Top Five Food Festivals in Australia

Australia has some of the best produce in the world, and this is well-represented in the food festivals that take place all over the country each year. There are events in each state and territory that celebrate cuisines from all over the world. With industry experts and professionals demonstrating what makes Australian food and produce just so special. If you love food and want to try out some of the best festivals here in Australia, we’ve got you covered. This blog will look at the top five food festivals in Australia, so bring your appetite and get ready for a foodie adventure. 

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is renowned as one of the best festivals in Australia. Presented by the Bank of Melbourne, this festival is quite simply a foodies delight. Connecting global cuisines and cultures under one city-wide festival. Located around the city, there are workshops, demonstrations, unique dining experiences, and, most importantly, delicious food. This festival will certainly awaken your taste buds. The festival normally takes place in March each year, with plenty of events that cover cuisines from all over the world. 

View of the town of Orange in Winter
Orange Food Week

Head to the country and delight in the Orange Food Week: an annual festival that showcases the incredible local produce available in Orange, New South Wales. Since its inception in 1991, this regional food and wine festival has had over three decades of delicious food, wine, and experiences for all who visit. The festival is designed to celebrate the region’s abundance, and as it takes place over a whole ten days each year, there’s ample time to make a road trip across to Orange to enjoy the festivities. You can visit the Orange Food Week Festival each year in April, during the region’s autumn harvest and vintage season. 

Tasting Australia

Taking place in Adelaide, South Australia, this festival is the country’s premier eating and drinking event. Adelaide is a sensational place for those who love food; a rich wine region, with ample delicious local produce, it makes sense that this festival takes place in the state’s capital. Tasting Australia started in 1997 and has evolved into a showcase of the best food and wine in the whole of Australia. It’s attended by world-renowned chefs, critics, producers, restaurateurs, and food lovers from across the country and even the world, and it’s clear why. With workshops, masterclasses, tastings, farm tours, long lunches and dinners, and plenty of stalls, you’ll find all of the food experiences of your dreams while attending. Tasting Australia takes place in Adelaide at the beginning of May. 

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are definitely worth a visit when you’re in the Northern Territory! Watch the sun set over the ocean while tasting delicious food from over 150 different stalls. This winter market is visited by thousands of people each year and is a celebration of local food, produce, and global cuisines. The sunset markets take place over winter in Australia, from the last weekend in April, through to the last weekend of October. The festival was founded in 1987, with a dream to bring a taste of Southeast Asia’s night market to Australia. It’s since grown into a huge wintertime festival that both locals and tourists love. We highly recommend visiting here if you’re in Darwin during the winter season.

Noosa Eat and Drink Festival

Head to the Sunshine Coast and prepare your taste buds for the Noosa Eat and Drink Festival! This celebration of food gets bigger and better each  year. Taking place in winter, this festival offers delicious options both in food and drink. There’s craft beer and wine tastings, live music, cooking masterclasses, as well as tastings throughout the festival. The festival takes place over five days and welcomes all kinds of culinary talent to showcase their offerings to  festival-goers. 

There are plenty of food festivals on offer throughout Australia. With each state being able to grow its own produce, these festivals are a  unique and wonderful celebration of what is grown and harvested each year. Whether you want to try out the local wines on offer in Adelaide or Orange or try out the delicious food at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, there’s simply something for everyone if you love food. This blog has shown just five of the best festivals that celebrate food here in Australia, but there are plenty of even more local festivals throughout the country. Go and celebrate the organic produce grown here in Australia at one of these top five festivals! You’ll have a blast. 

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