Some further good news has come to hand regarding the Taste of Tasmania Festival. It seems that the Salamanca restaurants are going to become involved and this is great news. It will give the opportunity for us all to taste a wider variety of foods and I am really looking forward to it.

There’s plenty on their plate CHARLES WATERHOUSE | September 24, 2011 12.01am

SULLIVANS Cove restaurants and hotels will be invited to include a Taste plate on their menus during Hobart’s next Taste Festival.

Hobart City Council festivals committee chairman Ron Christie said this initiative worked successfully at the Melbourne Food Festival where more than 200 restaurants took part.

The Sullivans Cove restaurants taking part would be promoted at the Taste Festival.

Alderman Christie and former Taste chairman and restaurateur Marti Zucco had been to several festivals over the past 12 months and were pleased the festivals committee in the past week had adopted several ideas including the Taste Plate.

Ald Christie said Sullivans Cove traders would be part of the expanded Taste from December 28 to January 3.

The initiative was welcomed yesterday by Salamanca restaurateurs Garry Baker (Rockwall Bar and Grill), Phil Capon (Ball and Chain Restaurant) and Bruno Di Tommaso (Maldini).

Mr Capon said big events in Hobart were greatly beneficial for their businesses.

“A big event pumps us so hard – even the boxing [the Daniel Geale bout at the end of August] the other night we had one of the busiest Wednesdays ever,” he said.

Festival patrons will also be asked to help reduce the budget overrun.

“If every patron donated some loose change on the way out, say one dollar, it could equate to a minimum saving [for the Taste Festival] of $50,000,” Ald Christie said.



Photo credit: Mures Fish Centre Restaurant | Tourism Tasmania | Nigel Honey