The weather is warming up which means one thing—food and wine festival time. Yep, it’s time to sit in the sunshine with your crew alllll weekend long and indulge in the good stuff. Obviously, it’s going to be one big line up, so gather all of your favourite humans and get ready. You’ve got feasting to do.
These are all of the food and wine festivals you’ll want to hit up this year.
When life gives you lemons, throw them away and pour yourself a glass of pinot instead. This mighty fine grape deserves a whole festival of its own and Pinot Palooza is bringing over 70 winemakers to celebrate all things pinot noir to one place. Yep, we’re pretty darn excited too.
When: Sunday 8 October, 11am - 6pm
Newtown Good Food Fair
Your fave inner west foodie festival is back and guys, they’ve delivered the goods yet again. Score yourself a burg’ from Mary’s, a sugary treat from Black Star Pastry and then polish it all off with a tinnie from Young Henrys. Holy Moley will even be setting up a mini putt-putt course to keep all you big kids entertained.
When: Sunday 8 October, 11am - 4pm
Where: Newtown Square
Cost: $5 entry
Hunter Valley Uncorked
Fancy a trip to the Hunter Valley minus the three-hour drive? Well lucky you because the very best of the vineyard is coming to Balmoral Beach this October and there’ll be gourmet goodies on offer.
When: Sunday 8 October, 11am - 5pm
Where: Balmoral Beach
The only thing better than a cheese festival is a FREE cheese festival. Here to make all our dreams come true is the Bon Fromage Festival with half a tonne (!!!) of cheesy gouda-ness (geddit?). For reals though, it’s completely free. What are you waiting for?
When: Saturday 14 October - Sunday 15 October
Night Noodle Markets
It’s Good Food Month which can only mean one thing—the Night Noodle Markets. Back again with an abundance of baos, dumplings and, of course, exclusive desserts from Messina, Black Star and N2 Gelato. You know what to do. Here are our top picks for this year’s festival (link to noodle market article).
When: Until 22 October
Where: Hyde Park
Cost: Free entry
Wine is always the true hero in our eyes. Need more proof? How about a three-day festival with celebrity chef masterclasses, more oysters and cheese than you could imagine, and live entertainment? We thought so.
When: Friday 27 October - Sunday 29 October
Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo
Cost: from $65
In case wine and cheese festivals aren’t quite fancy enough for you, we bring you a Canoes, Champagne & Canapés Tour in the Kangaroo Valley. You guys can cruise around Morton National Park in a double canoe with built in ice buckets for your wine, plus plenty of room for snacks. All the essentials really.
When: 27 – 29 October
Where: Southern Highlands
Stop everything, we’ve just found paradise. For three days this November, Clark Island will turn into a wine-filled oasis with over 100 Aussie wines to try as well as poké, burgers and cheese platters. This is one ferry trip you won’t want to miss.
When: Friday 10 November - Sunday 12 November
Where: Clark Island, Sydney Harbour
Cost: $99 - $399
Guys, the Park Feast food truck festival is coming back to The Hills bigger and better than ever. You’ll be treated to all your foodie faves as well as live music, rides and plenty of desserts, so put this one in your calendar ASAP.
When: Saturday 18 November - Sunday 19 November
Where: Bella Vista Farm
Cost: Free entry
What do you get when you cross sustainable food, a few of Sydney’s best sommeliers, and all of the culture? Rootstock Festival, obvs. Brought to you by the guys behind Icebergs Dining Room & Bar in Bondi, The Bucket List and Billy Kwong, this artisan food and wine festival is raising a glass to sustainable farming and growing practices. We’ll drink to that.
When: Saturday 25 November - Sunday 26 November
Cost: $55 - 95
So Frenchy So Chic
Technically this is next year, but we’re just THAT excited. Get your picnic blanket and your beret (or flower crown, you do you) ready for a whole day dedicated to bubbles and tres bien baguettes. More details will be coming soon, but for now, we think oui.
When: Saturday 20 January
Where: Bicentennial Park, Glebe
There’s nothing we love more than supporting local foodies. That’s why we already can’t wait for Taste Orange where locals will be showing off all their talented regional winemakers and growers. Get the whole crew together for this one. It’s going to be good.
When: February 2018
Where: Sydney Cellar Door, Hyde Park
P.S You’re totally invited to The Urban List’s Unleashed Women Brunch.
Image credit: Yaseera Moosa