NSW Food Festivals

With fertile farmland, kilometres of beautiful coastline and stunning freshwater lakes, NSW has incredible natural resources and produces a delicious array of foods. Across the State, artisan producers craft delicious cheese, bread, pastries and more, which can be sampled at fantastic food festivals throughout the year.

January  

Start the year with a kick at the Lavender, Herb and Chili Festival in Laggan. Enjoy demonstrations of lavender harvesting and distilling, taste different kinds of chilies, and learn how to cook with a variety of herbs. Don’t leave without having your photo taken in the vibrant purple lavender fields. 

February 

Tumbafest is Tumbarumba’s annual celebration of music, wine and food in the Snowy Mountains. With cooking demos, live music, food and market stalls and wine tasting, the festival is a two day celebration of country lifestyle.

Crowds enjoying a day out at the 2018 Tumbafest event in Tumbarumba, Snowy Mountains

March

Orange F.O.O.D Week (Food of Orange District) is Australia’s longest-running regional food festival. Showcasing the region’s excellent fresh produce and award-winning cool-climate wines, the 10 day festival includes markets, dinners and foraging events.

April

Celebrate Tamworth’s fantastic food and produce at the Taste Tamworth Festival. Featuring 10 days of events that include Taste Pop-up Bar, Taste in the Park, The Long Lunch, and Farm Gate Trail, where farmers and producers open their gates to visitors.

Representative at Groundstone food station preparing dishes during the FORAGE event at Orange F.O.O.D Week

May

Indulge in a weekend of Italian food, wine, festivities & fun at A Little Bit of Italy in Broke. Take part in Italian cooking classes, tour the vineyards and sample the region's wines at the Italian inspired festival in Broke Fordwich.

Enjoy 12 days of foodie events in the Northern Rivers Region at Harvest Food Festival. Meet local food producers, learn about sustainable food production and sample fresh and beautifully prepared food by renowned local chefs.

Taste delicious seafood from Australia's Oyster Coast at Narooma Oyster Festival. Learn how to shuck oysters and then compete in the oyster shucking competition, watch cooking demonstrations and meet farmers at the three day festival.

It's all about locals at Moree on A Plate - local produce, local chefs and even local blokes cooking off in the BBQ competition. Meet over 50 producers from this rich region and sample their wines, salami, trout, berries and more.

Succulent Oysters on the plate at Narooma Oyster Festival Narooma, Batemans Bay & Eurobodalla

June

Casino Beef Week is an annual celebration of the Australian beef industry and of rural ways of life. Take a farm tour to learn about the paddock to plate process, attend seminars, and enjoy markets, music and competitions at the 11 day festival.

Discover the beauty of the Central Coast hinterland at Harvest Festival. Follow an event trail that includes local farms, country markets, factory tours, pick your own experiences and bush tucker tours, as well as fantastic food and wine events.

July

Taste of Kingscliff and Tweed Coast combines coastal culture with regional agriculture over 10 days of events. Enjoy delicious local seafood and farm foods at restaurants and markets, take part in food walks and cruises and discover local producers and farmers.

August

Taste artisan chocolates and delicious coffee at Maitland Aroma. Meet local coffee roasters, talented baristas and expert chocolatiers from across the Hunter at this two day celebration of the two gourmet delights.

Crowds enjoying the 2016 Flavours of Mudgee Festival in Mudgee, Country NSW

September

The village of Bangalow in Northern New South Wales hosts the annual Sample Food Festival, a celebration of local farmers, producers and chefs. In Berry is South Coast Food and Wine Festival, with plenty of opportunities to taste local produce and meet the makers. 

The Mudgee Wine and Food Festival takes place throughout the month of September with a range of exciting food and wine events, including tastings, lunches, dinners, tours and Flavours of Mudgee - a free community street festival event showcasing local producers.

October

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Batlow Apple Blossom Festival, in Australia's renowned apple-growing region. In Ballina is the two day Ballina Food and Wine Festival, showcasing regional produce and restaurants, with all the proceeds donated to worthy causes.

Products available for testing and purchasing at the 2017 Blues and Berries Festival in Woolgoolga

November

Park Feast Food Truck Festival is a pet-friendly event, featuring live music, rides and of course, food trucks. In a beautiful waterside location in Gosford, discover delicious desserts and gourmet burgers from the region’s best food trucks. You can also find the festival at other locations throughout the year.

Blues and Berries in Woolgoolga is a free one day festival celebrating Blues and Roots music and berries by the beach. Featuring great Blues bands and artists, market stalls selling local berry produce and farm tours to Costa Berries Farm.

December

End the year in style at the annual Oysters in the Vines Seafood and Wine festival in Port Macquarie. Set amongst the charming vineyards of Cassegrain Wines, the festival is a celebration of oysters, seafood and fine wine.

Make your way to Young - Australia’s Cherry Capital for the National Cherry Festival. Now in its 70th year, the festival includes competitions such as Pip Spitting, cherry pie eating and speed cherry-picking, as well as fireworks, live music and a street parade.

Food Festivals in NSW

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