Naracoorte Lions Club has offered to continue to plan and manage the “Taste the Limestone Coast Festival” beyond the current contract with the Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association.  This offer has been accepted by the NLB&T and it means that the festival will certainly continue over the next few years!

Naracoorte Lions have managed the festival for the last three years and have restored it to its highly successful, original format of promoting and celebrating the best of our local food, wine, entertainment and lifestyle in a varied and enjoyable weekend of activities.  In doing so, Naracoorte Lions have been able to donate profits from the festival to the sum of $33,000 so far to worthy charities and appeals.  Over the past three years these have included national flood relief, the community CAT scan appeal and the mobility access vehicle for the Naracoorte Health Service.

NLB&T President Judy Johnson said that “Naracoorte Lucindale Business and Tourism Association were delighted to receive this offer from Lions and the association had no hesitation in accepting the offer.  The association looked forward to supporting and working with Lions beyond the 2014 festival and into the future”.

Lions have also strengthened the festival partnerships with the Naracoorte Racing Club, Naracoorte Golf Club, Naracoorte North Kindergarten, the Art Gallery and the Limestone Coast Farmers and Makers Market group to ensure that the full weekend programme is successful.

As part of the decision making by the Lions Club to continue with the festival, Lions President Paul Nikkerud explained to members that, “The Taste Festival has become the main fundraising activity for the club and it takes a full club effort with support from our partners and other Service Clubs.  It is something our club does well and it allows us to provide meaningful financial support to worthy causes”.   Lions Club members supported the proposal as there is a strong feeling in the club that Naracoorte needs the Taste Festival and many other festivals and events like it, both for local residents and to attract visitors to stay in our town and region.  We do not perhaps realize how lucky we are to live and work in this productive and attractive region and this is a good opportunity to relax, enjoy and celebrate with friends and visitors alike.

Taste Festival Chairman, Lion Derek Blackwell said that planning for the 2014 festival is well underway and people should mark the weekend of February 7th- 9th in their diaries.  Siteholder bookings are coming in well and there will be a few new stalls to contribute to “the taste!”

A new booking feature for stallholders for next year is a discounted joint booking fee for traders who wish to have a food or wine stall at both the Festival Day and also the Naracoorte Cup Race meeting.  The aim is to encourage wider collaboration and participation across the weekend and several siteholders have taken advantage of this.  It is still not too late to book a site and any local producer who wishes to participate and showcase their produce should contact us as soon as possible at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Derek has also introduced new Taste Festival Secretary, Trace Burgess, who has taken over the reins from Tanya Ham.  Trace brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to the committee and she has already made a positive impact, in part due to her wide ranging farming and community involvement.

Community members are always welcome to attend and participate in the planning and operation of the Taste Festival and they can contact Trace on 0429 623 400 or Derek on 0418 897 122 for further information.

To return to the original slogan for the Taste Festival, we still invite the community to “Come for the Taste and Stay for the Race!”