Australia is renowned for its fine fresh gourmet produce and wines of world-acclaim. Almost every city hosts a major food and wine festival every year. Visit during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival to taste the flavour of autumn; or the Great Barrier Feast for Australia’s fresh seafood. Dig for truffles in Western Australia or Canberra. Enjoy vineyard concerts in the Margaret River. Toast the New Year with Tasmania’s finest sparkling wine in Hobart or the country’s entire rich harvest during Aussie Wine Month. All throughout Australia’s regions you’ll find mouth-watering festivals to indulge in, accompanied by fun and entertainment.
Cellar Door Wine Festival
Adelaide, South Australia
Explore 12 iconic South Australian wine regions and enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 150 wineries in one convenient location at Adelaide’s annual Cellar Door Wine Festival. Thousands of wines are showcased at the event, from internationally renowned brands through to niche boutique producers presenting their newest and finest selections. Sample wines from some of South Australia’s internationally acclaimed wine regions such as the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale and the Limestone Coast. Join wine-tasting master classes with the experts and indulge in a range of local specialty produce at the regional Farmer’s Market.
Tasmania is renowned for its world-class cool climate wines, beers and fresh produce. The annual Festivale in February offers an opportunity to taste and experience the best the State has to offer. Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park lends a unique ambiance to this outdoor event. Festivale is one of Tasmania's premier events, attracting around 40,000 people each year. More than 65 stalls offer visitors the opportunity to taste and savour highly renowned Tasmanian gourmet food and wine amongst the colour and fun of family entertainment, dance, music and street theatre provided by local and interstate artists.
Melbourne and regional Victoria
Food and wine lovers in their thousands each year indulge in a world-class program of more than 300 events that for 20 days in March fill Melbourne’s network of restaurants, laneways, basements and rooftop venues across the city and regional Victoria. It is the perfect time to enjoy fresh seasonal produce, bustling food markets, innovative chefs and their award-winning restaurants, expert winemakers and warm hospitality. The festival's prestigious reputation attracts the world's biggest culinary and wine personalities. The program also showcases Victoria's own celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, sommeliers, producers and artisans.
Regional South Australia
March – April
Each April, the Flinders Ranges and Outback provides a stunning backdrop for four days of food-related festivities during Tastes of the Outback. Showcasing the best of South Australia – from Jamestown in the south to Innamincka in the north, Tastes of the Outback provides visitors with the opportunity to indulge in some of South Australia’s renowned regional food and wine, matched with world-class entertainment. Ride a camel to an exclusive candlelit dinner or watch movies and take cooking classes under the stars. A highlight is the Aussie Tea Cookout, a camp oven dinner in the surroundings of the magnificent Flinders Ranges.
Aussie Wine Month, organised by Wine Australia, is a medley of around 100 events, tastings, promotions and celebrations across the country showcasing Australia’s reputation for producing some of the world’s best wines. The event brings the wine community together to promote the quality, diversity and value of Australian wine and to promote Australia’s internationally renowned wine growing regions. Aussie Wine Month presents a great opportunity to sample Australia’s best, be it a Tasmanian Pinot Noir, Hunter Valley Semillon, Margaret River Cabernet, Yarra Valley Chardonnay or Barossa Shiraz, or another variety from more than 60 designated wine regions.
Kangaroo Island Seafood Feastival
Kangaroo Island, South Australia
The Kangaroo Island Seafood ‘Feast-ival’ is a celebration of fine seafood and Kangaroo Island’s famous local gourmet produce. Nine separate dining events are held over six days at a number of idyllic seaside settings around the island. The range of events includes degustation dining events, campfire cooking and seafood barbeques by the sea. There are also master class demonstrations and exclusive dinners with celebrity chefs. Each event provides a unique opportunity to enjoy Kangaroo Island’s unique island lifestyle, meet the producers, and taste the organically-grown produce, fresh seafood, meats, cheeses and wines for which the region is renowned.
Orange, New South Wales
Each April, the regional centre of Orange in New South Wales plays host to 10 days of divine fresh food and at the Orange F.O.O.D Week. Less than four hours from Sydney, visitors can savour the region’s famous fresh flavours and meet the people who create them at more than 60 events. Have breakfast in the vineyards, wander the apple orchards or take a cooking class in one of the acclaimed local restaurants. Attend a degustation dinner or a masquerade party. When the official events finish make sure to venture further and explore the area’s internationally renowned cool-climate wineries.
Adelaide, South Australia
The biannual Tasting Australia festival is an internationally successful food and wine festival held over eight days in April and May. The program of events includes hands-on cooking classes, celebrity cooking demonstrations with local chefs and international culinary celebrities. Indulge in a long lunch in the vineyards or a degustation dinner prepared by different chefs. Visit farmers’ markets and join the celebrations along Adelaide’s picturesque riverbanks. Wine is also a focus of the festival, with wine regions such as the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills offering tastings, wine auctions and food and wine master classes.
Noosa Food & Wine Festival
Based in Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is one of Australia’s premier food and wine events. The festival features a line-up of more than 200 leading international and national chefs, iconic winemakers, high profile food and wine media, restaurateurs and serious food lovers, who converge on the seaside setting of Noosa to taste, talk, debate, dine and indulge over four days. The festival features an exciting combination of events including long lunches, wine tasting, food trail adventures, concerts, degustation menus, guest chef dinners, produce markets and cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs.
Darwin, Northern Territory
May - October
Every Thursday and Sunday evening at sunset from May to October, the Darwin beachfront comes alive at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. The market features a multitude of stalls with local arts, crafts and entertainment, as well as stalls cooking cuisine from around the world. The eclectic range of merchants includes masseurs, tarot readers, leatherworkers, indigenous artists, tailors and jewellers. Entertainment is provided by free live street theatre, magicians and an array of local and international buskers. After browsing the stalls, enjoy a picnic dinner on the beach and watch the spectacular tropical sun set into the ocean.
For 14 delicious days in July Brisbane’s ‘delectable’ festival showcases Queensland’s finest produce, growers, chefs, gardeners, entertainers and musicians. A star attraction of delectable is the FOOD Series, which showcases local and national chefs in a wide program of events, from cooking demonstrations to talks on the latest food trends. The GROW Series sees the South Bank Cultural Forecourt transformed into an urban garden, with Brisbane's best restaurants serving up unforgettable flavours. The concurrent SOUND Series presents nine days of musical and cultural performances on a purpose-built stage. Many events make use of Brisbane’s green outdoor spaces and botanic gardens.
Canberra Truffle Festival
Canberra and regions, Australian Capital Territory
Winter in Australia marks the start of truffle season in the Canberra region, one of Australia’s key truffle growing areas. Truffle growers, chefs, restaurants and food lovers from far and wide gather to celebrate the truffle season and the region’s highly prized French Black Truffles at the Canberra & Capital Region Truffle Festival. The festival includes truffle hunts, master classes and cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs, truffle inspired menus and tasting sessions at some of the region’s best restaurants and wineries. There is also the opportunity to participate in educational truffle growing experiences and talks on Australian native truffles.
Mundaring Truffle Festival
Mundaring, Western Australia
The Mundaring Truffle Festival celebrates the prized French black truffle, grown in Western Australia and produced here in larger quantities than anywhere else in the Southern Hemisphere. The festival runs at the height of the West Australian truffle-growing season. The star of the show is the Oak Valley truffle which features prominently in tastings, demonstrations, themed long table lunches and truffle master classes. There are also gourmet produce markets, children’s food activities, food for thought information sessions, truffle dog demonstrations, and a wine show. This entertaining gourmet weekend is set in picturesque Mundaring, just 45 minutes from the Perth CBD.
Hamilton Island, Queensland
Hamilton Island’s highly successful Great Barrier Feast includes a series of separate haute cuisine weekends at the luxury resort qualia. Held at various times throughout the year, they offer guests the exclusive opportunity to immerse themselves in an intimate ‘behind the scenes’ gourmet experience and learn directly from a world-class chef in a world-class setting. These gourmet weekends begin with a welcome dinner designed by qualia’s executive chef, paired with fine wines. Guests can join cooking master classes. A showpiece dinner allows guests to watch a world-renowned chef prepare culinary delights step-by-step via a live camera link-up from the kitchen.
Crave Sydney Food Festival
Sydney, New South Wales
Sydney comes alive with hundreds of culinary experiences to explore during the annual Crave Sydney International Food Festival. Crave Sydney is a month-long celebration of the city’s food scene, as well as premium local produce from regional New South Wales. Throughout October, food lovers will be able to explore Sydney’s small bars and vibrant food precincts; attend large scale food events, and dinners cooked by some of the world’s leading chefs. Sydney shows off the Aussie tradition with barbecues across the city and a sunrise breakfast on Bondi Beach. Hyde Park is transformed with Asian food stalls and live entertainment.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Margaret River, Western Australia
Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a four day food and wine event which has attracted the world’s best chefs, culinary and wine critics and celebrities. Over four days, master classes, tastings from world-class vineyards, pop-up restaurants, cooking demonstrations, wine theatre, wine matching programs and live music are staged against the backdrop of the stunning beach location. Local restaurants complement several designated wine routes throughout the region. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape offers the opportunity to spend a few days with international chefs in one of Australia’s most internationally-acclaimed culinary and wine regions.
Visitors can welcome the New Year at The Taste Festival, the premier event showcasing Tasmanian food and wine on the Hobart waterfront held over the New Year period each year. Tasmanian specialities such as fresh seafood, Bruny Island cheese and Bicheno berries are just some of the delights on offer. It is an opportunity to sample the State’s renowned cool-climate wines, peat-distilled malt whiskies and boutique beers. The festival also showcases a range of international cuisines prepared with fresh Tasmanian ingredients. The Taste Festival coincides with the finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, adding to the festivities.