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Australia's Food and Wine

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Experience the freedom and creativity of Australia's food and wine culture that helps the country produce fresh and innovative flavours and wines that are the envy of the world.

Australia's unspoilt landscapes produce an incredibly wide variety of fresh and tantalising produce. There's also a freedom and creativity to our food and wine culture that helps us produce fresh and innovative flavours, including wines that are the envy of the world, as well as exciting ingredients and ‘fusion' food. But what really sets us apart is the place - our stunning weather, sunshine, outstanding natural beauty and outdoor dining lifestyle means you can enjoy some of the world's best food and wine in some of the world's most stunning surroundings. Australia does open air dining like nowhere else.

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The Best Cafés in Australia

The Best Cafés in Australia

Australians have become so obsessed with coffee that it’s hard to remember Australia was once a nation of committed tea drinkers. And while tea has hardly been relegated to the sidelines – there are tearooms and teashops in every capital city in the country – coffee is now the conversation. Where it’s from, how it’s roasted, who’s doing the roasting: these are issues of vital importance to discriminating coffee connoisseurs. Yet the café culture that has sprung up around this coffee bean obsession is about much more than a brew, with quality food an equally crucial ingredient in encouraging punters back. Here are some of the best cafés the country has to offer.

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Contemporary Bush Tucker in Australian Restau...

Contemporary Bush Tucker in Australian Restaurants

Native ingredients, are experiencing a revival. Embraced by the country’s leading chefs, they are transcending “bush tucker” status and being subtly integrated into contemporary restaurant menus. The shift has been especially noticeable in the past five years; it is part of the global trend to celebrate localism in food. The Australian chefs using indigenous ingredients most successfully are notable for their skill and restraint in incorporating them in dishes with flavours and techniques more usually associated with Europe or Asia. Such chefs are highlighting indigenous ingredients not just because they offer a point of difference, but because they taste so good.

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Best Restaurants for Uniquely Australian Food...

Best Restaurants for Uniquely Australian Food

Some of the newest ingredients landing on plates at Australian restaurant tables are thousands of years old, as Australian chefs turn to their own backyard for inspiration. That backyard, mind you, stretches over 6.5 million square kilometres (2.5 million square miles), so they have a bit of ground to cover. As Australian Aboriginals have known for 40,000 years, this vast, dry country is home to countless wild, native plants, herbs, nuts, seeds and berries across the six climatic seasons recognised in Aboriginal culture. Visitors to Australia can now sample the results of this inspiration on tables that range from the finest restaurant in the land to an outback country pub. Here are just a few.

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The Best Halal Restaurants in Australia

The Best Halal Restaurants in Australia

When you are travelling Australia, you will find a range of options for Halal cuisine. From produce in supermarkets, cheap and cheerful cafés to fine dining. If Halal dining is your requirement you will find a growing range of products and eateries throughout Australia’s cities.

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Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Over the past decade Australia has become a culinary destination par excellence, as the rest of the world is fast discovering. When it comes to fine dining and out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences, visitors to Australia are spoilt for choice. From sparkling harbourside dining and luxe lodge stays to dinner in the sands of an ocre-red desert illuminated by the southern night sky, Australia is a gourmet hedonist’s dream destination. Enjoy some of Australia’s best food and wine in some of the world’s most stunning surroundings.

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A coffee lover’s guide to Melbourne

A coffee lover’s guide to Melbourne

Melbourne is a city obsessed with coffee. Cold drips, aero-press and cupping are common words in the local vernacular thanks to a widespread passion for the bean, complemented by a number of leading provedores who call Melbourne home.

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Fish and Chips in Australia

Fish and Chips in Australia

Whether your idea of a good meal includes tablecloths and attentive service at a fine dining restaurant, or a take-away package wrapped in newspaper from the local fish and chips shop, the star of the show is the same: Australia’s fresh and flavourful seafood. Our island nation has a well-deserved global reputation for fronting up some of the biggest, juiciest and tastiest seafood on the planet, with hundreds of native species to choose from at any given time of the year. As a result, many restaurants can literally supply the ‘catch of the day’ – fish caught in local waters only hours earlier – much to the delight of local and visiting ‘seafoodies’ alike!

