NSW Food Festivals

NSW is blessed with incredible natural resources, with fertile farmland, kilometres of stunning coastline and freshwater lakes making it a productive region for growing and producing great food. Attend festivals throughout the year to help celebrate the state’s artisan producers and sample specialty foods, from oysters to artisan cheese, wine, coffee, chocolate and more.

January

The village of Laggan has become a destination for Instagrammers thanks to its annual Lavender, Herb and Chilli Festival. Enjoy demonstrations of lavender harvesting and distilling, sample different kinds of herbs, and learn how to cook with lavender, herbs and chillies during the annual two-day festival. Have your photo taken in the vast purple fields at Crystal Brook Gardens, where you can also explore various themed gardens, attend workshops and learn how to propagate plants.

Duck Race at Bendigo Bank Tumbafest in Tumbarumba, Snowy Mountains

February

Tumbafest is a very civilised celebration of the country lifestyle Australians have come to cherish. This annual two-day celebration of music, wine and food is all about that good old-fashioned country hospitality, with cooking demos, live music, food, market stalls and wine tasting presenting a culinary showcase of the Snowy Mountains.

Couple shopping for fresh local produce at the Sunday Producers Market during Orange F.O.O.D Week.

March

Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District) is Australia’s longest-running regional food festival. The annual 10-day event has been luring foodies to the region to sample excellent fresh produce and award-winning cool-climate wines since its inception in 1991. It includes markets, dinners prepared by notable chefs, and foraging events.

Freshly opened oysters on the Light 2 Light Coastal Walks guided walking tour menu, Edrom

Eat Merimbula celebrates local purveyors on Australia’s Oyster Coast. Overlooking the pristine waters and working oyster leases on Merimbula Lake, the one-day event features local chefs and restaurateurs who work together to create bespoke dishes featuring top local produce.

April

Align your trip to Tamworth to coincide with the Taste Tamworth Festival, which is a deep dive into the fantastic food and produce grown in this region. The 10-day festival is like a progressive smorgasbord, with stops at the Taste Pop-up Bar, Taste in the Park, The Long Lunch, and Farm Gate Trail, where farmers and producers fling open their gates to visitors.

NRF Harvest Food Festival in Byron Bay, North Coast

May

A Little Bit of Italy in Broke reflects the region’s rich diversity. Immerse yourself in Italian food, wine, festivities and fun at the festival in Broke Fordwich, where you can learn tips on making pasta at an Italian cooking class, tour the vineyards, and sample the region's wines during your epicurean adventure.

Enjoy 12 days of foodie events smack-bang in the heart of the Northern Rivers region’s finest farm country at the annual Harvest Food Festival. Meet local food producers, learn about sustainable food production and sample beautifully prepared food by renowned local chefs at the farm-to-fork festival.

The Narooma Oyster Festival is a celebration of Australia's Oyster Coast bounty. Learn how to shuck oysters, watch the experts compete in a shucking competition, enjoy cooking demonstrations, take a tour of an oyster lease, meet farmers at the three-day festival and form your own opinion on whether you prefer Sydney rock oysters to Pacific oysters.

Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service team with their Seafood Paella at the 2019 Moree on a Plate Festival in Moree, Country NSW

Local food and wine is the big draw at the Moree on A Plate, a festival showcasing producers from around the New England North West Region of NSW. Snag a spot to watch local blokes cook off in the BBQ competition and sample produce delivered ‘From the Gate to the Plate’ which includes wines, salami, trout, berries and more.

Casino Beef Week Cattle Street Parade in Casino, Lismore Area, North Coast

June

Casino beckons with its country setting and amazing produce during Casino Beef Week, an annual celebration of the Australian beef industry and rural idyll. Pull on your best boots and join the farmers on a tour to learn about the paddock-to-plate process, attend seminars, and enjoy markets, music and competitions over the course of the 11-day festival.

Discover the beauty of the Central Coast hinterland at Harvest Festival, where sprawling countryside and gorgeous landscapes await. Follow the carefully curated event trail that loops in local farms, country markets, factory tours, pick-your-own-produce experiences and bush tucker tours, as well as fantastic food and wine events.

French music singer at Bastille Festival in The Rocks, Sydney

July

The Bastille Festival Sydney is billed as a ‘Feast’ival’ for a reason. All up, there are 70 pop-up restaurants and terraces that set up in the forecourt of Sydney’s Customs House, where festivalgoers can try everything from stinky cheese to traditional regional French fare such as raclette and fondue, crepes and flammkuchen.

A display of delicious chocolate treats at Maitland Aroma Coffee and Chocolate Festival in Maitland

August

Maitland Aroma Coffee & Chocolate Festival is a family-friendly festival that showcases artisan chocolates alongside specialty coffee. Meet local coffee roasters, dedicated baristas and expert chocolatiers from across the Hunter Valley at this two-day celebration of chocolate and coffee, which are a gastronomic marriage made in heaven.

September

The village of Bangalow in northern New South Wales hosts the annual Sample Food Festival, where the focus is on local farmers, producers and chefs from coast to country around the northern NSW region.

Aerial view overlooking the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival 2018 held at the iconic Bradman Oval, Bowral, Southern Highlands

Local chefs also show off an extraordinary range of local produce at the South Coast Food & Wine Festival, where everyone from savvy Sydneysiders to food-focused travellers from further afield are given plenty of opportunities to meet the makers, chill with a glass of wine and enjoy beautiful waterfront locations.

Women enjoying local wines at the 2018 Mudgee Food and Wine Festival

Ingredient-driven menus are one of the highlights of The Mudgee Wine and Food Festival, which takes place throughout the month of September. The festival includes a roster of exciting food and wine events, including special tastings, long lunches, masterclasses, dinners, tours and Flavours of Mudgee, a free community street event celebrating local producers.

Mouat's Farm in Batlow - Tumut - Snowy Mountains

October

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival, in the heart of Australia's renowned apple-growing region. In addition to the market stalls, live music, and apple pie-eating competition, visitors can photograph the town’s apple trees and orchards, which remain festooned in pink and white blossoms throughout the festival.

Take a road trip around the Northern Rivers region with a two-day diversion to the Ballina Food & Wine Festival which brims with regional produce and bespoke lunches and dinners at local restaurants, with all the proceeds donated to worthy causes.

Blues and Berries Festival in Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour, North Coast

November

Enjoy old-school staples, cutting-edge cuisine and contemporary desserts and pastries at the annual Park Feast Food Truck Festival at Bella Vista Farm Park. In addition to showcasing street food from about 30 of the region’s best food trucks, the pet-friendly event includes live music and rides and rolls around to different locations throughout the year.

The town of Woolgoolga celebrates the agricultural bounty produced by its rich-red soils along with blues and roots music at the annual Blues and Berries festival. The free one-day event includes a line-up of great Australian blues bands and artists as well as market stalls selling local berry produce. Put up your hand to enter the pie-eating competition.

Woman holding freshly picked cherries at Valley Fresh Cherries & Stonefruits in Young, Country NSW

December

The annual Oysters in the Vines Seafood and Wine festival in Port Macquarie is a kick-back-and-relax kind of affair. Set amid the charming vineyards of Cassegrain Wines, which features a children’s corner in the cellar door, the festival celebrates the terrific trifecta of oysters, seafood and fine wine.

Young is home to the National Cherry Festival. Now in its 70th year, the festival includes competitions such as pip spitting, cherry-pie eating, speed cherry-picking and the crowning of the Cherry King and Queen. Expect fireworks, live music and a street parade in addition to the market stalls selling everything from cherry pickles to cherry jam.

Food Festivals in NSW

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