Simon JAs the climate turns cooler, if you are anything like our team then you will be looking for home cooking inspiration, new local ingredients and recipes to try.

With the ever-increasing slew of new restaurants popping up all over the country, farmers markets, night markets,  new cookbooks being released, social media food blogs and new seasons of the TV juggernauts such as MKR, MasterChef or Hell’s Kitchen.  It seems everywhere you turn there is an itinerary of taste, a new place to try or a new recipe you want to recreate at home…with so much colour, action, variety and  gourmet goodness  around us  its often hard to stop the whirlwind of stimuli. Our team have found that a food market, Festival or Culinary adventure is often a way to demystify  and get a “taste” for the many new places out there without the time, effort and commitment.

So, we thought we would share a few of our favourite foodie festivals, talks and gourmet feasts popping up all over the country where you can participate in a cooking masterclass, have access to some of the world’s best chefs and pick up a new recipe to try at home.

Plan your food escape with our lifestyle team – flights, accommodation, transfers, tickets, dinner – they are hear to help your plan your ultimate day out or escape.

Taste of Sydney2Taste of Sydney9 March to 12 March 2017

Over 4 foodie filled days. Explore fresh and stunning food prepared by the city’s greatest restaurants,  world famous chefs, superb drinks, entertainment and artisan producers set in the stunning outdoor surroundings of Centennial Park. Taste of Sydney has 6 sessions, running over 4 days of unmissable festival fun! An afternoon and an evening session, with each lasting between 4-5 hours (depending on the session) giving enough time to enjoy your pick of over 50 restaurant dishes, browse the artisan market and enjoy some of the many interactive attractions.

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Tickets are sold for each session and are only valid for the time and date indicated on the ticket.

Thursday Mar 9th 17:30 – 22:00
Friday Mar 10th 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 22:00
Saturday Mar 11th 12:00 – 16:00 & 17:30 – 22:00
Sunday Mar 12th 12:00 – 17:00

Ticket prices vary from $25 to $155.

Taste of MelbourneMelbourne Food & Wine Festival – 31 March to 9 April

In 2017, the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (MFWF) will shine a global spotlight on Victoria’s world-class food and wine industries. This year sees Some of the Worlds best Restaurants incorporating #50 Best Talks into the program with guests from some of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants including chefs Daniel Humm Will Guidara Jordi Roca, Gaggan Anard  and Grant Achatz.  Ticket prices vary.

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Tasting AdelaideTasting Australia in Adelaide – 30 April to 7 May 

Tasting Australia is an eight-day eating and drinking festival celebrating premium food and wine in Adelaide, South Australia. Image from Tasting Australia in Adelaide


Noosa food & wineNoosa Food & Wine Festival – 18-21 May

Noosa Food and Wine Festival is a celebration of what makes eating and drinking in Australia great. Chefs from some of the best restaurants Australia has to offer, alongside over 50 winemakers have developed a cracking lineup of brunches, dinners, cocktail parties and experiences.  Image from Noosa Food & Wine Festival


Margaret River gourmet escapeMargaret River Gourmet Escape –17-19 November 2017,

The world famous Margaret River Region always brings  a fantastic line up of amazing food, fine wines, great beer and celebrity chefs to a program that showcases the best of WA and the region. From Audi Gourmet Village events featuring local wineries and celebrity chefs alike to the many satellite events including long lunches, gourmet feasts and sunset soirees. Image from Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Taste of TasmaniaTaste of Tasmania –  December 2017 – January 2018, Dates – TBC

For a food lovers New Years – The Taste of Tasmania is one of the  most enduring summer events.  Showcasing a culturally diverse range of cuisines and the talents of Tasmania’s food and beverage producers, local restaurateurs and entertainers in a truly Tasmanian relaxed manner. Image from Taste of Tasmania 2016

Combine the love of food and wine with travel and touring…..

MaeveAustralian Gourmet Food Safaris – curated by Maeve O’Meara 

Australian Gourmet Local Food Safaris journeys explore some of the most beautiful parts of Australia, giving guests a range of exceptional and delicious experiences from culinary walking tours, bus tours, and banquets and visiting local Sydney & Melbourne colourful food villages featuring delicious finds across a wide range of cuisines. To experiencing the authentic food, culture and people of some of the most inspiring places on earth.

Maeves food safari’s have guests enjoying not only local food safaris but both Australian and International food journeys exploring some of the most beautiful locations and delicious food experiences. Image from Food Safaris

Accoutrement Gourmet SafarisAccoutrement Gourmet Tours  Being a well renowned source  for over 40 years.  Accoutrement run a year long calendar of cooking classes and demonstrations in their Mosman Sydney location.  During 2017, join some of our finest celebrity chefs on a Gourmet good tour; Provence with Serge Dansereau, venice with Giovanni Pilu and Alessandro Pavoni,  Piemonte  – with Stefano Manfredi and India. Image from Accoutrement 

Taste of BurgundyTastes of Burgundy 
Tastes of Burgundy Takes guests on a journey to live the chateau life with a select group of foodies, learning the culinary delights of Burgundy, shopping the local markets, barrel and wine tastings in local domaines, producing fresh seasonal feasts with some of Australia’s greatest chefs….
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