What’s on

JUNE

1 May–30 June
Hunter Valley Food & Wine Festival
This regional festival continues throughout June—experience vertical wine tastings, vineyard tours, cooking experiences from the Garden To Plate Cooking School, a Semillon, Shiraz and Cheese Matching Experience and the By The Fireside Winemakers Series.
www.winecountry.com.au

 1 June–31 August
Canberra and Capital Region Truffle Festival
The magic of the mysterious truffle is the hero of this festival in the Canberra region which hosts hundreds of events highlighting the unique flavours and aromas of truffles with cooking classes, chef demonstrations, farmers market, lunches, dinners and a truffle hunt.
http://trufflefestival.com.au

Melbourne 2–4 June
Sydney 23–25 June
Perth 14–16 July
Good Food & Wine Show
Enjoy a fun day out discovering new foods, new wines and the latest food products. With hundreds of local and international exhibitors, your new favourite food and drinks are only a sample away. This year there are loads of new features and classes, and an action packed celebrity chef line-up.
www.goodfoodshow.com.au

Saturday 3 June
Relish Fraser Coast
Maryborough Victoria’s heritage streetscape and riverside parks create a relaxing backdrop for this celebration of local wine and food. It includes live cooking demonstrations, a ride on an historic steam engine filled with treats and food-matching sessions in the Bond Store cellars among the 1860 rum barrels.
www.relishfrasercoast.com.au

 3–5 June
Cake Bake and Sweet Show
If you have a passion for baking, cake decorating, or just love cakes, breads and other delicious temptations, then this is the place for you. This three-day live event is devoted to the world of baking and the art of cake decorating, packed with celebrity demos, classes, and interactive workshops.
www.cakebakeandsweets.com

 10–11 June
Rutherglen Winery Walkabout
Billed as one of the biggest wine festivals in the country, there are wine tastings, live music and entertainment including markets, food vans, masterclasses, buffet breakfasts, dinners and VIP tastings at more than 17 wineries.
www.winemakers.com.au

10–12 June
McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this is the food and wine mecca with a beach lifestyle celebrates the culinary and winemaking traditions of SA with long lunches, cooking demos, wine-tour themed events to fun activities for the family and more.
www.seaandvines.com.au

10–12 June
Shoalhaven Coast Winter Wine Festival
The Shoalhaven Coast wine trail meanders through green valleys and overlooks some of the country’s most pristine beaches. Over this weekend the winemakers of the region open their cellar doors for an extravaganza of wine tasting, fine food and entertainment.
www.shoalhavencoastwine.com.au

10–12 June
Trails, Tastings and Tales Food and Wine Festival
Explore, discover and enjoy regional wines, live music and rustic, warming food from this Victorian country region. Events include wine appreciation and educational sessions with winemakers, muscat blending workshops, handcrafted beer from the region’s new micro brewery and art exhibitions.
www.visitglenrowan.com.au

10–12 June
UnWINEd Riverina
The family owned wineries of the Riverina invite you to come and celebrate what the region has to offer with delicious wines and cuisine, live music, tastings and plenty of other events. If you’re a lover of red wines, there are many new varieties to discover too.
http://unwined-riverina.com/home.html

10–12 June
Winter Wine Weekend

Immerse yourself in the wines of the Mornington Peninsula which will be on show in grand style this weekend. Try more than 200 premium wines from 47 wineries under one roof, then tour the wineries and take part in wine and food matching, blend your own sparkling, or chat with the maker,
www.mpva.com.au

Sunday 18 June
Winter Winery Wander
Experience the best food and wines that a cool climate has to offer when the back roads of Bathurst play host to entertainment, wine and spirit tastings and chef meet-and-greets, on a bus tour of the region’s wineries and a distillery.
http://bathurstregion.com.au/calendar_events/winter-winery-wander/

23­–25 June
Truffle Kerfuffle
Uncover an amazing festival weekend of food and wine in the heart of Australian truffle country at Manjimup in WA. The opening party with live music, firelight, beautiful wine, local cider and beer and plenty of truffles is hosted by Paul West from TV’s River Cottage Australia.
www.trufflekerfuffle.com.au

24 June­–2 July
Eat Local Week
This week celebrates the food, farmers and natural beauty of SE Queensland’s Scenic Rim. Celebrate the food, farmers and natural beauty of the region through a program of festivals, farm gate events, cooking classes and other culinary experiences.
www.eatlocalweek.com.au

25 June Melbourne
27 August Sydney
Italian Wine and Food Festival
This festival celebrates and promotes Italian wine and food culture in Australia. It captures the spirit of Italy’s rich gastronomic culture and the diversity of its many regions. Explore Italian wine areas, taste food, coffee and beer, plus feast on authentic Italian pizza, pasta and snacks.
www.italianwinefoodfestival.com.au

