by Elisa Parry

Food, glorious food! Come on, all together now! Hands up if Christmas dinner is your favourite part of the festive season? (We won’t judge). Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. Here are some gourmet dining experiences to add to your food bucket list for the new year.

Wine and dine in style with RedBalloon

Waterfront dining

If you’re spending time in Sydney over the summer holidays treat yourself to a meal with a view. Indulge in a romantic three-course dinner for two with a bottle of wine to share looking out over the beach in Manly. Alternatively, if you’ve got the family with you, enjoy a long lunch with spectacular views of Darling Harbour, with fairly floss and face painting for the kids!

Wine and dine in style with RedBalloon

One for the whisky lovers

Got a taste for the fire water? This is an experience you can’t go past. Soak in the harbour views as you enjoy a three-course dinner for two people with paired whiskies ranging from 12 to 18 years maturation.  

>> Gift a whisky tasting experience for two.

Wine and dine in style with RedBalloon

Boutique is best

Spend a glorious day in the countryside enjoying a vintage tasting experience of up to 13 wines at a boutique winery in Wamboin, NSW. You’ll also enjoy a three-course lunch showcasing the very best local produce of the region.  

>> Gift a vintage wine tasting experience.

Wine and dine in style with RedBalloon

Go gaga for gin

If a gin and tonic is your preferred poison this experience is for you. On this small group tour, you’ll be chauffeured around in a luxury vehicle as you visit three delicious distilleries including Cape Byron Distillery, Stone and Wood and Tweed Hotels. Try samples from some of the best gin and rum distillers in Australia!

>> Gift a Byron Craft Distilleries tour.

Wine and dine in style with RedBalloon

Cook up a storm

Does hosting dinner parties stress you out a little bit? This class will have you feeling confident cooking for larger groups in no time. Learn the art of simple yet delicious entertaining from a professional chef as well as easy plating skills. This is how to win at dinner parties 101 – the best bit? You get to eat a delicious three-course meal cooked by you!  

>> Gift a simple entertaining cooking class.

Fine food and wine

Do you know how to match wine with food? What better place to learn than at an extraordinary farming property on the stunning Mornington Peninsula. Your taste buds will be taken on a journey as you sample a range of food and wine grown on the property. Get set to enjoy a delicious day out.

>> Gift a food and wine matching experience.




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