An easier way to “taste” Tasmania

TASMANIA’S most popular and enduring summer celebration, The Taste of Tasmania, will be trialling a cashless system during this year’s event, which returns to Hobart’s waterfront from 28 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.

When ordering food or drinks patrons can simply use their own EFTPOS debit or credit cards to tap, swipe or insert into stalls’ EFTPOS tablets.

There will also be Taste prepaid cards available for families with children who are not old enough to have their own EFTPOS card, that are free to collect and load with cash once on site.

This year’s free event will once again offer a wide range of cuisine to suit all tastebuds and budgets, from the freshest seafood and berries to artisan Tasmanian beverages and international dishes with a local flavour.

This year the nightly entertainment features The Black Sorrows, The Audreys, Tasmania’s Southern Gospel Choir and Stonefield all free-of-charge on the main stage.

With more than 100 performances on offer, including some exciting buskers and roving circus-style entertainers, there will be something that appeals to everyone.

There will also be great fun for families in the “Kids in the Park” space on Parliament House Lawns, which includes an outdoor twilight cinema and free creative and sporting activities.

A free family-focused New Year’s Eve program provides a great lead-up to the early fireworks session at 9.30pm.

The New Year’s Eve Party at Princes Wharf 1 is a funk and soul-themed ticketed event featuring The Hobart Funk Collective and eight-piece big band, The Bamboos and a spectacular fireworks display at midnight.

The Taste of Tasmania has been recognised as being much more than a food festival, bringing the whole community together to celebrate the state’s casual and relaxed lifestyle, while providing the perfect venue to catch up with family and friends.

Find details and book tickets to special events (the New Year’s Eve Party, reserved seating, Food Tours and Tasting Tables) by visiting the website – www.thetasteoftasmania.com.au or follow the event on Facebook – www.facebook.com/thetasteoftasmania

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