Head down and celebrate amazing food and unique wines at Taste Great Southern
We’re already well aware that our Great Southern region boasts some of the most beautiful, bold flavours in Australia, and now it’s time to rediscover that love in the form of long lunches, unique dinners, degustations, premium pairing events, community markets, music events, wine sessions and more.
The one-of-a-kind event is a toast to vibrant, fresh flavours and culinary delights across rugged coastal landscapes and jaw-dropping scenery in Albany, Denmark, Mt Barker, Frankland River, and Katanning.
You’ll be introduced to award-winning wineries and breweries while feasting on the best of the best local produce from plump oysters to mouthwatering beef and sensational cheese, washing it all down with sips of award-winning Shiraz, refreshing Pinot Noir, Riesling, and craft beer brewed to perfection.
With over 30 culinary events and plenty of noteworthy chefs to choose from it may seem like a bit of a mission to narrow it all down, so let’s talk about some highlights.
Catch of the South
Friday 6th May, 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm.
This is your go-to if seafood is your thing, with a 10-course degustation-style feast of star produce alongside 3drops wine. The menu is designed in collaboration with Tasmanian guest chef Analiese Gregory, state chef Don Hancey, and local chef Trenton Brennan.
Six Seasons On A Plate
Saturday 14th May, 6.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Immerse yourself in the Noongar Six Seasons with a fine dining degustation experience by Chef Paul Iskov featuring locally sourced bushfoods, wines from the Hawker Ridge Estate matched to each course, and a new brew from Beerfarm.
Kaat-Nyiny Yorga Yarning
Sunday 8th May, 12 pm – 3 pm
Kaat-Nyiny Yorga artist and entrepreneur Wendy Hayward is set to take you on a vibrant lunch journey with guest chef Herb Faust. Be wowed by fresh Bushtucker featuring kangaroo tail roll, bush tomato, charcoal-grilled duck breast, yabbie toast, and more while you follow Wendy’s story behind every flavour.
Women of the Region Dinner Presented by Business Station
Wednesday 11th May, 6.00 pm – 9.30 pm
In a celebration of the incredible women behind the Great Southern, local chef Sally Francis will join Melissa Palinkas in creating a four-course dinner accompanied by the greatest wines from some of the regions leading women.
Albany Food & Wine Festival Presented By Mt Barker Chicken
Saturday 14th May, 11.30 am – 5.00 pm
Enjoy a day featuring award-winning wine, craft beer, local food, live music and talented chefs. You’ll be able to sip on over 100 WA wines, watch Evan Hayter (Arimia Estate), Jordan Bruno (My Kitchen Rules) and Trenton Brennan (Ocean & Paddock) share their cooking tips, and get your hands on tapas from local foodies.
Jazz at the Cellar Door
Saturday 7th May, 4.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Combine smooth jazz sounds with crafted wines and food. Gemma Farrell Quintet, Lucy Iffla Quartet, and Brass Party will take to the stage in captivating style while tapas from local food providers and award-winning wines will dazzle.
Planning your trip
Now, getting there may seem like the tricky part – but trust us, it’s well worth the drive.
Check out the full list of exciting culinary experiences on offer so you can plan out your itinerary, then round up your friends and look at the package options for both weeks and grab some accommodation to suit your needs.
There are also plenty of attractions to explore while you’re in the area, so make sure you take a peek at some of the best and work them into your daily schedule.
Are you coming down?
It’s not just your typical Great Southern holiday, it’s an experience.
Book your tickets HERE and create your very own food and wine adventure.
Taste Great Southern is proudly supported by the Government of Western Australia