‘Tastes’ Tempters Revealed

Fresh new menus, masterclasses, pop up bars and even muscat cocktails are among the attractions revealed for Tastes of Rutherglen 2017.

Tickets are now on sale for the popular family friendly, progressive feast featuring the region’s best produce that will be held over two days on March 11 – 12.

Considered the ultimate gourmet adventure, visitors are encouraged to taste, sip and savour Rutherglen’s many flavours as they move from cellar door to cellar door, discovering new wines and experiences from 19 local wineries.

The menu this year is regional, seasonal and exciting, with more than 18 regional chefs, restaurants and caterers adding their flair to this famous foodie festival.

Stanton & Killeen
Stanton & Killeen

With dietary requirements also a big focus for this festival, there are options for everyone, with gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan meals available at many wineries.

The festival menu features pan-seared quail, decadent muscat tiramisu, crispy pork belly, slow cooked American bbq sliders, dark chocolate tarts, local smoke trout, charcoal roasted chicken, and plenty more.

All these delicious meals are matched to a huge variety of famous Rutherglen wines, from sparkling reds to luscious muscats and even a few unusual and surprising varieties.

Visitors will also be able to sample some of Rutherglen’s fun new muscat cocktails that are making appearances at a range of wineries – no doubt very refreshing in the early autumn sun.

Family is a huge part of Tastes of Rutherglen, and even the smallest foodie is well catered for during the festival.

Castle building, turtle feeding, play equipment, outdoor sports, jumping castles and more will keep the little ones busy while mum and dad enjoy a glass of Rutherglen’s famous wine.

There is even an extensive kids’ menu, so everyone can have a yummy gourmet experience, not just the big kids!

For those with a thirst for knowledge as well as wine, then Tastes of Rutherglen offers winery tours, coffee workshops, cocktail mixology classes, back vintage tastings and varietal masterclasses.

Want to keep the party going into the evening?

tor-13-03-2016-georgie-james-139There will be festival events running on Friday and Saturday nights, such as dinners, cocktails, pop up bars and music events. You can book your exclusive spot at these events directly with the host winery.

Tastes costs $20 to attend both days of the festival.

For those that would prefer to be chauffeured rather than drive, the TAC winery shuttle buses are on hand ($27 per day) and regional buses ($37 per day) which means you don’t need the car and can enjoy the festival all day.

Designated driver at this year’s Tastes of Rutherglen get in for free. Designated drivers also get a complimentary KeepCup and free tea and coffee, all provided as part of the sponsorship from TAC.

The Winemakers of Rutherglen are excited to welcome Australia’s more enthusiastic foodies to the region to see why the North East of Victoria is celebrated for it’s great wine and produce.

Full event details will be published in the official Festival Guide due out in December.

For more information and to book tickets visit the website:

Further information is also available by joining the Facebook event: