If you love a reason to eat delicious food and drink wine on your travels, then Australia is certainly serving up a tasty range of food festivals for you this spring.
Whether you’re into fine dining, wine tasting or just snacking, there’s definitely a festival to fit your tastes.
The best part is you can combine you love of food and wine with your love of travel, taking in the sights of some of Australia’s most scenic destinations.
Who doesn’t love to just kick back with a glass of wine or a cold beer and check out the scenery?
Here are four great Australian food festivals you can’t miss this spring!
1. Broome Mango Festival
From November 23 to 27, the town of Broome comes alive for the annual Broome Mango Festival. The event supports the Lions Club of Broome. So, what can you expect? Well, there’s a range of events including cocktail demonstrations, demonstrations on cooking with mangoes and the Broome White Ribbon Day Gala. And yes, there’s plenty of opportunities to buy, taste, eat and drink mangoes!
2. Margaret River Gourmet Escape Festival
If you’re planning a trip to Western Australia and love wine and food, then there’s no better place to go than the Margaret River. And, that’s no better time for you to visit the Margaret River than during the Gourmet Escape Festival. From November 18 to 20, the wineries, cafes and restaurants of the Margaret River spring to life in a three day feast that’s sure to tantalise your tastebuds. There are more than 40 individual events in the program for you to enjoy at this year’s festival including the popular Gourmet Village, Audi Gourmet Beach BBQ and Feast in the Forest. If you’re a follower of high-profile foodies and chefs then you’ll love the star-studded line up of the festival – including Andrew McConnell, Magdalena Roze and Rebecca Sullivan.
3. Wines of the King Valley La Dolce Vita Festival
If you love wine, then the Wines of the King Valley La Dolce Vita Festival is a perfect opportunity for you to drink, eat and unwind. Held across 11 different wineries in Victoria’s King Valley on November 19 and 20, the La Dolce Vita Festival includes winery tours, winemaker demonstrations, live music and entertainment, markets and long degustation dinners. Browns Brothers winery holds their own festival in conjunction with La Dolce Vita – the Spring Wine and Food Festival. Some of the events you can enjoy at Browns Brothers includes a dinner with indigenous chef Clayton Donovan and Winemaker’s Lunch.
4. Good Fine and Wine Show
If you’re a foodie in Queensland or planning a trip to Queensland in the next week, you won’t want to miss the Good Food and Wine Show in Brisbane. From October 28 to 30, hundreds of chefs and food and wine producers will descend on the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to give you a taste of their work. From sampling the best Queensland wines, to cooking classes and demonstrations, there’s plenty for you to enjoy at the festival. You can catch up with some of your favourite celebrity chefs including Matt Moran and Miguel Maestre, or enjoy the tastes of more than 200 exhibitors from across Australia offering sweet, savoury, alcoholic, organic and natural food foods and drinks.