Bowral is abuzz with excitement as the historic Corbett Gardens transforms into a culinary wonderland for the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival, taking place from 8-10 December. This gastronomic gala promises a smorgasbord of local produce, award-winning vino, and crafty brews, accompanied by the region’s finest musicians, all set under the enchanting glow of festive lights.
Whether you’re a connoisseur of fine dining, a fan of casual eats, or on the hunt for Instagrammable café delights, Bowral’s legendary festival has you covered. With a spread that includes everything from hatted restaurant offerings to the ultimate pie, food lovers are spoilt for choice in this gourmet haven. And for those with a sweet tooth? A treasure trove of jams, pickles, olives, breads, cakes, and pastries await, perfect for indulging or gift-giving this Christmas season.
Wine enthusiasts are in for a treat with over 60 vineyards showcasing cool-climate varietals. Sample a crisp chardonnay, a zesty sauvignon blanc, or perhaps let a refreshing riesling tantalise your taste buds. Red lovers can revel in lush pinot gris, rich pinot noir, velvety merlot, and bold cabernet sauvignon – each sip a love letter to the Southern Highlands.
For those partial to spirits, embark on a spirited journey through outstanding local distilleries offering gin, whisky, rum, and liqueurs, with inspirations drawn from global distilling traditions. Beer buffs, fret not – local craft beers are set to steal the show, providing a frothy counterpart to the wine trail.
The festival’s “Market Hall” is a haven for art and handcraft enthusiasts, offering an array of local artisan works to admire and acquire. And as you navigate through this marketplace of marvels, let the soulful sounds of jazz, funk, and bossa nova set the rhythm of your festival experience.
With accommodation options ranging from cosy B&Bs to luxurious retreats, all budgets and preferences are catered to, inviting guests to extend their festival frolics across the weekend.
Beyond the festival’s confines, explore the Southern Highlands’ additional attractions such as the Bradman Museum, Dirty Jane’s Antique Market, and the stunning Red Cow Farm Garden.
Don’t miss the chance to cap off the year with a celebration of local, sustainable, and delectable delights at the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival. Mark your calendars for a weekend of indulgence and conviviality under the festival lights!
For more details and ticket information, visit the festival website at www.southernhighlandsfestival.com.au and be sure to check out www.visitsouthernhighlands.com.au for more local insights. Grab your mates, pack your appetite, and prepare for a weekend to remember!