The 18th annual Taste of Tatura Food and Wine Festival took place on Sunday and proved a hitBy Bob Nicol
Perfect weather conditions ensured a big crowd was in attendance at the 18th annual Taste of Tatura Food and Wine Festival held on Sunday at Mactier Memorial Gardens.
Despite a gloomy outlook for the popular event late last year, it was announced in January the festival would go ahead, with committee president Jock Richardson telling the Guardian the Taste of Tatura Food and Wine Festival was not only one of Tatura’s major events, but was also rated by Greater Shepparton City Council as one of the region’s major tourism events.
Mr Richardson said on Sunday he was thrilled to see so many people turn up, and that everyone appeared to have a great time.
‘‘Once again local businesses and the community got behind the festival with sponsorship and patronage, thus ensuring its success,’’ he said.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Jenny Houlihan officially opened the festival and welcomed all present, along with the sponsors.
‘‘Council is pleased to support the event as a sponsor, and I hope everyone has a great time,’’ she said.
‘‘I congratulate the organising committee and wish members a wonderful day.’’
The festival created a great community atmosphere and showcased Tatura and the region’s fine array of food and wine.
It provided a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy a real country atmosphere and the region’s fine food and wine in an idyllic setting, while at the same time, be entertained by the sounds of live music, which catered for all tastes.
Food ranged from Indian and Chinese to twist potatoes, with the Tatura Football Netball Club providing a tasty barbecue.
Local hotels joined wine makers to offer a selection of liquid refreshments for the finer palate.
And children were well catered for on the day, with a variety of treats and activities to keep them amused while the adults relaxed and enjoyed the finer things in life.
Children’s activities included a jumping castle, face painting; animal farm; the popular Animals of Oz; and the Kite Man, Rob King, who provided kite-making and flying lessons.
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