Now in its 15th year, "Tastes at the Bay” invites you to tantalise your tastebuds with fun, food, wine and jazz in the Nelson Bay CBD. November 3rd and 4th, get your feet tapping and your taste buds dancing at this popular annual bayside bash!

Saturday 10am - 6pm and Sunday 10am - 4.30pm.

Choose from a range of events across the Festival to suit the whole family… from chocolate to champagne, seafood to semillon and craft beer to crafted bread! It all starts on Friday night 2nd November with a Grant Burge Winemakers Dinner  overlooking the stunning Nelson Bay Golf Course. There really is something for everyone. Plus our ticketed events including the Moonshadow TQC Jazz Luncheon, progressive Tasters Trail on Saturday November 3rd, and introducing Munch and Move on Sunday November 4th get the palate out for an adventure. Browse the menu.

Its FREE ENTRY so get your groove on with some top entertainment from The FruiTTrees, Steph Russell Trio, Charlotte Rose Duo, Blue Suede Boppers, and Rehab Brass Band, plus many more! Enjoy food stalls, wines from Local and Hunter Valley wineries, kids activities, craft beer from Murrays Brewery, fresh local seafood, street entertainment and more "yum yum, sip sip, shooby-do-wops" than you can poke a stick at! Plus learn a trick or two from top local Chefs Ben Way, Ludovic Poyer, Michael Jenkins and many more at our Cooking Demonstration stage.

Program and Festival Details

Expect top notch live entertainment, over 60 sumptuous stalls with local produce, flavours, wine, beer and much, much more, all in the heart of the Nelson Bay CBD. To plan your weekend, browse the festival information and download the event program here.

Program Details

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Jazz Luncheon Cruise

One of the featured events is the "Tastes at the Bay" Jazz Luncheon Cruise aboard Moonshadow IV on Saturday 3rd November. Enjoy a glass of Peppertree Wines on arrival, 3 course luncheon, and live toe tapping Jazz music. Sit back, relax and enjoy the delicious food, wine and Bay views. The cruise departs from D'Albora Marinas at 12noon and returns at 2.30pm.

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Bonita Holmes Moonshadow TQC Cruises Moonshadow V Port Stephens Jazz Luncheon Cruise

Tasters Trail

Back for more this year is the "Tasters Trail" a progressive afternoon at leisure starting at Sandpipers which includes a taster plate and accompanying beverage at each of the 5 restaurants. Tickets to begin your food trail are available for either 3.30pm or 4.30pm. Browse the MENU for each of the restaurants which include Sandpipers, Nigronis, Sienna's, Evviva and Paper Rose Cafe. Tickets $59 pp.

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Nigronis Tasters Trail

Munch and Move

Introducing "Munch & Move" this year, for those that like to venture further afield. Including 3 restaurants, this year we start at Mavericks at 11.30am then continue on to Valhalla and finish at Murrays Brewery, all by return coach and including a signature dish and beverage at each venue. Browse the "Munch and Move" MENU. Tickets $45pp.

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Mavericks Munch n Move 3

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