Mayor Peta Pinson launches Tastings on Hastings 2017

Culinary celebration: Steve Clark, Mel Leitch, Lou Perri, Judy Davis, Peta Pinson and Brad Hodge support the Tastings on Hastings 2017 launch on August 10.
Culinary celebration: Steve Clark, Mel Leitch, Lou Perri, Judy Davis, Peta Pinson and Brad Hodge support the Tastings on Hastings 2017 launch on August 10.

Foodies can look forward to a new format at Tastings on Hastings 2017 on the last weekend of October.

The main event and Tastings Ignites will be combined into a one day/evening extravaganza on October 28 between noon and 8pm.

The new one-day event, themed Fire, Water Harvest, will be relocated to the western side of the Town Green.

It will run from the end of Clarence Street along the foreshore and take in part of Short Street.

That is due to rejuvenation works on the Town Green (east) and the Town Square redevelopment.

The celebration will be more targeted at food and producers, and will retain the festive feel.

The day will feature the much-loved food stalls, demonstrations, markets and entertainment through to a cultural fusion of local art, musical performances and street performers.

Satellite events will add to the experiences over the weekend.

They will range from fine dining, to lunches and dinners, tastings, farm gate experiences and tours to promote the best of our region.

The Tastings on Hastings Favourite Foodie Awards, an addition in 2017, are about to get under way.

Tastings on Hastings 2017 launch

Tastings on Hastings 2017 launch

Mayor Peta Pinson launched Tastings on Hastings 2017.

She said it was a wonderful event.

Cr Pinson invited locals and visitors to come in their droves to see what we have to offer at the end of October.

She said Tastings on Hastings brought visitors into the town and brought locals out as well to mix and interact.

“We all love food, beverages and entertainment, and what more beautiful place to have all of those things than here,” Cr Pinson said.

Celebrity chef Matt Golinski will return for Tastings on Hastings 2017.

We all love food, beverages and entertainment, and what more beautiful place to have all of those things than here.

Mayor Peta Pinson

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council presents Tastings on Hastings.

“We are really looking forward to our community, producers, farmers, restaurants, cafes and artisans coming together as we embrace Tastings on Hastings in its 15th year,” Cr Pinson said.

The aim is to have 75 stallholders.

Some 40 stallholders are already locked in.

The mayor, councillors, sponsors and supporters attended the official launch at Macquarie Waters Hotel.