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
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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.