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Food and Wine Experiences

   

Australia’s Food and Wine Trends for 2016

Australia’s Food and Wine Trends for 2016

It’s no secret that Australia has fresh produce. What’s less well-known is that the country’s foodies are exceptionally innovative and creative so the food scene is dynamic and ever-changing. Here’s what food-and-wine loving travellers can expect in Australia in 2016.

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The Best Food and Wine Experiences in Tasmani...

The Best Food and Wine Experiences in Tasmania

It's easy to make a long list of Tasmania's great food and wine experiences, but not so easy to narrow them down to just five! Here are some of the best and most interesting, in no particular order.

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Secret food and wine gems in Tasmania

Secret food and wine gems in Tasmania

Tasmania is full of food and wine secrets just waiting to be discovered. In fact, there are so many hidden gems here that exploring the island is like one big treasure hunt with the most delicious rewards. From intimate organic bakeries favoured by locals, to food crawls by bus that take you on a gastronical adventure, there is plenty to explore! Tasmanian food and wine secrets can even be found in the cities, down a carriageway or around a corner. Finding them is half the fun; in true Tasmanian style, you’ve just got to have a stickybeak.

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Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Australia’s Ultimate Dining Locations

Over the past decade Australia has become a culinary destination par excellence, as the rest of the world is fast discovering. When it comes to fine dining and out-of-this-world gastronomic experiences, visitors to Australia are spoilt for choice. From sparkling harbourside dining and luxe lodge stays to dinner in the sands of an ocre-red desert illuminated by the southern night sky, Australia is a gourmet hedonist’s dream destination. Enjoy some of Australia’s best food and wine in some of the world’s most stunning surroundings.

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Foraging Australian-style

Foraging Australian-style

One of the greatest groundswells in global food trends – food foraging - is moving more into the mainstream as individuals are seeking connection with their food sources and chefs are taking up the cause of integrating more wild foods into the way we eat. Keen home cooks and culinary tourists can now sign up for seasonal tours – some city-based, some in the country – where experienced guides show where to find food growing wild and how to identify plants that are both safe and delicious to eat.

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Produce

   

Local produce key to Australia’s best food ma...

Local produce key to Australia’s best food markets

There is pretty much nothing Australia cannot grow or produce. Less than 10 per cent of its retail food is imported and two-thirds of its land is given over to farming. Head to the many spectacular city food markets and you will be amazed by the sheer variety and richness on offer from both land and sea.

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Australia's quality fresh produce

Australia's quality fresh produce

Traditionally Australia has been known for its ability to produce a prodigious amount of grain, high-quality wheat and barley, and for its sheep and cattle exports. But that’s changing, as producers learn to take advantage of a number of comparative advantages that set Australia apart from much of the world. Firstly, with so many different climate zones from tropical to desert, from temperate to downright artic, there’s nothing Australia can’t grow or produce.

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Australia's Best Seafood Experiences

Australia's Best Seafood Experiences

Australia is surrounded by fresh seafood, with a great breadth of varieties available. From shucking fresh oysters in Sydney; spear-fishing for barramundi in the Northern Territory; or dining on chilli-infused lobster in a top quality restaurant, there’s an abundance of possibilities around Australia to sample the fruits of the sea.

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Explore Australia's Fresh Seafood Festivals

Explore Australia's Fresh Seafood Festivals

Including our beautiful islands, Australia lays claim to over 60,000km of diverse coastline – and with such easy access to the ocean, it’s hardly surprising that fresh seafood features on almost every modern Australian restaurant menu. Summer is the best time to eat seafood – when it’s fresh, in abundance, and requires little preparation – but you can find seasonal seafood on restaurant menus all year round. Our nation’s celebration of seafood manifests outside of restaurants at a range of family-friendly festivals across the country, too; here are some of the top seafood festivals you won’t want to miss.

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Find more produce and wine experiences around Australia

Food and wine trails across popular destinations such as the Clare Valley, Margaret River and Tasmania

Australia's Wine Regions

   

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia

These wineries are not just venues to taste and purchase wine. They offer restaurants, events, art, as well as exciting behind the scenes tours, private tastings, wine education and gastronomy, all in some of Australia's most spectacular locations.

