I’ve been planning my annual holidays around Australia, and this year I’ve decided to focus on some of the many food and wine events that take place around our country each year. Some I’ve been to before and some I’ve always wanted to try out – all I have to do is find a friend to come along with me!
If you find yourself in any of the following areas this year, make sure you take time out from your travel schedule to make your way down to these fantastic festivals.
Orange F.O.O.D Week
Beginning on April 4, this year’s Orange F.O.O.D week is just around the corner. If you’re on the hunt for good food and wine in NSW, you simply can’t go past it.
F.O.O.D stands for Food of Orange District, encompassing local produce from the shires of Orange, Cabonne and Blayney. You’ll enjoy everything from farm gate tours through to wine tasting here, with cooking demonstrations, live music, cabaret and picnic opportunities to entertain the masses. There’s even the chance to meet the people behind the food, with growers, chefs, caterers and cooks only too happy to talk you through their wares.
Sample the finest wines, organic vegetables, beef, lamb and venison in this jam-packed week of festivities. Don’t miss out on the 100 Mile Dinner in Molong, which celebrates produce and wine from Bathurst, Cowra, Molong, Mudgee and Orange. This takes place on April 7 so it’s a good idea to book your tickets now!
Finish up the week with a forage on April 12, walking through vineyards and past cows to graze on food and wine every 500 metres.
Canberra Fireside Festival
This August event is bound to get the blood pumping, even in the chilly Canberra winter.
Running for the entire month, the Fireside Festival sees Canberra, Yass, Hall, Murrumbateman and Gundaroo embark on an epic food and wine journey that lifts diners’ spirits and warms their chilled bodies.
Over 20 venues participate in the event, giving diners the chance to sip on cool climate wines, meet local artists, relax in front of open fires and taste delicacies from the ACT. Head to Hall for roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate, or go to Gundaroo for woodfired pizza while you watch fire dancers perform in front of you. Make sure you stop in at Lake George vineyards for a drop of wine to finish off the day.
Noosa International Food and Wine Festival
Noosa is one of Queensland’s hidden gems, and it really comes into its own during the May food and wine festival. Running from May 15-18, it’s well worth the trip to this beachy town to enjoy food trails, luncheons, and expert talks.