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Find your autumn indulgence in the Snowy Mountains

Beatrice Smith

Lake Crackenback, nestled in a valley between Jindabyne and the Thredbo snowfields, is a well-travelled winter destination for Canberrans.

But a new festival is aiming to show that the area has plenty to offer during the warmer months too.

The Lake Crackenback Autumn Food and Wine Festival will kick off its inaugural weekend next Friday 23 March with a packed calendar of events across three days at the Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

Cuisine, the resort’s waterfront restaurant and bar.

Anthony Cleary, General Manager of the resort, explains that while the resort operates a number of events throughout summer, a food and wine-focused event was always on their wish list.

“We’ve been very specific about featuring and highlighting local producers, talent and services,” he says.

“Throughout the weekend we’ll be featuring Chef Ben Willis from Aubergine in Canberra (which we see as part of the extended region), farmers markets and an opening night cocktail party with local entertainment featuring celebrity chefs of the Snowy Mountains.”

And with master classes on everything from fly-fishing cooking with trout, Riesling and schnapps, as well as cheese appreciation (where do we sign up?) you won’t just come out of the weekend with fond culinary memories, you’ll gain skills and a deeper understanding of the Snowy’s most delicious produce.

“On Saturday our guests have the opportunity to talk to talent about what they do and how they do it with demonstrations,” says Anthony.

Of course, a very special highlight will be the Cool Climate Dinner on Saturday night with guest chef Ben Willis of Aubergine. As owner of the two-hatted restaurant, Ben will be serving up a luxe five-course dinner, which will be expertly paired with wines by Canberra winemaker Nick Spencer.

Chef Ben Willis

On Sunday, end your getaway on a high note as you enjoy a long brunch on the water’s edge with ingredients like eggs, bread, preserves, and fruit sourced from the local region.

And if you want easy access to all these choice foodie experiences, there’s a range of accommodation from apartments to exclusive chalets on offer at the mountain resort.

“Lake Crackenback is a beautiful part of the world in the high country of the Snowy Mountains – it’s so diverse,” says Anthony. We have one, two and three-bedroom lakeside apartments and up to four-bedroom luxury chalets overlooking the mountains and the valley.”

Anthony encourages people interested in staying at the resort during the festival to check the website for packages and details of accommodation.

“It’s a really special time [at Crackenback] in autumn with beautiful clear sunny days and cool evenings. The Festival is just a great opportunity to enjoy.”

If you’re interested in the Festival, weekend packages start from $295 per person excluding accommodation and all-inclusive weekend packages from $515 per person including accommodation.

the essentials

What: The Lake Crackenback Autumn Food and Wine Festival
When: 23-25 March 2018
Where: Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa, 1650 Alpine Way, Crackenback, NSW (a 2.5-hour drive from Canberra)
More information: lakecrackenback.com.au/whats-on/autumn-food-wine-festival

HerCanberra will be attending the Lake Crackenback Autumn Food and Wine Festival as guests of Lake Crackenback Resort and Spa.


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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