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Australia's Wine Regions

Australia's Wine Regions

Australia has more than 60 designated wine regions across the country and has developed a worldwide reputation for its award-winning wines.

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Food and Wine Personalities

   

Australia’s best young chefs to watch

Australia’s best young chefs to watch

Australia is a country of travellers, people who have been constantly looking abroad for inspiration. But things are changing. We’ve begun to reflect and look inward. Chefs are spending more time referencing what’s around them, rediscovering native Australian products and executing dishes with skill, sensitivity and finesse. Australia’s rising stars may still look to Spain, France, America and Italy for inspiration but there’s no need to slavishly copy what they do anymore. They have found their voice, and it’s funky, smoky, pickled and grilled. Here are some leading lights of Australia’s new kitchen brigade.

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Australia's Top Chefs

Australia's Top Chefs

Australia has never been a more exciting or rewarding place to eat. Australian chefs are taking our tastebuds into uncharted territory, providing the talent and inspiration to revolutionise the kitchens of Australian restaurants. Unconstrained by notions of what is right or wrong, they have embraced our multicultural heritage, been experimenting and breaking most of the rules along the way, all the while bringing a genuine passion to what they do.

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Food and Wine Events

   

Celebrity chefs star at the Margaret River Go...

Celebrity chefs star at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape

An easy three-hour drive south of Perth, the Margaret River region is renowned for its exceptional food and wine. It is also one of the few wine regions in the world blessed with beautiful beaches, spectacular tall tree forests, cave systems, incredible surfing, whale watching and wildflowers. This means Margaret River is not only the perfect base to explore the natural beauty and unique attractions of the south west corner of the state, but it’s also a brilliant spot to sample the region’s fresh and seasonal produce. Fortunately, all of the above comes together in the three-day food and wine extravaganza that is the Margaret River Gourmet Escape!

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Exploring Victoria's High Country Harvest

Exploring Victoria's High Country Harvest

Home to some of the most celebrated restaurants, wineries, breweries and gourmet food producers in all of Victoria, the high country has long been synonymous with good food and wine, and is great to visit any time of year. Food lovers have been making a beeline to Simone’s Restaurant in Bright for more than 20 years to dine out on chef Patrizia Simone's Italian fare, and to Provenance in Beechworth, which serves delicious east-meets-west cuisine that has won a swag of awards in recent years. But, it’s particularly special during High Country Harvest festival time in autumn, when the deciduous trees turn red and gold, days are gloriously sunny and nights are crisp.

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Truffle Kerfuffle Southern Forests Food Festi...
June24 - 26

Truffle Kerfuffle Southern Forests Food Festival

Beer and Cider Festivals in Australia

Beer and Cider Festivals in Australia

With the rise in popularity of craft and artisan beers across Australia, there is an increasing array of Beer and Cider festivals available to enjoy. Not only do they serve up some of the best brews in the country, they also provide an avenue where you can meet some of the producers behind the labels and learn more about how and where it’s brewed.

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Explore Australia's Fresh Seafood Festivals

Explore Australia's Fresh Seafood Festivals

Including our beautiful islands, Australia lays claim to over 60,000km of diverse coastline – and with such easy access to the ocean, it’s hardly surprising that fresh seafood features on almost every modern Australian restaurant menu. Summer is the best time to eat seafood – when it’s fresh, in abundance, and requires little preparation – but you can find seasonal seafood on restaurant menus all year round. Our nation’s celebration of seafood manifests outside of restaurants at a range of family-friendly festivals across the country, too; here are some of the top seafood festivals you won’t want to miss.

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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
February - March4 - 13

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

From World's Longest Lunches in breathtaking places to avant-garde tasting dishes from global culinary superstars, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has it all. Indulge the senses over 17 days as a diverse program of one-off events unfold throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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The Taste of Tasmania
December - January28 - 3

The Taste of Tasmania

The Taste of Tasmania is one of Australia's most popular food festivals. Stallholders use their creativity to present a variety of dishes such as wallaby burritos for those a little more adventurous to the family favourite, freshly cooked fish and chips. The festival also hosts a vibrant New Year's Eve party for all to enjoy from the live entertainment to the midnight fireworks to welcome in the New Year.

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