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From wine tasting in the Tumbarumba wine region to delicious festivals celebrating local produce, the NSW Snowy Mountains offers many mouth-watering experiences. Savour locally made ciders, schnapps and beer, catch and cook your own trout, and discover an enticing range of restaurants.
Food and Wine in the Snowy Mountains
Enjoy tasty adventures in the NSW Snowy Mountains, from cellar doors in the Tumbarumba wine region to crisp apples, juicy beef, luscious berries and moreish truffles. You can dine on fresh fish caught in pristine waters, and join in the fun at traditional country shows and delectable festivals.
You’ll discover the elegant cool-climate wines of the high country. The majority of grapes are pinot noir and chardonnay and the region makes award-winning sparkling wines. You can visit several wineries for wine tasting, including Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba Wines and Snowy Vineyard.
You’ll find many more delicious experiences, from craft breweries in Jindabyne and Dalgety to fresh produce at farm gates and restaurants with scenic views. You can pick blueberries at Jolly Berries in Tumbarumba between December and March, and browse the shop at Mouat’s Farm near Batlow.
Batlow is south of Tumut and home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Apple. The apples grown in the area are famous and you can celebrate at Batlow Apple Blossom Festival in October and Batlow CiderFest in May. Check out the events calendar for more yummy festivals.
Tumbafest is a delightful food, wine and music festival in February. Tumbarumba Tastebuds is a two-day celebration of the cool-climate wines and other regional produce in October. Beer lovers can rejoice the art of making craft beer at the Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival in Thredbo in January.
The Big Trout is another iconic big thing in Adaminaby, northwest of Cooma. Ten metres high, the Big Trout is a symbol of the superb fishing in Lake Eucumbene and other waterways, such as Lake Jindabyne and Talbingo Dam, near Talbingo. There are plenty of fly fishing tours in warmer months.
For a fun family day, the ecotourism-accredited Eucumbene Trout Farm offers a fishing adventure where you cook your catch. Lovers of Perigord truffles can join a truffle hunt at Macenmist Black Truffles and Wines, and steak lovers will enjoy Meet the Beef tours at Gilmore Braes Heritage Beef.