Food & Drink

Australia’s Best Foodie Events in February

Longest Tomato Lunch 2019. Image: Supplied, BGCP

February: the shortest month of the year; the month in which we are just getting used to writing ’2020‘ and, as outlined below, the month of eating. 

This February, foodies will be jumping for joy around the country with all the delectable options there are for dining out, laughing over and celebrating food.

Festivale

Festivale, the three day celebration held in Launceston that serves beer, wine, spirits, cider with live entertainment, is back. Festivale attracts around 28,000 patrons and takes place on the first weekend of February. Under historic elm trees, family and friends can enjoy the best Tasmanian produce, cool-climate wines, beers and entertainment in a historically and culturally significant outdoor location.

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City Park, Launceston, Tasmania 7250 Friday 31 January - Sunday 02 February Free entry

Summer Courtyard Dinner Series at Birch Restaurant

Held over three Fridays in summer, Birch restaurant, in the Southern Highlands, is hosting a series of collaborative dinners with local beverage artisans. For the final dinner, held on Friday 07 February, Birch is collaborating with Joadja Distillery for a Whisky Dinner, in which head distiller, Val Jimenez, will share two previously unreleased whiskies from Joadja Distillery plus some other treats.

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2/249 Argyle St, Moss Vale, NSW 2577 Friday 07 February 90 per person

Cellar Door Fest

Cellar Door Fest – Adelaide’s favourite food, wine, beer and spirits festival – is turning 10 in 2020! Each year Cellar Door Fest brings the regions to the heart of Adelaide for three days of gourmet summer fun, and this year is no different with over 150 local wineries, breweries, distilleries and food producers.

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Adelaide Convention Centre Friday 07 - Sunday 09 February Varies (Tickets Mandatory)

GREY GOOSE's Riviera Pop-Up at The Bucket List

For all those GREY GOOSE cocktail lovers out there, the ultimate pop-up celebration of the renowned vodka is here, and it will transport you to the French Riviera! GREY GOOSE has partnered with Bondi’s iconic hotspot, The Bucket List, to create a sprawling beachside bar and restaurant. With sea views, DJ’s and cocktails, the GREY GOOSE pop-up is open now and here to stay right through summer.

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1 Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026 Tuesday 14 January - Sunday 09 February Free entry

Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival

Sunshine Coast Dessert Festival is back and is ready to wow your tastebuds with some delicious desserts. This year, the festival is hosted at Aussie World and will feature a range of dessert food trucks, live music all day, dessert wine tastings, demonstrations, 30+ artisan markets from the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets and kids activities and entertainment.

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1 Downunder Dr, Palmview, QLD 4553 Saturday 15 February From $10

Kalamunda Chilli Festival

Western Australia, are you ready? The biggest annual chilli festival is back, and it’s going to be red hot! The Kalamunda Chilli Festival will have a great lineup of stalls, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and much more. Each ticket comes with a premium Kalamunda Chilli Festival wine glass.

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Stirk Park, Elizabeth St, Kalamunda, WA 6076 Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February 30

Tomato Festival Sydney 2020

The Tomato Festival is back for the seventh year in a row in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Not only will there be workshops, cooking masterclasses, stalls, children’s activities and competitions, but, on both days The Longest Tomato Lunch is being hosted. The lunch is a tomato-inspired Italian shared feast that is eaten along a 70-metre long table, with the menu being curated by Luca Ciano.

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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, NSW 2000 Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February Free entry - some ticketed events

DIY Sri Lankan hopper classes

Want to spruce up your kitchen skills? Now you can, thanks to Hopper Kadé’s Sri Lankan hopper making workshops at Maker’s Dozen. Learn from the head chefs as they teach you about Sri Lankan culture, cuisine and flavours before guiding you step by step in making your very own hopper. From sipping coconut arrack cocktails and jumping in the kitchen to make hopper to enjoying a three-course Sri Lankan tasting menu – this class has it all!

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Hopper Kadé , Shop 1/1 Little Pier St, Haymarket 1, 4, 15, 18 February 101pp

Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival

Spicers Tamarind Retreat is once again hosting their annual Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival. The ticketed event will provide you with five mouthwatering dishes with two matching beverages, which you can enjoy while watching cooking demonstrations, surrounded by the beautiful rainforest landscape of Spicers Tamarind Retreat.

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88 Obi Lne, Maleny QLD 4552 Saturday 22 February 99

Melbourne Cocktail Festival

The inaugural Melbourne Cocktail Festival is finally here, under curatorial direction by 2018 World Class Global Bartender of the Year, Orlando Marzo. The festival will bring together experts and enthusiasts alike to celebrate the art of the cocktail. The festival will offer a thoughtful lineup of workshops, guided tours, tastings, seminars, art installations and activations – all centred around the art of the cocktail.Stuck on what to pick? Here are our Top 5 Sips of the Melbourne Cocktail Festival.

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Wednesday 26 February - Sunday 01 March Various

Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

Held on the last weekend of February, the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival is the biggest celebration of Greek culture, food and arts in Melbourne. The festival will feature some of Melbourne’s most talented performers, musicians, dancers, chefs, cooks and competitors for a weekend of Greek-flavoured fun.

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Swanston St through to Exhibition St, Melbourne, VIC 3000 Saturday 29 February & Sunday 01 March Free entry

Feature image: Longest Tomato Lunch 2019. Image supplied, BGCP

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