Tastes of the Tablelands is arguably the most significant foodie festival in the region. It showcases local producers, innovators, youth and culture. Started in 2008 Tastes of the Tablelands festival is all about fresh flavours and what’s hot in the region. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Hou Wang Chinese Temple gounds in Atherton this festival showcases the producers and innovators of the region. Food, Entertainment, Local Crafts and Cultural Diversity all headline in this festival to create a celebration of the Atherton Tablelands.
The setting of the National Trust grounds of the historic Chinese Huo Wang Temple creates a signature experience. The festival revolves around a stage of talented local entertainment and is reminiscent of an old-fashioned picnic day. Also mixes that ‘under the tree’ experience with the latest in food experiences. It is possible to taste and buy a huge variety of produce, much of it unique to this region.
Farmers from across the region will be selling their produce on the day allowing visitors to see fresh produce at its best. Visitors can wander through the many stalls that sell or display the products from our Tableland and Far North area. This festival shows how diverse the Tableland region is and what wonderful products can come from one region.
The wonderful entertainment makes this a standout festival as well, with headliners Legends of Perhaps, who will also be performing at the Tablelands Music Festival. Favourites The Billy Turner Trio, The Hot Shots, Nozzmosis and the Uptown Music Students’ Band, amongst the line up on the day.
Visitors are encouraged to plan on spending the day at the Festival as there will be lots to do including non-stop entertainment and cooking demonstrations by local chefs and producers. Classic cars, children’s activities and working artists will also be featured on the day. And of course the highlight of the day is plenty of gourmet food and cool drinks to enjoy throughout the day.
Its not all about the Festival it’s also about promoting the Far North and the Tablelands. By making the Festival a destination event it encourages tourism which in turn stimulates the local economy. The social benefits are pride instilled in the area. Visitors create a flow on effect through Social media and word of mouth that encompasses the whole area.
For the Festival to run to its potential, Sponsorship is at the core. Business needs to get behind the event so it can be showcased successfully. The social benefit of festival sponsorship and membership is stronger relationships within a community. Most of the relationship-building occurs in the festival planning phase. This is where the bonds among public and private organizations, government, and neighborhood groups are forged and where connections among elected officials, staff, volunteers and interested residents are made.
Tastes of the Tablelands is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Atherton and is run to support the local community. For further information please contact Kirsty Densmore Festival Manager on 0413 010 625 or check out the website: www.tastesofthetablelands.com.au.
Chef Tracy from Mungalli Creek Dairy preparing her winning entry in the Celebrity Cook-Off
Photo by: Kirsty Densmore