This festival dedicated to bubbly booze and gourmet food is setting up in a harbourside park
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 a festival honouring sparkling wine will soon arrive at our shores, featuring everything from dry bubbly rosé to a bold sparkling shiraz.
It’s sneaking in just before winter, offering tastings of more than 60 local sparkling drops and international fizzy pours from the likes of Bunnamagoo Estate, Direct Wine Cellars, Hungerford Hill and Tamburlaine Organic Wines. They’re also organising other food and beverage set-ups with a sparkling theme. You can go nuts on oysters and pink bubbles at the Ridge North Lilydale Sparkling Rosé and Oyster Bar, or pair prosecco and Mediterranean white peaches at the Bellini Cipriani Bar.
If you’re more into sparkling as an aperitif, spend the rest of the festival at the gin garden bar. They’ll be stirring and shaking G&Ts with the fanciest of tonics from Fever Tree and creative botanical mixes by Adelaide Hills Distillery – their Green Ant gin is a goer.
To stop too much bubbly-induced bar stool wobbling, sedate you stomach at the festival’s food-focused stalls. Yulli’s Brews will be slinging their highly sought-after veggo and vegan dishes, there’ll be piping-hot woodfired pizza coming out of the Happy as Larry Food Truck and Jimmy Liks will be smoking, barbecuing and frying up a spicy Asian fusion feast.
If you’re stuffed to bursting but you’re still eyeing off the cheese and charcuterie at the fresh produce stands, you can box up some of their cured meats, preserves, dairy creations, honey and sweet treats to take home.
Entry to this bubbly wonderland is free, but you'll need purchase tasting tickets and glasses on the day, or get organised beforehand with tasting packages starting at $20.