The inaugural Taste It food festival in Tocumwal has been hailed a huge success, evidenced by the smiles on the faces of those who attended on Saturday.
Planned specifically to provide activities for visitors during the Victorian Labour Day weekend, at least 2000 are estimated to have enjoyed the activities provided along Deniliquin St.
Diners voted with their feet, making their way from food van to food van to savour the many flavours that were on offer.
The food vans were an innovative way to cater for a large crowd, with the help of the permanent local food outlets in pubs and coffee shops along the street.
Everyone got into the act and provided a wide choice of food on the night, from curly potatoes to a three course Greek dinner.
The street was blocked off to create a middle of the road dining space, with gaily decked tables and chairs right on the bitumen and the vans up the sides of the street.
The verandas along the southern side of the street are ideal for alfresco dining and added an old fashioned atmosphere to the event.
The fenced area was welcomed by parents and grandparents, allowing little ones to let off steam safely.
They were entertained by face painting, and a balloon crafting gentleman on stilts.
Visitors had nothing but praise for the efforts of the Tocumwal community for being so forward in providing food and entertainment for the Victorian Labour Long Week End.
Congratulations to the organising committee on such a great and successful night.
Plans are already underway for a second Taste It festival, which will be held every second year, in 2022.
~ Anne Jones