taste the Harvest” is much more than the name implies. Seconds through the gates of Roundhouse Park you realise that this is not just a place to sample a variety of food and drink but a meeting place. It is more than a gathering of local businesses to promote their products but a heart warming festival. A place where the district meets the district. An event that brings the community together on the green green grass of home with an embrace wide enough to extend a welcome to visitors.

The setting of course, is on the banks of the wide wide, Mersey. The atmosphere? Warm and Inviting.

Devonport Marketing and Tourism

It was a delight to meet Suzy Parravicini, Devonport’s Marketing and Tourism Coordinator, obviously a person that enjoys her work and is proud to be an ambassador for the City.

This event caters for everyone, Jumping Castles and face painting for the children, excellent music from Mersey Brass, the Australian Army Band, the Grand Central Big Band and a host of other talented performers.

Devonport is a well presented city. A place well worth a lingering visit or stay. Sadly, it is too often seen as an arrival and departure place rather than another bright gem stone in Tasmania’s heritage crown rich in architecture, museums, shops and well maintained river-side parklands; attractions that should not be overlooked.

Note ~ photo from Taste the Harvest was taken by Kelly Slater and provided to Think Tasmania by Suzy Parravicini (Marketing and Tourism Coordinator) Devonport City Council. Jill and Len Langan were guests at Taste the Harvest courtesy of the Devonport Food and Wine Festival on behalf of Think Tasmania.

Len Langan lives in Longford with his wife Jill.  They are both passionate about Tasmanian heritage and tourism and things that can be done in this industry. Len writes about Tasmanian history  for both The Courier in Longford and the magazine Sagacity,  and works with Virtuosi taking music to rural areas.

Map: Taste the Harvest, Devonport Tasmania

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