The Taste of Manly food and wine festival being held this weekend (May 28 and 29) has had a sudden change of venue with heavy rainfall soaking its original Manly Oval location.
While there will no longer be room to accommodate the wineries last minute, the change will mean bringing the event back to Manly Corso with walk ins only at ten bucks a pop (free for non drinkers).
Manly Oval was completely saturated due to the recent heavy rainfall, Council said, so it was not safe to install the stage, marquees and seating being used for the event. It is no Glastonbury.
The event is being renamed the Taste of Manly Beer and Spirits Garden. Current ticket holders are being issued refunds and a new first in best-dressed ticket system will be available at the gate. You can purchase a ticket for $10 per person which includes your tasting glass or non-drinkers and children enter free.
Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan acknowledged the disappointment from the weather’s impact on the original event but said, “the rain won’t dampen our spirits and we are pleased the event, although a little different to what was planned, will go ahead.”
“Many local businesses will still be involved at the new location in The Corso so the community will be able to sample some of the best local food and drinks our area has to offer”.
Joel Freeme from the 7th Day Brewery said he is “extremely happy that Council has found an alternative way to allow Taste of Manly to proceed”.
The event runs over the weekend starting at 11.30am and finishing at 5.30pm, with last drinks poured at 5pm.
There is a great range of local food and beverage vendors involved in the event and performances by artists such as Roshani, LamBros., Seani & Friends, Black Bird Hum, K!d The Band, Looped Up Kicks, Eagle Eye Jones and Lady King.
The Bavarian, Little Viet, Mex & Co, Felix Halter and The Tropic Manly.
Local Breweries and Distilleries
7th Day Brewery, Bucketty’s Brewery, Dad & Dave’s Brewing, Freshwater Brewing Co, Modus Brewing, NOMAD Brewing Co and Manly Spirits Co.
Distilleries serving a range of craft beer, cider, seltzer, ginger beer, gin and vodka.
For those wine connoisseurs, it was decided to remove the wineries from the updated event as being at The Corso meant less space availability. As these wineries were involved in the Palm Beach Wine Garden Event The Council felt it was only fair to allow the local breweries and distilleries to have their chance to share with the community.
For more information, you can visit the Northern Beaches Council Website here.
Or follow the Taste of the Beaches socials for updates on the event here.