Joining forces with four of Canberra’s local producers to showcase their incredible products, the Canberra Centre will once again host their Taste Local Festival in May.

Offering unique tasting adventures, masterclasses and workshops, Canberrans will have the opportunity to discover the flavours and passion of each local maker. Held every Saturday and Sunday from May 7, each class will be run by winery and distillery professionals and will give guests the unique opportunity to learn about pairing wines with food and making crafted cocktails. Then every Friday evening, shoppers will be able to relax with a complimentary drink and nibbles in the cosy set-up while enjoying live music from local artists.

We are very excited to see the Taste Local Festival return to Canberra Centre this year. The festival will give local producers and artists the opportunity to showcase their talents to the Canberra community in an intimate and personal way,” says General Manager of Canberra Centre, Gary Stewart.

Partnering with some of their retailers, expect to see Haighs chocolates in several workshops, freshly made mulled wine from Gewürzhaus and Betty’s Burgers in the Underground Spirits masterclass.


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If there is one thing Canberrans love, it’s good food and wine! So, if you’re ready to explore more of our region’s award-winning produce, the following are classes are for you:

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May – The Canberra Distillery

The Canberra Distillery is a small batch distillery with a passion for local flavours and the creative process. They take pride in handcrafting fine spirits from only the essential raw ingredients.

The team at The Canberra Distillery will take customers on a spirits journey where they will discover the ins and outs of creating the perfect gin and tonic. Customers will also have the unique opportunity to taste some of their award-winning products.

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 May – Lake George Winery

Lake George Winery is family owned and operated and is located on the north-western shores of the mysterious Lake George. Their handpicked grapes follow sustainable practices, and their wine is vegan friendly.

The workshop will focus on wine and chocolate pairing in partnership with Sweet Pea & Poppy showcasing their unique hand-made chocolates.

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May – Contentious Character Winery

Contentious Character is a single vineyard set on one of the Canberra region’s highest elevations, providing similar conditions to continental Europe and giving their wines an elegant, nuanced character.

Their workshops will put your knowledge to the test with a blind tasting done the Contentious Character way.

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May – Underground Spirits Canberra

Underground Spirits is a boutique distillery that makes award-winning premium spirits that are anything but typical. When it comes to taste, think the unexpected.

“Cocktails to impress” is the theme for their workshops this year, so let them guide you in making two cocktails that will be sure to impress at your next cocktail party.


To secure your spot for one of these workshops, visit