Taste Great Southern, 11-day festival of food, wine and music, announces dates for 2021

Last Updated: 14 Jul 2020
Elise Matheson

Set on the rugged southern coastline and farming hinterland of the Great Southern Region, Taste Great Southern, the premier food and wine festival is set to return from March 18 to 28 in 2021. This follows the event’s cancelation earlier in the year due to coronavirus restrictions.

Held since 2004, Taste Great Southern has continued to grow in stature. In 2021, the 11-day festival will feature more than 30 events that showcase the region’s incredible food, wine and fresh produce.

Highlight events include the festival’s signature Albany Wine & Food Festival and inaugural Southern Sets music festival. There will also be tonnes of boutique food and wine events held at stunning locations throughout the region.

With the availability of the new Centennial Park Exhibition Centre, both the Albany Wine & Food and music festival will be moved from Eyre Park to the new venue.

Other events will be held across various locations in the Great Southern region, which includes Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Kojonup, Katanning, Walpole and Esperance.

With more than 20 chefs including local stars, Perth talent and national celebrities the festival will include long lunches, degustations, premium pairings, cocktail events, seafood celebrations, and community markets. River Cottage Australia chef, Paul West, who had been booked for 2020, has been locked in for 2021, and Festival Director Richard Campbell said that the search was underway for more celebrity chefs to join the line-up.

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Taste Great Southern is a key annual event for the region, providing local businesses and the community a unique opportunity to showcase the local cuisine, stories and flavours. It is also one of the state’s top food, wine and produce festivals, attracting thousands of people from across the state every year.

The 2021 event is expected to bring in more than $1 million to the region and attract more than 6000 people. This will play a big role boosting regional support, much needed after missing out on tourism in 2020 due to COVID-19.

More events will be announced over the coming months. For more details, visit www.tastegreatsouthern.com.au

Image Credit: Tourism Western Australia, Taste Great Southern Facebook

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