Australians know how to celebrate around food and wine, particularly as we are blessed with some of the finest produce in the world. Throughout the year, there are food and wine events held in cities and towns across Australia — some are more low key than others, but all capture the spirit of indulgence in good things food and wine. In fact, there are so many events that it's almost impossible to list them individually here, so I am showcasing a few for your information. We have events such as Tasting Australia in Adelaide, for instance. There's also the New South Wales food and wine festival held across NSW and the ACT. In Western Australia, Perth hosts the Good Food and Wine Show. The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival is a highlight of the Queensland calendar. Food and wine enthusiasts look forward to the annual Taste of Tasmania. And the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is just one of close to 100 or more events held in Victoria. In Canberra, there's a Truffle Festival, the Summerside Festival; the Fireside Festival; and Wine, Roses and all that Jazz festival, among others. There's an Oyster Festival, a Potato Festival, Orange FOOD week, and even a Seafood FEASTival on Kangaroo Island. For more information, visit the Tourism Australia web site.
Tickets are now on sale for the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival which will be held from May 15 -18 20144. The founder and director of the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival, Jim Berardo, is thrilled to announce the most exciting and comprehensive Festival line-up to date as this world-class festival continues into its eleventh year. Over 250 invited chefs, producers, winemakers, entertainers and media will descend on Noosa and its iconic surroundings to join foodies from all over the world to party and celebrate the good things in life. Set against the sparkling backdrop of Noosa, (recently awarded Australia’s Best Summer Holiday Destination), the 2014 Festival is presented by Westpac for the second consecutive year. The Festival will host some of Australia and the World’s best chefs including Franck-Elie Laloum (Shanghai), Alvin Leung (Hong Kong), Bruno Loubet (London), Neil Perry AM (Sydney), Julien Royer (Singapore), David Thompson (Bangkok) as well as Shane Delia, Guy Grossi, Peter Kuruvita, Andrew McConnell, Brent Savage, Ryan Squires and many others under direction of the Festival’s new Executive Chef Timothy Montgomery. For more information and a full program, visit the web site.
The dates for the 2014 Orange F.O.O.D Week have been announced with the annual food and wine festival running from Friday, 4 April through to Sunday, 13 April 2014. Now in its 23rd year, Orange F.O.O.D Week will once again bring together the best of the Orange region, with producers, growers, winemakers and chefs combining to provide guests and visitors an intimate and engaging experience of the region. Orange F.O.O.D Week brings to the fore the people that produce the food that reaches our tables. From farming families to innovative food entrepreneurs, visitors can meet the people and learn what it takes to produce the region’s food, or simply relax and let the food and wine come to them. Interested visitors can register online to receive the program upon its release.
Cake Bake and Sweets Show is Australia's biggest event dedicated to the world of baking; from cakes, pastries and chocolate to breads, savouries and other delicious temptations. It's the destination for MAKING, TASTING and BUYING everything baking and cake decorating. See your favourite celebrity chefs, bakers and cake artists in action including Dan Lepard, Adriano Zumbo, The Caketress, Nick & Rocco, Zoe Clark, Raewyn Read, and more. The show will be held at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on 21-23 March. Tickets can now be pre purchased online from $18. For more information on the event visit the web site.
Get ready for this year's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which will be held from 28 February to 16 March 2014 and will celebrate all things water. Some of the best chefs and winemakers in the world will explore the bounty of lakes, ponds and waterways and take brave leaps into the depths of our oceans. According to organisers, the subject of water is as big as the ocean itself so 'across 17 days the festival will ride each wave, enjoy each story and embrace this precious resource. For more information and a full program of events, visit the web site.
A rustic picnic under the stars will be enjoyed by all in attendance at Lorne’s Twilight Picnic by the pond at Qdos Arts on Saturday, 15 March 2014. A Melbourne Food & Wine Festival regional event, the outdoor bush picnic will feature rustic picnic boxes of local delights, a gypsy-inspired musical duo and special ‘after-dark torch tour’ of Lorne Sculpture Biennale along the Lorne foreshore; a true feast of all Lorne has to offer this autumn. Prepared by local artisan caterers, Cater & Co (pictured) picnic boxes will include locally sourced and prepared produce. Lorne’s Twilight Picnic provides a great opportunity to visit Lorne and enjoy the exciting line-up of Australian artists involved the iconic Lorne Sculpture Biennale. To get your space on the grass, book now.
Picture yourself stretching out on a picnic rug on Australia Day, taking in the sweeping veiws of the vines, ranges and hills in Delatite’s vineyard in Mansfield Victoria. For more information and bookings, visit the web site.
The Cellar Door Wine Festival in Adelaide brings food and wine together under one roof so visitors are able to sample the best of the best. On 14-16 February, more than 150 South Australian wineries will offer tastings of thousands of wines. Marion Grasby will guest chef at the Festival with a series of Master Classes with selected wines. South Australian cheese will also be a key feature of the Festival with a special cheese being created for the event by The Smelly Cheese Shop, as well as a Fancy Pants Cheese and Wine Master Class. There will also be a Farmer’s Market, Meet the Maker demonstrations by local producers and a TAFESA interactive tasting area. For more information on what’s on offer at the 2014 Cellar Door Wine Festival visit the web site.
Dinner amidst the vines is something that most people don’t get a chance to enjoy. The ‘Tunnel of Lowe’ at the Lowe Winery in Mudgee, will be held on 8 February and offers guests a wonderful food and wine escapade under a tunnel of vines. The produce for the banquet will be sourced from around the region. For further information visit the web site.