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The Taste Festival celebrates Tasmanian food, produce, arts, culture and sporting activities.

The Taste Festival is undergoing a facelift to celebrate its 22nd year. Not only will the iconic waterfront shed be well on the way to its full transformation into a multi-purpose event venue, but the event itself is undergoing some major changes in the promotion of Tasmania's fine produce.

A new program of activities has been introduced to entice festival participants to not only sample some of the best food, wine, beer and beverages in Tasmania but also provides the opportunity to learn about the journey from paddock to plate.

The program includes:

- A new Taste Theatre for food and wine programs, lectures and guided tastings;

- A new program of Red Cap escorted themed group tours of the Taste, focusing on particular subjects such as sparkling wine, aquaculture etc;

- A new Brasserie Precinct featuring Tasmania's burgeoning craft brewing and cider making industry along with matched foods;

- A renewed focus on Tasmanian provenance and new products;

- A new Retail Alley where visitors can buy Tasmanian products;

- A new Cafe District where people can meet friends at serviced tables for great coffee and pastries;

- Two new VIP corporate entertaining areas.

This years Festivals theme, Sensational Taste, encourages festival goers to engage the senses by sampling the best of our sensational Tasmanian produce, complemented by a mix of interesting cultural food experiences.

Families and children will be well catered for this year at the Family Fun Zone on Hobart's Parliament House Lawns, an alcohol free area offering plenty of activities. Daily programming includes a dedicated area for sporting activities and games, family outdoor board games, cooking classes for children, jumping castles and children's rides, various workshops, face painting, buskers, performers, and other family entertainment.

The Forecourt Stage will become the Festival focal point for stage-based acts and busker performances throughout the day.

Each evening, the Forecourt Stage will transform into a popular area to dance the night away with friends. An exciting line up of entertainment will again be a Festival highlight, with a focus on showcasing local Tasmanian talent. And, an increase in roving performers will entertain the crowds around the venue.

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