Food & Drink

Add This Epic 11-Day Foodie Festival To Your South West Agenda

By Jess Willemse
7th Mar 2022

Foodies assemble, we’ve uncovered the perfect road trip to tickle your tastebuds. Taste Great Southern is back, dishing up a decadent array of culinary treats from Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 15. 

This 11-day foodie wonderland explores all things delicious about WA’s food scene. Your journey will traverse quaint towns like Mount Barker, Albany and Denmark, with plenty of worthwhile pit-stops along the way. 

Slinging more than 30 culinary adventures backed by some of Australia’s best chefs, you’re frankly spoiled for choice. From cosy cellar doors to dreamy long lunches and bustling markets, here’s what to feast on at this foodie festival.  

Jazz At The Cellar Door

Mount Barker | Saturday, May 7 

Plantagenet Wines and Perth International Jazz Festival are teaming up to bring you this one-of-a-kind event. Delivering simply the best, expect a rustic venue, tasty tapas, local artists and Plantagenet’s very own wine. Throw on your glam get-up and indulge in a dreamy evening of booze, mood lighting and soulful tunes. Things kick off with quintet and quartet groups, followed by Brass Party’s energetic take on sounds from the ’90s and noughties. We’ll catch you and your dancing shoes there. 

Pick up your tickets to Jazz At the Cellar Door here

In The Raw 

Albany | Sunday, May 8

There are few things better than devouring oysters and wine. The team at Leeuwin Coast know what’s up because they’re delivering just this, plus an even better pairing; food by Melissa Palinkas and wines by Larry Cherubino. Upon entry, you’ll be greeted with a freshly shucked oyster and a glass of the good stuff. Follow this with a trio of seafood dishes, an indulgent dessert and a spectacular coastal view.  

Pick up your tickets to In The Raw here.

The Great Southern Wine Journey 

Albany | Monday, May 9 

If it wasn’t obvious already, the Great Southern knows a thing or two about wine. In fact, it’s home to five top-notch wine subregions; Albany, Denmark, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. Taste your way around local vineyards without even having to lift a finger, thanks to this masterclass at the Hilton Garden Inn. From Riesling and Shiraz, you’ll be well looked after with bubbles, canapes, and five tastings of each wine varietal. 

Pick up your tickets to The Great Southern Wine Journey here

Waste Great Southern 

Albany | Friday, May 13

Just when you think dining couldn’t get any more experimental, some of WA’s culinary heavy hitters are here to show you otherwise. Waste Great Southern is turning the idea of tasty on its head, transforming the best local food waste into a truly mouth-watering moment. WA faves Melissa Palinkas, Guy Jeffreys and Amy Hamilton head up this event, crafting a shared supper you won’t forget. Plus, you score a cocktail on arrival—how good. 

Pick up your tickets to Waste Great Southern here

Albany Food And Wine Festival 

Albany | Saturday, May 14 

Albany Food and Wine Festival is the one-stop shop for all things flavourful across the Great Southern. Expect more than 35 drool-worthy vendors at the ready. We hear there will be a mega 100+ wines on offer, as well as a selection of moreish tapas and local live music. Wine lovers should make time for the sessions with award-winning Sommelier Foni Pollitt. Meanwhile, add a little luxury to your day by scoring entry to the Southern Lounge, where a complimentary private bar awaits.

Pick up your tickets to Albany Food And Wine Festival here

Long Table Degustation Dinner

Albany | Thursday, May 22

Head to Hybla Tavern for a curated degustation we guarantee will delight every single taste bud. At the centre of this event is a line-up of premium drops from Rockcliffe winery over in Denmark. While you dig into the elegant dishes, Dr Stephen Hall will take you through the history, flavours and profiles of these award-winning sips. The menu boasts Akoya oysters, local beef carpaccio and even a truffle macaron. Early release tickets went like hotcakes, so keep your eyes peeled for the next release in March. 

Pick up your tickets to Long Table Degustation Dinner here

Fleur And Wilson 

Albany | Saturday, May 7 

There’s nothing better than kicking back with a craft brew in hand and a smorgasbord of eats ready and waiting. Wilson Brewing Company is delivering just this with an appearance from Perth foodie legend Shane Middleton. Settle in for some three-course grub and while away the afternoon to the backdrop of chill vibes and a live band. 

Pick up your tickets to Fleur And Wilson here

Already drooling? We don’t blame you. Make good on your cravings and book in a trip to Taste Great Southern from Thursday, May 5 to Sunday, May 15. Get the low-down on the full line-up here

Image credit: supplied. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Taste Great Southern and proudly endorsed by Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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