Naracoorte’s “Taste the Limestone Coast Festival” will be up against some strong competition next February, with a major music festival being held in Mt Gambier on the Saturday festival day! However, the Naracoorte Lions organizing committee believe that “Taste 2017” has a great deal to offer patrons and at far less expense than the Mt Gambier event. Entry prices for Taste remain the same at $10 per adult, with less for youth and concessions, against around $100 for the other event. Local Taste patrons will still receive almost eight hours of music and the opportunity to try food and wines from around twenty five different outlets, while relaxing in the shaded lawn areas of the Naracoorte Town Squares!

The other components of the extensive Taste Festival are all in place, so starting with the Travel Expo on Thursday 9th February, through to the Race Meeting on Sunday 12th, all of the favourite activities will again be on offer!

As in previous festivals, Lions try to celebrate the high quality of local produce as well as bringing in new tastes to the region – perhaps ones which are not available locally! This year, we welcome three new providers to our taste family: Oparina Wines from Padthaway, The Cide Project from Kalangadoo and Coffin Bay Oyster Events from the West Coast of SA. These new tastes will certainly add choices to our festival. Negotiations are still underway with a few more specialist food providers, so there may be more to announce in the near future! A list of all providers, sponsors, supporters, and entertainers will be published early in the New Year.

Taste will be once again supported by a major Taste Travel Raffle, this time sponsored by helloWorld Travel and the Spirit of Tasmania. First prize will be a trip on the magnificient “Spirit of Tasmania” from Port Melbourne to Devonport and accommodation in Tasmania – giving the lucky winners a chance to “Taste Tasmania!” Tickets will be on sale very early in January.

Lions hope to continue to make this a family friendly festival, so as well as the regular children’s tent for the younger children, this year there will be a travelling magician who will move around the festival area providing entertainment for young and old!

Taste Festival profits will be donated to the Naracoorte Hospital Maternity Unit and other community projects. Remember “ Come for the Taste and Stay for the Race!”