Savour the Snowy Mountains - A Weekend of Food & Wine

Savour the Snowy Mountains - A Weekend of Food & Wine

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th March 2019  

Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is once again hosting a weekend of delicious Food & Wine with Savour the Snowy Mountains. The weekend will celebrate the seasonal local produce on offer in the south east region of New South Wales. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience and celebrate all things Autumn. The weekend will be filled with a series of food masterclasses and culinary collaborations, exclusive chef dinners, farmer’s market aswell as entertainment accompanied by a refreshing crisp glass of cool climate wine.  

If you have an interest in food, whether it's eating or cooking with it, the weekend will sure to delight. The Snowy Mountains is becoming well-known for rich, hearty ingredients such as beef, garlic, trout, truffles, apples and honey. Many of these ingredients will be incorporated over the weekend in the chef dinners and through market stall offerings.

Enjoy the festival atmosphere by the waters edge at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa listening to musicians, stroll through the market stalls offering tastings and local produce sales or enjoy coffee or lunch at the Alpine Larder. 



Friday 22nd March 2019


COST: $149.00 per person

LOCATION: Cuisine Restaurant

TIME: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm sit-down.

Enjoy a delicious feast style 4 course long table dinner in Cuisine Restaurant including matching wines. Chef Darren Perryman from Pialligo Estate is teaming up with Rasa and Richard from Shut the Gate Wines to bring you an entertaining evening centered around Rieslings. 

Saturday 23rd March 2019



LOCATION: Village Green

TIME: 10.00am - 2.00pm

The Market Day will showcase many of the local operators and suppliers of fine produce and products in the region. From honey, eggs, chocolates and vegetables. We are lucky in this region to have many new producers who have a passion for producing unique and sustainable produce in our seasonal climate.

With live entertainment and a delicious array of market stalls to visit, bring along the family and enjoy a day out. 


Saturday 23rd March 2019


COST: $40.00 per person

  • Hosted by one of Australia's most highly regarded cheese experts, Valerie Henbest.
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  • Hosted by Valerie Henbest and Shut the Gate Wines.
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  • An alternative varieties masterclass.
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  • Hosted by Darren Perryman from Pialligo Estate. More details to follow.


Saturday 23rd March 2019


COST: $149.00 per person

LOCATION: Cuisine Restaurant

TIME: 6.30pm

Join guest chef, Ben Willis in a 5 course dinner celebrating local produce. The evening will sure to delight with matching wines to each of the 5 courses. 

Sunday 24th March 2019


COST: $50.00 per person

LOCATION: Lakeview Stage (weather permitting)

TIME: 10.00am - 12.00pm

Join us in celebrating all the amazing produce available in the Snowy Mountains. The brunch menu will include items selected from the local region.  This will be a fun-filled casual event as the finale to our weekend of food & wine, so bring along a friend and enjoy the atmosphere of our long brunch here at Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.


Owner of The Smelly Cheese Shop - ADELAIDE

Valerie Henbest is the founder of the Smelly Cheese Shop. Born in France, Valerie migrated to Australia in the early 1990’s. She has always been interested in cheese, having grown up in Normandie – the home of Camembert. Valerie’s knowledge, appreciation and enormous passion for cheese has taken her around the world. Settled in Adelaide, Valerie has developed The Smelly Cheese Shop’s successful series of Cheese Master Classes. These are now presented nationally.


Executive Chef at Pialligo Estate - CANBERRA

Darren Perryman, Executive Chef at Pialligo Estate, quotes ‘cooking was in his DNA’. Inspired by his grandmother and aunt back in the north of England who were confectionary and pastry chefs, he grew up with the love of food all around him. Starting out as an apprentice in Canberra’s first ‘Nouvelle Cuisine’ Restaurant in the late 1980’s at Nobbs restaurant, Darren then moved to Sydney, where he then worked at the Triple-hatted, Restaurant FortyOne at Chifley Tower.From there he moved to 2-hatted restaurant Bel Mondo, as Sous Chef.

Darren then returned home to Canberra and opened his own restaurant and won ‘Best Restaurant -National’ two years running, awarded by the Australian Hotels Association.

After 13 years at the helm of his own operations, he became Exec.Chef at Telstra Tower for 3 years. His passion for food took on a new direction following a trip to Paris where he fell in love with bread.Upon his return home, Darren spent months reading about his new-found love. 6 months later he was making the best sourdough in Canberra as well as all of the classic French pastries from croissants to pain au chocolat, etc, after opening his own French Boulangerie, where people would queue for hours in the morning just for a loaf of his bread. Darren now has a new home at Pialligo Estate as the Executive Chef, where he is preparing exquisite dishes influenced by his passion for paddock to plate.


Owner and chef of Aubergine and Temporada Restaurants - CANBERRA


Ben Willis was born and started his career as a Chef in Canberra. After 9 years of travelling and working around the world, he resettled in Canberra and took over Aubergine, with the idea to have an ever evolving restaurant created by regular communication with local farmers, producers and artisians. Aubergine has received 2 SMH Chef's Hats for the last 5 consecutive years. Aubergine is listed as the #1 restaurant in the ACT by Gourmet Traveller in their 2013, 2014 & 2015 Restaurant Guide. In 2014, Ben opened a second restaurant, Temporada in Canberra's city centre, which is Spanish for seasonal. We are excited once again to welcome Ben back to the Resort, who has in the past hosted our winter chef dinners.

We are offering all-inclusive weekend packages along with individual event ticket options. View Savour Weekend Package.

Bookings and enquiries can be made by contacting the Reservations Team 02 6451 3000 or

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