Food and drink festivals in Sydney

Eat, drink and be merry at these celebrations of all things edible around the city
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It’s clear Sydney has a healthy appetite, with new food precincts and fresh-faced eateries packed out across the CBD and suburbs. There’s cheap eats to be discovered, restaurant dining with a view and desserts that will render your belt useless.

But it’s the city’s food and drink festivals where we take it up a notch. The regular foodie festivals that pop up each year let Sydneysiders unhinge their jaws for tastings, masterclasses, cooking demonstrations and chef meet-and-greets. And we’ve found some of the best the city has to offer.

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Things to do, Food and drink

Wine Island

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Enjoy three days of all things vinous on Clark Island. Guests can kick back, enjoy the island soundtrack and sample exciting wines and well-paired dishes from some of Sydney's best, plus wine tasting masterclasses and treasure hunts for dessert.

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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival

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Winemakers from around Australia and an ensemble of food stall operators will make their way to the sixth Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival this October. The annual congregation on Sydney’s Upper North Shore hosts a day of tastings and produce markets.

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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Newtown Good Food Fair

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This family-friendly event will showcase the products of 30 stallholders, plus the event provides support for the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre's Homeless Outreach program, just in case you needed extra motivation to head to snack city. 

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Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Pinot Palooza

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An annual Pinot Noir festival may sound crazy specific, but it goes hard every year because people love pinot, especially 100 pinots in one place that are open and ready for tasting. Tickets cost you $65, which is a bargain with all the wine tastings included. 

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14th Annual Australian Beer Festival

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You're inviteed to this street party with over 30 breweries, food stalls, meet the brewer sessions, blind tastings and live entertainment. We're talking 120 beers and ciders for you to taste and rate over two and a half days. 

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Taste of Sydney Collective

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In addition to the requisite market stalls offering taste tests of local produce and the prospect of live entertainment, the Taste of Sydney Collective are inviting a kitchens-worth of Sydney’s favourite chefs and international stars to strut their stuff in an open air cook-off.

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Cake Bake and Sweets Show

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You won’t find any Shake ‘n Bake at the Cake Bake and Sweets Show – this flour-covered expo only dishes out top tier sweet treats. There’s masterclasses, competitions and cooking demonstrations, plus plenty of taste-testing over three days.

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