Southern Highlands Food and Wine Association

Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival – 13th and 14th September 2014

“The Gourmet Destination on your door step”

22 April 2014

The upcoming Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival in September again promises to be an opportunity for gastronomes to be immersed in all things food and wine. Visitors from outside the Southern Highlands will join locals in a showcase of local produce, culinary activities, wine tasting and entertainment while sampling a delicious range of food from the entire region along with live music and market stalls.

Southern Highlands food and Wine president William Hall said “We anticipate a significant number of people will attend based on the success of the previous two years, and why not, people are realising the Southern Highlands food and wine region is really the gourmet destination on your doorstep."

Attracting food and wine lovers from Sydney, Wollongong, The South Coast, Canberra and beyond, this is an ideal outing for the enthusiastic day tripper, weekender or locals living in the Highlands. Master classes will include locally acclaimed and award winning chefs. There will be free wine tastings from local award winning wineries as well as educational talks along with children's activities, rides, face painting and farm yard animals.

The Southern Highland Food & Wine Festival will take place on the weekend of Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of September from 10:00 – 4:00 at Corbett Gardens in Bowral. Entry for adults is $10. Free admission is available to children under the age of 15. More information on how to book your ticket:

Press Release: Dan Murphy’s 2014 Australian Highlands Wine Show
Date issued: 25th March 2014

Wines from New South Wales almost swept the pool at this year’s Dan Murphy’s Australian Highlands Wine Show.

Five of the ten trophies were presented to producers from the Southern Highlands (NSW), 2 to Mudgee (NSW), 2 to Hilltops (NSW) and one to South Australia.

Leading the way for the third year in succession was Tertini Wines from the Southern Highlands with trophies for Best Other White Wine (2013 Arneis), Best Pinot Noir, Best Red Wine and Best Wine of the Show (all for the 2012 Pinot Noir). Another Southern Highlands producer, Centennial Vineyards was awarded Best Sparkling Wine for their Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV.

Mudgee region producer, Robert Stein Winery, won trophies for Best Riesling and Best White Wine with their 2013 Half-Dry Riesling.

Freeman Vineyards from the Hilltops region around Young was awarded the trophy for Best Other Red Wine while coastal winery, Cupitt Wines, was awarded the trophy for Best Shiraz with their 2013 Dusty Dog Shiraz made from fruit grown in a Hilltops region vineyard.

The only trophy to go outside New South Wales was to South Australian producer, Eldredge Vineyards, for their 2012 Reserve Malbec.

A total of 8 wine regions, including two from Victoria, were represented among the Wine Show’s 25 highest scoring wines.

Dan Murphy’s Australian Highlands Wine Show is open to all Australian wines made from grapes sourced from vineyards above 500 metres in altitude.

These regions include Southern Highlands NSW, Orange NSW, Central Ranges NSW, Mudgee NSW, New England NSW, Tumbarumba NSW, Hilltops NSW, Gundagai NSW, Canberra District NSW & ACT, Adelaide Hills SA, Beechworth VIC, Strathbogie Ranges VIC, Macedon Ranges VIC and Granite Belt QLD.

The wine show features an outstanding judging panel chaired by Huon Hooke, with Nick Bulleid MW, Rob Geddes MW and Alison Eisermann MW as the senior judges.


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Southern Highlands Take It All to Eastside Radio

Richard Kemp from Eschalot Restaurant, Berrima and Mark Bourne from Cuttaway Hill wines showcase the gourmet destination on your doorstep.


Fine Southern Highlands weather, fine food and fine wine all combined over Saturday and Sunday 21-22 September 2013, to what was hailed as the most successful showcase of Southern Highlands wine and food ever held. We thank the regions wine producers of the region who without their hard work and passion the event would not be possible, and also thank our sponsors and the event organisers along with the Southern Highlands Food & Wine Association committees who pull it all together in style.

Record numbers attended this years event with wine and food producers showcasing their wares along with cooking demonstrations, wine masterclasses, meet the producer talks and fine entertainment from world class Southern Highlands performers. 

Catch the highlights on HIGHLANDSTV.COM.AU

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Two Southern Highlands restaurants have been awarded prestigious hats in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide for 2014.


Biota Dining of Bowral was awarded a rare two hats and also named as the best regional restaurant of NSW.

Eschalot Restaurant of Berrima was awarded one hat for an unprecedented seventh year in a row, confirming its legendary high standard of food and service yet again


A common theme for the two award winning restaurants was the strong link to the Southern Highlands region and their use of local wine and food in many of their dishes. Their use of local seasonal produce has paid handsome dividends for both Biota Dining and Eschalot impressing the judges with inventive fresh seasonal dishes that also keep the locals and visitors coming back for more.

For the full 2014 Good Food Guide award winners click here....


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