Food festivals in Australia
I’m building a list of food festivals around Australia, I especially love the quirky and fun regional events that showcase local produce. Please support these wonderful foodie events by visiting a couple of festivals this year.
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Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival |28–29 February 2020
The biennial festival is a celebration of the Granite Belt region’s produce and booming wine industry. Around 70,000 people attend what is arguably Australia’s leading harvest festival.
Noosa Eat and Drink Festival |14-17 May 2020
Australia’s top chefs and winemakers converge in the seaside town of Noosa for an incredible line-up of brunches, dinners, cocktail parties and food trails.
Panyiri Greek Festival | 23-24 May 2020
Australia’s biggest and longest running Greek festival in South Brisbane, starring the flavours of Greece and a line-up of authors, chefs, speakers and home cooks; as well as the dancers, singers and stars that will make the fourth weekend in May taste extraordinary – fried halloumi, honey puffs and dolmades by the plate full.
Indie Spirits Tasting | May 2020 TBA
The Indie Spirits Tasting is hosted by Australian Bartender magazine. The event is a showcase for craft distillers from around the country as well as boutique distributors bringing in interesting indie brands from around the world.
Relish Fraser Coast | 6 June 2020
Set along the Mary River, you can indulge in food and beverage matching sessions, listen to leading foodies as they share the fruits of their work, and learn from talented chefs who provide the unmistakable stamp of the region in every dish. The Relish Food and Wine Festival is set in Maryborough’s heritage streetscapes and riverside parks.
Taste Bundaberg Festival | 12-13 June 2020
Held across the month of June each year, Taste Bundaberg Festival is an invitation to discover a region built on the back of agriculture, supplying 25% of Australia’s fresh produce. Bundaberg’s reputation as a newly-discovered foodie paradise is growing fast.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week | 27 June – 5 July 2020
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week celebrates the food and farmers of the Scenic Rim through an impressive range of events, from farm tours to cooking classes to producer dinners, with opportunities to meet the farmers and taste their wares. The program includes the Winter Harvest Festival.
Brisbane Good Food Month | July 2020
A month-long event that celebrates all things food and drink, in partnership with Brisbane’s best restaurants, food businesses and world-class chefs.
Brisbane Night Noodle Markets | 24 July – 4 August 2020
For two weeks, the Night Noodle Markets turn South Bank into an after-dark playground of all Asian cuisines and specialty street food.
Regional Flavours | 18-19 July 2020
Experience the Sunshine State on a plate at Regional Flavours. Queensland’s premier free food and wine festival is held in Brisbane’s picturesque South Bank Parklands. Producers from across Queensland share their wares at the market, which boasts more than 80 stalls.
Ekka – Royal Queensland Show | 7-16 August 2020
Queensland’s agricultural show attracts 400,000 people each year to a mammoth food and farming festival. Foodies can enjoy everything from fine dining and Insta-worthy food to classic show favourites like the dagwood dog and strawberry sundae.
Taste Champagne Brisbane | 17 August 2020 (check for dates in other major cities)
Taste Champagne is a grand tasting in which guests are invited to stroll at their own pace between houses, growers and cooperatives. In 2019, Taste Champagne Australia showcased 214 cuvées from 78 houses.
Kingaroy BaconFest | 21-23 August 2020
Enjoy a ‘pig day out’ at the Kingaroy BaconFest. This three-day sizzling food festival in Queensland’s beautiful South Burnett celebrats the versatility of bacon, putting Australian pork on centre stage. Discover the joy of bacon fries and chocolate dipped bacon, attend a bacon eating competition, and learn from the best with cooking demonstrations.
Taste Port Douglas | 27 – 30 August 2020
This four-day food festival offers delicious and memorable food experiences by leading Australian chefs. Long lunches, gourmet BBQ’s, live music, wine tasting, and the award-winning restaurants and fresh produce that Port Douglas is famous for.
The Curated Plate | August 2020 (dates to be announced)
A four-day food festival in Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast, that brings together the region’s finest produce and producers, with the best chefs in the Australian and international dining scene. The program offers exclusive culinary events that span the region and showcase the unique local artisans.
Blackbutt Avocado Festival | 12 September 2020
Blackbutt holds Australia’s only Avocado Festival, with cooking demonstrations and the famous avo-toss. At the Avo Grow Tent there are demonstrations and talks by experts so you can learn about avocados from fertilising and grafting and pest-control – leaving you with a better appreciation of those yummy avocados and helping you to grow your own.
Moreton Bay Food and Wine Fest | 12-13 September 2020
With stunning Moreton Bay as the backdrop, enjoy top-notch bites and sips, along with a flavour-packed program of entertainment. Chefs, winemakers, brewers, producers and restaurateurs showcase Moreton Bay’s produce. Unique dining experiences, tastings, pop-up bars, cooking demonstrations and a beach tipi bar; a free event along Redcliffe Foreshore.
Capricorn Food and Wine Festival | 24-27 September 2020
The premier event for Central Queensland, showcasing all things food, wine, beer, spirits – against the backdrop of the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton. Over four days and nights, the Festival hosts signature dining experiences, food and wine master classes, cooking classes and food and wine exhibitors.
Oktoberfest | October 2020
Brisbane Showgrounds transforms into a German town as it hosts Australia’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, rated as one of the top 10 Oktoberfests outside of Germany. Pork knuckles, bratwurst and apple strudel, with all the German-brewed beer you could want.
Good Food & Wine Show Brisbane | 23-25 October 2020
A great day out for food and wine lovers. Wander the show floor and sample from hundreds of local and international exhibitors, chat to winemakers and distillers and hear their stories, join a masterclass and watch your favourite celebrity chefs cook live on-stage.
Reef Feast Palm Cove | October 2020 TBA
With a focus on the tropical lifestyle and unique regional produce, enjoy the Longest Lunch on Friday, feast and dance under the stars on Saturday and head to the markets on Sunday. Created and managed by wonderful volunteers.
Straddie Oyster Festival | November 2020 TBC
Treat yourself to a day in the sun sampling the best oysters and seafood Straddie has to offer.
Chinchilla Melon Festival |18-21 February 2021
Chinchilla is known as the ‘Melon Capital’ of Australia. The Melon Festival is held biennially and includes events such as melon skiing, melon iron man, melon bungee, pip spitting and melon tossing.