Sparkling Sydney

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Wine festival at Pirrama Park overlooking the Harbour
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Time Out says

This festival dedicated to bubbly booze and gourmet food is setting up for a second year overlooking the harbour

Sydneysiders are pretty well-versed in the art of sipping sparkling wine. Our harbourside town, with its sea breezes and beachy demeanour, is a primo spot to toss back a Prosecco with brunch or a sneaky sparkling accompanied by a salty oyster or two. So it feels very appropriate that the festival honouring all things fizzy will be returning to Pyrmont's Pirrama Park for a second year, featuring everything from dry bubbly rosé to a bold sparkling shiraz.

Like last year, it’s happening just before winter, offering tastings of more than 60 local and international pours from the likes of Freeman Vineyards, Hungerford Hill, Tulloch Wines, Iron Gate Estate, De Beurepaire, Hanging Tree and many more. In keeping with the theme, other offerings will involve things that go well with bubbles – rock oysters, cheese, charcuterie and even condiments and Champagne soaps to take home. 

If you’re more into sparkling as an aperitif, spend the rest of the festival tasting sparkling gins from small-batch producer Buffalo Vale, or knocking back beers from Frenchies in Rosebery or the Central Coast's craft-brewing star, Six String Brewing Company.

To stop too much bubble-induced bar stool wobbling, sedate your stomach at the festival’s food-focused stalls. Old favourites like Asian-fusion legends Jimmy Liks and Lucio's Pizzeria are on board, as are vegan heroes Vege for Love. Spanish paella, handmade Italian gnocchi and French crêpes will also be available. 

Entry to this bubbly wonderland is free, but you'll need purchase tasting tickets on the day.

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