It's been a tough time for our local wineries over the past few weeks so throw your support behind them and check out the line up for Canberra Wine Week.
It doesn't kick off until March 7 but we're letting you know of a few things early so you can lock them in your diary.
The launch event at New Acton is a great way to sample more than 60 wines from the region as well as chat to winemakers.
Hosted in the beautiful courtyard in the NewActon Precinct, from 3pm to 6pm, collect your Canberra Wines tasting glass and embark on a taste of the region.
Sixteen wineries are signed up so far, pouring their wines that encapsulate the terroir, wine making skills and varietals that make the Canberra District the hottest cool climate wine region around. There'll be live music and food available as well. $30 presale, $35 at the door. Bookings at canberrawines.com.au
Bentspoke beer garden
If you're looking for something to wash down your bites from The Canberra Times Night Noodle Markets head to the BentSpoke Beer Garden at Enlighten. The fun kicks off on Friday with the team pouring a selection of its award-winning local beers, and showcasing food from local favourites Grease Monkey and Tikka Stand. There's ample seating in the family-friendly beer garden, and they'll be showcasing their custom interactive neon artworks. Rumour is there'll be an exclusive new beer. More details to come on that as soon as we can. Find them opposite the main stage and nestled between Questacon, the Night Noodle Markets and Old Parliament House.
Otis and Clonakilla
Speaking of local wines, as part of Good Food Month, Otis Dining Hall is featuring a wine dinner showcasing Clonakilla's award-winning wines.
Chef Damian Brabender is excited about the collaboration and his menu is perfectly paired.
Start with sashimi of kingfish with wild fennel, saffron gazpacho, hass avocado served with the 2019 viognier nouveau; then hand-rolled gnocchi with corn, poppyseed, horseradish, basil with the 2018 riesling; next pepper steak, aged prime fillet, silkwood pepper, brandy jus, duck fat potatoes and garden leaves with salt plum dressing paired with the 2018 O'Riada shiraz 2018; and pyngarna cheddar, local honey, hand rolled crisp breads to finish.
Available every night, Tuesday to Saturday, throughout March, $120pp. Bookings at goodfoodmonth.com
For the love of gin
Still tickets available for Friday night's For the Love of Gin event at First Edition. Tim Readon, of Canberra Distillery, collaborated with the bar to produce the First Edition Signature Gin Volume 1 and it's used in their signature drink, the First Impression. Over the course of this evening, Reardon will be taking you on a detailed journey into the world of gin. You'll get the opportunity to learn about how gin is made, play with different botanicals in a hands on experience and take an Instagram worthy photo by the luscious Garnish Garden. There'll also be a three-course gin inspired dinner paired with four cocktails. Tickets $125pp. Bookings at eventbrite.com.au
Whether you are planning your weekend around it or simply treating yourself last minute, at Molto, Kingston, enjoy endless prosecco paired with three courses of Italian-inspired brunch-style bites for just $45pp.
As part of Good Food Month, start with a sophisticated high tea tower of freshly made Italian pastries, desserts and seasonal fruits. To follow, indulge in a hand stretched, brunch-style pizza straight out of the wood fired oven. All pizzas can be made gluten free or with vegan cheese. To finish, cool down with one of Molto's signature house made ice-pops. Sundays throughout March. Bookings at goodfoodmonth.com.au