Forget about hibernating on the couch in winter woollies, June is a bumper month of fun and games on the Coast starting with the long weekend.
There are feasts, fiestas and festivals galore right across the Coast this month.
Read on to find out how you can fill your belly, your glass and even your lips…
The Harvest Festival is a huge highlight of the June long weekend as Coasties and visitors head inland to explore the country chic side of the Coast. A celebration of local products and producers, there are loads of activities taking place from Kulnura to Glenworth Valley including fruit picking, a food and wine festival and fabulous local produce.
Here are a few of our Harvest Fest faves…
Eastcoast Beverages is throwing open the orchard gates to the public over the June long weekend as part of its annual Harvest Festival event – Day on the Farm.
Pop in on the long weekend Sunday for fruit picking (pay for what you pick), factory tours, music, market stalls, food, coffee and fun for the whole family.
For the ultimate VIP experience, the Lentini family will be offering VIP tours around their farm on golf buggies – yeehar!
Day on the Farm
Sunday June 9: 10am-4pm
Eastcoast farm, Kulnura
Free (pay for what you pick)
To get one of the last spots on a factory tour, book online ASAP: https://www.eastcoastbeverages.com.au/harvest-festival.html
The Springs is going all out on the long weekend Saturday and Sunday for this year’s Harvest Festival.
The country chic retreat at Peats Ridge is offering live music (Sarah Parkin will be performing from 6pm Saturday), harvest inspired cocktails (The Scarborough Fair is mixed with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme), street food inspired by local produce and harvest wood-fired pizzas at The Quack Shack.
There will also be games, Buggy rides and pop-up shops including a special stall selling Chef Dan’s famous pickles and condiments.
The Springs Harvest Festival
Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9
The Springs, Peats Ridge
Glenworth Valley is getting into the spirit of the Harvest Festival with a free food and wine festival over the long weekend Saturday and Sunday.
As the name suggests, the festival will offer an array of quality food and wine to indulge in, but there will also be plenty of activities for the whole family from a petting farm to pony rides and live music to laser skirmish.
More than 40 stalls will be set up in the picturesque valley (check out this video to see the stunning set up), which feels a million miles from the big smoke even though it’s only a short 15-minute drive from Gosford.
To make the long weekend extra special for three punters, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventure is giving away a gift pack including a case of Six Strings craft beer, $50 to spend at any of the festival stalls, $50 worth of food sampling, two bottles of premium Hanging Tree wine and an unlimited kid’s pass for pony rides and laser skirmish. To enter, visit the Glenworth Grazing post on Facebook, click interested and share the post before June 9.
Glenworth Grazing Food & Wine Festival
Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9: 11am-430pm
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
Winter has arrived but The Lucky Bee’s mid-week specials are set to keep the Coast sizzling through June.
Every Wednesday at the Hardys Bay eatery is Curry Night with a seasonal curry and rice available for $25 per person, plus a glass of wine or beer for just $5 a pop.
The quickest way to shake off the winter chills is with one of chef Matty Bennett’s piping hot house-made curries containing no less than 35 ingredients including – in the case of his Thai red curry – roasted peanuts, Thai basil and pickled mustard greens.
When the Bee was spicing up NYC, Matty’s curry was named in “The 21 Tastiest Dishes of 2016” by The New York Post.
Also, Thursday is Locals’ Night so get off the couch and into the Lucky Bee for 10 per cent of your bill.
Lucky Bee Mid-Week Specials
Wednesdays and Thursdays
The Lucky Bee, Hardys Bay
This one is for the kiddies of the Coast!
Lake Haven Centre is getting the party started every Saturday in June with free face painting and fun balloon art.
If it’s a bit chilly outside or maybe a rainy day, go in search of Party Chameleon’s pop up parties – they’ll be in a different spot around the centre every Saturday.
Fun day Saturdays
Saturdays in June: 10am-2pm
Lake Haven Centre
Margarita Daze has just the thing to get you out of your winter ‘daze’.
The Ocean Beach bar and restaurant is offering a tantalising reason to get off the couch and into their beachside venue on any given day this June.
Shake off the Monday blues with a burger and beer for $20; Tuesday is locals’ night which means 10 per cent off the bill; Wednesday is 2-for-1 pizzas; every Friday from 5pm to 6pm is happy hour with $15 cocktails and $6 house wines and tap beers; and Saturday, get your groove on with live music from 6pm.
Margarita Daze winter specials
Margarita Daze, Ocean Beach
In stark contrast to the weather, the culinary offering at Remy & Co Pasta Bar heats up in June.
Back by popular demand, the Erina eatery is once again doing $20 risotto and vino Wednesdays.
While Thursdays are a pizza fest with all you can eat pizza for $29 ($15 for kids).
The light and fluffy dough has proved for 48 hours before being turned into a slice of heaven so you might even avoid that sluggish after-pizza feeling.
Remy & Co weekday specials
Remy & Co Pasta Bar, Erina
In June, Sunday is Rumday at Terrigal beachfront bar Mumbo Jumbos.
Feel the good vibes all day with $20 jugs and rum cocktail specials – brought to you by Bacardi – as well as $10 rumette snacks.
