Australia's Food and Wine
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Australia's Food and Wine

Australia's Food and Wine

Experience the freedom and creativity of Australia's food and wine culture that helps us 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.

Australia's food and wine trends for 2015

Australia's food and wine trends for 2015

Australia wants to use its hands. We want to smoke, and gnaw, and hew and mill. We want to eat less meat but be offered better quality. We want more vegetables, but we want them farmed by small-scale producers. And while the fish should be line-caught, the ice-cream can be soft-serve. We might like our food slow and low-impact, but we don't think that means we have to surrender our sense of fun - we want our ethics with a side of hot fudge and nuts. We’ve never been more serious about good bread and butter or being selective about the wood we smoke with. We want our fried chicken brined in shrimp paste, finished with earth-shattering crunch. Festivals around Australia celebrate natural wine - spontaneous ferments and minimal intervention - while supporting local artists, producers, chefs and musicians. We haven't lost our world-famous taste for beer, but we also have a growing craft-brewing culture seeing specialty bars, pubs and festiAustrvals popping up everywhere from Fremantle to Fitzroy. We’re hungry, we’re thirsty and we want it on sticks, fermented and tiki (preferably all on the same plate).

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Bulong Estate Winery, Yarra Valley, VIC. © Tourism Victoria & Cormac Hanrahan
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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Australia's Markets

Australia's Markets

Get a taste of Australia's vibrant markets, which sell everything from fresh produce to hand-crafted gifts and high fashion. Browse boutique souvenirs in Sydney's historic Rocks precinct or see the creations of local potters, painters and glassblowers in Hobart's Salamanca Markets. Stock up on fresh, organic food from Brisbane's many farmers markets or discover the country's largest arts and crafts markets in Canberra. Sample the spices of five continents at Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Markets or create the perfect picnic with ingredients from Adelaide Central Market. Grab an original fashion creation at Melbourne's Rose Street Markets or join busking musicians at Fremantle's lively weekend markets. You'll find a vibrant market almost everywhere you go in Australia.

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Good Food Month
October1 - 31

Good Food Month

Australia's dining scene is vibrant all year round but it reaches a peak in October, when chefs, restaurateurs and providores throughout New South Wales pull out all the stops to showcase the state's gourmet offerings. The month is jam-packed with one-off dinners, fabulous breakfast, lunch and dessert deals, pop-up events, glamorous parties, kitchen-gardening workshops, food talks and night markets.

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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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Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley

New South Wales' Hunter Valley is Australia's oldest wine growing region. It is also renowned for its fine dining, cooking schools, galleries, health spa retreats and golf courses. Here you can sample local cheeses, hand-made chocolates, charcuterie, dairy goods, sourdough breads and olive oils direct from the producers. Join a wine tasting master class; or sample a broad selection of wines at one of more than 150 cellar doors. After your epicurean indulgence, escape to the great outdoors with a game of golf, hot-air balloon or helicopter ride or shopping for antiques and local artworks in the region's many galleries.

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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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Seppeltsfield Winery, Barossa Valley, SA
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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Mindil Beach Markets

Mindil Beach Markets

Taste Asian flavours in a tropical setting at Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Market between May and October.

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Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula, VIC. © Tourism Victoria & David Mitchener
Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

A short distance from Melbourne you'll find the rolling hills, orchards, olive groves, historic mansions, and more than 200 vineyards of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula. In this food lover's region, you can buy organic vegetables from roadside stalls or pick your own strawberries, berries and cherries from orchards. Wander amongst olive groves with ocean views or picnic in one of the many public and private gardens. There are century-old rose gardens, sculpted hedge mazes and heritage homes to enjoy. After your food and wine journey relax in a day spa or play a round on one of Australia's top golf courses.

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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
February - March

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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South Australia's aquaculture trail

South Australia's aquaculture trail

Follow oysters, prawns, scallops and fish around the pristine waters of the Eyre Peninsula. Self drive or visit the aquaculture farms, fishing boats and old fishing ports on organised tours. See where threatened murray cod are farmed in Whyalla and taste fresh oysters in Cowell. Swim with tuna in Port Lincoln and spot dolphins around the oyster farm of Coffin Bay. Hand pick fresh crayfish in Elliston and feast on freshly-caught whiting, abalone and blue swimmer crabs in Streaky Bay and Ceduna. Along the way, swim and surf from long white beaches, stay in sleepy seaside towns and walk rugged sea cliffs and discover diving hot-spots.

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Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is home to more than 80 wineries, ranging from small, family-owned operations to large estates. The region is renowned for producing Australia's finest pinot noir and sparkling wine, along with a range of other cool-climate wines. It was Victoria's first planted wine region back in 1838. The region is known for its fresh produce including freshwater salmon, trout and caviar, organically grown fruit and vegetables and handmade cheeses and preserves. Follow one of the many self-drive wine trails and fill your picnic hamper on the Yarra Valley Food Trail or at the many huge, fresh food markets.

