From Australia to New Zealand, we’ve rounded up the four food & wine festivals happening soon that are well worth your visit. From celebrity chefs to wine tastings, long lunches and live music each of these festival lineups have become bigger and more exciting in 2020. So why not treat your inner foodie and pay one of them a visit?
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. During the weekend 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 that’s not to be missed.
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival, New Zealand
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 which is set up with 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 and can be purchased online here however get in quick as they are expected to sell out.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Victoria
19 March – 29 March
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is boasting more fun and more feasting this year as it takes 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 participating in culinary talks, stalls, hosted lunches and exclusive events. Some of the 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 in one of Australia’s favourite foodie destinations. 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. Some of the stand-out guests include Adam D’Sylva, Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Alessandro Pavon, Matt Preston, Katherine Brown and Kirsten Tibballs. This year the festival village will be held at Noosa Woods while the opening and closing parties take place 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/