Taste in Tasmania

The boats are coming to Hobart. They started making their way down from Sydney on Christmas day for the annual Sydney to Hobart sailing race. Some of the boats are massive, multimillion dollar yachts that draw the masses over to the waterfront to cheer and  drool over for several days. The crowds from all over Tasmania have rolled in as well because in addition to the Sydney to Hobart festivities, the Taste of Tasmania festival has kicked off.

Taste has been running for over 25 years and is just as much a reason for Tasmanians to spend a few days drinking with friends by the water as it is to actually “taste” some local food. The purveyors are Hobart based restaurants that offer more expensive versions of their normal cuisine. While I appreciate the effort that Hobart goes to celebrate food in Tassie and to encourage us all to carve out a day or two just for eating and drinking during the holiday season (and it works because EVERYONE I’ve met goes to Taste for at least one afternoon a year), the food itself is nothing to write about. I hate to put a damper on the enthusiasm that is shared for the festival but there is room for improvement on the food festival options. With all the great produce and artisans here, I was disappointed to find the options at Taste to be so commercial and generic. Oh well, like I said, it’s more about a day of watching sailboats, sipping wine in the sun and hanging out with friends as we anticipate the New Year. As we ring in 2013, Carlos and I are beginning to think more seriously about our own taste  for Mexican food and wondering how to go about showing off a bit of flavor from home to rock the boat in Hobart…

The yachts make their way into the Hobart pier starting on Friday and continue through the weekend. People gather around the docks and cheer as the 75 boats arrive, one by one.

The yachts make their way into the Hobart pier starting on Friday and continue through the weekend. People gather around the docks and cheer as the 75 boats arrive, one by one.

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Our buddy Luke and Carlos enjoying the sun and beer at Taste

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Thousands of people gather to eat, drink and watch street performances during the festival

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2 responses to “Taste in Tasmania

  1. Thanks, and especially for the view of that clear blue sky in the background with the bright white puffy clouds. We’ve looked pretty good in old So.Cal lately due to rain and cold temps. I hiked 19-mile-round trip to Mt Mojeska yesterday in 3″ of snow at 4500 feet. THAT’s right above Orange. We could see mountain ranges all the way out to the Pacific from top.

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