What’s Happening In The Highlands Food & Wine Scene
We all know it's foodie heaven here in The Highlands. So many amazing producers, providores, restaurants and cafes showcasing the best of what we have to offer locally. And the wine! Don’t get us started on the amazing vineyards, wineries and cellar doors we have dotted across our beautiful region….actually DO get us started because we looooove talking about all of the delicious food and all of the tasty wine.
That’s why we’re excited to partner with the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association to let you know what all their awesome members are up to – so many fabulous events, awards, promotions, new products and dates for you to schedule into your diary!
OCTOBER 5-6 // Eden Brewery To Release New Beer At Southern Highlands Food And Wine Festival
Eden Brewery is celebrating The Highlands by releasing a very special new beer at the Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival. Brewed in collaboration with Artemis Wines and Quarter Acre Farm, it combines two of our favourite things, that’s for sure! Birthed from the unlikely friendship between a brewer and a wine maker, this beer is made with 20% Pinot Noir close vine grape must and 80% Highlands milled grain. This creates a beautifully complex interplay between grape and grain. But they didn't stop there! The beer was bittered entirely with locally grown hand-picked hops from Quarter Acre Farm and fermented, for the first time, with Highlands native yeast. They then aged it for over 18 months in Pinot oak barrels, giving it time to mature and mellow. Complex and delicious, pleasing to the palates of those who appreciate tasty wine AND fabulous brews!
Sparkling Winemaking Tour And Tasting At Cuttaway Hill Wines
Hey, this looks like something fun to do with a group of friends! Exeter’s Cuttaway Hill Wines are hosting Private Sparkling Winemaking Tours & Tastings for groups of 6 or more for only $15 per person. AND you can book it yourself online – how cool is that? The guys at Cuttaway Hill will walk and talk you through the art and science of handmade sparkling wines which includes a tasting from the actual cellar and then a guided tasting in the cosy surrounds of the cellar door – love it! The sparkling winemaking tours operate Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays - just book 24 hours in advance. Oh, and you can pre-order regional grazing platters – yum! Email [email protected] for more info.
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK // Tractorless Vineyard & Bowral Brewing Café Now Open
A café in a cellar door? We love the sound of that! The café at the urban cellar door of Tractorless Vineyard and Bowral Brewing is now open from 7:00am – 10:30am Mondays to Saturdays. There’s coffee – always a good thing! – and healthy quick breakfast options available. And if it tickles your fancy, order yourself a glass of sparkling or refreshing morning cider! Degustation plates also available every day between 10:30am and 4:30pm. And their wine bar is open Friday and Saturday evenings 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Sounds like you never have to leave!
Congratulations to Birch ! This Southern Highlands foodie destination in Moss Vale was recently awarded one glass in the Australian Wine List of the Year Awards – the only local establishment to be award a glass at the 2019 event. Great job, guys!
DATES FOR THE DIARY
SEPTEMBER 1 // Father's Day In The Highlands
When it comes to celebrating those special guys in our lives - dads, grandads, stepdads, father figures and funcles - there is no shortage of places to choose from. There are plenty of Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association Members offering events, lunches, specials and treats to help celebrate Father's Day in The Highlands. Select from events at Bendooley Estate, Birch, The Loch, Centennial Vineyards Restaurant and plenty more...
SEPTEMBER 20 // Australian Highlands Wine Show Awards
This event brings together all the best wines from the high altitude cooler climate wine regions of Australia, including the Southern Highlands (of course - go team!!), Orange, Mudgee, New England and plenty more... Winemakers will be competing for the prestigious title of Australia's Best Wine With Altitude - love it! And this year the awards will be open to the public which gives us an opportunity to taste entries and award winning wines too. Tickets will be on sale soon, so watch this space. Thank you to the fabulous PepperGreen Estate for hosting in 2019!
OCTOBER 5-6 // Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival at Bradman Oval, Bowral
A local favourite on the foodie calendar, the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival is such a fun and fabulous way to show how our regions creative food producers, innovative wine makers, craft brewers, distillers and chefs showcase the abundance and diversity of produce The Highlands has to offer. Super popular with locals and visitors alike! Ticket details will be announced soon. Pencil this weekend in your diary in the meantime!
Traditional Roasts at Farm Club Australia
Who said a roast is just for Sunday? They’re that good, they should be available every day, right? That’s what Farm Club Australia at Werai think too, so they’re serving up traditional roasts and a glass of red (because is it even a roast if its not accompanied with a delicious wine??) every Wednesday to Sunday for just $25 per person. Yum! More information here.
The Highlands Tour Co Wine Tour Special Deal For Readers Of The Fold
The Highlands Tour Co is where food and wine collide! And we love how they support local, showcasing the very best of what our region has to offer to visitors and locals alike. The Highlands Tour Co treat you to the very best wine, food and attractions the Southern Highlands has to offer in the stylish comfort of chauffeur driven luxury sedans, vans or modern mini-coaches. Sounds fabulous, right? If you would like to explore our amazing local region, Highlands Tour Co is offering a special deal for The Fold readers – during the month of August they will offer up a 10% discount for all weekday tours booked. Just mention this offer when you book your spot – very cool! Email them here.
The Robertson Hotel Is Offering $100 Off Accommodation And Dinner
The super stylish Robertson Hotel is magical any time of the year, but especially winter. Think open fires, delicious comfort food and wine that warms the belly when it hits the bottom and of course, the stylish guest rooms....so beautiful. And now is the perfect time to stay at The Robertson Hotel because they are offering up a special deal. You'll receive $100 off Friday and Saturday night accommodation and dinner if you stay for two consecutive nights. No one ever needs an excuse to escape somewhere beautiful and experience gorgeous Highlands hospitality, but if you need an excuse, this deal should do it! [email protected] for more info and to make a reservation.
For local foodie and wine businesses...
If you want to become a member of the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association, click here or if you would like to be kept up to date with what the association and all their members are up to, be sure to check back in here at The Fold - we’ll be updating this awesome page monthly. You can sign up for the Association’s newsletter here or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.