Oct
1
to Oct 2

Narooma Oyster Festival 2016

The Narooma Oyster Festival celebrates South Coast NSW oysters and our region’s natural clean quality produce, chefs, and rich artistic and cultural talents.

Narooma Oyster Festival is an initiative of Narooma and District Chamber of Commerce & Tourism with strong community, oyster industry and business support. Now in its eighth year, the festival was recognised in 2011, 2013 and 2014 by the NSW South Coast Tourism Awards.

More information at the official website of Narooma Oyster Festival

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Sep
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Oyster Frenzy - Melbourne

Oyster Frenzy at The Botanical is back in 2016 for 3 fabulously frenzied evenings! Wednesday 11th May | Wednesday 13th July | Wednesday 14th September

You will be welcomed with a glass of NV Pommery on arrival and may indulge in an evening of unlimited oysters from the best inlets in Australia, served natural.

The Botanical, Main Bar & Lounge
7pm-9.00pm

$69 per person
Full payment required at time of booking.
*NON refundable.

More information on the Facebook event page

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Jul
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Oyster Frenzy - Melbourne

Oyster Frenzy at The Botanical is back in 2016 for 3 fabulously frenzied evenings! Wednesday 11th May | Wednesday 13th July | Wednesday 14th September

You will be welcomed with a glass of NV Pommery on arrival and may indulge in an evening of unlimited oysters from the best inlets in Australia, served natural.

The Botanical, Main Bar & Lounge
7pm-9.00pm

$69 per person
Full payment required at time of booking.
*NON refundable.

More information on the Facebook event page

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May
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Oyster Frenzy - Melbourne

Oyster Frenzy at The Botanical is back in 2016 for 3 fabulously frenzied evenings! Wednesday 11th May | Wednesday 13th July | Wednesday 14th September

You will be welcomed with a glass of NV Pommery on arrival and may indulge in an evening of unlimited oysters from the best inlets in Australia, served natural.

The Botanical, Main Bar & Lounge
7pm-9.00pm

$69 per person
Full payment required at time of booking.
*NON refundable.

More information on the Facebook event page

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Apr
9
2:00pm 2:00pm

The Forage - Little National

From The Forage Facebook Event page:

The Forage is back on April 9 at the Little National in Barton. Showcasing Canberra's best in street food, produce, beverages and lots of foodie goodness. It's all local and it's all delicious! Be enterained by local muso's and dancers and kick back and soak up the atmosphere in the live music lounge.

Our city is full of amazing talent and Georgia Bennett and Mickey Sulit Music will be there to smash out some amazing tunes.

The Subsdance Dance Studio, proudly sponsored by HerCanberra, will be popping up in all their afro samba glory to live drumming.

And why not find the 'Giant Games Pitch' - a space to get together with mates and bash out a round Giant Jenga, Giant Dominoes and Giant Naughts and Crosses! Food, drink and a whole lot more....

Little National Hotel
21 National Circuit BARTON, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

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Apr
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Oysters Unplugged - Mount Majura Vineyard

From the Oysters Unplugged Facebook Event page:

Oysters Unplugged at Cellar Door

Join us at cellar door to celebrate the 2016 Harvest Festival with fresh shucked oysters. These are the perfect match to our outstanding Riesling and The Silurian sparkling. From 1pm Oysters Unplugged will be set up freshly shucking oysters from the Ralston Bros. The Ralston Bros, are 5th generation oyster farmers from the Clyde river NSW. They will drive up with fresh oysters on the day. No bookings required but get in early before they all sell out.

No bookings but be sure to get in early if you would like a table and some oysters. Alternatively bring a picnic blanket and use our great grass lawn for an oyster and sparkling wine picnic.

Mount Majura Vineyard
314 Majura Rd, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2609

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Apr
9
to Apr 10

Harvest Festival - Murrumbateman Winery

From the Harvest Festival Facebook Event page:

Join us at Murrumbateman Winery this Harvest Festival, 9-10 April, for live music and foot stomping on the terrace.

Sit back and relax with a glass of wine and homemade calzone, finish off your afternoon with coffee and our famous homemade scones.

