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Australia’s Best Food and Drink Festivals in 2018

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It’s one of the biggest reasons why we all travel to far-flung places: to eat, like a local.

Foodie culture has been a major driver of tourism in recent years, as travelers comb the planet to try new cuisines and find hidden dishes. If that’s the case, then Australia should find itself somewhere near the top of everyone’s list. With newfound attention on its vineyards, Australia’s unique cultures offer a diversity of dining and drinking experiences that you will not believe exist in the same country. But the best way to explore each and every one of them is through the many food and drink festivals that happen throughout the country all year round.

That is why FlightNetwork is here to announce one of the first quintessential guides to Australia’s food and drink festival mania in 2018.

Check out Australia’s best food festivals here:

 

 

1. May 19-28: Beef Week | 2. May 20: Hampton Festival

3. May 22 – September 2: Truffle Melbourne Festival | 4. June to August: The Truffle Festival |

5. June 22-24: The Truffle Kerfuffle | 6. June 30-July 8: Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | 7. July 1: Ballina Food & Wine Festival |

8. July 4: Taste of the Northwest | 9. July 13-22: Cabin Fever Festival | 10. September 1: Sample Food Festival |

11. September 15-16: Taste Port Douglas | 12. September 28-30: Ceduna Oysterfest13. September 29: CurryFest |

14. October 06: Australian Camp Oven Festival | 15. October 14: Murphys Creek Chilli Festival | 16. November 15-18: Margaret River Gourmet Escape |

17. November 16-18: Bicheno Food and Wine Festival | 18. November 17: Ignite Chilli Festival

 

And Australia’s best drink festivals here:

1. May 5: Grampians Grape Escape | 2. May 19: Batlow CiderFest | 3. May 31-June 3: Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival |

4. June 30: Hunter Valley Wine Festival | 5. September 7-30: Mudgee Wine and Food Festival | 6. September 21-22: Beer InCider Experience |

 7. October 20-22: BeauVine Food & Wine Festival | 8. October 20: Bendigo Heritage Uncorked | 9. November 11-12 (Fremantle); December 1 (Sydney): Beerfest Australia |

10. November 17-18: Macedon Ranges Wine + Food | 11. December 1: Great Australian Beer Festival

 

Australia’s Best Food Festivals in 2018

1. May 19-28: Beef Week – Casino, Northern NSW

What it is

A bodacious brouhaha of bouvine-like proportions in Australia’s beef capital.

What to expect

Seminars on the paddock to plate process, local tastings, and the ability to take a selfie with a live bull. Need we say more?

 

2. May 20: Hampton Festival – Hampton, Queensland

What it is

Australians look local, and this festival celebrates the area’s food, wine, artisans, and music.

What to expect

Expect demonstrations from celebrity chef, art exhibits, multi-cultural food options and markets, regional wines, craft beers, and, of course, live music.

 

3. May 22 – September 2: Truffle Melbourne Festival

What it is 

It’s the largest and longest truffle festival program in the country, offering visitors to Melbourne unique tastes and experiences of the city, and region.

What to expect

Different takes on the prized mushroom that are hard to find anywhere else.

4. June to August: The Truffle Festival – Canberra, NSW

What it is

This self-proclaimed “ultimate foodie festival” is home to over 250 events over the course of three months, all highlighting the Black Winter Truffle.

What to expect

Everything and anything related to Black Winter Truffle, and local craft beers and wines to wash them all down.

5. June 22 – 24: Truffle Kerfuffle – Manjimup, Western Australia

What it is

A weekend of food, wine, and experiences in the heart of Australia’s truffle country.

What to expect

This festival distinguishes itself from others with actual truffle hunts, demonstrations featuring the famed truffle dogs, and a host of culinary experiences related to truffles.

 

6. June 30-July 8: Scenic Rim Eat Local Week – Scenic Rim

What it is

A week-long festival showcasing the farms, producers, food and drinks of the Scenic Rim. More than 90 individual events, including the Winter Harvest Festival on July 7.

What to expect

Farm tours, cooking classes, long-table lunches and plenty of delicious opportunities to taste the local food, sip the wines and beers and take a tasty paddock to plate journey through this spectacular region.

 

7. July 1: Ballina Food & Wine Festival – Ballina, NSW

What it is

A culinary celebration of everything Northern Rivers and the Ballina area has to offer.

What to expect

Local restaurants cook up their famed dishes for patrons, and a sampling of local beers and wines are available.

8. July 4: Taste of the Northwest – Sheffield, Tasmania

What it is

A local showcase of the best foods and wines in Tasmania’s North West region.

