Food & wine in NSW this summer

5 December 2013

Tastes of the World Beer Festival

New South Wales has a huge variety of fresh, delicious produce throughout the summer months.

The region is rich with both food and wine products, which is why it makes for such a great destination for couples, friends and family to visit for a holiday that will please the taste buds this summer.

Here are a few examples of the great things to do and places to visit for foodies and wine-lovers.

Taste of the World Beer Festival

An event not to be missed, this celebration of beers from all over the globe comes together during the weekend of January 11 and 12.

Now in its fourth year, it’s going to be held at the Harness Racing Club in Newcastle, where punters can try a great offering of boutique and craft beers, as well as local Hunter Valley wines and cheeses.

Buy tickets as a Christmas present for yourself or a loved one and enjoy an evening of races on the Saturday and an afternoon of food and drink on the Sunday.

Tropical Fruit World

For a spot you can visit in any season for some of the best tropical fruits in the land, look no further than this tasty attraction.

Open all year round except on Christmas Day, this Tweed Valley farm experience lets visitors see more than 500 varieties of tropical fruits from all over the word. You can taste some fruits or view the special displays, such as the chocolate pudding fruit, chewing gum tree and lemon meringue fruit.

The kids will love the miniature rail ride and you’ll love the chance to stock up on fantastic jams, sauces and avocado oil skin care products.

Food and Wine Trails

Following a trail is always a fantastic way to get an insider’s view of an area, and NSW is no exception.

With such fertile soil, the region has plenty to offer those who love fresh produce. You can find a range of products including oranges, coffee and olives in the area.

You can either map out your own trail based on farms, restaurants, wineries and attractions you’d like to visit, or pick one that is already well established, such as Poachers Way or the Hawkesbury Harvest. These options both give you the chance to see some of the picturesque small towns in the state while enjoying sumptuous food and wine tastings along the way.

Farmers’ markets

New South Wales just wouldn’t be the same without its abundance of farmers’ markets. This is where local growers and producers bring together the best of their offerings for some delicious samples and great bargains on high quality products you won’t find anywhere else.

There are the Orange Farmers’ Markets, which offer a huge range of breads, cheeses, olives, flowers and plants, fruits and veggies, preserves, eggs and plenty more in over 40 stalls. Or check out the community markets in Byron Bay for another spread of excellent locally grown and produced delicacies.

Cooking classes

For something truly different to try in NSW, why not book yourself in for a cooking class? There’s no better way to treat yourself than to learn some new skills that you can take home and enjoy throughout the year.

These classes are held in Kangaroo Valley and offer a range of experiences such as Mediterranean cooking courses, foodie escape packages or even private classes for you and a significant other.