Where can you find great local wines and regional food (to taste and buy) plus loads of general stalls all in one place? At the Geographe Crush Food and Wine Festival, that’s where!

Geographe Crush Food & Wine Festival, Bunbury

Promising to be a great family day out, the festival will take place on Sunday November 7th from 11am – 6pm at Bicentennial Square, Blair Street, Bunbury.

Tickets are just $20 each (free for children under 18) which includes a souvenir glass and access to tastings and entertainment.

I went along last year and was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of food, wine and produce on offer. I had expected a small, country event, but in fact the festival  felt more like a ‘city convention centre food and wine fair’ with all the trimmings and surrounding buzz. In fact I got a bit carried away buying meals to take home (enough to feed a non-existent army), and lots of wine to stock up reserves for Christmas.

This year the Festival is promising some great new local food, about 40 of the best Geographe wines, regional beers from local boutique breweries, plus tourism and general products on show and to buy.

If you’re into cooking or fancy yourself as a bit of a super chef, then be sure to watch the Harvey Beef Chefs Challenge in which local chefs and apprentices will have a cook-off preparing their own regional dish from a Mystery Local Produce Basket. The competition is open to chefs, apprentices and caterers.

Are there any super-chef-kids in your family? Then why not take them along to the Aspenz Kids in the Kitchen workshops where they will be taught how to prepare and cook Gnocchi, Pizza and Frittata – places will be limited so email Katherine@cmsevents.com.au to reserve a place.

Wine appreciation seminars will include “Liquid Geography – a Taste Tour around the Geographe Wine Region”, “Shiraz from the Geographe”, and “Varietal Strength of the Geographe”.

As a lead-up to the busy Christmas season, the Geographe Crush Food and Wine Festival is one beaut of a place to begin. Check out the Geographe Crush website for more details and pre-bookings.

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