A quick warning: Don't read this article if you're hungry, or you might look up and find you've hired a rental car and are at a food festival halfway across the country. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though! It'd be a shame to miss out on the vast array of food-related celebrations happening all over the east coast this summer, so pack your knife and fork and get ready to tuck in at these Australian festivals.
Food Truck Feast, Gold Coast
Details: November 13 from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at the Broadwater Parklands. EFTPOS is available.
The Food Truck Feast is a gathering of the Gold Coast's best food trucks, as well as temporary stalls by some of the city's most loved restaurants.
As the name of the festival suggests, Food Truck Feast is a gathering of the Gold Coast's best food trucks, as well as temporary stalls by some of the city's most beloved restaurants. There's nothing quite like the unpretentious satisfaction of a food truck dinner. Combine this with an ocean-side view and warm summer air and you've got the makings of a perfect night.
Trucks that are likely to make an appearance? The Mexican food trucks Siguenos and the Fiery Deli. Siguenos is Spanish for 'follow me' – and after tasting their delicious food, this is probably all you'll want to do. This truck specialises in delicious tacos, the grilled fish and chipotle marinated beef being just two of the choices on the menu. The Fiery Deli specialises in freshly made organic arepas, which are flatbreads made of maize.
There will be a huge range of other foods including chicken wings and burgers. After a long day of surf and sun, why not grab a blanket and a group of friends and make a picnic of it?
Good Food Month, Melbourne
Details: various dates and places across Melbourne for the whole month of November.
With more than 240 food-related events scattered all over the city, Melbourne is the place to be this November if you're a foodie. Take part in master classes or simply gorge yourself on the sumptuous meals from the culinary masters of Australia's most artsy city.
Notable events include Eclade de Moyle on November 15. Taking place at Moon Dog Brewery, 17 Duke St, Abbostford from 2 p.m. till 4 p.m., watch as David Moyle of Franklin Restaurant and Florent Gerardin create an intoxicating meal of mussels smoked with a stack of pine needles. For $50 a pop, you'll get mussels, potatoes and two glasses of your favourite wine or beer.
Then there's the exciting ice cream social with Big Gay Ice Cream and Gelato Messina on November 26. Doubling as a book launch, you'll taste quirky ice cream flavours such as Bea Arthur sprinkled in wasabi pea dust. This event starts at 6.30 p.m. at Thousand Pound Bend on 361 Little Lonsdale St.
Get ready #Melbourne for a red hot smoked seafood party you need to be at. Join chef @moyle_david of @franklinhobart and French chef Florent Gerardin as they create a traditional French eclade de moules – mussels dramatically smoked under a stack of burning pine needles. It's a rustic Sunday session fuelled by great beer, wine and rock. November 15. Buy tickets at melbourne.goodfoodmonth.com #goodfoodmonth #jointhefeastNov 4, 2015 at 3:42am PST
Details: November 28-29 at 245 Wilson St. Single session passes are $55 and day passes are $90.
Emphasising sustainability and collaboration, this yearly event celebrates over 200 unique wines and their makers.
After you've eaten your way through Good Food Month, hire a car in Melbourne and make your way to Sydney for this creative festival. Emphasising sustainability and collaboration, this yearly event celebrates over 200 unique wines and their makers.
You'll learn several winemaking philosophies and practices, as well as taste some exquisite wines for yourself. The fantastic thing about this festival is that it only accepts wines made from grapes that have been grown organically and in an environmentally responsible way.
Rootstock also hosts a food market during this time, selling delectable treats like artisanal cheeses and traditional Aboriginal foods.