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Have your say on Tastings on Hastings

Released on: 06 November 2018

Released on: 06 November 2018

Our region’s Tastings on Hastings event has grown and changed a lot over the last 15 years, and now’s the time to have your say on the future of this popular local food festival.

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will use the community’s feedback to inform a decision on the future of the event, or what a similar marquee event may look like in 2019 and beyond.

Earlier this year, Council resolved to postpone Tastings on Hastings for 2018 in place of a celebration of our region’s bicentenary, which was recently enjoyed by many of our community.

Council Director Jeffery Sharp said Tastings on Hastings has been one of our region’s largest community events and it’s important everyone has the chance to have their say on its future.

“Council is committed to ensuring our community owned and funded events deliver value for our growing region, remain relevant for locals and visitors, and can be enjoyed by all,” said Mr Sharp.

“At its inception, Tastings was used to highlight the diverse range of local farmers, producers and restaurateurs in the region, and over the years has evolved to incorporate a broader culinary and cultural focus within a growing and competitive local event landscape.

“Tastings on Hastings has been supported by our community for many years, and so any decision on its future, or what a Council owned marquee event for our region may look like, must consider our community’s feedback,” Mr Sharp said.

The cost to deliver Tastings on Hastings is approximately $150,000 per year, which is offset by sponsorship, grant funding, income from market stalls and gate entry fees resulting in a net cost to Council of $40,000 - $60,000.

As well as being an event for locals to enjoy, each year Tastings on Hastings has attracted day trippers and some overnight visitors which brings around $350,000 into our local economy.

In addition to hosting Tastings on Hastings, Council also works to support many local events including Artwalk, Count Down to Christmas, Youth Week and Seniors Week, as well as offering sponsorships to help local community groups and event organisers to grow their events.

“We’re inviting everyone who loves Tastings on Hastings, or would like to see it evolve or be replaced by something new, to take the time to have your say and let us know what you think,” added Mr Sharp.

The community’s feedback will also be used to understand the types of events the community would like to see Council invest in and focus on in the future.

Feedback will be presented to Councillors at Decembers Council Meeting where discussion, and possible decision on the future of the event will be resolved.

To have your say on the future of Tastings on Hastings in our region drop into a Council library or visit haveyoursay.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/TOH-Survey