Looking for a winter getaway during the June school holidays? Why not consider Canberra, which was listed by Lonely Planet as the third best city to visit in 2018.
Canberra offers unique foodie adventures waiting to be explored and suited for the whole family. With daily flights on Singapore Airlines, it is always easy to plan a trip there.
The airline’s in-fl ght entertainment system KrisWorld will keep the whole family occupied with more than 1,800 on-demand options including movies, TV programmes, audio CDs and interactive games.
First and Business Class passengers can select a range of meals from Yummy!, an in-flight meal service that even your picky little eaters will enjoy. Families travelling in the Economy Class need not fret as you would still be able to select a child meal before your flight.
Just make sure you leave some room for award-winning food experiences to be discovered in Canberra.
The True Festival – Canberra Region
Winter is also the season for truffle harvesting in Australia. The black truffles grown around Canberra are also known as Perigord or French truffles.
The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region, held during the winter months from June to August, offers the perfect opportunity to learn all you have ever wanted to know about the intensively flavourful fungi that has taken the culinary world by storm.
Join a truffle hunt and see truffle dogs in action as they follow their noses and unearth these “black diamonds”, buy some truffle from the growers’ or the local farmers’ markets, or sample truffle creations at restaurants and cafés.
Pick up a local wine or two
Canberra’s wine region is home to 140 vineyards and more than 30 cellars. Head to Four Winds Vineyard which offers Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet and Sangiovese, as well as scrumptious wood-fired pizzas.
If you are looking for something different, try biodynamic wines at Lark Hill Winery. Harvested through biodynamic farming, an alternative form of agriculture similar to organic farming, the wines are made without manipulation or chemical adjustment, but allowed to age naturally.
Visit the cellar door for the Riesling, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Sangiovese and Shiraz.
Capital Region Farmers Market
Southern Tablelands, you will get honey that is still warm from the hive and potatoes that still have dirt on them — signs that the goods are as fresh as they can be. There are more than 100 stalls selling a wide range of fresh produce like fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, meats and cheeses. The market operates every Saturday, from 7.30am to 12pm.
Other foodie delights
Be spoilt for choice when looking for dining options in Canberra. Just a few minutes’ walk from the city centre is Braddon, a hip neighbourhood and foodie precinct that offers a range of exciting cafés, restaurants and bars. The must-try eateries in the area include Sage Dining Rooms, the Elk & Pea and eightysix.
At the New Acton precinct, also near the city centre, try Parlour Wine Room for tapas, cocktails and local Canberra wine, or Monster Kitchen and Bar for breakfast and all-day dining.
Canberra’s City Centre, also known as the Civic precinct, offers many good options. They include Raku for modern Japanese, Sammy’s Kitchen for Chinese, and Akiba for Asian fusion flavours and buzzing atmosphere.
Singapore Airlines flies daily from Singapore to Canberra. You can now plan your family vacation with promotional fares starting from S$528. Visit singaporeair.com/Canberra for more information.
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