Scott Crocker wants you to volunteer for Tastings on Hastings

Be a volunteer: Scott Crocker is urging more people to become volunteers for the annual Tastings on Hastings. Photo: Ivan Sajko
Be a volunteer: Scott Crocker is urging more people to become volunteers for the annual Tastings on Hastings. Photo: Ivan Sajko

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He’s been volunteering at Tastings on Hastings for four years, but Scott Crocker reckons more people should volunteer for the popular and successful annual event.

Scott, who works within the food industry, says he enjoys being part of the band of volunteers.

“I feel that Port Macquarie-Hastings has a thriving foodie community and being a volunteer helps me guide people along the many food outlets on display throughout the day,” he said.

“To be a volunteer, you just need to enjoy talking to people about local produce and the local area. 

“Tastings on Hastings is a great way to showcase all that is good about our local produce and that Port Macquarie-Hastings is a force within the food industry.”

Scott said he encouraged more people to get involved as a volunteer.

“We want more volunteers to show that we are proud of our community and what it can offer,” he added.

“Tastings on Hastings is about providing a place where you can sample great food but also where you can get a real vibe for what our community has to offer.”

Tastings on Hastings Festival takes place on the last weekend of October.

Now in its 15th year, our region’s premier food festival promises three days of culinary celebration showcasing our regional farmers, artisans, food producers, wine growers, brewers, restaurants and cafes.

This year will see some changes to the format, most noticeably combining the main event and Tastings Ignites into a one day/evening extravaganza on Saturday October 28, between noon and 8pm.

Tastings on Hastings would not be the success it is without the generosity, passion and enthusiasm of our volunteers.

Council director Jeffery Sharp

“Tastings on Hastings would not be the success it is without the generosity, passion and enthusiasm of our volunteers,” said council director Jeffery Sharp.

“This great local event relies heavily on our volunteers, as locals and visitors experience the much-loved food stalls, demonstrations, markets and entertainment through to a cultural fusion of local art, musical performances and street performers.”

Volunteers are needed to help and guide visitors, staff the information tent, collect surveys, encourage recycling and help with ticketing at entry gates. All you need is a friendly nature, love of food and helpful attitude.

If you’re looking to add a dash of spice to your resume, keen to get some event experience or simply love good food and a great day out, then email your interest to tastings@pmhc.nsw.gov.au or call Volunteer Coordinator Nateaka Blake on 6581 8040.

After registering, volunteers will attend an Information Session for a rundown on their responsibilities. Short shifts give everyone time to enjoy the day, and Tastings on Hastings apparel and hats will be provided thanks to Volunteer Sponsor, Holiday Coast Credit Union.

The 2017 Tastings on Hastings Festival will occur over three action-packed days between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 October, incorporating the main event and a range of satellite events.