Time to indulge! 9 irresistible winter wine and food festivals

City Wine Festival in Perth, WA.

You can’t beat a food and wine festival. It brings out all the elements we love in life: good food, good wine, good company, and good times.

Whether you’re heading north in the hope of finding sunshine or embracing the cooler weather while in the southern parts, we have handpicked an impressive lineup of winter wine and food festivals.

And where there is a superb food and wine festival, there’s bound to be a BIG4 park nearby. It’s time to get a taste for what is on offer…

1. Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival, Hunter Valley, NSW

There are two taste bud-tantalising months to celebrate the immense quality of one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. Indulge to your heart’s content through a series of events and activities that includes winemaking masterclasses, vineyard tours, cooking classes, long lunches, a cheese lover’s festival, and much more. Delicious!

When: 1 May-30 June.
Where to stay: Ingenia Holidays BIG4 Hunter Valley.

It’s all smiles at Whispering Brook winery for the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Festival.

Credit: Hunter Valley Wine Tourism Association

2. Relish, Maryborough, QLD

Relish in all that the Fraser Coast region offers the palate at this classic food and wine festival. Sample top-notch wine from regional wineries and tasty beers from craft brewers; tuck into ample local produce that includes sumptuous Hervey Bay scallops; and witness cooking demonstrations from leading chefs among other treats. Live entertainment provides further appeal to this outstanding event.

When: 3 June.
Where to stay: BIG4 Fraser Lodge Holiday Park or BIG4 Point Vernon Holiday Park in nearby Hervey Bay.

It’s all sunshine and happiness at Relish. Image credit: Fraser Coast Opportunities.

3. City Wine, Perth WA

First-rate wine. Central location. Buzzing vibe. Check, check, check. The best of Western Australia’s boutique wineries make their way to the state capital for this two-day celebration, held in a pop-up venue in the heart of Perth. Tasty tapas dishes satisfy an appetite and live entertainment adds to the vibrant atmosphere.

When: 9-10 June.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks BIG4 – Perth Airport or Discovery Parks BIG4 – Perth Vineyards.

Crowds get into the festive spirit at City Wine in Perth. Credit: Wine and Food Events WA.

4. Sea & Vines, McLaren Vale, SA

One of South Australia’s best wine regions comes alive for a long weekend of fun, festivities, and a feast of flavours. Sea & Vines serves up a string of enthralling events – including some catering to families – that demonstrates why this region warrants the many accolades it receives. The event is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017.

When: 10-12 June.
Where to stay: BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.

The wine flows at Sea & Vines.

Credit: SATC

5. Winery Walkabout, Rutherglen, VIC

With a 40-plus-year history, the Walkabout is billed as the oldest wine festival in Victoria. It’s also one of the best. This northeast Victorian celebration incorporates almost 20 wineries, a barrel-load of events, live music, and plenty of fun. Prepare for a weekend of pure indulgence.

When: 10-11 June.
Where to stay: BIG4 Yarrawonga-Mulwala Lakeside Holiday Park, Secura Lifestyle Borderland BIG4 Wodonga, or BIG4 Albury Tourist Park.

Get among the wine and good times at the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout. Image courtesy: Winemakers of Rutherglen/Destination Rutherglen.

6. Winter Wine Weekend, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

Warm up this winter with a long weekend of wonderful wine. This popular gig showcases the amazing vino and culinary creations of this magnificent region. Almost 50 wineries and several restaurants are showcased at this two-part event, and there’s plenty of opportunity to speak to winemakers, visit vineyards, and indulge in the tasty things in life.

When: 10-12 June.
Where to stay: Kangerong Holiday Park or BIG4 Mornington Peninsula Holiday Park.

The Mornington Peninsula wineries are alluring, particularly during the Winter Wine Weekend. 

Credit: Victorian Wine Industry Association

7. Truffle Kerfuffle, Manjimup, WA

Now into its seventh year, this buzzing occasion celebrates truffle season in an area regarded as Australia’s truffle capital. There are more events than you could poke a stick at, including truffle hunts and wine sessions, which make for one almighty satisfying weekend.

When: 23-25 June.
Where to stay: In the South West WA region.

Let the good times roll at Truffle Kerfuffle.

Credit: Offshoot Creative

8. Bundaberg Region Winterfeast, various locations, QLD

There is much more than just rum to celebrate in this produce-rich region. Revel in goodies ranging from seafood to strawberries at this super 10-day carnival, which includes markets, food tours, a picnic, and much more.

When: 7-16 July.
Where to stay: BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park.

9. Mid-Winter Fest, Huon Valley, TAS

The Huon Valley is proud of its produce and locals think it’s worth making a song and a dance about. Enter Mid-Winter Fest, a quirky event with various entertainment where you can’t help but to be in the merriest of moods. All manner of delicious food is dished up by passionate stallholders, which pairs mightily well with local wines. 

When: 14-16 July.
Where to stay: Discovery Parks BIG4 – Hobart or BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.


Have you been to any of these events in previous years? What has been your experience of them? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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1 comment on “Time to indulge! 9 irresistible winter wine and food festivals”

  1. Pat

    10 April 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Perth is a good place if you want to get frumk, oh yes. I remember the Good Food & Wine Show last year.
    An amazing display of what cultural drinking can be. It’s cheap, well-kept, and the wine is always fresh, tasty and classy enough for anyone.
    Well, i’m actually more for a full meal, wine itself is secondary to good food. But if I need really good wine with my food, I go to places like Buona Cucina
    It’s lovely how the locals actually take care of their wine. I love the concentration it brings. Wine shows, festivals, restaurants - all have the best stuff.

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