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10 ways to Devour Wagga this spring

HerCanberra Team

Spring weekends are just made for road trips, and there’s a delicious destination an easy two-and-a-half hours’ drive away.

We round up 10 reasons why devouring Wagga Wagga should be on your ‘must-do’ list this October—live music, a multicultural street festival, al fresco food and wine, divine desserts and more. Oh, and a 12-course bacon degustation. Dig in here.



Thousands are set to descend on Wagga for this free multicultural street festival with performances from Ngaiire, Thelma Plum, Holly Throsby and Elki and entertainment by Old Spice, Stiltuesque and Melbourne-based DJs Saca La Mois, Monkey Marc and Victor Gil Gomez and community performances. The diverse range of acts celebrate the 112 countries of origin, 107 language groups and 62 faiths that make up the Wagga Wagga community, and there’s no better way to do that than by sharing food, art, music and culture.

One performance not to miss is The Bearded Bakers—these Melbourne-based multi-talented foodies are bringing their Jerusalem street food to FUSION17. Their commercial bakery—a repurposed shipping container—is adorned with street art, and the bakers spend as much time entertaining the crowds and dancing on the counter tops, as they do baking their delicious Middle Eastern dessert.

Expect eclectic performances, mouth-watering food, pop-up shops and more…

FUSION17. Civic Centre Precinct, between Morrow and Johnston Streets, Wagga Wagga. 4pm to 9:30pm, Saturday 21 October. wagga.nsw.gov.au


Image: Beardy McBear (Marcus Enno)

Image: Beardy McBeard (Marcus Enno)

A cycling event with a craft beer and cider festival at the finish line on the October long weekend—count us in! Gears & Beers isn’t just for the cycling enthusiast or beer aficionado—you can get your gears cranking or cheer participants on from the finishing line—it all ends in a celebration at the finish line.

Ride in a group, as an individual or with family and friends, then meet at the Victory Memorial Gardens for an afternoon of live entertainment at the Beer & Cider Festival, where you’ll enjoy a range of handcrafted local beers, ciders and coffee.

Gears & Beers. Victory Memorial Gardens, cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets, Wagga Wagga. 11am to 6pm, Sunday 1 October, with rides commencing at 7am. visitwagga.com.


csu windery

There are few things better than a languid afternoon in the country—except for when said afternoon involves wine tasting, live music, artworks and snacks.

Gather up your friends and family and settle in with a selection of the new Charles Sturt boutique wines at Lazy Sunday at CSU Boutique Winery. All for just $5—this is not a typo.

Lazy Sunday at CSU Boutique Winery. Mambarra Drive, CSU Campus. 1pm to 4pm, Sunday 8 October. $5 per person. visitwagga.com.


Cork and Fork Fest. Image: Facebook.

Cork and Fork Fest. Image: Facebook.

Hosted by Borambola Wines, Cork & Fork Fest is a twilight food festival held outdoors at Wagga Beach—it’s all about food, wine and good times with friends and family.

Take along a picnic blanket or chair and enjoy live music and a glass of Borambola Wine, Tuckerbox hoppy lager beer or apple cider.

As for the ‘fork’ part? You’ll enjoy locally-made Modern Australian, Malaysian, confectionery, Syrian, pizza and more!

Cork & Fork Fest. Wagga Beach, Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga. 5.30pm – 9.30pm, every Friday in October. Free entry. visitwagga.com.


bacon feature

Bacon lovers unite! If your taste buds sing to the sound of the sizzle and beat for the finest of bacon you will want to drive the two-and-a-half hours just for this event.

Knights, home to eight smokehouse-crafted flavours of bacon, presents a 12-course bacon-themed degustation dinner—12 delightfully creative courses of bacon canapés at this ultimate event to honour the magical animal that is the pig.

Knights’ 12 Course Bacon Degustation. Knights Meats & Deli, 187 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga. 7pm, Saturday 14 October 2017. $99 per person, limited places available. visitwagga.com.



The panoramic hilltop view from cooking school Food I Am is just the beginning. Founded in 2011 by Tanya Sibrey, Food I Am has hosted guest chefs and cooks such as Giovanni Pilu, Christine Manfield, Annette Fear and Frank Camorra.

