Taste Festival, Tasmania
Hobart's Waterfront Celebration
Festival Producer 2007 – 2010
In 2007 Ros merged and rebranded Tasmania’s two major summer festivals –The Taste of Tasmania and Hobart Summer Festival – as the Taste Festival, a week-long celebration of Tasmanian food, beverages and produce, supported by an arts, culture, community and sports program. Taste Festival is now Tasmania's premier summer event.
At the helm for three years, Ros commissioned and delivered fresh initiatives, projects and performances within the festival.
Photos: Sean Fennessy & Angela Bailey
Her commissions included:
- Contained Taste, which housed an onsite cinema, projections, installations and lounge area
- 4 Flavours, a public art project by design students from the University of Tasmania’s School of Art
- YouChew, six short films documenting Tasmanian produce from field to table by local foodie filmmaker David Pyefinch
- the inaugural Festival Club after taste.
In addition she facilitated over 55 culinary stalls, designed and managed four festival bars and instigated a range of food and beverage activities, arts, sports and community events. The 2009-10 festival drew over 300,000 visitors, hosted over 200 performers, was listed as a Top-100 Destination in the National Tourism Awards, and was titled ‘Best Taste Festival Ever’ in the Local Government Association Tasmania. www.tastefestival.com.au