Spring Fiesta is the new one-day wine festival heading to Bendigo

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Spring Fiesta is the new one-day wine festival heading to Bendigo

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Taste your way across Bendigo’s bounty of wine, celebrate new releases and bask in the sunshine at Bendigo's new event, Spring Fiesta, as part of Bendigo Uncorked Festival.

Spanning 16 wine-themed days, Bendigo Uncorked Festival is in full swing once again with an expanded program, bringing with it a brand new one-day wine festival, the Bendigo Winegrower’s Spring Fiesta.

An annual favourite, Bendigo Uncorked Festival is a multi-day festival and collective of events at the region’s boutique wineries and other local businesses. Showcasing Bendigo and surrounding areas’ best food and wine experiences, Bendigo Uncorked Festival champions the local hospitality industry in 2022 with its most impressive lineup to date running from October 1 to October 16.

Keep up with the latest local food and booze news here.

Boasting dinners, cellar door experiences, weekend vineyard tours, new release launches and even a night of wine and entertainment in a historic cinema, a highlight is the brand new Spring Fiesta on Saturday, October 15 – the second last day of the Uncorked affair.

Held at the Bendigo Botanic ‘Gardens For the Future’ space in White Hills, Spring Fiesta takes the place of the annual iconic wine event ‘Bendigo Heritage Uncorked’, gifting the region a refreshed, refocused and revitalised headline event.

Kicking off from 11am, Spring Fiesta will showcase the region’s new Spring wine releases, with 18 local wineries presenting more than 20 grape varietals grown in the Bendigo region – with 80 wines available for tasting.

Promising to be Bendigo’s ultimate one-day wine festival, Spring Fiesta will see attendees enjoying a sunny day on the lawn tasting the region’s wine, surrounded by local food trucks and live music.

There will also be a free shuttle bus running every hour from 11am from the Bendigo Train Station delivering patrons straight to the front of the Garden’s for the Future.

“After much deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to rest Bendigo Heritage Uncorked this year but are very excited to present a brand new event in a brand new location,” says Spring Fiesta Committee Chair, Ken Gilchrist. 

“We understand that many of our local attendees will be disappointed, but we are keen to present a new  celebration of the region’s 2022 vintage, plus a special release of reserved and aged wines to complement the  fresh new Spring wines.” 

Further highlights of Bendigo Uncorked Festival 2022 include a wine tasting, wine-infused cocktails and live music at Nimbus, a five-course degustation lunch matched with Turners Crossing wines, a huge regional wine showcase, a Pizza, Wine and Trivia night and so much more.

“2022 was an excellent vintage for both red and white varieties, a cooler summer with slower ripening has seen wines produced have fresh aromas and flavours, with good acid, middle palate elegance and persistence on the finish,” adds Association President Wes Vine.

Curated especially for the region’s food and wine aficionados, this is an event not to be missed.

Held at the Bendigo Botanic ‘Gardens For the Future’ space in White Hills, The Bendigo Winegrower’s Spring Fiesta event is sponsored by Ray White Bendigo, tickets are $65 each or $35  for a designated driver; under 18’s are free.

Tickets for the Spring Fiesta can be pre-purchased online here or on the day at the gate. 

Find out more about Bendigo Uncorked Festival here