Bungendore locals will host a harvest festival at the end of April, aimed at showcasing local wines, garlic, and dogs.
The Bungendore area, which stretches from Braidwood to Bungendore, is one Canberra’s major foodbaskets, producing much of the livestock, fruit, and vegetables consumed in the territory.
As well as being productive farmland, Bungendore is a tourist hotspot that is already popular with Sydneysiders, the event organisers say.
“It’s a real weekend destination,” says Penny Kothe, an event organiser at the Southern Harvest Association.
“Sydneysiders see it as such and I think Canberrans can see it the same way. There is some gorgeous accommodation in the town and in the areas on farms.
“I guess it’s like your quick country getaway from Canberra. We get a lot of through traffic on the way to the coast. It’s only 30 mins from Canberra but there are some beautiful farms and venues.”
One of the chief attractions for the upcoming festival, Ms Kothe says, is that Bungendore is “a more renowned garlic growing area”, growing many different kinds of the vegetable.
For Canberran cooks, unfamiliar that garlic comes in different types, Ms Kothe says that the raw garlic tasting event, which will highlight the differences between different types of garlic, is a must-attend.
“Like wine grapes, [different types of garlic] have different flavour profiles; some are longer at the beginning and have a different aftertaste.
“Different garlics are better for different things — some are better for slow roasting, others are better for pasta type things.”
The most popular types in Australia are the Monaro Purple and the Duganski.
The event also offers a costumed dog parade, featuring dachshunds, a popular local breed, dressed in harvest costumes as well as farm and winery tours.
The Festival will be held April 28 – 30. For more information, see: