Welcome to 2020! Congratulations for making it through the silly season and into a fresh new year. If you’re looking to celebrate, why not take a trip to one of your local wine regions? The Adelaide Hills is kickstarting the new year with its annual Crush Festival, Launceston is celebrating all things Tassie at Festivale while Queensland’s wine is on show at the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo.
New South Wales
Mudgee, 25 January
You’ll feel worlds away with an evening of Italian food, wine and film at di Lusso Wines in Mudgee. Book your spot now for a three-course Tuscan-inspired dinner paired with the di Lusso Wine range, all while enjoying an Italian film picked by the di Lusso team. It’s the perfect way to unwind and get a taste of Italy in Mudgee.
Bendigo, 10 January
Join the team at Sutton Grange for a performance of Macbeth like no other. Get there early to reserve your spot on the estate lawns and be treated by the performers from Essential Theatre in their rendition of the Shakespeare classic. Be sure to book your tickets and either reserve a Gourmet Hamper or on the night enjoy pizzas from local food trucks.
Adelaide Hills, 24-26 January
There’s no better way to spend your Australia Day long weekend than with a trip to the Adelaide Hills Crush Festival. There’ll be cool-climate Adelaide Hills wines on pour ready to quench your thirst as well as lots of local cheese, meat, beer and cider. Grab yourself a $10 souvenir Riedel glass and wander from one cellar door to the next, or book in for one of the many exclusive ticketed events. Check out the full program for all the events happening across the weekend and for local accommodation and transport options.
Gold Coast, 10-12 January
Indulge in three days of all things Queensland food and wine at the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo. We suggest planning ahead, with the event hosting free back-to-back masterclasses featuring over 150 producers of local wine, beer, cheese and produce for you to sink your teeth into. Catch your favourite celebrity chefs as they take to the stage for free cooking demonstrations and learn all the tricks from the experts themselves.
Northern Tasmania, 31 January - 2 February
Held at Launceston’s City Park, Festivale is your chance to experience the best of Tassie’s food, wine and arts scene. Eat and drink your way through the local producer stalls or book in for one of the many cooking masterclasses featuring some of Australia's top chefs. Keep a lookout for the Festivale Lunch and The Tasmanian Food Co Chef’s in Action – both highlights not to be missed. There will also be a stellar line-up of live music over the weekend, including the likes of Eskimo Joe and Vanessa Amorosi ready to keep you entertained.