Taste of success for food, wine and jazz festival in Port Stephens – 15,000 people flock to Tastes at the Bay
More than 15,000 people flocked to the Tastes at the Bay Food Wine and Jazz Festival in Port Stephens on the weekend of November 5 and 6, underlining the growing appeal of the festival and Nelson Bay as a venue for major events.
The bumper crowd provided a boon to local traders, according to the Tomaree Business Chamber which organised the two-day event with the support of Destination NSW, major sponsor sponsor Greater Bank and partners Port Stephens Council, D’Albora Marinas, Port Stephens Accommodation, Telstra, Port Stephens FM, News of the Area, Robinson, Viatek, Ryan Palmer, Port Stephens Examiner, Destination Port Stephens and Destination NSW.
Tastes at the Bay this year has been a great success with traders in the Nelson Bay CBD and marina receiving great exposure to the large crowds,” said Tomaree Business Chamber President, Ryan Palmer. “This event is run for the local traders to increase business now and into the future. We have some wonderful businesses in the region and it was great to showcase them to the large crowds. We look forward to an even bigger and more popular event next year.”
Mr Palmer said the Progressive Jazz Cruise on November 5, which included dish stops at Salamander Shores and The Point Restaurant, was a sell-out with 90 passengers while the music acts and cooking demonstrations were also well received. Celebrity chef Jay Phao-Chinda shared her skills and knowledge, Paul Miranda from Hunter TAFE whipped up several of his decadent desserts and visitors were also shown the best way of shucking Port Stephens oysters thanks to Tony Caske from Diemars Oysters in Port Stephens. Local restaurateur Alex Carbonaro from Sienna’s Restaurant also demonstrated how to make delicious, homemade gnocchi.
Destination Port Stephens Manager Danny Eather said Tastes at the Bay saw many Port Stephens eateries and other local businesses come together to celebrate the region’s fine food and wine. “Tastes at the Bay helps to showcase the fresh produce and bountiful seafood Port Stephens is quickly gaining a name for,” Mr Eather said. “The festival’s resounding success this year underscores the passion local culinary and tourism businesses invest into their quality product and also the way in which Nelson Bay at the heart of Port Stephens can host such major events in such a beautiful setting composed of pristine beaches, dolphin-filled waters and bushland.”