If you love wine, block out November 26 and 27 – Rootstock is back for its highly anticipated third year.
Conceived in 2013 by wine journalist Mike Bennie, restaurateur and sommelier James Hird (The Dolphin, sommelier Giorgio de Maria (Giorgio de Maria Fun Wines), and Linda and Matt Young of Black Market Sake, the festival has been central to sparking a conversation around sustainable food and wine practices in Australia. And in just three years it has become one of the most exciting and important natural-wine festivals in the world.
“It is now our duty to make this festival better every year, pushing boundaries and creating a movement of Australian and NZ producers working together for true natural wines with integrity and transparency,” says co-founder/co-director Giorgio de Maria.
Come November the entry to Carriageworks will be transformed into a site for of all things sustainable. The ticketed festival will give visitors the opportunity to taste the individual terroir of more than 200 natural wines from all over the world. And to talk with individual growers and the viticulturist that produce them. You can expect the return of the popular orange wine and sake bar, as well as talks on the ancient practice of Georgian winemaking.
During the two-day event there will also be two, free food markets open to the public. Saturday will be business as usual (the Carriageworks markets will run with a small Rootstock presence). On Sunday there will be a special-edition Rootstock street-food market celebrating the diversity of Australian food. Expect rarities such as kangaroo, crocodile, native-bee honey, bunya nuts and bull-boar sausage.
On the final night, in the spirit of Australian native food, there will be a slow-roast coal cook by Analiese Gregory (Bar Brosé), Aaron Turner (Igni), Pasi Petenan (Yellow), David Moyle (Franklin), and Duncan Welgemoed (Africola).
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