Taste Tamworth Festival


A 10 day celebration of regional food, wine and produce

1 - 10 April 2016

The Taste Tamworth Festival is the premier food event on the region’s annual calendar, highlighting its growers, makers, chefs and diners in 10 days of events that include the Laneway Pop-up Bar, Taste in the Park, The Long Lunch and Farm Gate Trail.



Laneway Pop Up Bar 

Two unforgettable nights of canapés, regional beer and wine, and cool tunes.

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Taste in the Park 

A day of activities and stallholders. Sample regional food, meet the producers, check out the celebrity chefs or relax in our garden bar.150Cathy_Anna_Lisle_WEB

We had Cathy and Anna Lisle from My Kitchen Rules at the 2015 Taste in the Park doing cooking demonstrations! 

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The Long Lunch 

Join us for a seat at our very long table under the trees in Bicentennial Park for a divine five course lunch cooked by the region’s top chefs. 190_Taste 2014 long lunch

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Farm Gate Trail

During the Taste Tamworth Festival, you can take a self drive tour of farms in the region, meet the farmers and try their amazingly fresh produce. 180_Sunnypics-Taste 2014-8890

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Click here to download the 2015 Taste Tamworth Festival Booklet 

Taste Tamworth 

The name Tamworth is synonymous with country music and Golden Guitars thanks to more than 40 annual Country Music Festivals each January. Tamworth’s food and wine is another string to the region’s bow and the city is making a song and dance about it.

The curtain raiser to the festival is the on-trend Laneway Pop-up Bar. Imagine a narrow laneway with lots of different sized windows, backlit with coloured globes, and decorated with second hand furniture styled by One of a Kind, creating an edgy atmosphere.

The weekend follows up with Taste in the Park, a one-day showcase of regional food at beautiful Bicentennial Park, shaded by Plane Trees, attracting 10,000 people.

A week later, the same Plane Trees are the venue for The Long Lunch for up to 300 people. Leading Tamworth chefs cook a five-course lunch matched to local wines and live music.

At other times during Taste Tamworth there are cooking lessons, workshops and organic markets at Le Pruneau.

Running throughout the Festival, the Farm Gate Trail sees about 20 producers open their gates to host visitors and provide an insight into how they farm and market their produce. It is a self-drive tour taking in New England, Peel Valley, and Liverpool Plains. Organisers suggest sitting down with the Farm Gate Trail schedule and map and planning a route based on visiting several farms.

Other events during Taste Tamworth

Country camp oven lunch

Enjoy a unique Australian bush experience with an authentic camp oven cook up for lunch while sitting on the verandah of a rustic bush hit. Modern amenities onsite

Menu includes cheese platters on arrival, camp oven roasted pork, lamb and vegetables, trifle, cream and ice-cream and tea/coffee with slice. 

Maximum 20 people

Groovin' The Blues Mini Festival

FREE event at Merilba Estate, Kingstown.

Performances by:

Jeff Lang – ARIA Award winner

The Urban Chiefs (Tamworth)

Laura & The Blackjacks (Sydney)

Joe Dabron (Tamworth) 

Goldheist (Armidale via Sydney)

Cheese Making Workshop

Learn how to make soft cheeses in your own kitchen, with no prior experience necessary. In this one-day interactive workshop you will learn to make camembert, fetta, ricotta, mascarpone, quark (cream cheese) and Greek style yoghurt.

Taste Tamworth Pizza Night

Tamworth Community Organic Gardening Group put on an evening of film and wood fired pizza making.

Share some local food, a drink, a yarn and watch some short films about living and eating sustainably, locally and organically. 

Nundle Supper Room

As part of the 2015 Tamworth Taste Festival Suzannah Espie performed at The Supper Room, Nundle with guitarist Sean McMahon. On the night guests were delighted with a tasting plate of fresh produce from around the area as well a Spanish inspired main course.

Bendemeer "Colours of Autumn" Art & Craft Show

Held every year at Bendemeer, just 45 minutes from Tamworth during 'Taste'

The Outback Experience - Wallabadah

Whether you’re interested in making your own breads, sausages or cheese, or just after a night under the stars with food and entertainment, The Outback Experience has it. 

There are hands on workshops for making bread, sausages and cheese that cater to all levels, as well as the opportunity to stay on for an authentic camp fire meal.

The Walcha Kitchen

Located on their quaint property just an hours’ drive from Tamworth, The Walcha Kitchen cooking school is run by mother and daughter duo, Cathy and Anna Lisle who were contestants on My Kitchen Rules in 2014.  Using fresh and local produce from around the area, their hands-on classes are small and intimate, catering for groups of six to nine people, with a sit-down meal at the end of the class. 

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