Countdown promises to be a tasty affair

A FINE feast of international cuisine will ensure patrons at tonight’s Countdown 2008 can celebrate New Year with a full plate of tasty food.
Nanjing Night Net

There will be a selection of Mexican, Indian and Japanese food on sale throughout the evening, stalls offering the traditional favourites, including hot chips, and for sweet-lovers there will be Darrell Lea showbags, hot-buttered popcorn and icecream.

Liquor outlets will serve beer, local wines and spirits.

“We’ll be adding some spice to the event, along with the other food operators, so I think people will really enjoy what we have on offer,” Prickly Cactus chef Sam Abell said of his Mexican food.

The Mikaku Japanese Restaurant will offer patrons a choice of sushi and hot dishes, and Pickled Evenings will serve a variety of Indian dishes.

Coyote Special Events director Rick Marton said the committee had built on the success of last year’s event and hoped patrons enjoyed the extra entertainment and food options.

“We’re looking forward to building this event each year and we certainly have long- term targets,” he said.

“In the shorter term, if we can see good community support we can bring a recording artist as a feature act in the following year.”

Entertainment this year includes Melbourne’s hottest party band Chunky Jam, the St Andrew’s Caledonian Pipe Band, Funk Factory Dance Troupe, the Emma Fair Band and two fireworks displays at 9.15pm and midnight.

Mr Marton said ticket sales to the event were up on last year and patrons who had bought tickets would be able to enter separately from non- ticket holders at the Jim Bacon gates.

“We’ve sold nearly 20 times more pre-tickets this year than last year so we’re shaping up for a great night,” he said.

“But people shouldn’t forget that tickets are still available tonight from the main gates.”

People could also see the new year in with a winning streak.

A Cityprom Hidden Treasure competition gives people the chance to win $50 for those who find gold medallions which are hidden randomly around the stadium, and there will be two chances to win a holiday for two to Noosa and a special pack from BigPond by texting the secret code given on the night.

The secret code will also give people a chance to go into the draw for a Notebook computer if they sign up for BigPond broadband and Internet connection any time during January at a BigPond dealer.

For more information visit www.countdowntasmania南京夜网

FACT FILE

WHAT: Countdown 2008.

WHEN: Today, from 6pm.

WHERE: Aurora Stadium, Inveresk, Launceston.

HOW MUCH: Adults $10, juniors (12 to 16) $5, children under 12 free but must be accompanied by an adult.

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