Family, friends, and foodie themed, the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival features a selection of fresh seafood, produce, wine and other beverages locally grown, harvested, and produced in the area. Bring friends and family for a lively and tasty event by the seaside.
This outdoor festival has a holiday atmosphere with live music from local bands, kids activities, cooking demonstrations, food and wine tastings, and more. Live entertainment along the shore and pleasant weather make this the fun-for-all event of the season.
Food aficionados will love the variety of locally grown and locally prepared dishes. Music and dancing along the shore makes for the perfect weekend escape. Everything from cheeses to chips to ciders are available, along with scheduled events to complement the day.
One long weekend in the month of November, when the weather is often glorious, the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival draws thousands of attendees to the beachfront to enjoy the outdoors and the unique tastes of the area.
Located north of Freycinet on the east coast of Tasmania, Bicheno is a coastal fishing and port town on Waub’s Bay. The festival is held in Lion’s Park on Tasman Highway in Bicheno. The area has free campsites and many other accommodation options.
Bicheno was originally settled in the early 19th century by whalers and seal hunters. Legend has it that a kidnapped Aboriginal maiden named Wauba Debar swam into stormy waters to save her husband and a sealer. She died in her quest, and the bay was named in honour of her courage. Today, Bicheno is a quiet and friendly seaside holiday town with great views overlooking Waub’s Bay.
Bicheno is a half-hour drive by bus, taxi or car from Cole’s Bay, and just 40 minutes from the Freycinet National Park. It is less than a 2-hour drive from Hobart via the A3 Tasman Highway.
The festival is first-come, first-served, so arrive at the waterside music event area early to get the best spot. Bring your hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen, as shade is limited. Don’t forget the blanket, a comfortable chair, and your dancing shoes, as you get ready to party with a community that prides itself on great food, fine wine, and sumptuous seafood.
Early-purchase tickets will be available around the start of July. Family and children tickets are discounted for festival entry. Food and drink are sold separately, but the entertainment and fun are free.