> Chorizo and smoky tomato calzone served with walnut and goat cheese side salad, matched with a glass of 2014 Merlot Shiraz
> Roasted pumpkin and sauteed mushroom calzone with walnut and goat cheese side salad, match with a glass of Mollie's Block Sauvignon Blanc
> Devonshire tea, your choice of tea or coffee served with our famous homemade scones topped with jam and cream.

Murrumbateman Winery
131 McIntosh Circuit, Murrumbateman, New South Wales 2582

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Apr
6
to Apr 9

Blind Taste Challenge - Canberra District Wine Week

From the Facebook event page:

To celebrate the Canberra District Wine Week (from Monday 4 April 2016 until Sunday 10 April 2016), The Canberra Wine House is inviting wine-lovers everywhere to join our Blind Taste Challenge for a chance to win some great prizes!

For just $10 (per person), you'll be provided with a taste of six incredible Canberra region wines. You'll then be asked to identify the label, the variety, and the vintage of each drop. For an extra tricky challenge, we'll also ask you to estimate the retail price of each wine!

The winner of the challenge will receive a gift-card worth $100 (redeemable at The Canberra Wine House) and prizes will also be awarded to the runners-up! All winners will be announced and notified in the week following the end of the competition.

So, visit The Canberra Wine House anytime from 4pm until 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays or from 3pm until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy great local wines and to test your knowledge with our Blind Taste Challenge, celebrating the Canberra District Wine Week!

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Apr
4
to Apr 10

Canberra District Wine Week program

This year the Canberra District Wine Industry Association has put together a new initiative, the Canberra District Wine Week – a celebration of Canberra district wines.

Visitors and locals can enjoy a week long program, running from 4 to 10 April 2016, of planned wine tasting dinners and events happening throughout the region. The celebration will conclude out at participating cellar doors with the 2016 Harvest Festival.

From the Canberra District Wine Week website:

Program

Monday 4 April – Friday 8 April:  

Come down to the Ostani Garden Bar at Hotel Realm where every night across the Canberra District Wine Week local winemakers will be serving a selection of their wines.  more information

Monday 4 April:

Join us at Muse for an intimate evening to taste Pinot Noir wines fromLerida EstatePankhurst Wines and Domaine Rogha Crois matched with a range of superb canapes prepared by Sam Willis, head chef at Muse.  more information –This event is now sold out

Tuesday 5 April:

A tasting evening of left field wines along with canapes will be served atClementine in Yass.  more information

For those in Canberra enjoy a delicious dinner hear about alternative wines (natural and left field) at Eightysix in Braddon.  more information

Wednesday 6 April:

A wine dinner and the official launch of the Canberra District Wine Week will be held at Hotel Realm.  The evening will be hosted by Gourmet Traveller’s Winemaker of the Year for 2013, Tim Kirk, and leading wine writer Huon Hooke. The event will feature a five-course dinner with matching award-winning Canberra wines. Tickets are limited.  more information

Wednesday 6 April – Saturday 9 April

A blind tasting competition will run at The Canberra Wine House where visitors can test their wine knowledge.  more information

Wednesday 6 April – Sunday 10 April

A steak and Shiraz lunch and dinner will be available at The George Bar & Dining at The Lake George Hotel. Their famous Cattleman’s steak will be matched with a glass of a local Shiraz.  more information

Thursday 7 April:

A showcase of Canberra district sparkling will be held at the Yass Valley Information Centre.   Drop in for a taste and a chat with local Sparkling producers as well as leading wine writer Huon Hooke. more information

Local Cabernet producers will be matching their wines with some great local lamb dishes at Flint at Shaw Vineyard.  Four local winemakers and Gourmet Traveller wine writer Huon Hooke will be on hand to talk about the wines.  more information

The famous Sangiovese and pizza dinner is on again at Four Winds Vineyard. Local winemakers will match their wine to delicious wood-fired pizzas.  more information

Gryphons Caffe Bar at the Griffith shops will be hosting a tasting and dining evening with the winemakers from Three LadsSummerhill Road Wines and Kerralee Winesmore information

The Green Herring Restaurant will be hosting a wine and food degustation. The delicious 6 course dinner will feature wines fromBarton EstateGallagher Wines and Granitevale Estate.  more information

Friday 8 April:

