Aside from loving Canberra for packing a big punch in flavour when it comes to our local culinary scene, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food offerings just outside our region. This weekend for example, the picturesque township of Berry has caught our taste bud’s attention.

The inaugural South Coast Food & Wine Festival will see the culture of gourmet food and beverages collide with foodie entertainment in a market-style atmosphere from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 September at Berry Showgrounds.

Berry is one of Australia’s most breathtaking regions, and over the weekend the region will be even more beautiful, hosting over 50 stallholders that showcase delicacies from all over the region. From Seafood, cheese, berries, wines, the very best of the South Coast will congregate at the one event where the love of local produce will blossom.

Highlights of the stallholder line up include Rick Stein at Bannisters Mollymook, Jim Wild Oysters, The Treat Factory, Cupitt’s, Unicorn Cheese, Wild Ginger, Southern Highlands Brewing and Coolangatta Estate.

Aside from the stunning produce, free entertainment, special masterclasses and demonstrations and exclusive foodie experiences will make-up the 3-day wholesome weekend, presented by local hero chefs and hatted restaurants hosting pop-ups.

A signature event of the Festival will be the Long Lunch on Saturday 14 September. Kierrin McKnight, Head Chef and Owner of Wild Ginger and previously Seagrass Brasserie will be bringing the Long Lunch to life with his award-winning skills. McKnight will be showcasing a six-course feast style menu featuring local produce in each course complemented by local wines and beers.

General Admission to the Festival is $28, but if you prefer to food fest VIP style, VIP tickets are $125 and include entry to the exclusive area decked out with lounges, private bars, four drink tickets and its own Chef; Andrew Hickey of Smithy & The Chef who will be preparing a massive grazing table and chef’s specialities throughout the day.