December 05, 2011 The Mercury MERYL NAIDOO
ALMOST $1.4 million has been spent on Taste Festival cooking units that some stallholders say are badly designed.
And the Hobart City Council has been left with a $200,000 bill to store the “cooking kiosks” for the 51 weeks of the year when they are not in use. Hobart’s Waji Spiby, who has more than 25 years’ experience as a chef around the world, will have a stall for the seventh year at this year’s Taste.
“The design is inflexible and lacks prep space,” he said.
With fees for stall sites almost doubling, Mr Spiby said he was also concerned the cooking units would increase costs even more.
“It’s not clear what we get for the extra costs,” he said. “We provide all our own equipment to use in the kiosk.
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