The Yazzbar will host a Meet the Makers evening.  Local winemakers will be there to pour and talk about the amazing wines in the district.  more information

To celebrate the harvest festival, a seasonal degustation dinner with matching wines will be held at the Ewe ‘N Me restaurant in Yass.  more information

Poachers Pantry and Wily Trout Vineyard will be hosting a Veggie Patch Dinner under the stars. Their chef will be cooking in the veggie patch using the vegetables from the garden and Poachers Pantry smoked meats. Wily Trout Vineyard will also have a pre-release of some of their 2016 wines.  more information

An exclusive Pinot Noir event will be held at Pialligo Estate.  Taste Pinot Noir from ClonakillaLark Hill WineryLerida Estate and Maipenrai, matched with seasonal dishes.  more information – This event is now sold out

Canberra district wine week is a celebration of our local wineries and where better to enjoy wine than the beautiful gardens of Pod Food. Canberra district wineries Eden Road WinesNick O’Leary andMount Majura Vineyard will be there with their wines while Pod Foodwill provide delicious canapés and charcuterie.  more information

Saturday 9 April:

Join the Pinot and the Passion Trail – discover intriguing Pinot Noir from the Canberra district and the passion of the people who make them.  more information

Oysters Unplugged will be set up with an oyster bar at Mount Majura Vineyard to help celebrate the 2016 Harvest Festival. Oysters are a perfect match with their Riesling or The Silurian Sparkling wine.  more information

Weekend of 9 and 10 April – Harvest Festival

Come out to the cellar doors and see where the Canberra district wines come from. On Saturday there will be activities such as vineyard and winery tours, grape stomping, talks on winemaking, music and wine tasting. On Sunday the focus will be on food and wine so head back out to enjoy a long harvest festival lunch. Check out the full Harvest Festival program

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Apr
1
to Apr 30

Let's Do Dinner - The Loft Bar & Grill

From the Let's Do Dinner Facebook Event page:

LET'S DO DINNER
$49pp - 2 Courses with Matched Wines

We've have an overwhelmingly positive response to our March - Let's Do Dinner. So good in fact that we've decided to extend it till the end of April! 

Join us at The Loft Bar & Grill for our Let's Do Dinner set menu special. With a fresh new menu each week, select from the two featured entrees & two mains each with a perfectly matched glass of wine. 
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ENTREE
Wasabi battered soft shell crab with lime mayo
Or
Bbq black tiger prawns with chilli and garlic

MAIN
Bbq lamb rump, braised french lentils and beetroot
Or
Grilled Thirlmere chicken, creamed chickpea, grilled lemon
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Open Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm. To book a table contact us on 6247 7330

The Loft Bar & Grill is situated above the Duxton at O'Connor shops. With a warm rustic, seasonal menu and a strong focus around the grill. The menu is a showcase of Australian regional produce and innovative sides dishes all paired with the extensive wine and cocktail list.

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Mar
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Elk and Pea dinner - Good Food Month

Agave Azul

Explore Los Altos as the Elk and Pea take you on a journey through Jalisco, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Nayarit and Tamaulipas to discover and learn of the bountiful range of tequila that the golden triangle has to offer. With a five-course Central and South American inspired banquet paired with tequila tasters and cocktails.

WHERE: 21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
WHEN: Mar 9, 19; 07:00pm - 11:00pm
COST: $95; includes five-courses plus tequila tasters and tequila based cocktails $55; includes five-courses

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Mar
19
11:00am11:00am

Canberra Craft Beer and Cider Festival

From the Facebook event page:

FOR THE LOVE OF BEER!

Join us this March at the Mercure Canberra for the 9th annual Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival!

- Try over 80 craft beers & ciders
- Local gourmet food
- Beer & food matching
- Meet the brewers
- Live entertainment
- Expression Sessions
- Giveaways
- Jumping castle
- Charity Raffle

Tickets:
$15 Pre-sale
$22 on the door
All entrants receive a tasting cup and 5 tasting tickets - extra tickets thereafter will be $1 each.

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Mar
19
9:00am 9:00am

Red Brick Espresso Degustation Breakfast, Pod Food

From the Facebook event page:

$60 per person
Join Pod Food, Red Brick Espresso and Fleur Studd from Melbourne Coffee Merchants for a four course breakfast degustation matched with the character and profile of one of the world's most unique coffee origins, Bolivia.

