Taste hangs in the balance
A decision is imminent on whether there'll be a one-off cancellation of the Taste of Tasmania.
Due to doubts over the future for large gatherings because of coronavirus and crashing revenue, Hobart City Council staff advice is to drop the summer spectacle scheduled to start on December 28th.
The event costs the council around $1 million to put on.
Aldermen will vote on the fate of the Taste on Monday.
"There are so many factors which make it pretty impractical to proceed with the Taste this year," Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said.
Approximately 30,000 people attend the Taste on each of its 8 days, central to the end of the Sydney-to-Hobart yacht race celebrations.
It's feared cancelling could prove dire for smaller stallholders who rely on the event.
“We need to do all we can to protect these marquee events that are catalysts for travel and help support the producers, small businesses and entertainers that are the backbone of our tourism and hospitality industry." Destination Southern Tasmania CEO Alex Heroys said.
The tourism industry is calling on a private operator to step in.