Food and wine lovers, rejoice! After a two-year hiatus, the Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival makes a triumphant return.
The Wollundry Wagga Wagga Rotary Club is once again hosting the festival, which will feature a number of local food and wine stalls and beer from regional brewery Riverina Yenda Beers. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 19.
Proceeds from the festival will be donated to a local charity or community organization. Previous recipients like Wagga Women’s Health Center and Riverina Cancer Care Center have each received more than $40,000, and the festival has donated more than $400,000 to the local community since its launch in 2002. Drinking wine has never been so charitable!
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David Pyke, Rotary member and festival organizer, said Region Media that they are looking forward to a successful day after having postponed in 2020 and 2021.
“For the past two years, we’ve worried about whether we’re going to make money! It was hugely disappointing because everyone gets a big benefit out of it,” he said.
“It’s a very big event and it costs a lot of money to organize it, so we need the numbers coming through the doors to make a profit.”
The festival will be held at Victory Memorial Gardens in central Wagga Wagga, with parts of Morrow Street closed to accommodate over 16 different local food stalls. Tasty Tibetan Momos will offer their signature dumplings, Black Barrel Barbecue will serve American-style beef brisket burgers, and Harans Patisserie will offer a selection of their delicious sweet treats. Local producers of Free Range Wagga Wagga pork and Coolamon cheese will also have stalls.
But the food is only part of the fun: wineries from all over the Riverina will be coming to join in the festivities.
“We have wineries coming from Tumbarumba, Griffith and local wineries,” David said.
The Riverina produces over 60% of all wine grapes grown in New South Wales and is divided into the Riverina, Gundagai and Tumbarumba regions which all have their own distinct character. land and different specialties.
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Borambola Wines will showcase their estate-grown Gundagai region wines at the festival, while Tumbarumba’s Obsession Wines will bring their cool-climate wines.
Local musicians will play throughout the evening to provide entertainment. Local singer Mollie Waters and singer-songwriter Nathan Lamont will sing for the crowds with acoustic tunes while Deja Groove and the Groove Factorie prepare the crowd to, well, groove!
Organizers recognize that people may feel cautious about attending large events due to COVID-19, so they may not have record crowds this year. But with the outdoor setting and plenty of room for people to spread out their own picnic blankets, David was optimistic the Rotary Club would have a successful (and safe) day.
“We feel the numbers will be down a bit as people will be reluctant to come out. But it’s an outdoor event, so hopefully we’ll still have good numbers,” he said.
Grab a ticket and head out for a great day of delicious food and wine. Go ahead, treat yourself: it’s for charity!
The Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival will run from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 19. Tickets are $25 online or $30 on the day. Children under 18 participate for free. Ticket office and more information on the website or the Facebook page.