Unfortunately, the popular Taste of Manly is not going head this year, but expressions of interest are now open for local businesses to get involved with the month-long festival of food and wine, Taste of the Beaches.

While many are disappointed Taste of Manly isn’t going ahead this year, it’s exciting news that Taste of the Beaches will be on in May. The exciting food and wine festival showcases the best of our local food and wine across an entire month of events.

Mayor Sue Heins said Taste of the Beaches was run with great success in 2021 and 2022, attracting locals and visitors to food and beverage businesses during a traditionally quieter period.

“Taste of the Beaches promises to showcase the best on the Beaches with unique experiences offered by local cafes, restaurants and breweries,” Mayor Heins said.

“The festival celebrates our area as a destination for incredible food and wine, craft beer and coffee while supporting local businesses to platform their unique fare.

“We had almost 40 venues participate from Manly to Palm Beach in 2022 and I am hopeful we’ll see as many or more come on board for the 2024 program.”

The Mayor also commented on Taste of Manly, which has been paused for review.

“Taste of Manly is a much-loved event which has had to adapt over time to meet more stringent licencing requirements including fencing off the area and bag and identification checks.

“While the event has received some positive feedback over the last two years, many in the community expressed disappointment about the necessary changes.

“This year we are reviewing how we can best run the event in the future to meet our regulatory obligations while also meeting community expectations.”

The Taste Of Manly Facebook page issued the following statement:

“Taste of Manly is taking a break in 2024 while we review how we can best deliver the event in the future to meet both regulatory obligations and the community’s expectations.
We’ve had to adapt the event over time to meet stringent licensing requirements, including fencing off the Corso and bag and identification checks and while we have had a lot of positive feedback, many in the community have expressed disappointment about the necessary changes and how it has impacted their experience at the event.

We will keep you all updated as things progress.”

And we’ll keep you updated on the Taste of the Beaches Food and Wine Festival, stay tuned!

Businesses interested in being involved in Taste of the Beaches are encouraged to learn more and apply here.

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