Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival
A winter festival taking place at the end of May, the Manly Food, Wine and Sustainability Festival has been attracting wine lovers for more than 25 years. It includes a variety of winemakers and showcases local restaurants against the gorgeous backdrop of Manly Beach. There is no cost to attend, but in order to participate you will need to purchase a tasting glass and tasting tokens (the cost is $2.50 for a tasting, $5 for a standard glass).
Game of Rhones
Game of Rhones incorporates wine varieties made from grapes from the Rhone Valley in France… with a Game of Thrones twist. The festival attracts more than 40 winemakers, giving you the chance to taste over 100 different wines, predominately red – think Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, Marsanne, and Viognier. The cost is about $50 a ticket, which includes entrance and unlimited tastings. The hashtag for the event is #wineiscoming – sound familiar?
Sydney Cellar Door
Presenting winemakers from Hunter Valley, Mudgee, Orange, Gundagai, and a variety of other regions, Sydney Cellar Door is a summer wine festival with some great tasting options. Hosted in Hyde Park, it has an awesome outdoor vibe and is definitely an easy way to spend a few hours! It runs on a token system and there are tons of food stalls to check out. Tokens cost $2.50 for a tasting and $5.00 for a full glass. If you buy bottles from vendors, they will sometimes return tokens you have used for your tasting.
Sydney Italian Wine & Food Festival
Italian food, Italian wine… what isn’t there to love about this festival? Italy has the eating and drinking thing down. Facilitated at Town Hall, the Sydney Italian Wine & Food Festival has everything, from olive oil master classes to more than 300 wines. It’s usually held towards the end of August.
Taste of Coogee
A spring festival, Taste of Coogee blends all things wine and food with the casual beach culture Coogee has to offer. It showcases local vendors and a variety of winemakers from nearby regions. The vibe is beach-y and totally chilled out. It’s free to explore, with the option to purchase a tasting glass and tokens. The cost is $20 for a tasting glass and $10 for 4 tokens. It’s a great way to celebrate the end of winter!