Thinking about coming to Australia’s only champagne festival this September? Here’s a hot tip, you’d better get a wriggle on, because tickets are restricted to just 500 lucky people. Should you need more than just ‘champagne’ to persuade you to press the ‘book’ button, here are six good reasons you need to come out to the countryside for a day of pure, effervescent indulgence.
Take a tasting tour of Champagne (no passport required)
Take your glass and meander around The Champagne Trail, featuring tasting stations representing the four main growing regions of Champagne – ‘Montagne de Reims’, ‘Vallee de la Marne’, ‘Cote de Blancs’, and ‘Cotes de Bar’. Reacquaint yourself with an old favourite or discover a new one with tastings from houses both big and boutique.
Watch a cooking demo
Pull up a seat in front of the stage and watch as top chefs, Michelin-starred French chef Bruno Loubet, and ex MasterChef contestant and culinary school trainer Danielle Dixon take turns to demonstrate their winning ways with the beautiful local produce. Mc’d by the bubbly Fiona McDonald you’re bound to go away hungry.
Be a VIP for the day (or the weekend!)
Take up the add-on option to the champagne trail for entry to the Luxe Lounge where you can indulge in a VIP tasting of three prestige champagnes along with canapes. If you’re keen to totally immerse yourself in the luxe experience, stay for the VIP Champagne Weekend and join our private masterclasses, Krug lunches, champagne breakfasts and more.
You might have seen people playing petanque or ‘boules’, in one of those scenic French movies, or while travelling through the French countryside. Challenge your friends and head down to the petanque court to try it out yourself. The aim is simply to get your own metal ball as close to the target as possible while knocking your opponent’s off course.
Have a leisurely long lunch under the trees
Bag a ticket for you and some friends for The Lazy Long Lunch cooked by our fabulous chef trio. Set under the trees, one of our superstar chefs, Bruno Loubet, Danielle Dixon and Spicers’ own Ash Martin will each take on a course matched, naturally to a champagne. You’ll also have the opportunity to taste the rare and expensive truffle, (‘Tuber Melanosporum’).
Chill out with some music
Need a time out from your ‘tour de Champagne?’ Take your glass to our shady meeting place outside the barn and sit back in comfort to be entertained with chilled out live music sets. You’ll also be able to graze on French accented food; from pork, sliced off a pig on the spit and served in a baguette to chocolate-drizzled crepes.