Taste trail expands

Mayor Trent Sullivan, The Arborist's Anthony Hammel, Sharp Group's Lyndsay Sharp and That Place Patisserie's Ashlea Allen are looking forward to Tastes of Greater Geelong. (supplied)

Geelong’s favourite food festival is branching out into the Bellarine Peninsula.

Formerly Tastes of Central Geelong, the food fest is now known as Tastes of Greater Geelong, but will still encompass the best in food, drink and hospitality from across our whole region.

Now in its 13th year, the festival aims to showcase everything the region has to offer, from delectable local ingredients, farm-fresh produce, wine and dine events to gourmet taste trails.

The program, spanning Friday June 21 to Sunday July 14, will highlight the gourmet delights within the region and invite locals and visitors to support the local hospitality scene.

The Sharp Group co-owner and director Lyndsay Sharp said Tastes of Greater Geelong was a great opportunity for people to explore and celebrate the incredible array of gastronomic experiences our region had on its doorstep.

“We really are blessed with a bounty of amazing food, wineries, breweries, distilleries and artisan producers,” she said.

“I am super excited to be a part of Tastes of Greater Geelong to help tell the stories of local growers and producers and to showcase what a great food scene we have here in Greater Geelong, from great venues, pubs and cheap eats to rival any major city,” The Arborist’s executive chef Anthony Hammel said.

Head pastry chef and owner of That Place Patisserie Ashlea Allen said it was so important in our current climate to support small and local businesses.

“I am so excited that Tastes of Greater Geelong allows people to do this, by exploring hospitality venues in our region,” he said.

The 2024 Tastes program kicks off with a weekend of food, drink, and hospitality celebration in central Geelong, starting with ‘The Winter Warm-Up’ laneway event on Friday June 21 in Little Malop Central.

Saturday June 22 will see Taste Trails guiding guests to discover hidden hospitality gems while sampling delicacies from local vendors.

For more information, head to geelong.link/tastes2024 with a full program to be announced in early June.