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What’s On

Amy Northcott
Courtesy of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Winery Report
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival always leaves patrons wanting more.

Sauvignon Blanc

10, 12 & 19 February

Our expert panel reviewed a cracking line-up of both local and international sauvignon blanc for this edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE. If the reviews had your mouth watering, join Peter Bourne for a taste at Sydney’s Winespace (119 Kippax St, Surry Hills) on Wednesday 12 February and at Ferment, The Orange Wine Centre (87 Hill St, Orange) on Monday 10 February.

The Sydney tasting costs $75 and the Orange tasting $55 – both running from 6-8pm. Book via or (02) 9552 2366.

Catch Jeremy Prideaux in Melbourne on 19 February at Recoleta to find your favourite from the line-up. The tasting is $55 and runs from 6-8pm. To book call (03) 9654 6657.

Tastes of Rutherglen

7 & 8 March

What better way to spend your Labour Day weekend than with a roam through the fine wine and produce of Rutherglen. Join 18 local wineries as they open their cellar doors to showcase award-winning regional wines – Durif and fortified wine fans, this is the place for you! Your festival ticket grants you access to all participating wineries. For those looking to learn more about the acclaimed region, reserve a spot in one of the many masterclasses or tours on offer.


Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

19-29 March

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back for 2020 and as always has a stellar line-up of events ready to excite your palate. You’ll be spoiled for choice with many highlights including the Philip Rich Wine Dinner at Kisumé and Victorian Wine and Cheese Journey at Saxe. Be sure not to miss the festival’s Global Dining Series which sees Victoria’s top venues combine with internationally acclaimed chefs for once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.

See the full program at

Orange FOOD Week

27 March to 5 April

There’s no better time to book a trip to Orange than for the annual Orange F.O.O.D Week event celebrating the region’s quality food and wine scene. Join in the festivities with a range of masterclasses, local produce markets, degustation dinners, grazing lunches plus much more. Orange F.O.O.D Week has a strong ‘war on waste’ focus – being the only event of its kind to be declared as an ISO 20121 certified sustainable event, and has been for four years running.


Tasting Australia

27 March to 5 April

Adelaide is the place to be with the return of Tasting Australia for 2020. Let your palates do the deciding with a full program of exclusive dining events, masterclasses, long lunches and more across the 10 days. The always popular Town Square pop-up in Victoria Square will also be back hosting an array of food, wine, beer, cider and spirits events for you to sink your teeth into. But the city is not the only place you can catch a taste, check out the full program to see which of your favourite eateries and wineries from around the state will be hosting Tasting Australia events.


For more events visit

Gourmet Traveller WINE Events

Australia vs New Zealand Dinner


75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney
Hosted by Mike Bennie
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2KW Bar & Restaurant

2 King William St, Adelaide
Hosted by Nick Ryan
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Both dinners are $220 per person

E’cco Bistro.

Best of Top 100 Dinner

e’cco Bistro

63 Skyring Tce, Brisbane
Hosted by Peter Bourne
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Pilot. Restaurant + Bar

1 Wakefield Gardens, Canberra
Hosted by Nick Ryan
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Both dinners are $195 per person