Taste festival ready to serve up smorgasbord of entertainment

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Taste festival ready to serve up smorgasbord of entertainment

All the flavours of the Limestone Coast will be on offer in Naracoorte on Saturday, offering plenty for everyone.

After a three year hiatus Taste the Limestone Coast Festival is absolutely thrilled to receive support from SATC through its Regional Event Funding for its 2024 event.

The festival offers visitors exquisite tastes from the region, including award winning wineries, breweries, gourmet food producers, music and entertainment from across the Limestone Coast.

The committee is delighted to once again be able to showcase everything the Limestone Coast region has to offer.

The festival received $20,000 in funding from the State Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission Regional Event Program.

Taste the Limestone Coast was previously popular for showcasing the region’s food and wine in a family-friendly manner.

The event was initially cancelled in 2021 due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to the event, hosted by the Lions Club of Naracoorte, attracted more than 20,000 visitors to the region, including many from interstate.

Now, the event will return this Saturday as a one-day event showcasing local food, wine, beer, gin and artists.

A committee spokesperson said the State Government funding was expected to enable the organising committee and local volunteers to run the event – including the provision of marquees, fencing and security staff.

“We must thank our local state Member Nick McBride MP who advocated for the festival and helped secure the $20,000 from the State Government,” the spokesperson said.

“It’s fantastic to see the Tourism Commission supporting regional events to help drive increased visitation and economic stimulus in regional areas.

“We have seven wineries, two gin producers and two breweries heading to Taste 2024. with a delicious array of foods, from Mexican to Turkish, Vietnamese, burgers, hot dogs, waffles, coffee and yummy SA produce platters.

“We have some fantastic local musicians playing throughout the day, starting with local lad, Shaun Brown. We have young and upcoming locals Bri Boyington and Emma Stokes playing tunes and an exciting reunion 21 years after playing at the Taste Festival back in 2003 Turning April, a local band which includes MLC Ben Hood and the other Ben – Ben Uphill, will be belting out some tunes for festival goers.

“We also have another local band Ez’y Mix playing and finishing the day with a crowd favourite, Unruly Mob.”

Gates open at noon and head to events.humanitix.com/taste-the-limestone-coast-festival to buy tickets before the event as tickets will be available on the day but will increase in price to $25.

The weather is looking perfect for Saturday’s Taste Festival in Naracoorte, with the action continuing with the Naracoorte Cup on Sunday.

There will also be markets on in the town squares Sunday morning, and lots of other activities happening around the town over the weekend.

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