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Prepare to munch your way through the Sapphire Coast this Canberra Day long weekend.
Over the past eight years, the EAT festival has become the far South Coast’s premium food event, attracting thousands of visitors to the Merimbula Lake foreshore. In 2020, the best local chefs and farmers will again come together to share the region’s mouthwatering produce.
From fresh seafood (including oysters straight from the estuary) to local coffee, wine and beer, EAT’s beachside setting means Canberrans can get a taste of what makes the Sapphire Coast so special.
“The highlight will be a chance to welcome back loyal visitors and friends to the region, after the fires that ravaged the South Coast in January and effectively stole our summer,” explains Amanda Heather from Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing.
“The EAT Festival is the perfect place to bring that #emptyesky and a picnic blanket and settle in with the locals to enjoy the day.”
The foodie festivities will continue throughout the weekend, with Merimbula Wharf Restaurant’s Three Chefs Degustation Dinner on Friday 6 March and a new Long Table Lunch at Wheelers Seafood Restaurant on 7 March.
“You can enjoy delicious local produce plus the company of the farmers, winemakers and brewers who created it,” says Amanda, “sharing the stories behind what’s on your plate and in your glass.”
If local brews are more your style, the inaugural EAT Festival Craft Beer event will be held Saturday 7 March at Rockpool Café in Merimbula, featuring a selection of bespoke brewers from near and far, plus an exclusive Meet the Maker beergustation dinner on Sunday 8 March.
But never fear, there are also plenty of ways to work up an appetite. The Sculpture Bermagui festival will be running until 15 March, and visitors can take the time to explore the beaches and boardwalks from Tathra to Eden.
The inland towns of Bega, Bemboka, Cobargo and Candelo are packed with cafes, art and history, as well as some of the region’s most striking natural landscapes. According to Amanda, the Sapphire Coast is ready to welcome visitors with open arms after a difficult summer.
“Our major coastal towns were largely unaffected by the bushfires and remain the beautiful inspiring places that our locals and visitors know and love.”
“Your visit is vital to our recovery, now and into the future and seeing your face will bring a smile to ours. Allow us to look after you and in doing so, you’ll be looking after us too.”
What: EAT Merimbula Festival
When: Sunday 8 March 2020
Where: Fishpen Rd, Merimbula
This editorial was created in partnership with EAT Merimbula festival. For more information on sponsored partnerships, click here.