Effervescence, Australia’s only festival dedicated solely to champagne, is coming back for another day of indulgence.
After a successful debut in 2016, Effervescence will return to Spicers Hidden Vale, just an hour from Brisbane, in August.
The festival is the brainchild of ‘champagne educator’ Amanda Reboul.
“There are plenty of champagne events for professionals, but the options for ordinary champagne lovers is minimal,” she says.
“With tasting stations from more than 25 houses, including well-known famous and boutique grower houses and over 60 cuvees, Effervescence offers the opportunity to do just that — to taste, learn and most of all enjoy champagne.”
As well as tasting stations representing the different micro-regions and styles of champagne, the festival will feature cooking demonstrations, live music and delicious food.
You’ll also have an opportunity to brush up on your high society skills by competing on the petanque court or learning the noble art of sabrage — literally the art of opening a champagne bottle with a sabre — under the tutelage of a sabrage master.
There’ll be no arguments about designated drivers this year, with extra coaches departing and returning to the Gold Coast and Toowoomba as well as Brisbane. Helicopter transfers can even be arranged for you, if you’re really about that luxe life.
Tickets cost $120, which includes champagne tastings, a tote bag, a snack box, a Philippe Jamesse tasting flute and a notebook.
If one day just isn’t enough, the Effervescence VIP weekend (August 11-13) offers just 20 couples (or friends) the opportunity to learn more over a gourmand weekend at Spicers with like-minded champagne aficionados.
Effervescence will be held at Spicers Hidden Vale on Sunday 13 August. For more info and tickets, visit effervescence.com.au.