Food and wine - Griffith
Food and Wine Festivals in Griffith
From the Taste Riverina Food Festival to unWINEd, there are plenty of events in Griffith that are food and wine centric. La Festa showcases the local food scene and is one of the region’s biggest festivals. Or check out the Festa delle Salsicce (Festival of the Sausage), a convivial community long lunch celebrating the end of the salami making season.
Food and wine around Griffith
The city of Griffith and its surrounding area is part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), a vast scheme that has transformed the once-dry Riverina plains into the "food bowl" of NSW from 1912 onwards.
Population growth since that time has been steady, with Italian migrants arriving in Griffith from the early 1900s. Today, you can enjoy their legacy in the cafes, restaurants and at cellar doors in local vineyards dotted all over this purpose-built town designed by Walter Burley Griffin.
Food and wine experiences in Griffith are plentiful. It’s hard to go past Bertoldo’s Pasticceria, a family bakery that’s still going strong after more than 50 years. This is the place to visit for a leisurely cup of coffee, simple lunch, fresh crusty loaf of bread or crisp custard-filled cannoli. They also serve homemade gelato and French nougat.
Stop by Riverina Grove for a tasting or to put together a picnic of fine local produce. They have pickles, chutneys, olive oils, smallgoods and chutneys that will go well with a fresh loaf of bread from Bertoldo’s. Take a tour of Catania Fruit Salad Farm and learn about the region’s farming history and try local fruits, nuts and preserves.
Griffith is also home to over a dozen wineries, from renowned labels such as De Bortoli Wines and McWilliams, to boutique cellar doors like Melange and Berton. Every June long weekend Griffith hosts unWINEd, where you have the chance to taste wines from around the Riverina all in one place. There’s also the La Festa food festival. Held each Easter, there are food stalls, cooking demonstrations, live music and local produce, showcasing the area’s rich farming and multicultural history.
Griffith has a thriving, yet relaxed restaurant scene with a big focus on Italian food. The Riverina produces the majority of NSW’s fresh produce, so local restaurants have access to the best of everything. It’s also an acclaimed wine region, so you’re sure to find a good drop of red or white wherever you dine.
Whether you want to stop by one of the local farms and pick up what you need, or just have access to the freshest local produce, you’ve come the the right place. There are also plenty of great providores, where you can buy oils, pickles and jams, as well as local honey, smallgoods, salami, olive oils and cheeses.
About 60% of NSW grapes are grown in the Riverina, so there is plenty of choice when it comes to wineries and cellar doors in Griffith. The area is home to more than a dozen wineries in the district, including the world-famous De Bortoli and McWilliams. Join a wine tour to really get to know (and taste) the wines of the region.