What to expect

The food world of Tasmania‘s North West comes together to offer samplings of gourmet cuisine that the area is known for, like rabbit pies and free range lamb sausage.

9. July 13-22: Cabin Fever Festival – Margaret River, Western Australia

What it is

The name says it all — a food and wine festival in the depths of winter, that lets people step out of hibernation (at least temporarily).

What to expect

Fresh produce, local wines, and art and entertainment from all across the stunning Margaret River area.

10. September 1: Sample Food Festival – Byron Bay Shire, NSW

What it is

The town of Bungalow opens its doors to foodies all over, here to try everything the area has to offer.

What to expect

The annual festival attracts 17,000 visitors each year for good reason, with a host of food samplings and activities to showcase the Northern NSW region’s unique tastes.

11. September 15-16: Taste Port Douglas – Tropical North Queensland

What it is

The seaside town comes alive for this two-day festival of food, and beverage.

What to expect

Nationally acclaimed celebrity chefs host this foodie-catered event in various locations and restaurants around town.

12. September 28-30: Ceduna Oysterfest – Ceduna, Eyre Peninsula

What it is

A long weekend celebrating the delicious oysters of the Ceduna area.

What to expect

Highlights include live music, arts and crafts, fireworks, and, since we’re at an Oysterfest, an oyster shucking competition.

13. September 29: CurryFest – Woolgoogla, Coffs Coast

What it is

The premier curry festival in Australia celebrates the country’s South Asian community, and diversity.

What to expect

Delicious curries, a variety of entertainment, and hundreds of stalls to meander through.

14. October 06: Australian Camp Oven Festival – Millmerran, South East Queensland

What it is

A festival dedicated to one of Australia’s most unique landscapes: the bush.

What to expect

A plethora of competitions, exhibits, and marketplaces where rural communities unite to show off Millmerranian cooking.

15. October 14: Murphys Creek Chilli Festival – Toowoomba, South East Queensland

What it is

Get ready to get your spice on, with this huge, for-charity showcase of Australia’s best chilli companies.

What to expect

Visitors can check out tons of international food trucks, art and entertainment, including the Seatonfire Chilli Chocolate Challenge. And here’s a hint: this fun family festival is free!

16. November 15-18: Margaret River Gourmet Escape – Margaret River, Western Australia

What it is

A four-day festival where visitors can experience the food and culture of the region.

What to expect

Local cuisine offerings, and world-class chefs who come to share their favorite dishes.

17. November 16-18: Bicheno Food and Wine Festival – Bicheno, Tasmania

What it is

An “absolute smorgasbord” of local food and drink from Tasmania’s east coast.

What to expect

A cooking school, an extensive lineup of groovy tunes, a legendary surfboard collection, and, of course, food.

18. November 17: Ignite Chilli Festival – Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

What it is

An outpouring of love for all things chilli on the Sunshine Coast.

What to expect

A day full of cooking demonstrations, street food, merch, and stalls for chillis and spices as far as the eye can see.

 

Check out Australia’s best food festivals here:

 

 

1. May 19-28: Beef Week | 2. May 20: Hampton Festival

3. May 22 – September 2: Truffle Melbourne Festival | 4. June to August: The Truffle Festival |

5. June 22-24: The Truffle Kerfuffle | 6. June 30-July 8: Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | 7. July 1: Ballina Food & Wine Festival |

8. July 4: Taste of the Northwest | 9. July 13-22: Cabin Fever Festival | 10. September 1: Sample Food Festival |

11. September 15-16: Taste Port Douglas | 12. September 28-30: Ceduna Oysterfest13. September 29: CurryFest |

14. October 06: Australian Camp Oven Festival | 15. October 14: Murphys Creek Chilli Festival | 16. November 15-18: Margaret River Gourmet Escape |

17. November 16-18: Bicheno Food and Wine Festival | 18. November 17: Ignite Chilli Festival

And Australia’s best drink festivals here:

1. May 5: Grampians Grape Escape | 2. May 19: Batlow CiderFest | 3. May 31-June 3: Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival |

4. June 30: Hunter Valley Wine Festival | 5. September 7-30: Mudgee Wine and Food Festival | 6. September 21-22: Beer InCider Experience |

 7. October 20-22: BeauVine Food & Wine Festival | 8. October 20: Bendigo Heritage Uncorked | 9. November 11-12 (Fremantle); December 1 (Sydney): Beerfest Australia |

10. November 17-18: Macedon Ranges Wine + Food | 11. December 1: Great Australian Beer Festival

Australia’s Best Drink Festivals in 2018

1. May 5: Grampians Grape Escape – Halls Gap, The Grampians

What it is

Visitors bare witness to a food and wine celebration in one of Australia’s most beautiful locales.

