The Kosciuszko Craft Beer Festival is a must-attend event for beer lovers. It’s held every year in the town of Thredbo resort. It’s not summer without a cold craft beer. Local makers such as Tumut River Brewing Co. make some of the best.
The Hunter Valley Beer & Barbecue Festival, held at Hope Estate Brewery in Pokolbin, is a chance to sample craft ales paired up with barbecued meats. The festival includes the Australasian BBQ Alliance Championship, beer classes, a cook-off, and displays.
Slice Of Haven takes place in Camden Haven, on the mid-North Coast. This event celebrates local producers and purveyors.
Visit the Snowy Mountains in May to experience the Batlow CiderFest. Colorful stalls will take over the main street of the town as they celebrate the end of the apple harvest. The program includes tasting boutique ciders as well as exploring orchards in other areas.
The Wines of the West Festival in August will feature a variety of wines from the Blue Mountains as well as Central West NSW. This two-day festival, held at the Carrington at Katoomba, features dozens of winemakers and offers an opportunity to sample drops you would normally only find in cellar doors. The degustation dinner is the night before the festivities begin.
Mudgee Wine & Food Month, which takes place every September/October, features a wide range of events, including live music and tastings. There are also tours, lunches, and dinners. This festival offers a unique opportunity to sample local wines, beers, and spirits, expertly paired up with small plates inspired by the region.
Many of the cool climate wines produced in the rolling hills surrounding Orange at the gateway to County NSW will be showcased during the Orange Wine Festival, which takes place every two weeks. There are a number of activities on the program, including the Orange Wine Show Tasting and Festival Night Market, which highlight local producers in nearby villages.
The Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival is held within the confines of Maitland Gaol. The former maximum security prison has been transformed into a festival for those who want to try local food and drinks, listen to local music, meet local beer brewers, and take part in workshops.
The Food and Wine Festival, held in Moss Vale, is the closest wine region to Sydney. It celebrates all that is local and sustainable. You’ll find a wide range of activities. The Pop & Pour Festival, held in Perricoota, close to the Murray River, in the far south of the State, will offer you enough wineries and distilleries that it’s worth a second visit.