No matter where you are in Australia, or what time of year- you’re bound to find an awesome Australia food and wine festival waiting for you. Here at Down Under Endeavours we love our food and our wine, so we’ve created a list of some of the best Australia Food & Wine Festivals, for each month of the year.
Various times of the Year:
Great Barrier Feasts
Hamilton Island, Queensland
This festival is held over four weekends throughout the year at the luxury resort, qualia. Captivating guests with an exclusive opportunity to experience and learn gourmet cooking from distinguished chefs in illustrious settings. These weekends include a welcome dinner created by qualia’s executive chef, paired with luxurious fine wines.
With more than 30 wineries participating, Crush Festival delivers you the best in South Australian wines complimented by fashion, music, and art. This festival is made up of a plethora of activities including picnics, cooking demos, live music, meet and greet lunches with winemakers, dinners and fashion parades. All of this, set against the breathtaking imagery of Mount Lofty in the Adelaide Hills.
Renowned for it’s cool climate wines, Tasmania also boasts delicious beers and fresh produce. Festivale is an annual, three-day Australia food and wine summer celebration, giving you the opportunity to sample the finest Tasmanian wines, beers, food, arts and entertainment. Set amongst Launceston’s historic City Park, there is a wonderful and unique feeling in the air of this outdoor event. Festivale is one of Australia’s largest events, bringing around 40,000 people every year. Here you’ll find upwards of 60 stalls offering opportunities to taste famed Tasmanian gourmet food and wine, all with the added bonus of entertainment, dance, music and street theatre from local artists.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Melbourne and regional Victoria
The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival has been around for more than 20 years, bringing in foodies and wine lovers by the thousands. This festival is three weeks long with more than 200 events within Melbourne’s restaurants, lane ways, basements and rooftop venues as well as regional Victoria. Here you’ll enjoy fresh seasonal produce, busy markets, expert winemakers and distinguished chefs and restaurants.
Taste of Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales
Annually celebrated with a hugely diverse and scrumptious restaurant and food scene, Sydney’s Centennial Park is transformed into one of the world’s largest outdoor restaurants. Tantalize your taste buds with a medley of flavours from Sydney’s culinary elite for four enticing days. You’ll also find the best of Australian wines, beers and produce.
Kangaroo Island Seafood ‘FEASTival’
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Celebrate the fine seafood and local gourmet produce and wines of Kangaroo Island. Over the course of one week, restaurants on around the island and along the breathtaking seaside host an array of individual dinging events. You’ll also find campfire cooing and seafood barbecues along the seaside. Each unique event provides you with the opportunity to experience and revel in Kangaroo Island’s renowned wildlife, wilderness and lifestyle, meet the local producers and taste the organically grown produce, seafood, meats, cheeses and wines.
High Country Harvest Festival
Immerse yourself in the beautiful setting of the Victorian Alps alongside the Murray River. Here you’ll find, is the home to some of Australia’s finest gourmet producers, cheese-makers, renowned restaurateurs and internationally acclaimed winemakers. If you get the chance, check out the 100km of off-road cycling trail, not only will you lose yourself in breathtaking views of vineyard, orchards and gorgeous rivers, but you’ll also get to ride through bush and mountainscapes. This trail will give you the perfect way to visit culinary villages such as Bright, Beechworth, Rutherglen, Milawa, and Mansfield.
Manjimup, Western Australia
Truffle Kerfluffle is one of Australia’s most renowned truffle events, drawing in thousands of visitors to Western Australia. This region is the biggest producer of truffles outside of Europe, upwards of 70 percent of black truffles produced in Australia are found in the southern forests of Western Australia. This is a daylong festival, boasting celebrity chefs, regional food and wine, as well as a paramount gala dinner. You’ll want to make sure you book in advance for this one.
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Through the month of August, the Fireside Festival will bring you the warmth of Southern Hemisphere winter experiences. Here you’ll find degustation dinners, wine tastings, performances, and much more. One featured event includes 100 mile dinners, with fresh local ingredients sourced from within 100 miles of Canberra. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can follow the Poacher’s Way, bringing you shortly outside of Canberra, here you’ll find around 140 vineyards and 33 wineries throughout the countryside.
Asian Food Festival
Do you like hot and spicy food? How about sweet and sour? At the Asian Food Festival, you’ll find both and loads more of flavours. During this month-long festival experience Asian-style cuisine in a plethora of events, hosted by more than 50 restaurants throughout Melbourne. This event celebrates Melbourne’s multi-cultural heritage with Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines.
Good Food Month
Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane
This month-long festival spans across four major Australian cities- Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Good Food Month showcases Australia’s giant range of culinary talents. Here you’ll have the chance to experience fine dining like no other! Enjoy dining banquets prepared by some of the world’s most renowned chefs; and experience Australia’s leading restaurants and local produce of each State and its regions.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Margaret River, Western Australia
This four-day food and wine festival attracts the world’s best international and Australian chefs, critics and celebrities. Here’s your chance to experience master classes, tastings from acclaimed vineyards, pop-up restaurants, cooking demos, live music, and theatre all set on the breathtaking beaches of the Margaret River Wine Region.
Tasmania’s Taste Festival
Ring in the New Year with Tasmania’s Taste Festival. This premier event boasts Tasmanian food and wine, and is held on the Hobart waterfront. Tantalize your taste buds with Tasmanian specialties including seafood, Bruny Island cheese and Bicheno berries. You may also have the chance to sample some of the regions world-renowned cool-climate wines, peat-distilled malt whiskies and boutique beers.
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