Australia is a den of devilish delights with fine wines and tantalising dishes making the top table. The miles and miles of vineyards, the marine life teeming beneath the waves, the flourishing gardens and the sparkling lakes and rivers, all mean that Australia is an oasis of fresh produce waiting to be plucked.
Whether you are a solo gourmet traveller seeking luxury accommodation and to indulge in sheer delight or if you are a couple heading for a romantic retreat, take a look at our top 5 food and wine festivals that will pack a perfect punch of taste and pleasure.
1. Taste of Melbourne
Eclectic dining is there to be discovered in Melbourne premier dining extravaganza, taste of Melbourne. With tons of holiday rentals up for grabs you can secure a place close by and take your time meandering around the three days of fun. Sip decadent wines in the sun; explore the hundred artisan boutiques offering the finest tasters. Swill craft beer in the beer hall, let your senses go wild with urban honey in the Country Kitchen and get tips from la crème de la crème of the cooking world.
2. Orange Food Week
Bustling markets laden with the best produce to come from the Orange region, the 100 mile dinner, and of course divine offerings from the food gods makes Orange food week a hedonistic display of glut not to be missed. Farm gate tours allow you to pick jewelled fruits and leafy goods, the starlit night market takes late night snacking to another level and the buzz, energy and pure passion for fabulous food will leave you in seventh heaven for the whole week.
3. Noosa International Food & Wine Festival
Perched close to the shores of Laguna Bay you can blend a beautiful beach experience with fine dining and hearty fare. With gorgeous couples retreats close by and holiday homes to meet your needs, you can spend this festival exploring the stalls and splashing in the sea. Lots of star chefs, elaborate fresh sea food dishes and signature wines and cocktails will all play a major role when it comes to celebrating in style.
4. Margaret River Gourmet Escape
Margaret river accommodation offers plush surroundings, romance at every turn and easy access to the beautiful great outdoors and the gourmet escape. Flaming beach barbeques to suit the sunset, elegant wine and mezze platter lunches and foraging in the forests and along for the shore for premier ingredients is all part of the fun. Gourmet village is the place to be for paddock to plate tastings, live chef’s theatre and more.
5. Kangaroo Island Food Safari
Kangaroo Island isn’t idle when it comes to the finer things in life and those wanting to indulge beyond belief should book in for the fabulous food safari. With seven nights of luxury, hands on foraging, workshops and top tasting experience set against a glorious backdrop this is a food lover’s dream come true. Shuck your own oysters, taste melt in the mouth lamb, wander endless acres of shady olive groves and fall in love with food all over again.