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Food and Wine in the Laneway

Elsie Adamo

“The pleasure lies not in discovering…but in searching for it.”

With apologies to Tolstoy, it’s a quote equally applicable to laneways as it is truth. And with summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to seek out good wine and good food in an unexpected location.

This Friday 18 and Saturday 19 November, Tocumwal Lane will be transformed into a festival of local wine and food, set against a backdrop of street art, festoon lights and live music by local musicians.

Hosted by the Canberra District Wine Industry Association (CDWIA), Food and Wine in the Laneway will feature 16 different wineries showing off their best drops, not to mention some delectable and varied food choices. You’ll find me in the line for South Coast oysters with a glass of Riesling.

For CDWIA President, John Leyshon, it’s all about bringing the cellar door to the people.

“We all get so busy it can be hard to take the time to drive out to the cellar doors, so we are really happy to be able to bring the vineyard vibe to the city,” he says.

“The Canberra wine region is producing some extraordinarily good wines, winning top awards almost every week, and we think this is something every Canberra resident should experience, and be proud of!”.

The event is a chance for Canberra winemakers to show their new releases, and for locals to meet some of the rising stars of Australian winemaking.

“The Canberra district has been known for its Riesling and Shiraz for years, but the District is also producing some excellent Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc and emerging varieties such as Tempranillo and Sangiovese,” says Karen Shaw, CDWIA’s EventCoordinator.

“We know Canberrans love their food and appreciate good quality wine, so we’re expecting a great turn-out. We can’t wait to showcase the best the district has to offer.”

For a $20 entry fee, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting glass which you can use to sample the 30-plus wines on offer. After tasting all the wines, you can purchase by the glass or buy a bottle to take home. Most likely all of the above.

With a predicted high turnout (there are already more than 3000 people ‘interested’ on the Facebook event), we highly recommend doing the very un-Canberra thing and buying tickets ahead of time.

Participating wineries include Barton Estate, Clonakilla, Collector Wines, Four Winds Vineyard, Gundog Estate, Lerida Estate, Long Rail Gully Wines, Mount Majura Vineyard, Murrumbateman Winery, Pankhurst Wines, Three Lads Wines, Shaw Vineyard Estate, Summerhill Road Vineyard, Wily Trout Vineyard, Wimbaliri Wines and Yarrh Wines.

the essentials

What: Food and Wine in the Laneway
When: 18 – 19 November
Where: Tocumwal Lane, City
Website: www.canberrawines.com.au/events/food-and-wines-in-the-laneways

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Elsie Adamo

Elsie originally hails from South Australia but after almost five years in the Capital likes to consider herself now as a local. A student at ANU she keeps herself busy on campus with student societies and now interning at HerCanberra. Her great loves include sitcoms, podcasts, bookstores, cider, brunch and online shopping. More about the Author