4 upcoming food & wine festivals worth your visit

From Australia to New Zealand we’ve rounded up four food & wine festivals worth your visit.

Each festival lineup is bigger and more exciting in 2020, featuring celebrity chefs, wine tastings, long lunches and live music

Festivale, Tasmania:

31 January – 2 February

Held annually on the first weekend in February, Festivale is a local favourite that celebrates the best of Tasmanian food and beverages al fresco style in Launceston’s historic City Park. The three-day affair is the perfect amount of time to taste your way through more than 75 stalls and enjoy the line-up of quality entertainment including Vanessa Amorosi, Eskimo Joe, and The Whitlams.

There will also be sideline events, cooking classes, lunch events hosted by acclaimed Tasmanian chefs, and the Kids Kingdom to keep the little ones entertained. It’s a Launceston event not to be missed.

Marlborough Wine and Food Festival, New Zealand

8 February

New Zealand’s best and longest-running food and wine festival is back for its 36th year. Based in the world-renowned wine region Marlborough, this festival is all about sampling a unique selection of world-class wines, enjoying delicious local cuisine and entertainment from some of New Zealand’s top bands.

The one-day festival is held in the picturesque Brancott Vineyard. There will be marquees, food stalls, one main stage for headliners Katchafire and a smaller acoustic stage across the creek. General admission tickets are still available for $62.50. These can be purchased online here – get in quick.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Victoria

19 March – 29 March

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is taking over Queen Victoria Market from the 19 to 29 March.

The 10-day event celebrating the city’s fabulous food and drink culture features an impressive lineup of international and local chefs. Chefs will participate in culinary talks, stalls, hosted lunches and exclusive events.

Highlights include the Bank of Melbourne’s World’s Longest Lunch; a house party with Alison Roman; Friday party celebrating hot chips in all their glory; a spicy Sichuan snack fair and a night dedicated to pasta.

For the full 2020 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program and all ticket sales please visit mfwf.com.au.

Noosa Eat + Drink Festival 

14 May – 17 May

Spread over four mouth-watering days, Noosa Eat & Drink Festival is an annual love affair of great food, drinks, live music and entertainment.

Renowned chefs from around the country will be touching down in the beachside haven to show off their skills in restaurant take-overs and culinary demonstrations.

Stand-outs include Adam D’Sylva, Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Alessandro Pavon, Matt Preston, Katherine Brown and Kirsten Tibballs. 

Find the festival village at Noosa woods, and the opening and closing parties on Noosa Main Beach.

There will also be plenty of DJs and live music to keep you entertained. For more information on the program and where to buy tickets, visit presale.noosaeatdrink.com.au/

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