It’s the season of festivals and here’s another one to add to the list while the days are long and we’re holding onto that holiday feeling. This February, the Summer of Riesling festival is on again, bringing out its Laneway Tasting party and offering a chance to dig a little deeper into this varietal.

The Sydney outpost of a celebration of the grape that started in NYC (peddled by Riesling enthusiast and Terroir Wine Bar owner Paul Grieco), the Aussie edition is headed up by ‘juice pimp’ Jason Hoy and sommelier Stuart Knox of Fix St James.[fold]

Like most foodie festivals, restaurants across the city will be taking part and hosting events, but the piece de resistance will be the laneway party. And if last year’s event (held behind Love Tilly Divine in Darlinghurst) is anything to go by, we can expect a big turnout. This year the laneway hosting the event is Nithsdale Lane, behind The Oak Barrel (retail partner to the event). Showcasing over 50 winemakers and wineries, the riesling will be complimented by street food, local music and art. What better way to make the most of a Sydney summer?

And don’t fret if clouds gather on the horizon, there’s a wet weather plan, so the festivities will be on rain, hail or shine. Bottoms up!

The Summer of Riesling Laneway Tasting runs Sunday February 10 at Nithsdale Lane, Surry Hills. $25

summerofriesling.com.au