NSW Beer and Wine Festivals

With 14 wine regions and a plethora of independent distilleries and breweries, you’ll find fantastic beverages across New South Wales. Head to one of the many regional festivals to learn about production methods and to sample some of the States best drinks.

Summer Festivals

Wines of the West Festival showcases wineries from the Blue Mountains and Central West NSW. The two day festival features 25 wine makers, with opportunities to taste the wines and special access to the cellar doors.

Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival in Thredbo

Head to the Snowy Mountains for the Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival and celebrate the art of craft beer brewing in the resort town of Thredbo. You can sample some of the region’s best beers including ales by Jindabyne Brewing and Tumut River Brewing Co.

Forage Fest is a unique beer festival set on a rooftop carpark in Armidale. 15 of Australia's best craft beer breweries come together and each creates a new beer using locally foraged ingredients, alongside an afternoon and evening of musical entertainment.

Westport Park is set to host Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival in February, a unique and exciting event celebrating beer, cider, food, games and music. During the same month is the free Beer, Food & Wine Festival at Towradgi Beach Hotel & Waves.

Grape stomping activity at Footcrush Feast held at Robert Stein Winery and Vineyard, Mudgee

Autumn Festivals

Get ready to stomp some grapes at Footcrush Feast Mudgee, at Robert Stein Winery and Vineyard. Spend the afternoon touring the winery, and then enjoy dinner afterwards at the Pipeclay Pumphouse Restaurant.

Jefferson Park by Mereweather Beach plays host to Barrelled, a festival of wine, beer and food. Coinciding with the final weekend of Surfest, you’ll find wine and beer workshops and tastings and live music throughout the weekend.

Friends cheers in the afternoon sun at Tinklers WIne - Hunter Valley

Hunter Valley Wine and Food Festival showcases the region's wine and food with a series of events and activities throughout May and June. Further north, Slice of Haven Food and Wine Festival is a sustainable gourmet/lifestyle event celebrating local produce and talents.

Discover more than 80 craft beers and ciders from 20 plus breweries at Byron Bay Craft Beer Festival in May. Or visit the Snowy Mountains for Batlow CiderFest, a colourful street party celebrating the end of the apple harvest, with boutique ciders, market stalls, and orchard visits.  

Slice of Haven Festival in Port Macquarie, North Coast

Winter Festivals

You can find over 100 varieties of craft beer and cider at the Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival, held at the Kincumber Hotel. Tickets include a tasting glass and a festival passport – where you can vote for your favourite festival beers.

Sample craft beers and delicious BBQ at Hunter Valley Beer and Barbecue Festival. The two-day festival features the Australasian BBQ Alliance Championship, as well as beer masterclasses, a steak cook-off, displays and demonstrations.

Mudgee Wine and Food Festival in Mudgee, Country NSW

Spring Festivals

The month-long Mudgee Wine & Food Festival features a diverse range of events including live music, tastings, lunches, dinners and tours. Follow the food and drink trail across the region, sampling local wines, beers and spirits, expertly paired with regionally inspired small dishes.

Celebrate the cool climate wines of Orange during the two week Orange Wine Festival. There are over 80 events including the Orange Wine Show Tasting, Festival Night Market and Wine in the Vines, highlighting local producers throughout Orange and its surrounding villages.

Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival in Maitland, Hunter Valley

Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival takes place within the walls of the former maximum-security prison, Maitland Gaol. An annual celebration of beer, music and food, you’ll have the opportunity to meet local brewers, take part in workshops and explore the cells of the heritage-listed building.

Enjoy local produce, culinary activities, wine tasting and entertainment in Bowral at Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival, or discover the best of the Pericoota region’s fresh produce, wineries, brewers & distilleries at Pop & Pour Festival.