THERE is a lot of time and preparation that goes on behind the scenes to bring you this weekend's Taste the Limestone Coast festival.
A committee of eight Lions club members has been working for eight months to plan and coordinate the event and they have received the full backing of the Naracoorte Lions, Rotary, Soroptimists, Scouts, Naracoorte North Kindergarten, golf club, racing club and the art gallery.
From the wider Limestone Coast region, they will be joined by the Limestone Coast Farmers Market, Robe Lions, Bordertown Lions and Nhill Rotary Club.
On Saturday - the main festival day - around 90 people will be working at the Taste site in the town squares to bring the event to the public, and many more will be involved in the golf, movie, art, farmers market and the race meeting. The Taste committee believes it is the strong partnerships between so many organisations that are the foundation for a successful festival.
Committee chairman Lion Derek Blackwell added: "So many groups have a part-ownership of the Taste Festival and they all work to make their part of it the best ever.
"By working together, everyone benefits. It is a great showcase for Naracoorte and the Limestone Coast and a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to enjoy the best that the local area can provide."
The overall weekend has a large number of very generous sponsors as well as over 100 Friends of the Festival.
The Taste Festival would not happen without these sponsors, so the organisers ask you to support these businesses and say "Thank You for the Taste!"
Naracoorte Lions have been overwhelmed by the support the festival has received in 2011 and 2012, and hope the 2013 festival this weekend will be even better and will raise substantial funds for the Naracoorte Health Service mobility access vehicle.