Celebrate by the dozen! 12 fantastic summer food and wine festivals

We have a crush on Crush. This Adelaide Hills festival is hard to beat.

How good is an Australian summer food and wine festival?

Sunshine. Sauvignon. Smiles. Sensational.

Want to get involved in the action? You’re in luck. We’ve scoured the country to bring you a super lineup of vibrant food and wine events.

Cheers to that!

Summer food and wine festivals are scattered across the country. Credit: SATC

December 2017

1. The Taste of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS (28 December-3 January 2018)

One week; endless temptations. For seven oh-so-glorious days, the Tasmanian capital feasts on fun with an event that’s right up there on the state’s social calendar. Taste of Tasmania showcases and celebrates the Apple Isle’s massive offering of delicious goodies: cheese, seafood, and wine and beer are among the many treats. The glorious waterfront location of Princes Wharf, dedicated tasting spaces, superb entertainment, and children’s activities enhance the festival’s immense appeal.

Stay at…BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park

Taste of Tasmania showcases the Apple Isle's ample treats.

January 2018

2. Harvest Festival, McLaren Vale, SA (19 January)

You’d expect nothing less than a prized palate-pleasing festival from one of Australia’s most recognisable food and wine regions. Exceptional, varied produce from across McLaren Vale features prominently. But it’s not just the gifted producers that are celebrated here – the works of talented local artists are also on show at the festival’s art exhibition. Add to that a host of children’s attractions and a central location, and it’s no wonder this event attracts thousands of people each summer.

Stay at…BIG4 Port Willunga Tourist Park.

Feast on the produce of one of Australia's premier food and wine regions at Harvest Festival in McLaren Vale.

3. Cape Jaffa Seafood and Wine Festival, Cape Jaffa, SA (14 January)

Forget Torvill and Dean – a better winning combo has emerged. Wine and seafood. And at this leading Limestone Coast event, the quality of this duo is straight from the top shelf. Rock lobster is a specialty here, and it pairs effortlessly with ample wines from the famous Coonawarra region located nearby. Live music and markets are among other attractions while various kids’ activities ensure family appeal. Looking for a sealer? The oceanside setting is pretty damn irresistible.


4. Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo, Gold Coast, QLD (19-21 January)      

Yes, yes, yes. You can sample free food, wine, and beer from more than 100 exhibitors, and isn’t that a wonderful thing? But this glittering Gold Coast affair is about so much more. Watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, get involved in various food and beverage classes, and enjoy degustation dinners among more. It’s three days of bliss.

Stay at…BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park or NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Park.


5. Crush Adelaide Hills Wine & Food Festival, various Adelaide Hills locations, SA (26-28 January)

Ok, so all wine regions are scenic – and if they aren’t, they’re doing it wrong – but the Adelaide Hills is drop dead gorgeous. And thanks to Crush, for three days you can visit a wealth of wineries boasting incredible views while enjoying art and culture, music and games, and plenty of other entertainment. Oh, and sample abundant wines and tasty food from a region that knows how to please the taste buds. Smashing!

Stay … in nearby Adelaide.

It's on for young and old at Crush in the Adelaide Hills.

6. Wines of the West Festival, Katoomba, NSW (27-28 January)

Wineries, breweries, and distilleries from the central west of NSW converge on the beautiful Blue Mountains for this magnificent annual weekend offering. Sample a super selection of delectable products, yarn with winemakers, and enjoy various entertainment all within the extravagant surrounds of the Carrington Hotel’s Grand Dining Room.

Stay at…Ingenia Holidays Nepean River or NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park.

The extravagant surrounds of the Carrington Hotel's Grand Dining Room make the perfect setting for sampling the delectable products on offer at Wines of the West Festival in New South Wales.

February 2018

7. Festivale, Launceston, TAS (2-4 February)

At any time, Launceston’s centrally located City Park is a premium patch of turf for a relaxing arvo. Enter a three-day food and wine fest and you have a scenario that’s more magnetising than a fridge convention. Delve into the best of Tassie’s food and wine – including vino from the acclaimed Tamar Valley nearby – as well as beer, cider, and spirits. Various entertainment adds even more spice to the buzzing atmosphere of this family-friendly showpiece.

Stay at…BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park.

City Park is a super setting for fabulous Festivale. Credit: Festivale

8. Canberra Food & Wine Expo Canberra, ACT (9-11 February)

Following the Gold Coast leg of this national event in January, the Nation’s Capital comes alive for three days of fun, festivities, and fabulousness. The National Convention Centre is a great venue for this action-packed expo.


9. Sunset Wine, Perth, WA (17-18 February)

Let’s the good times flow. Brighton Reserve at popular Scarborough Beach is an alluring setting for an event that features wines from the renowned Margaret River, among other top spots, as well first-class beers from leading craft brewers. Grab a patch of turf with drink in hand, relax, listen to the sounds of live music, and enjoy a famous WA summer sunset.

Stay at…BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park

Sunset Wine festival in Perth is the perfect place to kick back with a drink in hand and enjoy a sparkling summer sunset.

10. Apollo Bay Seafood & Produce Festival, Apollo Bay, VIC (16-18 February)

Apollo Bay pulls a crowd each summer, and this festival provides even more reason for punters to flock to the seaside spot. This gig is growing and boasts an abundant selection of mouthwatering food, wine, and brews to indulge in. More merriment is served up with the likes of cooking demonstrations, market stalls, and live entertainment. Straight up delish!

Stay at…BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces.

With cooking demonstrations, market stalls and live entertainment as well as food and wine, Apollo Bay Seafood & Produce Festival has something for everyone. Credit: Belinda Van Zanen

11. Taste the Limestone Coast Festival, Naracoorte SA (8-11 February)

This annual gig is a beauty. Tasty regional food and wine takes centre stage on the Saturday at the main event at Naracoorte Town Squares (yes, there is more than one square). However, the headline act jostles for attention alongside a feast of activity in the wider area that includes a quiz night, golf day, open-air movie screening, and horse racing. What more could you want?

Stay at…BIG4 Naracoorte Holiday Park.

March 2018

12. Cellar Door Fest, Adelaide, SA (2-4 March)            

Cellar. Door. Fest. Is there a trio of words that are more appealing? Yet it’s only one chapter in the book of Hedonism. Along with tastings from the state’s many first-rate wineries – from Clare to Kangaroo Island – is the presence of prized boutique breweries and cideries, and gourmet goodies from cheesemakers to chocolatiers. Chuck in masterclasses and long lunches, and a central location that is the Adelaide Convention Centre, and you have one heck of a taste bud-tempting celebration.

Stay at…BIG4 West Beach Parks or Marion Holiday Park.


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