What to expect

Masterclasses led by guest chefs, live music, and a Barrique wine auction.

2. May 19: Batlow CiderFest – Batlow, Snowy Valley/Riverina

What it is

Locals get “excidered” to show off “all things apple” in this cider-producing town.

What to expect

Ethnic cuisines, exhibits, and merchandise are on display as visitors explore different ciders and apple-infused treats.

3. May 31-June 3: Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival – Gold Coast

What it is

An activity-filled weekend that explores the different culinary landscapes, breweries, wineries, and distilleries of the Gold Coast.

What to expect

Local chefs, street food, and restaurants abound.

4. June 30: Hunter Valley Wine Festival – Lovedale, Hunter Valley

What it is

A family-friendly festival that showcases “the taste sensations” of the region.

What to expect

An assortment of foods, regional wines, craft beers, and children’s activities. A film festival also occurs concurrently, and visitors are welcome to watch local films.

5. September 7-30: Mudgee Wine and Food Festival – Mudgee, NSW

What it is

One of New South Wales‘ longest-running wine and food festivals.

What to expect

Each winery offers their own unique experience, in addition to live music, tastings, tours, and plenty of good food.

6. September 21-22: Beer InCider Experience – Brisbane, Queensland

What it is

The country’s pre-eminent beer and cider music festival, with over 65 brands on display.

What to expect

Great music, great beer and cider, and great food trucks.

7. October 20-22: BeauVine Food & Wine Festival – Mount Lawley, WA

What it is

The fourth year of this popular food and wine festival in Perch.

What to expect

Dozens of wineries, breweries, and cideries are on tap, with some of Perch’s hottest restaurants hosting exclusive pop-up events.

 

8. October 20: Bendigo Heritage Uncorked – Bendigo, Victoria

What it is

A walking wine tour of the city’s historic centre.

What to expect

With over 40 wines on display, tastings of Bendigo wineries and food samplings at each location allow visitors to dive into the city’s culinary culture.

9. November 11-12 (Fremantle); December 1 (Sydney): Beerfest Australia

What it is

An ongoing beer extravaganza popping up in different Australian hotspots.

What to expect

Each respective region’s most sought after brewers bring their talents to the stage, with live music, comedy, and educational seminars.

10. November 17-18: Macedon Ranges Wine + Food – Woodend, Victoria

What it is

A festival in the heart of Australia’s coldest wine region, with beautiful landscapes as a backdrop.

What to expect

Meet-and-greets with winemakers, and wine tastings, as well as degustation dinners and pop-ups from award-winning restaurants.

11. December 1: Great Australian Beer Festival – Albury, NSW

What it is

The name says it all: a craft beer celebration of all things Australia.

What to expect

Diverse craft beers and ciders, BBQ, and live music. “Great” may be an understatement.

Don’t miss Australia’s best food festivals here:

 

 

1. May 5: The Great Trentham Spud Fest | 2. May 19-28: Beef Week | 3. May 20: Hampton Festival

4. May 22 – September 2: Truffle Melbourne Festival | 5. June to August: The Truffle Festival |

6. June 22-24: The Truffle Kerfuffle | 7. June 30-July 8: Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | 8. July 1: Ballina Food & Wine Festival |

9. July 4: Taste of the Northwest | 10. July 13-22: Cabin Fever Festival | 11. September 1: Sample Food Festival |

12. September 15-16: Taste Port Douglas | 13. September 28-30: Ceduna Oysterfest14. September 29: CurryFest |

15. October 06: Australian Camp Oven Festival | 16. October 14: Murphys Creek Chilli Festival | 17. November 15-18: Margaret River Gourmet Escape |

18. November 16-18: Bicheno Food and Wine Festival | 19. November 17: Ignite Chilli Festival

 

And Australia’s best drink festivals here:

1. May 5: Grampians Grape Escape | 2. May 19: Batlow CiderFest | 3. May 31-June 3: Gold Coast Food and Wine Festival |

4. June 30: Hunter Valley Wine Festival | 5. September 7-30: Mudgee Wine and Food Festival | 6. September 21-22: Beer InCider Experience |

 7. October 20-22: BeauVine Food & Wine Festival | 8. October 20: Bendigo Heritage Uncorked | 9. November 11-12 (Fremantle); December 1 (Sydney): Beerfest Australia |

10. November 17-18: Macedon Ranges Wine + Food | 11. December 1: Great Australian Beer Festival

 

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