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Tasting Australia, South Australia

Tasting Australia, South Australia

Autumn in South Australia is the perfect time for food-related indulgence. Think crisp, sunny days, a wealth of seasonal produce and vineyards cloaked in the red-gold hues of deciduous leaves. Most importantly, there’s the gourmet extravaganza of the Tasting Australia festival. This biannual festival is held over eight days in April and May. Take your pick from more than 40 events running across Adelaide and iconic wine regions such as the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills. Take a cooking class with celebrity chefs or match your food and wine at a long vineyard lunch. Visit farmers’ markets, listen to debates about the future of food or join a festival of the senses on Adelaide’s riverbanks.

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Margaret River

Margaret River

With many world-class wineries and award-winning restaurants, Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous food and wine regions. Tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. Here you can eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles. Visit the farmer's markets and try the artisan cheeses. Indulge in local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. When you've finished your culinary journey, take time to explore Western Australia's Great South West. In a few hours you can go from wineries to stunning beaches with world-class surf breaks, snorkelling and diving or walk amongst ancient forests and caves.

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Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Central Market

Soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Adelaide Central Market, a much loved attraction in the heart of the city. . Growers from across the state come here to sell a mouth-watering array of ingredients, from oysters to olive oils to cheeses. These stallholders fuel Adelaide's kitchens as well as its friendships and daily rituals. Load your basket alongside local foodies and chefs or join a tour for an intimate, behind-the-stalls look at life in South Australia's gourmet headquarters.

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Swan Valley

Swan Valley

Just north of Perth on the Swan River, lies the Swan Valley, Western Australia's oldest wine region. Handpick a bottle or two from one of the Swan Valley's state-of-the-art boutique wineries. Follow the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail and indulge your appetite in fine restaurants, relaxed winery cafes, breweries and distilleries, and roadside stalls selling fresh local produce. Dine alfresco in vineyard restaurants or pack a picnic and head to a national park. Cycle the historic Swan Valley Heritage Trail or explore the region in a romantic horse-drawn carriage, chauffeured limousine or a gourmet cruise on the Swan River.

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Mayfield Vineyard, Orange NSW. © Evolving Images & Destination NSW
Orange

Orange

Slow down and savour the good life in Orange, which sits at the foot of an extinct volcano, four hour's drive west of Sydney. Visit the cool-climate wineries and acclaimed restaurants. Sample the region's delectable food and wine at the Orange F.O.O.D Week in April or later in the year at the Orange Winefest in October. Wander through the Orange Botanical Gardens, walk the City Heritage Trail or enjoy the view over the city from Mt Canobolas, an ancient volcanic peak. Just beyond Orange lies one of Australia's first gold-mines, the limestone caves of Borenore Karst Conservation Reserve and charming historic villages.

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Clare Valley

Clare Valley

The Clare Valley is one of Australia's oldest wine regions. It is best known for its Riesling wine, and is often called the home of Australian Riesling. Its Mediterranean-style climate is ideal for the production of quality Riesling, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Merlot grapes. The Clare Valley has more than 40 wineries, most of which are small and located along a 40 kilometre corridor between the towns of Auburn and Clare. Walk or cycle the Riesling Trail which connects many of the region's major attractions and cellar doors, or travel in style and explore the region by limousine.

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Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

South Australia's Barossa Valley is one of Australia's oldest and the world's finest wine producing regions. First settled in 1842 by European immigrants, it still retains its old-world charm. There are around 150 wineries and cellar doors in the Barossa Valley. The Barossa Valley is also renowned for its fresh seasonal produce, artisan food producers and award-winning restaurants. Drive the Barossa's food and wine trails or explore the countryside by bicycle. You can also tour the region by motorbike, vintage car, hot air balloon or helicopter. Unwind in a day spa or play golf on one of the championship courses.

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McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale boasts around 65 wineries, mostly boutique-sized. About 270 independent grape growers can also be found here. Visit weekend farmer's markets and pack your picnic hamper with fresh bread, cheese, olives and fruit or linger over lunch in a picturesque vineyard restaurant. Walk, cycle or horse ride along the Shiraz Trail, which follows an old railway line from McLaren Vale to Willunga. Then soak up the region's artistic culture on one of the many driving and walking trails.

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Poacher's Way

Poacher's Way

Take this leisurely drive to some of the 140 vineyards and 33 wineries dotting the countryside just outside Canberra. Team fine wine and food at the cool-climate wineries in Hall and Murrumbateman and buy handmade art, glassware and pottery from galleries in the Yass Valley. Go caving in the Wee Jasper Valley or fish from Lake Burrinjuck or Goodradigbee River. Fine dine in Gunning or the 19th century village of Gundaroo, where villagers still graze cattle on the town common. At the end of the day, rest your head in a boutique bed and breakfast, historic homestead or a luxurious country retreat. Soak up fine food and wine, local art and craft and stunning scenery on this classic country drive from Canberra.

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