Take a Bite Out of These Food and Wine Festivals Across Australia

Posted by Stephanie Mikkelsen on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Get ready to graze, gorge and guzzle; this round up of Australia's best food and wine festivals is set to have your mouth watering.

When you’re hankering for a feast and perhaps something to wash it down with, nothing sates your appetite quite like a day spent at a food or wine festival. Celebrations of the gourmet variety are commonplace across Australia, no matter the time of year, and range from regional street markets to month-long carnivals in capital cities.

While it's a no-brainer to check out the food festivals in your own backyard first, make sure to keep these key dates in mind for your next gourmet getaway. Because what better excuse to travel than for a food or wine festival? 

Below you will find a list of the top food and wine festivals in Australia, divided by state. Prepare to marvel at master classes and tastings led by culinary titans, pamper your palate with extraordinary degustation dinners, or stock up on artisan wares and produce from local markets – all to use back in your beautiful accommodation's stylish kitchen, of course.


New South Wales

Orange F.O.O.D. Week

As one of New South Wales’ longest running and most acclaimed food festivals, Orange F.O.O.D Week should be on any gourmand's bucket list. The festival spans ten days, and the program is packed with excellent markets, community dinners, vineyard walks and meet-and-greets with local producers. Some events are ticketed, and others are free or ask for a gold-coin donation.

Next On: 6 to 15 April 2018.


Taste of Sydney

Work your way through plates from more than 50 Sydney restaurants at Taste of Sydney. An incredible opportunity to experience the wares from some of the city’s finest diners, this event covers four food-filled days. The days are split into lunch and dinner services, and as well as taking your pick from the plates on offer, you will also be able to engage with a smattering of interactive activities, browse through a market or kick back to live music. All services are ticketed.

Next On: 8 to 11 March 2018.


Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival

It would be a near impossible task to fit a celebration of all the Hunter Valley’s gourmet talents into a multi-day or even week long event. So with that in mind, the Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival stretches the feastivities out across two full months. That’s right, almost 60 days of food and wine-inspired events for visitors to devour. Think long lunches and meet-the-farmer dinners, masterclasses and pairing sessions, wine tours and paddock-to-plate experiences. Be quick to book accommodation early so you can turn a day visit into a true gourmet getaway.

Next On: May 2018. Exact dates to be confirmed.

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Mudgee Food and Wine Festival

Head to Country New South Wales for the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival, an annual event featuring wine show dinners, tasting flights and street markets. The big-name events, Go Grazing, Go Tasting and the Mudgee Wine Show Dinner, tend to sell out in advance but those without a golden ticket can go along to vineyard walks (bookings required), pop-up galleries and live music gigs.

Next On: Until 2 October 2017. Check back for 2018 dates.


Queensland

Noosa International Food and Wine Festival

The Noosa Food and Wine Festival combines two Australian hallmarks: tip-top produce with a beachside setting. The three-day festival calendar takes the cake as one of Queensland’s most recognisable gourmet experiences with a line up of guests chefs, long lunches and trips into the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Make sure to save room for an event on the beach – a true highlight!

Next On: 17 to 20 May 2018.


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Spirit of Bundaberg Festival

Get into the spirit of things and celebrate Bundaberg’s most famous tipple at this festival, hosted on the grounds of the namesake distillery. This year’s event is set to take place at the recently revamped Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience. Visitors can sip on rum cocktails and graze on rum inspired bites, all to the backdrop of live music. New additions to Bundaberg Rum’s range will also be unveiled. Admission into the festival is free.

Next On: 14 October 2017.


Regional Flavours

Taking over the South Bank precinct in Brisbane, in the name of all things gourmet, is Regional Flavours. This festival is where Brisbane gets to show off its culinary muscle, bringing together the state’s top producers with market stalls, cooking demonstrations, tastings and pop-up bars. There are draws no matter what your tastebuds crave, and there are even events for mini chefs, too.

Next On: 21 and 22 July 2018.


Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania

Hobart’s The Taste of Tasmania is the Apple Isle’s biggest food and wine festival. Taking centre stage is the Princes Wharf No. 1 Shed, which fills with stalls helmed by Tasmanian restaurants and producers. Wander past stands selling cheese, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables. Eat your loot at one of the tables perched along the waterfront, and for something to wash your bites down with, look towards one of the cool-climate wines or boutique brews on offer.

Next On: December 2017 to January 2018.

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Festivale

Launceston’s pretty-as-a-picture City Park sets the scene for Festivale. A stroll around the park will bring visitors face-to-face with growers, winemakers, brewers and gin producers. Pick up a tasting plate and snap up a perch at one of the wooden benches. Take turns going back for more gourmet morsels in between listening to live music sets. Masterclasses and cooking demonstrations are also included in the program. Festivale is a ticketed entry event.

Next On: 2 to 4 February 2018.


Victoria

Taste of Melbourne

As with the other cities under the Taste banner, Taste of Melbourne is set to be a stunner this year. Moving location to the MCG's Yarra Park, the popular food festival in partnership with Electrolux features Melbourne's best chefs, restaurants and food providores all in one place. This year sees chefs collaborate with graffiti artists, sculptors in secret kitchens, and artwork by paper engineer, Benja Harney. Look out for regulars such as MoVida and Mamasita, and look forward to Table Talks by the likes of Smith Journal. Tickets go on sale from the 2 October.

