23 March 2023

Prepare for fine dining at the Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival

The 2023 Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival will host 14 food vendors, eight wine distilleries and two Yenda beer tents, with an expected 4000 people to attend this year’s event.

The Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival returns to the Victory Memorial Gardens for its 21st year on Saturday 25 March with promises of the best dishes, beers, and of course wine, from around the Riverina.

The festival, which is expected to attract over 4000 people, will host 14 food vendors and eight wineries, including Wondalma, Grove Estate, Tumblong Hills and Lilly Pilly.

Some of the region’s most talented musicians, such as Harry Cleverdon, Deja Groove and The Groove Factorie, will be performing on the Victory Memorial Gardens stage throughout the day.

Festival chairman Adrian Whiting said the event was a perfect opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best food and drink the Riverina had to offer.

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“In my opinion there is no better way to relax on the weekend than enjoying some live music from some great local artists in the park with friends and a glass of wine,” Mr Whiting said.

“Every year we team up with the Rotary Club of Wollundry and raise money for a different cause; last year we raised $40,000 for Country Hope and we are eager to raise a similar figure again this year.

“Events like this are all about giving back to the community and what better way to do that than with friends as part of the Wagga community and donating to charity.”

2022 Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival

A bird’s eye view of the 2022 Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival. Photo: Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival/Facebook.

The 2023 festival will run from 4 pm to 10 pm and will cost $25 for entry for adults, while those under 18 will enter for free.

Festival attendees will be supplied with a complimentary wine glass to trial different wine selections, while fans of beer will get the opportunity to enjoy some of Yenda’s finest brews at one of their two beer tents.

The planning for the festival has been anything but smooth sailing for Mr Whiting and the crew, who had planned to move this year’s festival elsewhere.

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“Unfortunately a lot of the region has suffered flooding which really restricted where we can host the festival this year,” Mr Whiting said.

“Despite these challenges we were fortunate enough to host the festival at the Victory Memorial Gardens again this year. The layout of the park was perfect for us last year and it will be fantastic to see it return there again this week.”

To prepurchase tickets to the Wagga Wagga Food and Wine Festival, click here.

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