Taste the Limestone Coast Festival a hit, again

Fun: Jacob Smith (left), Brittany Dekuypur, Sara Morrison, Georgia Francis and Claire Ellis enjoy the perfect weather in the town squares on Saturday afternoon.
Fun: Jacob Smith (left), Brittany Dekuypur, Sara Morrison, Georgia Francis and Claire Ellis enjoy the perfect weather in the town squares on Saturday afternoon.

This year’s Taste the Limestone Coast Festival proved to be another great success with organisers left very pleased with the outcome.

The annual festival held last Saturday in the town squares saw about 1200-1500 people flood through the gates on a warm and sunny day.

Taste Festival committee chair Ross Gleeson said the general consensus from organisers was that it was one of the better festivals they’ve hosted.

“I think people enjoyed the weather which was pretty much ideal,” Mr Gleeson said. “We had good music, good food, good wine and a great mix of people.”

Mr Gleeson, who is also a Naracoorte Lions Club member, was glad there weren’t any “unpleasant incidents” and believes festival goers were very comfortable and happy. 

The festival has now run for the past 15 years, with the Lions Club being the main coordinators for the last seven years.

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Derek Blackwell, Taste committee member and publicity officer, said the key to continuing to serve up successful events has been maintaining the correct balance of food, drinks and entertainment.

“It’s got to be the right blend of plenty of choice in the food, plenty of choice in the wines and good entertainment,” Mr Blackwell said. “If you get those three things right then you have a great festival.”

He felt there was a huge range of tastes available to festival guests and said there was feedback from patrons that confirmed that.

With about eight months of planning prior to the festival, Mr Blackwell said: “There’s a lot of hard work by a lot of people” that goes into preparations. 

However, he believes this hard work is paying off which has made the Taste Festival the biggest event of its type in the Limestone Coast.

“It’s certainly the biggest one in Naracoorte and probably the biggest wine and food festival in the Limestone Coast,” Mr Blackwell said.

Mr Gleeson supported this view and said: “It’s obviously becoming quite well known and attracting people from far flung places.”

He said people had travelled from other regions in SA and interstate to attend. 

“From a local town community perspective, it’s probably been a great weekend,” he said.

The committee will now add to the $60,000 total of donations with the raised funds going to the refurbishment of the Naracoorte Hospital maternity unit.

“I’d be very surprised if we are not able to make a donation somewhere around the $9000 to $10,000 mark,” Mr Blackwell said.

The committee thanked the local Soroptimist International, Rotary and Men’s Shed branches as well as their sponsors.