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