Amazing flavours in each course will be matched with different brew techniques and coffees to give an insight into the journey of Bolivian coffee from farm to cup. 

Bolivian coffees offer so much versatility and diversity in their flavour profiles. Some have straight-up sugar cane sweetness, with balanced acidity, silky mouthfeel and heavy chocolate body. Others are more complex and winey, with delicious notes of berries and butterscotch bursting from the cup. 

Working with Bolivian coffee has some amazingly positive impacts on the farms and communities that produce it. We will explore why supporting Bolivian coffee is more important than ever and what is being done to ensure its survival and long-term sustainability in the years to come.

Location: Pod Food, 12 Beltana Rd, Pialligo, Canberra

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Mar
14
2:00pm 2:00pm

Canberra Day 2016

From the Facebook event page:

Celebrations return to Stage 88, Commonwealth Park to ring in Canberra’s 103rd birthday this Canberra Day. 

Headlined by Canberra’s own house music duo The Aston Shuffle, this year’s program is bursting at the seams with live music and entertainment and amusement park rides to entertain young and old. 

There will be a range of food vans and local traders onsite to provide catering for the event.

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Mar
14
1:00pm 1:00pm

Kitchen Cabinet Lunch

Ginger Catering is hosting a Kitchen Cabinet Lunch at 1pm on Monday 14 March in the Discovery Garden at the National Arboretum. $100pp

‘From the Mountains to the Sea Menu’ including wattleseed damper, Clyde River oysters, hot smoked rainbow trout, steamed yabbies, wood smoked BBQ lamb cutlets and our own Canberra Cake sourced from ingredients within our 100 mile food shed. Wines from Lerida Estate and beers from Pact are included. Jo Donovan, a Dhanggati woman from Bandu Catering, will join us.

For more information, check out the Ginger Catering Kitchen Cabinet Lunch calendar.

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Mar
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Vineyard Tour at Lerida Estate

Tour the vineyard, winery and barrel room with the owner, winemaker or cellar door manager, and participate in a tutored tasting of 6 wines. Notes provided.

Approx 45 minutes in duration. Designed for groups of 8 or more, but they can cater for smaller groups.
$7.50 or $12.50

Bookings Essential.

More information can be found on the Lerida Estate website.

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Mar
12
to Mar 13

Handmade Markets

From the Facebook event page

Our Handmade Market is on again bigger and better than ever for 2016. Two big days of Handmade goodness and all made in Australia. 220 stalls plus a gourmet food hall will be on offer. 

You will find gifts for evereyone from the hard to buy for to the foodie, gifts for young and the not so young as well.

From 10-4 both days, free entry and free parking but please support Menslink with a gold coin donation if you can.

We are also supporting Share the Dignity Charity. Please bring along any pack/s of sanitary items and give them to the team on their stall. 

12 & 13 March 2016 at EPIC.

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Mar
6
3:00pm 3:00pm

Official launch of Aviary's Sundays Live

From the Facebook event page:

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF AVIARY'S SUNDAYS LIVE!!

We're bringing you the Sunday sunset session that Canberra so desperately craves! Welcome to Aviary, Canberra's first container bar. Think summer, sunsets, natural home brewed cocktails and some of Canberra's most talented acoustic musicians and bands.

Launching on March 6th, Aviary Sundays will bring you 5 hours of live summery goodness. Drinks will be flowing from midday. We'll be going live from 3pm.

FREE ENTRY! Aviary Rooftop - 3 Barrine Drive, Canberra

$5 Somersbys
$5 Beers
$8 Sangria
$15 fresh home grown cocktails

Azim Zain and His Lovely Bones
Room
James Kelly
Amy Jenkins
Oly Sherman

We've teamed up with UBER to give everyone attending our opening a free ride up to $20 !

The process is simple:
1. Download the UBER app and create an account.
2. Enter the promo code ‘AVIARYLIVE’ when prompted.
3. Check the ETA, 'REQUEST' when you need a car, and enjoy the ride!

