Floriade forages close to home with Pialligo Estate partnership

Ian Bushnell 4 February 2019

What Floriade visitors have to look forward to, the Pialligo Estate High Tea. Photos: Supplied

Floriade has looked to its roots this year, partnering with home-grown producers such as award-winning restauranter Pialligo Estate and other local wine and beverage makers to give visitors a taste of what the Canberra region can offer.

While the new Pialligo Urban experience in Floriade’s main café will feature high tea and private after-hours event bookings over the course of the Commonwealth Park event, Wamboin winery Contentious Character, Capital Brewing Co. and Underground Spirits will showcase the region’s growing hospitality reputation and cater for most tipples.

Pialligo Estate General Manager, Charlie Costelloe, said he was thrilled to be a part of Floriade 2018, the nation’s premier spring festival.

“Floriade is one of Canberra’s key events, it gives locals a chance to celebrate the start of spring and brings visitors from across the country to our city. We’re excited to showcase a little of what we do at Pialligo Estate to Floriade visitors this year,” Mr Costelloe said.

“We’re going to have a range of offerings at affordable prices, including a breakfast menu, lunch mains, sandwiches, snacks, salads and scones available daily at the café. We’ll also be doing high tea on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and hosting private events and functions in our Floriade cafe over the 30 days we’re on site,” he said

Floriade visitors can enjoy a drop of the Contentious Character range in any of the event’s licensed venues, as well as pick up a bottle to take home from the winery’s stall on site.

The 2015-2017 Contentious Character range.

Acting Director at Events ACT, Jo Verden, said she was proud to have the region’s producers on board to help showcase the best produce the Canberra area had to offer.

“This year Floriade is more dedicated than ever to highlight the award-winning food and beverage offerings we have available in the nation’s capital. Canberrans are in for a treat with offerings from Pialligo Estate, Contentious Character, Capital Brewing Co. and Underground Spirits. These partnerships also allow us to showcase what the Canberra region has on offer to our interstate and international Floriade attendees,” Ms Verden said.

As well, visitors will be able to find a wide variety of multicultural cuisines available including Italian, Asian, Mexican and more, as well as treats to satisfy those with a sweet tooth.

Floriade foodies will also enjoy after-dark offerings when NightFest returns for five nights from Wednesday 26 September to Sunday 30 September, with a wider range of food traders available.

During the five days and evenings, Underground Spirits will also create a pop-up bar in the Stage 88 entertainment precinct, offering visitors a chance to try their multi-award winning spirits.

Visitors will have to pre-book their high tea sessions and can speak to a dedicated events manager about hiring the Pialligo Estate space for private events.

Further information is available via, floriadeaustralia.com/event-info/food-and-drink.

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