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Friday 21 – Sunday 30 June 2024

Commencing on the Winter Solstice, Friday 21 June, Savour the Unexpected is a winter festival held in the picturesque Southern Highlands of New South Wales. A series of curated events at fascinating venues and locations invite guests to participate in an immersive arts & cultural and food & wine experience. Embrace the synergy of artists and musicians and chefs and winemakers collaborating to create unique and memorable experiences.

See festival program below.

Festival Program

A new Winter Festival with extraordinary experiences at unique venues and locations across the Southern Highlands, weaving arts & culture, food & wine together with an element of surprise.

Over two big weekends
Friday 21 June – Sunday 23 June and Friday 28 June to Sunday 30 June

Friday 21 June 6pm – 9pm

Cocktail Circus

Fairground Follies
93-95 Kirkham Road, Bowral

Tickets $125 + booking fee
Includes three SoHi cocktails, canapés and entertainment
This is an 18+ event

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Join us on the Winter Solstice as we launch Celebrate the Unexpected with an evening of indulgence: mouth-watering canapés by celebrated local chef Alex Watts, luscious cocktails by local distillery SoHi and surprise live performances.

Frock-up and bring your friends to a flamboyant cocktail party held at one of the Highlands’ most surprising hidden gems.

Fairground Follies houses a rare collection of vintage fairground equipment, from the original carousel from Luna Park to mechanical organs from Europe and Romany caravans, all lovingly restored and in working order.

Friday 21 June 5pm – 10pm

Fire Feast

Osborn House
96 Osborn Ave, Bundanoon

Tickets $195

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Duncan Welgemoed, Chef Owner of Africola in Adelaide and one of the most exciting fire chefs out of South Australia, is cooking a special Fire Feast at Osborn House.

Experience the age-old South American tradition of live fire cooking at Osborn House Fire Feasts in the heart of the Southern Highlands. Our talented chefs will ignite the flames of our extraordinary ASADO, guiding you on an unforgettable open-fire feast journey. With our iron dome, planchas, and infiernillo,  get ready to savour the extraordinary with Duncan’s Africola salads, vegetables, and Piri Piri Chicken!

Saturday 22 June 5pm till late


Ngununggula Regional Art Gallery
1 Art Gallery Lane Bowral

Tickets $10 for adults, free for children

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Don’t miss the spectacle of the Burning Man, a highlight of MIDWINTER at Ngununggula. A family-friendly event sure to ignite excitement and delight with live music and fabulous local food and beverage from some of the Southern Highland’s best: Will’s Kitchen, A Van Called Delilah, Valerie the Van, Pizzettaro, SoHi distillery, Southern Highlands Brewery and Hearth by Moonacres, to name a few!

Kids can unleash their creativity making masks or flower crowns and having their faces painted, be part of the magical monster parade and let their imagination run wild!

Sunday 30 June 2pm to 5pm

Artsy Fartsy Boozy Foody Project

Tractorless Vineyard
132 Compton Park Road Berrima

Tickets $195 + booking fee

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Embark on a whimsical journey through the enchanting vineyards of Tractorless in Berirma and be swept off your feet by a six-stop adventure like no other! Savour divine wines from Tractorless Vineyard at each stop point and share in the winemaking wizardry of Jeff Aston who will unravel the tale behind each decadent drop! Local chef Stefano Marvello will go all out to tantalise your taste buds with a tasting menu crafted to complement each wine.

Local artists will sprinkle their creative magic at each station with wonders that take inspiration from what’s on the menu, making this a well harmonised symphony for your senses and soul that will leave you spellbound!

A three-hour multi-sensory extravaganza, savouring exquisite wines, gourmet delights and artistic works.

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June 12pm to 3pm

River Fest

Joadja Historic Site
1760 Joadja Road Joadja

Tickets $195 + booking fee


A real feast for all the senses set in the ambient ruins of the historic Joadja township, with yabbies, river trout and delicious local produce creatively curated by local chef Brigid Kennedy. Come for a lunch with an air of mystery and the element of surprise in the form of a pop-up live performance.

Sunday 30 June 1pm to 4pm

Garden Opera

Red Cow Farm
7480 Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest

Tickets $125 + booking fee

Includes garden entry, picnic hamper and concert. Hamper and beverage upgrades available.
BYO food and beverages not permitted

This is an 18+ event


Pack the picnic blanket, grab a glass of sparkling, and settle in for an afternoon of Puccini arias amid the rare beauty of Red Cow Farm and gardens. Renowned as one of the best in the World, Red Cow Farm is a spectacular cool climate garden set on 2.5hectares in the picturesque rural village of Sutton Forest.

Before the concert, wander through the gardens and be enchanted and surprised by the wonders of a walled sanctuary, exuberant cottage garden, monastery garden, beech walk, lake, bog garden, orchard, kitchen garden, abbess’s garden and abundant collection of rare and unusual perennials, woodland, old world roses and clematis. Then pick up your gourmet picnic hamper prepared by chef Richard Robinson from Graze at 16 Stables, settle back and lose yourself in the music.

Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June 7pm

Solstice Cabaret

The Robertson Hotel
1 Fountaindale Road Robertson

Tickets $165 + booking fee


Bring on the cabaret! Join us at the gorgeous, 100-year-old Robertson Hotel for an indulgent night with drinks at the fireside bar, a wonderful three course dinner and the added allure of a fabulous cabaret show.

Includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, dinner and show

Why not make a night of it, with a bonus 10% off overnight accommodation at The Robertson when you book for the Cabaret

Sunday 30 June 4pm to 8pm

Botanic Jazz

Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens
1 Old South Road, Bowral

Tickets $125 + booking fee


Twilight sets a seductive tone for this exciting jazz experience in the magical ambience of the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens. The all-new Education Centre is the perfect setting to enjoy a very special dusk session with acclaimed local jazz musicians and a sumptuous supper created by Peppergreen Estate.

For any enquiries contact the Festival Director:

Alistair Thomson
0419 247 344