August 22, 2016

ROOTSTOCK SYDNEY 2016 Sustainable Wine & Food Festival, returns to Carriageworks this November

Sydney, Australia: Rootstock Sydney the sustainable and artisan food, wine and cultural festival returns to Carriageworks for the weekend of 26th and 27th of November 2016.

The first Rootstock Sydney event brought over 3,500 wine and food lovers to Leichardt’s Italian Forum for Australia’s first celebration of natural wine and artisan produce. In 2014 Rootstock Sydney moved to its current home, Carriageworks Sydney, and hosted 13,500 people for Australia’s largest food, wine and arts event of its kind. In 2015 the program expanded, and we welcomed even more winemakers, farmers, chefs and producers and included one of Australia’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander installations on indigenous produce and farming.

Rootstock Sydney’s focus is to promote sustainable farming in food and wine production and little/no additions in winemaking. Rootstock Sydney is a Not For Profit organization and event.

Building upon the enormous success of the past two years, Rootstock Sydney 2016 promises to be the most anticipated food and wine festival in the country. This is the only event of its kind – fun, informative, a touch wild, with a focus on organic, biodynamic and natural growing and the beautiful produce that results.

Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah said: “We’re excited to present the return of Rootstock Sydney at Carriageworks for its third year. This world-class event is an opportunity for visitors to engage first-hand with some of the best chefs and creative leaders in the food and wine industry, from around the country.”

Rootstock Sydney 2016 Schedule

WINE FESTIVAL Saturday 26th and 27th November

Running over two days, there will be two sessions per day. These ticketed events are an opportunity to both meet the artisans and taste their natural wines. Unlike most other trade fares, the grower-producers are required to attend their stall, which we believe enables more dialogue and understanding of wine. There will be upwards of these 200 of these unique wines available to taste. This year sees an increased focus on natural farming, with wines shown only produced from naturally-farmed vineyards.

FOOD MARKETS Saturday 26th and 27th November

The free-to-attend Rootstock Sydney Food Market will return – with a few exciting changes. This year we are collaborating with Carriageworks Farmers Market, with a small presence at the regular Saturday markets, and Sunday’s Rootstock Sydney market will be a special edition of the Carriageworks Farmers Market with a focus on native foods and produce, alongside ethnic-Australian foods from minority groups showcasing their unique foods.

The markets will include Rootstock Sydney’s infamous orange wine and sake bars, alongside several new bars showcasing varied wine styles and wild ferment beers.


This year sees an exciting series of talks by producers, chefs, educators, writers, sommeliers and more. As in previous years the talks will cover a diverse range of topics around food, wine and agriculture. There will be a feature on Georgian winemaking and culture.


Both nights over the Rootstock Sydney weekend will feature night parties. Saturday night will feature a group of unique winemakers and showcase their connection to their culture, food and music, while Sunday night will feature the prodigiously talented chefs Duncan Welgemoed, Analiese Gregory and David Moyle, with friends to be announced, who will slowly roast Australian produce over coals.

Both nights are being curated in collaboration with ‘Italo Disco’ founders Maurice Terzini (Icebergs/Dolphin Hotel) and Giovanni Paradiso (Fratelli Paradiso, 10 William St).

MEDIA CONTACT: For further information and imagery please contact Rae Begley 0419 890 888 or Kym Elphinstone 0421 106 139.

Rootstock Sydney 

Rootstock Sydney, now in its third year, is Australia’s leading wine and food festival with a message. Rootstock Sydney’s focus is to promote sustainable farming in food and wine production and little/no additions in winemaking. Rootstock Sydney is a Not For Profit organization and event.


Carriageworks is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. Located in Sydney, Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues. Carriageworks is proudly presenting Rootstock Sydney for its third year.