The annual Wahroonga Food and Wine Festival is returning to Wahroonga Park for its seventh year on Sunday October 27 from 11am – 5pm.
Margot Natoli and Peter Morris of Margot Natoli Project Management will again host the popular event, which has been going strong for seven years now. The idea was born with Peter’s wife Kate, after she attended a food and wine festival in another part of Sydney. Her insight has championed a local event that is embraced by the community. The idea resonated with Margot and her team in the beginning. “People just love locally based food and wine events, especially in their backyards with their local community,” Margot explained. “We had a full house from day one and we in fact have a waiting list for wineries.”
Local enthusiasm for the event has always been high, as demonstrated by each year’s great attendance levels. Local business is on board as well; it’s hard to go to the shops in any nearby suburb and not see a notice or flyer announcing the upcoming festival. The family-friendly event makes an effort to welcome everyone; for the kids there will be inflatable rides, and a petting animal farm from the Southern Highlands. For entertainment, there are live stage performances featuring contemporary talented local school musicians and entertainers.
Over 30 Australian wineries will be represented, offering 130 wines for tasting. Local names featured include Noyce Bros Wines, Wandin Valley, Charteris Wines, Antonios, Lucy’s Run and Petersons Wines. Winemakers will be in attendance and available to meet on the day. Tasting stalls will be in the approximate centre of the park, with several beer and cider stalls together in the middle. Additionally, Wine Selectors will bring their expertise into 30-minute wine masterclasses throughout the day in their tasting showcase marquee.
The central Pink Bar, new this year, will showcase Cipriani Bellini’s and The Ridge North Lilydale’s Tasmanian Sparkling Rose. Fresh Sydney Rock oysters will be served from Ralson Bros Oysters on the Clyde River, with signature spring pink gin cocktails as a complement.
And what is wine without something an excellent food pairing? An assortment of international and Australian gourmet food, as well as cheese platters, will be available. Signature dishes will be on offer from The Brisket and Brawn BBQ Co, Meat & Cleaver, Dog Daze Burgers, Berlin Bangers, French Cheese, Sofrito Paella, FigJam Creperie, Jimmy Liks, Goose on the Loose and Gnocchi Gnocchi. Sweeter temptations can be found at Amsterdam Pancakes and Serendipity Ice Cream. Alexandria Roastery will look after coffees. Food trucks by Ryan Gozleme, Falafal Bros and Vege 4 Love will round things out.
Produce market stalls will be set up with unique products from destinations including Original Smoke & Spice Co, Loveshak, Ink & Weave, Tres Jollie, Honey Australia, Wine Stopper Australia, Persian Nougat, Cacaoette hand crafted chocolate, Bowled Over Beverages, Tar 10, Signature Sauces, Linda’s original sweet chilli relish, Milnes of Mudgee, Hunter Valley Cheese and Puddling Lane, among others.
The event itself is free, and is supported and sponsored by Ku-ring-gai Council and McConnell Bourn, a sponsor since the 2013 inception. Wine tasting glasses and ticket packages start at $20. They can be purchased from the Tasting Ticket Marquee on the day. A special pre purchase wine tasting package ($37.50) is also available here, and may be picked up from the express lane on the day.