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Mar
6
11:30am11:30am

Pizza Artigiana First Birthday

From the Facebook event page:

Sunday Spectacular - Celebrating our 1st Birthday - Cocktails especially Apersol Spiritz - imported beers ,wines, plus gelato and of course our awesome pizzas. We are opening for lunch for the first time to mark the occasion our new outdoor dining and with live music from local artist. 

Come join us and enjoy what we do best True traditional Neapolitan style Pizza all day with fun and friendly atmosphere! 

Doors open at 11:30am - Oven will be Serving at 12. First 5 customers will receive a birthday gift from us.

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Mar
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Romeo and Juliet at Shaw Vineyard

From the Yass Valley website

Summer 2016 will see us revisit one of Shakespeare's most popular and best known love stories, Romeo and Juliet, This tragic tale of forbidden love set against the violence of warring families is by far one of Shakespeare's most popular stories.

The gates will open at 4:30pm with food and beverage available for purchase from this time, Flint at Shaw Vineyard is situated on 34 Isobel Drive in Murrumbateman NSW. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show.

With loads of food and wine options available on the night including hampers, gelato, coffee, cocktails and more there is NO BYO, but you may bring cushions, rugs, chairs (up the back please), mosquito repellant and your friends! Parking is free and is onsite. 

*Tickets may be transferable to a friend if you cannot attend. (please let us know via email vines@flint.net.au)

For more information on this event or for bookings please contact Flint at Shaw Vineyard on (02) 6227 5144 or Visit their website by clicking here.

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Mar
5
12:00pm12:00pm

Canberra Reggae Festival

From the Facebook event page:

Jamaica comes to Canberra with the Inner West Reggae Disco Machine, their hand built sound system ready to turn up the bass as their selectors play reggae the likes of which has never been heard in Canberra before.

Live band performances will also be on throughout the day courtesy of reggae supergroup The Protesters, Kinsky and local favourites Zambezi Sounds Canberra will pay homage to the African roots and get you dancing into the night.

It's a kid friendly event with a Jumping Castle and Facepainting with the smells from the Jamaican food stall wafting past your nose.

Saturday 5 March at 12pm

Old Canberra Inn - 195 Mouat Street, Lyneham
 

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Mar
4
5:30pm 5:30pm

Global Cafe - A Taste of Indonesia

From the Facebook event page:

Global Cafe - A Taste of Indonesia aims to bring back the sense of home to our fellow Indonesians as well as to allow non-Indonesians have a taste of Indonesia through various unique ways and experiences.

There will be FREE authentic Indonesian foods and drinks provided, and you will also get a chance to immerse in numerous Indonesian traditional culture and performances such as fashion show, Indonesian traditional dances and instruments, joget clubbing, Indonesian hairdo, and tattoo parlour all for free!

Wear your best outfit and take part in our activities, cuz we’ve also got some awesome rewards for Best Dressed and Best Joget!

At Melville Hall, ANU starting at 5:30pm.

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Enlighten Night Noodle Markets
Mar
4
to Mar 13

Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

From the website:

Canberrans, it’s time to hone your chopstick skills in preparation for the inaugural Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, 4 - 13 March, 2016. With all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival, the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets, in association with Enlighten Festival is set to take Canberra by storm.

Whether you’re meeting friends after work, on a family outing or just looking to soak up the atmosphere and graze your way around a different part of Asia every night, the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are the place to be.

WHERE: Reconciliation Place, Canberra

WHEN:  4 - 13 March, 2016

COST: Free

Want to find out more?

Check out what's on the menu at this year's Night Noodle Markets!

Check out my review of last year's Night Noodle Markets!

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Mar
3
6:30pm 6:30pm

Iori Sake Degustation - Good Food Month

Sake Degustation - Food & Sake Matching Dinner

Seven-course Sake Degustation menu produced by J-Master Chef Mamoru Aizawa and Mr Yoshikubo - Sake Master (Sake Sommelier) from Sake Brewery, Japan. Enjoy selected sake from his brewery and super premium sake with O-Toro (Fatty Tuna) from Tokyo Tsukiji Market.

WHERE: 41 East Row, Canberra City
WHEN: Mar 3, 10; 06:30pm - 09:15pm
COST: $115; includes seven-courses with matching premium Sake

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