What's On - March

Tastes of Rutherglen - Image by Phoebe Powell

Autumn is here; the vineyards are turning gorgeous shades of golden brown and the weather is cooling down – perfect for delicious, autumnal wines (we’re thinking light-bodied reds and textured whites). There are heaps of events on to keep you busy, including the famous Orange F.O.O.D Week, Tastes of Rutherglen, as well as Tasting Australia in Adelaide and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. 

New South Wales

2020 Long Lunch in the Vines at De Beaurepaire Wines
Mudgee, 7 March

What better way to celebrate the start of vintage than with a Long Lunch in the Vines at the picturesque De Beaurepaire Wines. It’s a day of indulgence: you’ll be treated to a three course lunch, live music and of course the De Beaurepaire wine range on pour – all while looking out on the scenic Rylstone vineyards.

Orange F.O.O.D Week
Orange, 27 March - 5 April

If you’re looking for a reason to take a trip to Orange, this is it! Orange F.O.O.D Week is one of the biggest events on the region’s calendar celebrating the area’s premium produce and exciting wine scene through a range of ticketed and free events. Highlights include the F.O.O.D HQ, F.O.O.D WEEK Night Market, Meet the Producers Workshops and Taste Local on the Lawn event. In addition, Orange F.O.O.D Week is also environmentally focused being acknowledged as an ISO 20121 certified sustainable event for the fourth year running – the only event of its kind in Australia. 

2020 Long Lunch in the Vines at De Beaurepaire Wines


The Peninsula Picnic
Mornington Peninsula, 28 March

A day of live music, stunning wines and local produce in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula – sounds pretty good doesn’t it? The Peninsula Picnic stage will be headlined by the smooth sounds of Bernard Fanning, along with a spectacular lineup of local wineries and eateries on hand to keep you full. Local wineries like Ten Minutes By Tractor, Polperro, Monalto plus more will be pouring their favourite Mornington Peninsula classics. 

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Melbourne, 19-29 March

Melbourne is the place to be for any food and wine lover this March, with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival back again for 2020. Get ready to plan your visit with plenty of long lunches, premium wine matched degustations, masterclasses, workshops and more to keep you busy. Some of the many highlights include the World’s Longest Lunch event, Philip Rich Wine Dinner at Kisume and the Taste the State Wine Crawl, showcasing a local array of Victorian wineries in one room.

Tastes of Rutherglen 
Rutherglen, 7-8 March

Have you got plans for this March Labour Day long weekend? If not, join 19 of Rutherglen’s cellar doors as they indulge you in their fantastic local food, produce and of course wine! Cellar doors will be hosting special events such as food and wine masterclasses, picnics, live music performances, winery tours, pop-up food stalls and more across the weekend. There will also be a shuttle bus service to take you from one cellar door to the next throughout the festival – but make sure you book beforehand to reserve your seat. 

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

South Australia

Tasting Australia
Adelaide and surrounds, 27 March - 5 April

It’s that time of year again: Tasting Australia is back with another spectacular lineup of events showcasing our country’s premium food, wine, beer and spirits scene. The always popular Town Square will be on again in Victoria Square hosting a range of producers and venues, including 2KW, Boston Bay Smallgoods & The Smokin’ Grillers, Sunny’s Pizza and Shibui Dessert Bar – just to name a few! Check out the full program to see the range of exclusive masterclasses, workshops and dining experiences offered across the festival. 

Tasting Australia's Town Square - Image by Meaghan Coles

Western Australia

Taste Great Southern
Great Southern, 26 March - 5 April

If you haven’t acquainted yourself with the wine and produce of Western Australia’s Great Southern, this is your chance! Taste Great Southern is an 11 day festival dedicated to showcasing the region’s top wineries, breweries, eateries and producers through a range of long lunches, masterclasses, local markets and celebrity chef events. Our top tip is to get your hands on some Great Southern riesling paired with locally caught oysters and seafood. 


A Taste of the Huon
Southern Tasmania, 8-9 March

Spending a weekend than by eating and drinking your way through the local delicacies of Tassie’s Huon Valley sounds pretty good to us. Catch a range of local wineries pouring classic cool-climate Southern Tassie wines, and be sure not to miss a taste of the region’s renowned apple cider. It’s the perfect weekend for the whole family, with plenty of food and drink options, live entertainment, as well as kids activities like face painting sure to keep everyone entertained.