Classes usually run for two or more hours and include matched local wines when you sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labour with other classmates. Over the month, you can learn the art of Malaysian cuisine, Asian flavours, Artisan gelato and pasta, and more! Check out their schedule here.

Food I Am. 29 Kunzea Place, Springvale. Classes run throughout October—see website for schedule and prices. foodiam.com.au



If you’re fascinated by these delicious little morsels, this is the event for you.

Enjoy a leisurely day wandering the grove in a free personalised tour, followed by tasting the products grown and processed on-site.

Wollundry Grove Olives. 15 Mary Gilmore Road, Brucedale, Wagga Wagga. 10:30am to 2:30pm Sunday 22 and Monday 23 October. Free – bookings essential. visitwagga.com.



If that dessert isn’t enough to get you excited, imagine nine other courses just as gorgeous. Take your tastebuds on a tour of the region’s best cuisine in The Roundabout Restaurant’s delicious 10-course spring degustation. Who says you only find five-star fare in the city?

Degustation at The Roundabout. Best Western Plus Charles Sturt Suites & Apartments, 82 Tarcutta Street, Wagga Wagga. 6pm Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October. Price TBC. visitwagga.com.


Thirsty Crow Brewery. Facebook @thirstycrowbrewery

Thirsty Crow Brewery. Facebook @thirstycrowbrewery

The craft beer craze has spread to the Riverina. ThirstyCrow Brewing Co. is Wagga’s first microbrewery, producing nine year-round beers and more than 30 seasonal brews.

This cheekily-named twist on the German beer festival is Thirsty Crow’s annual Oktoberfest celebration—complete with special brews, steins, German cuisine, Oom-Pah Band and German frivolities. It’s a family-friendly event to keep you entertained throughout the day.

Ocrowberfest. Thirsty Crow Brewery. 153 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga. 12pm to 8pm, Sunday 29 October. visitwagga.com.



Because there are some special events that should be celebrated every day (like this dessert festival in your stomach), you can enjoy Harans Patisserie’s signature tasting plate for $40 consisting of macarons, citrus tart, brioche doughnut and mini desserts, throughout October . As they say, “Dessert is the answer” (no matter what the question)!

Harans Patisserie. 32 Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga. Available throughout October. $40 per signature tasting plate. haranspatisserie.com.au



Want to devour Wagga for yourself? Visit Wagga Wagga is giving one lucky winner the chance to win a self-drive weekend package for two people, on the weekend of Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October, 2017.

What’s included?

Two nights’ accommodation at Best Western Plus Charles Sturt Suites and Apartments (Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October)

VIP entry to Cork & Fork Fest on Friday 27 October—you’ll each receive an arrival drink (choice of beer, wine or cider) to redeem at the bar and one meal of your choice.

Two places at Food I Am’s Artisan Gelato class on Saturday 28 October.

Two places at The Roundabout Restaurant’s spring degustation on Saturday 28 October.

Two tickets to Ocrowberfest at Thirsty Crow on Sunday 29 October.

A signature tasting plate and drinks from Harans Patisserie.

How to enter

Simply email [email protected] with your full name, email and contact phone number, and the answer to these two simple questions:

  1. Name one of the foodie events happening in Wagga Wagga during October.
  2. Tell us why you would like to visit Wagga Wagga this spring.

This is a sponsored editorial, presented in partnership with Wagga Wagga City Council. You can read our sponsored post policy here. Feature and slider images: Beardy McBeard (Marcus Enno).


The Devour Wagga promotion is administered by HCCG Holdings Pty Ltd (ABN 36 600 382 009) of 13/18 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600. This is a game of skill. The winning entry will be determined by (i) the correct submission of Question 1 and (ii) judges’ evaluation of the quality of Question 2 . Entries close 5pm on Friday 13 October 2017 and the winner will be notified by email and published on the original post on HerCanberra.

This is a self-drive weekend—transport to and from Wagga and around Wagga is not included. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Prizes are not transferable. Prize is subject to availability. In the event that any of the Prizes or part of a Prize becomes unavailable due to circumstances beyond the Promoter’s reasonable control, the Promoter reserves the right to provide a similar product to the same or greater value as the original prize. The Promoter is not responsible for prizes once they have been dispatched to the winner.


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