Celebrate winter. Gather around the warmth of a fire with friends, food and fine wine during the Fireside Festival.
Diners sit at long tables in the barrel room of Lerida Estate Winery during a winter dinner as part of Fireside Festival held in the Canberra District every winter

Discover the warmth of the Canberra District this winter

Gather around the warmth of a fire with your friends and family and taste the best of winter in the capital region in August during the Fireside Festival. This month-long Canberra region festival is all about curling up by a crackling fire with hearty winter cuisine while enjoying a glass of fine local wine, activities and entertainment with friends. 

Throughout August, celebrations often feature live music, winter horseback trail rides, assiette menus, tapas, launches of new season wines, and 100 mile dinners, all matched with special accommodation packages. Depending on what's in season you can also catch fire twirling, art in shearing sheds, chocolate appreciation classes and so much more. 

Make Canberra your new winter getaway drive destination to experience degustation dinners celebrating local and seasonal produce. Taste the Canberra District's best red and cool climate wines, be entertained by innovative and exciting performances and events and feed your imagination at local exhibitions.

A feast of food and wine events

A highlight of past Fireside Festivals has been an opening Fireside Truffle Weekend when participating venues like Pod Food, Grazing and Poacher’s Pantry showcase the best of the region’s locally grown truffles with inspiring dinners.

Discover the country within the city and indulge in a Fireside Degustation at Pod Food or Pialligo Estate's Farmhouse Restaurant. Set among the beautiful and fertile precinct of Pialligo these icons nestle in among orchards, gardens and by the Molonglo River like a hidden foodie’s oasis and are a firm favourite with locals and visitors.

Fireside Fondue at the Capital Wines Epicurean Centre in Gundaroo is the perfect winter indulgence. Head to Capital Wines on weekends for their wicked three cheese fondue with a delicious assortment of figs, muscatels, fresh veggies and bread for dipping.

Taste the true local terroir by combining deliciously rich and creamy brie-style cheese infused with black truffles from French Black Truffles of Canberra matched to wines grown and made lovingly next door at Mount Majura Vineyard. There are few places in Australia where you can match produce grown so closely.

Step out in your winter finery and experience Lake George’s mystery and beauty on a brisk Lake George Vineyards Walk. Call in and see the staff at the Lerida Estate Cellar Door to pick up your map and some notes on the walk, then stay a while to enjoy lunch at Café Lerida before or after your walk.

The ideal winter drive holiday

The Fireside Festival is the perfect weekend plan for a winter drive holiday. The Festival is presented by the members of The Poacher’s Way a collective of wineries, cafes, restaurants, galleries and accommodation providers. For the latest festival details, visit the Fireside Festival organiser's website. In winter, the capital is a perfect stopover or alternate to a snow holiday in Australia's Snowy Mountains.

Winter accommodation and travel to Canberra

When you're planning to visit the nation's capital for winter, start by browsing the most comprehensive directory of places to stay in the Canberra region. We've got options to cater to every taste.

Travelling to Canberra is really easy. Choose from rail, coach, air travel, or drive yourself.

Travel assistance and tourism information

We also have a team of friendly experts at our Visitors Centre who can guide you in things to see and do in Canberra and even book accommodation for you. Give them a call on 1300 554 114.