JULY

30 June–2 July
Ballina Fine Food and Wine Festival
This year’s festival features three events over the three days showcasing a fusion of the best produce, products, restaurants and culinary expertise this northern NSW region has to offer. Proceeds are donated to worthy causes both local and international.
www.ballinafinewineandfoodfestival.com.au

1–31 July
Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers
Coonawarra vignerons unearth rare wines from their cellars this month giving visitors an opportunity to taste and buy wines that are not available for tasting. Join one of the many dinners and degustation events before a crackling fireplace in this SA region famous for its red wines.
www.coonawarra.org

Saturday 1 July
The Sawtell Chilli Festival
Warm up during winter at this regional showcase of chilli cuisine. If your spicy foods novice through to the fussiest chilli connoisseur, there is a diversity of chilli food to try, take home a variety of chilli products or take home rare chilli seeds and plants to grow your own.
www.sawtellchillifestival.com.au

 Saturday 8–9 July
Brisbane Barbecue Festival
Indulge in a range of authentic and delicious BBQ dishes from around the world, learn trade secrets from some of the nation’s best pit masters, butchers and producers and watch some of Australia’s foremost BBQ teams as they compete for the rights to the 2017 Brisbane BBQ Championships.
www.brisbanebbqfestival.com

 8–18 July
Bundaberg Region Winterfeast
This Queensland regional festival kicks off with the Winterfeast Farmers Market and experience firsthand the vast range of fresh local produce that the region has to offer along with an array of food demonstrations and entertainment, or relax at the Farm Flavours Picnic with family and friends.
http://bundabergregionevents.com.au

14–23 July
Taste of Kingscliff and Tweed Coast
This series of food experiences is set amidst pristine seaside destinations. This year’s program of events includes walk, cycle, river and food tours and talks, chef demonstrations and signature dishes, a fashion and food show, cooking classes and feature dinner events.
www.kingscliffevents.com.au

15–16 July
Regional Flavours
Brisbane’s food and wine festival features the sunshine state on a plate. It features free entertainment from celebrity chefs and industry experts, delicious food, beer and wine, live music, kid’s activities and the Regional Flavours Marketplace offering more than 80 stalls with gourmet fare from across Queensland
www.regionalflavours.com.au

16–17 June Melbourne
24 June Hobart
4–5 August Adelaide
25–26 August Brisbane
Whisky Live Australia
Cultivate your whisky passion whether you’re a connoisseur, a casual indulger or just interested in learning more, this event, held in various cities across Australia, offers a wide array of old and new whiskies to explore, opportunities to meet the makers and gourmet food.
www.whiskylive.com.au

21–23 July Brisbane
25–27 August Newcastle
Food and Wine Expo
Enjoy three days of gourmet food, wine and celebrity chefs. The show entry fee gives you access to free tastings, food and wine exhibitors, celebrity chef demonstrations and appreciation classes. Other events include the Celebrity Dining Room, Cheese Lavosh & Wine Masterclass
www.foodandwineexpo.com.au

Saturday 29 July
Bankstown Bites
Guided food tours, cooking demonstrations and a diversity of food stalls explore the world of exotic and tasty culinary treats that the cultural diversity of Bankstown offers. Enjoy the aromas of spices and smallgoods, and be tempeted bySydney’s finest Lebanese sweets with food for the mind and soul.
www.bankstownbites.com.au

 AUGUST

Saturday 5 August
Cowra Wine Show Public Tasting
Test your wine tasting skills against expert judges and sample some of the best wines from Australia’s top wine growing regions at Australia’s largest wine show. If you’re a wine lover, wine buff or simply want to know more, this is a great opportunity to sample the medal-winning wines.
http://cowratourism.com.au/Events

 11–13 August
Taste Port Douglas
Celebrate the food culture and lifestyle of tropical north Queensland and experience the best of the region’s produce, farmers and restaurants with events including celebrity chef hosted dinners, the festival village of foodie activity, demos and masterclasses, cocktail parties and lunches.
www.tasteportdouglas.com

Saturday 12 August
Taste of the Blackwood
WA’s Blackwood Valley celebrates the region’s fine food culture and award-winning wines. Meander around market stalls showcasing the quality and diversity of local products, indulge in free tastings, talk to local producers and experience their enthusiasm for their produce.
www.tasteoftheblackwood.com.au

Sunday 13 August
Hervey Bay Seafood Festival
From Sandy Straits Whiting, Chemoula King Prawns to Seafood Paella, tour the stalls run by the fishermen and women who catch your seafood fresh. For more formal dining there’s the sit down Tastes of the Bay long lunch or visit the fishermans kitchen seafood cookery marquee.
www.herveybayseafoodfestival.com.au

Sunday 27 August
Festa delle Salsicce
Join together to eat, drink, chat and enjoy traditional folk music over a long lunch to celebrate the end of the salami-making season at this Festival of the Sausage at Griffith in NSW’s Murrumbidgee region. Enjoy traditional homemade Italian cuisine, local wines, entertainment and lots of salami.
www.griffith.nsw.gov.au