A Wine Island Is Coming to Canberra This Summer

Bringing Greek beach clubs and plenty of wine to Lake Burley Griffin.

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The forecast for Canberra’s first weekend in December is 100% chance of wine.

The creators of Wine Island Sydney have partnered with the Mushroom Group to bring their unique island experience to Canberrans for the chance to enjoy a paradise of their own.

From Friday, December 2 to Sunday, December 4 2022, Wine Island will float into our nation’s capital to take over Queen Elizabeth II Island (formerly known as Aspen Island) on Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

Wine Island Canberra will give visitors a chance to live on the island time for the opening weekend of summer when they step into a lush, green oasis for a unique getaway. You won’t move from hour to hour but from mood to moment and drink to drink.

Once on the island, guests will enjoy cellar door experiences from a broad range of Australian winemakers from regions including the Hunter Valley, McLaren Vale, King Valley, Coonawarra, and Alpine Valley.

 If you’re dreaming of an overseas escape, kick back at the Greek Beach Club featuring the finest wines, beer and ouzo from Drink Greek. There’s even a DJ to set the paradise vibes spinning live tunes.

There’ll be plenty of Canberra legends in attendance too, including BentSpoke Brewing Co., Lark Hill, Big River Distilling Co., Contentious Character, Sholto Wines, and Mount Majura. Gourmet food will be available from Olleyville by Create (cheese and charcuterie platters, tacos, dessert), Grease Monkey (burgers), Olive at Hawker (Mediterranean), with more to be announced soon.

Food and wine aren’t the only agenda items on the holiday itinerary. Activities are a big part of the experience on Wine Island. There are the hugely popular Wine Selectors wine education masterclasses, where you can pit your inner vino detective against other holidaymakers to reveal mystery wines with clues from our experts.

If you fancy yourself as an artist, the speedy Pinot & Picasso art classes allow you to take home your own painting with guidance from a professional. Discover more about Canberra’s Big River Distilling Co at their gin classes. There’s even Yoga + Unwined on the beach.

Island days are the best kind of days, so gather your friends and get ready to love the wine you’re with.

Purchase your Wine Island tickets here.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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