Love pairing wine and food? Tickle your tastebuds at the NSW food and wine festival Sydney. Showcases regional wines and local produce. Taste, talk, enjoy.
March brings the New South Wales Food and Wine Wine Festival to Sydney.
It starts with the hugely popular Sydney Cellar Door festival in Hyde Park. That’s followed by a plethora of wine and food events right through the State.
Wine Tasting Guide: Sydney Cellar Door
Sydney’s biggest outdoor wine event kicks off the month. Explore the range and depth of local vineyards here.
New South Wales has 14 distinct wine making regions, from warm to cooler climate areas. Over 75% are smaller, family winemakers (compared with only 33% Australia-wide).
More than 90 NSW wineries from these 14 Australian wine regions show their wines at the Sydney Cellar Door Festival.
Wine Festival Sydney food vendors from some of our top restaurants complement the vintners’ art with their own tasting plates.
It’s a complete wine and food pairing package in a beautiful park with winemakers on hand to answer your questions.
The date of the Sydney Cellar Door Festival will be either the last weekend of February or the first weekend of March, depending on how the dates fall.
Buy a tasting-token package which includes a souvenir wine tasting glass and tokens to sample the wines of your choice. They’re for sale on the day at the park. And just buy extra tokens as you need them. Bring your own glass if you prefer and get just the refill tokens option.
On first Saturday of every month (except January) you’ll find the Sydney Morning Herald Growers’ Market at Pyrmont Bay Park on Pirrama Road.
Open from 0700 to 1100 (7am – 11am) it’s a foodies’ paradise. It’s also a great location.
There are over 70 fresh produce stalls and a busy Market Chef Stage where leading chefs and cookbook authors talk, chop, cook and generally weave their magic in front of a delighted audience.
Great for picking up tips and tricks.
In March the Growers’ Market features Australian wine experts. They’ll guide market goers through short NSW wine tasting courses, matching local produce from the market.
Discover the best wine food pairings. What works with fresh goat’s curd ricotta? Boozy chocolate truffles?
Throughout the Food and Wine Festival Sydney in March, restaurants rated in the Good Food Guide (Sydney’s leading restaurant guide) offer a special set menu, matched with NSW wine.
The special set menu includes a main course (or more) plus a glass of wine of premium NSW wine. Prices vary a little but are always very reasonable, less than you’d normally expect to pay.
Dine and wine menus are usually available for both lunch and dinner, depending on the restaurant’s opening hours, but check before you go. Bookings are recommended.
Hatted (starred) restaurants and regional wineries serve a full degustation menu matched with the state’s best wines.
Think of them as food and wine tours of the region without having to leave Sydney.
They are generally hosted by a wine and food expert. Great if you’d like to experience Sydney’s best chefs and NSW’s top winemakers.
Participating restaurants will almost certainly include the year’s winner of Restaurant of the Year.
Food and Wine Festival Sydney in Bars
Some of Sydney’s smartest bars offer a glass of premium NSW wine matched with a bar snack during March.
How does this sound?
- Crudo of rainbow trout, baby beetroot, sheep’s milk yoghurt and crostini, to match a glass of Hunter Valley Tamburlaine grenache rose.The accompanying wine tasting notes: Rose petals, musk and strawberries with juicy berry flavours and a clean zesty finish.
- Smoked bone marrow and ox tail croquette matching a Patina cabernet sauvignon merlot from Orange.Wine tasting description: On the nose black current & forest floor with traces of smoke. Good acidity, soft tannins, with fantastic balance & length.
- Petit salad of fig, goat’s cheese and sesame cracker paired with a Philip Shaw Chardonnay from OrangeWine tasting notes: Light straw colour with intense lime green hues. Bright and subtle varietal fruit. Light fine texture with excellent complexities and long acid finish.
Mouth watering? I think so too.
Food and Wine Tours
There is a wide range of food and wine tours in Sydney. From wine and chocolate tasting tours in the Hunter Valley to small tours of artisanal bread and cheese makers you’ll find something to match your interests. Or DIY for an authentic experience.
Most hotels have a range of tours they recommend. And don’t overlook combining your cellar tours and wine tastings with a Canberra visit. Combine your wineries with an introduction to Australia’s capital city (no, that’s not Sydney).
If you like playing golf, that’s a fabulous combination with wine and food too. The Hunter Valley offers a vineyard golf course as well as superb food in its wineries and restaurants.
You won’t have problems finding excellent food and wine in Sydney at any time of the year. In March though, you’ll be spoilt for choice. What a great dilemma to have.
Here’s the NSW Food and Wine Festival Sydney website