Next On: 30 November to 3 December 2018.

Taste of Melbourne Festival

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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Melbourne is a city that knows good eating; the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is proof of that. With more than 300 events scattered across the state, the festival is the ultimate showcase of buzzing food markets, exceptional produce, creative chefs and artisan producers. The 2017 Festival also hosted the restaurant equivalent of the Academy Awards, The World’s 50 Best.

Next On: 16 to 25 March 2018.


Peninsula Picnic

The Peninsula Picnic is where some of Mornington Peninsula’s finest restaurants, winemakers, growers and producers come together for one day of gourmet bliss. Lay down a picnic rug and make trips to and from the stalls, bringing back plates and glasses for you to enjoy as you listen to local music acts. Learn from cooking demonstrations, top up your wine know-how with an education session, or tee up a round of lawn games with friends and family.

Next On: 2018 dates to be announced.

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Truffle Melbourne

Truffle Melbourne showcases Australia's growing truffle industry with enthusiasm that would rival the European truffle traditionalists. Visit the festival held at Queen Victoria Market and partake in chef demonstrations, mock truffle dog hunts by some adorable Australian Shepherds, and numerous exhibitors participating in truffle tuned treats. Think truffle burgers, truffled crème brûlée, and even truffle infused gin from Bass & Flinders Distillery. It's kind of a requirement that you like truffles.

Next On: 2018 dates to be announced.


High Country Harvest

Victoria’s High Country has a lot to offer the hungry – no more so than during High Country Harvest. Featuring events in towns throughout the area, the festival sees visitors dine with winemakers, breakfast with brewers, scour farmers markets for picked-that-morning goodies and get practical with classes, workshops and master tutorials.

Next On: 2018 dates to be announced.


South Australia

KI Food Safari

Hosted by Southern Ocean Lodge, the KI Food Safari is a journey through Kangaroo Island’s stellar fresh produce. Head out on daily expeditions to meet local producers, sample the island’s world famous seafood and perhaps get hands-on with a cheese making experience. The Safari runs for a week and names including Maggie Beer, James Vile and Mark Best collaborate on excursions.

Next On: August 2018.


Tasting Australia

If jetting off to all corners of South Australia for regional food festivals isn’t an option, Tasting Australia in Adelaide makes a pretty appetite-pleasing alternative. 2017 marked Tasting Australia’s first open-to-the-public instalment, and the event serves as a showcase of South Australia’s best paddock-to-plate fare. This year’s program included a Maggie Beer Tribute Dinner and a Le Cordon Blu food-writing workshop. Other venues dished up signature dishes to hungry crowds moving throughout Adelaide.

Next On: 15 to 22 April 2018.

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Barossa Gourmet Weekend

It is little surprise that the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s premier food and wine destinations, plays host to multiple foodie-pleasing festivals. Leading the charge is Barossa Gourmet Weekend, a two-day extravaganza featuring bountiful brunches, wine masterclasses, garden parties, picnics and boutique tastings. Put simply, it’s bliss for any food- or wine-lover. Some events are ticketed, and you can also buy a Gourmet Trail Passport, which gives you access to signature winery events.

Next On: 15 to 22 April 2018.


Australian Capital Territory

Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival

Cheers to ACT’s winemaking talents at the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival. There are more than 30 wineries in the Canberra area, and a number open their cellar doors during the festival, inviting thirsty locals and visitors to sample cool-climate drops. Linger at a favourite winery for a bite to eat, or head to one of the spots offering entertainment and live music.

Next On: 7 and 8 April 2018.


The Truffle Festival

Love all things truffle? Hunt out The Truffle Festival in the Canberra region to forage for and savour these prized black fungi. Hosted during Canberra’s winter, the festival boasts an incredible 250-strong event program. Join a hunt, led by truffle dogs, or learn how to prepare these treasured gems with a cooking class or demonstration.

Next On: Exact dates to be announced, however usually between mid-June through to the end of August.

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Northern Territory

Territory Taste Festival

Make for warmer climates and be treated to Darwin’s Territory Taste Festival when you do. This foodie fete is a platform for Territory restaurants, chefs, growers and producers to show off their wares. Take your pick of the tastes on offer from a range of stalls, relax with a brew in the beer garden, or take notes at a culinary master class.

Next On: 2018 dates to be announced.

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Western Australia

Truffle Kerfuffle

Forage for the culinary world’s most precious black fungi at Truffle Kerfuffle in Manjimup. The program for this year’s Kerfuffle featured a stable of celebrity chefs, an opening party and truffle hunter’s breakfast, barbecue feast and a glamping village. The festival takes place smack-bang during WA’s truffle season, so while it might be chilly, the prospect of indulging in these indulgent fungi is well worth it.

Next On: 2018 dates to be announced.


Margaret River Gourmet Escape

In the food festival stakes, Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a juggernaut. Hungry for an amuse-bouche of Margaret River flavours, visitors flock from local, national and international destinations. Headlining the four-day festival is a program of incredible events, including beach barbecues, epic dinners, icon tastings and pop-up experiences. There are plenty of opportunities to get hands-on and feel inspired, and a stable of culinary stars – Matt Stone, Dan Hong, Andrew McConnell, Rick Stein – are set to touch down for the festival too.

Next On: 16 to 19 November 2017.

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Image: Margaret River Gourmet Escape.


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