2017 Tastings on Hastings expected to attract 20,000 foodies

The Hastings is expected to tantalise the tastebuds of more than 20,000 in October when it hosts the 15th ​annual Tastings on Hastings food event.
The Hastings is expected to tantalise the tastebuds of more than 20,000 in October when it hosts the 15th ​annual Tastings on Hastings food event.

THE Hastings is expected to tantalise the tastebuds of more than 20,000 in October when it hosts the 15th annual Tastings on Hastings food event.

Oysters, sunshine and wine will be in abundance between October 27-29 at the Mid North Coast’s biggest culinary and cultural festival.

This year’s line-up of new satellite events will take people to the food source at coffee roasters, oyster farms, wineries and hinterland producers.

The main event sees the Hastings food bowl converge by the river with over 100 local farmers, producers, artisans, winemakers, brewers, bakers and chefs.

Seafood will take centre stage at the Oyster Barn where celebrity chef Matt Golinski will showcase the variety of local oysters. Enjoy entertainment, lanterns, live-music and a buzzing atmosphere for the whole family.

More intimate events include a series of dinners on Friday at The Stunned Mullet, a seafood experience at Bills Fishhouse and a beer degustation feast at the Latin Loafer.

Meet the wine-maker over a long lunch at Cassegrain Wines, learn how to cook from the vegetable patch at The Sustainable Table with Matt Golinski, and join Frankies Travel for food tours to local coffee roasters, oyster farms, breweries and wineries.

“Tastings on Hastings is the perfect weekend to soak up the sunshine, relaxed holiday vibe and tasty Spring produce grown with our abundant food bowl,” said Liesa Davies, group manager, Economic Development and Communications at Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

“This year we’re delighted a few of our best hinterland producers will also host events and we’ve launched the ‘Tastings on Hastings Favourite Foodie’ Awards to acknowledge the people, places, providores and producers in our region.”