New team to lead Taste Festival

After four years of being the Chair of the Taste the Limestone Coast Festival, Lion Ross Gleeson is handing over the reigns to fellow Lion Tim Harrison.

Ross had met Tim whilst he was a co-manager at the William Macintosh Hotel Motel, with Rocio Harrison.

When the Harrisons advertised their former business at Taste 2018 Mr Gleeson thought that they had done "a magnificent job."

"We're always looking for people of quality to join, and we thought that they were a perfect fit."

Ross stated that whilst he had enjoyed his time as Chair, it was time for him to move on after four years, to make way for new people and new ideas.

But he will have a background role, staying on as a mentor to Tim, at Tim's request.

"Ross has just been doing it so successfully, the profits have been unbelievable, and Taste has helped so many people," Mr Harrison.

"As well as Ross, thanks really should also go to Trace Burgess (former secretary) and Carla Brown (former treasurer). So much work, and so much effort, has made Taste what it is today."

The Naracoorte Lions Club donate 100 per cent of their profits to Taste to charitable causes every year, with $14,500 donated to drought relief in 2019.

Joining Tim will be Rocio, the new secretary, who has worked for years in tourism and event management.

"Taste is not only about local tourism, but also drawing in numerous interstate visitors," Rocio said.

"It gives local businesses an opportunity to grow, and we're looking for new food vendors. Taste is a great boost to the local economy."

Rocio will also be bringing a more modern approach to the event's marketing, with social media and digital marketing being at the forefront to engage as many vendors and attendees as possible.

The Harrisons moved into the community only a few years ago, and they are thankful for the warm welcome and support that they have received from the locals.

"We wanted to give something back to the community," Tim explained.

"People helped us when we came here, and so we wanted to help Naracoorte and the surrounding districts."

A trained chef, Tim is also passionate about local food and produce.

New committee members are always welcome to join the Taste Festival, with prospective members are encouraged to send a message to the Taste the Limestone Coast Festival Facebook page.

And the new Chair is also looking for feedback and ideas, to make the festival the best that it can be for the people who donate.

Next year's Taste the Limestone Coast Festival will be held from February 6 to February 9, with the primary food and wine event to be held on Saturday February 8.

"We have big things planned for 2020," Tim said.

"Watch this space."