Just because it's cold, doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do this Winter! We have rounded up a number of big Winter events that will have you so busy that Spring will be here in no time.
St Kilda Winter Foodie Competition (July 1 – 31)
The ultimate competition for any Melbourne foodie or interstate foodie traveller will see some of St Kilda’s top restaurants battle it out to be crowned St Kilda’s Winter Culinary Champion.
To get involved, simply vote for your favourite dish on Facebook and you will go into the draw to win a dining experience at your voted St Kilda restaurant.
Winter Reds Weekend, Adelaide (July 29 – 31)
With more than 30 wineries offering events day and night this July, it’s time to warm your Winter soul by a crackling log fire place with a glass of red at Adelaide Hills’ Winter Reds Weekend. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend, so be sure to check out their website for more details.
The Truffle Festival, Canberra Region (June to August 2016)
Seasonally inspired by the black truffle harvest, the Truffle Festival operates as a promotional umbrella for truffle events hosted by a variety of different venues. Not only does the festival represent restaurants, there are also a number of events highlighting truffle growers, accommodation providers, wineries and cooking schools in the region. It’s Winter food culture at its best. For more information, check out their website.
Sculpture at Barangaroo, Sydney (August 6 – 21)
The event is presented in partnership with Sculpture by the Sea, which has been delighting Sydney with its outdoor exhibitions along the Bondi coastal walk for almost 20 years. The outdoor exhibition is free to all and will showcase 12 outdoor artworks by a stellar line-up of 15 Australian artists. Check out the line-up here.
Taste Port Douglas Food and Wine Festival (August 12 - 14)
Taste Port Douglas is Far North Queensland's annual premier food, beverage and restaurant event. A deliciously packed weekend of local produce and producers, celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, food stalls and more, the aim of Taste Port Douglas is to champion these industry trailblazers to a national and ultimately international stage, against the glorious backdrop of tropical paradise. Experience the North’s Winter food culture here.
Mudgee Wine & Food Festival, Balmoral Beach (August 14)
Balmoral Beach will again transform into Sydney’s much loved pop-up wine destination for the 26th annual Mudgee Wine & Food Festival. Spanning the entire foreshore of Balmoral Beach, locals will have the opportunity to chat with producers from some of the best regional NSW wine and food. To plan out your day, check out their website.
Sydney Italian + Wine Festival (August 21)
Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof with the fourth Sydney edition of the Italian Wine + Food Festival. Meet chefs Giovanni Pilu (Pilu at Freshwater), Federico Zanellato (LuMi), Nino Zoccali (Pendolino), Stefano Manfredi and Gabriele Taddeucci (Balla), and expect food from Otto, Popolo, Aperitivo, Mantecato, Capriccio, Osteria di Russo & Russo and Salts Meats Cheese.
Taste 200 of Italy’s finest wines (including Italian-centric Aussie wines), meet winemakers, importers and sommeliers. Wine masterclasses are hosted by renowned journalist Mike Bennie, sommelier Matt Dunne (Aria restaurant) will be hosting Plumm Italian Wine Workshops and be sure to take a Sommelier Tour with one of Sydney’s finest. See their website to book your tickets.
Barossa Gourmet Weekend (September 2-4)
With over 40 events, the Barossa Gourmet Weekend is a complete immersion of food and wine against the scenic backdrop of the beautiful Barossa. There’s three ways to immerse yourself, whether via gourmet discovery, trail or shuttle, just let your palate be the guide. Plan your Gourmet here.
Images from The Truffle Festival website and Mudgee Wine Region facebook.