And get into the groove with the likes of Cool Hand Luke, Tally DJs, Dr Cool & Professor Funk, Tilldawn and Cabal DJs on the decks.
The reggae-and-rum rooftop bar is also putting on a weekly trivia night every Thursday from 7pm. Stay tuned to their Facebook for weekly themes.
Sundays in June
Mumbo Jumbos, Terrigal
Woy Woy’s Hot Sauce Fiesta is back with a vengeance this month.
After the sizzling success of last year’s event, they’re doubling down on the sauce and food with twice as much spice on offer.
Held at Tropicana Pizza Pizza, hot sauce sampling will be courtesy of Coastie locals SSB Chilli, Smack Salt, Chilli Obsession and The Hippy Seed Company, with Marysol, Touloulou, Dangermates and Diablo Sunrise making the trip up from Sydney.
Munchies will include a Sounds on West American BBQ, healthy wholefoods from Pachamama Catering, sliders from More Chilli and Touloulou’s Carribean Jerk chicken.
Tropicana will be serving up their pan pizza as well as Bloody Marys and $5 Tinnies, while reggae royalty DJ Nick Toth is set to get the party started.
Woy Woy Hot Sauce Fiesta
Saturday June 8: 1pm-5pm
Tropicana Pizza courtyard
From bespoke Central Coast pillows branded Umina or Ettalong to gorgeous greenery planted and grown with love, Handmade on The Coast is a lovely market offering crafty and creative Coasties the chance to sell their handmade wares by the water at Woy Woy.
Held on the second Saturday of each month at Woy Woy Wharf Park, these markets are dedicated to products that have been handmade, designed, cooked or created by a Central Coast local.
It’s a great way to support budding small businesses while also picking up something special and truly one-of-a-kind.
We’re talking everything from cruelty-free creams to abstract art, handcrafted jewellery, gluten-free treats and eco homewares.
When you’ve finished your shopping, grab a seat in the shade and enjoy the tunes from local buskers.
Handmade on the Coast
Sunday June 9: 9am-2pm
Woy Woy Wharf
One of the most decadent winter flavours is truffle and the flavourful fungi is going to be celebrated in all its pungent glory at the Central Coast Truffle Festival.
Starting on June 12, three local restaurants – Ocean Restaurant, The Entrance Lake House and Cecilia’s – are inviting diners to indulge their love of truffle with each venue plating up three dishes inspired by Tasmanian truffles.
A three-course set menu will be available for the truffle obsessed or there will be entrees, mains and even desserts available to be purchased individually.
The restaurants are essentially competing for the honour of the Coast’s ‘Best Truffle Dish’ so don’t forget to vote for your fave.
Central Coast Truffle Festival
June 12 to July 28
Ocean Restaurant at Blue Bay, The Entrance Lake House and Cecilia’s at Toowoon Bay
Listen up ladies, the IV Lounge is coming to town to offer a beauty boost on the inside and out.
The smoothing, plumping and intravenous experts will be at the Pullman’s Vie Spa offering anti-wrinkle injections and fillers ($15 per unit with a 15% discount for first timers) as well as IV drip therapy.
Their Hydrate Drip ($180) is packed with Vitamin B, Magnesium and Zinc and their Myers Cocktail ($235) is filled with Vitamin C, Calcium, Vitamin B and Zinc.
Shots of B12 ($20) and Biotin ($25) will also be on the menu.
The IV Lounge
Friday June 14
Vie Spa, Pullman Magenta Shores
Book on 4352 8121 (a deposit is required at time of booking to secure appointment)
On the third Sunday of the month, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach is the place to be with the popular Umina Beach Markets rolling into town.
With many of the event’s 90 stalls offering plant-based options, it’s the Coast’s premier vegan-friendly market.
Buying local is something Coasties embrace and these markets offer punters the chance to support their neighbours while doing some shopping by the sea.
Stalls offer everything from art with a message about animal conservation to homegrown herbs and small-batch soap.
Grab a coffee in a keep cup, sip some Somersby OJ, takeaway a vegan cupcake or two, and try a reishi latte.
Avoid the parking craziness with a free shuttle bus from Woy Woy or Ettalong Wharfs or Ettalong Diggers.
Umina Beach Markets
Sunday June 16: 9am-2pm
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
Winter is peak wine season and High Tide Bar Co will once again be bringing the vino to Macmasters in what is becoming an annual midwinter tradition at Loo Loo’s Shack.
Pop in to their pop-up bar for fine wine by the fire and a hearty party that kicks off in the afternoon and runs into the night.
Known for their chic pop ups and great taste in wine, High Tide Bar Co will be pouring wines by the glass, spinning funky tunes and putting on good food that can be savoured while snuggled around a fire pit.
A pop-up Cellar Door by Upstairs Wines will be offering free wine tasting of the kinds of drops you’re likely to find at some of Sydney and the Coast’s best restaurants and bars, as well as case specials so you can stock up your own cellar for the cool months ahead.
Winter pop-up wine bar
Saturday June 29: 4pm-9pm
Loo Loo’s Shack, Macmasters Beach
One of the most popular monthly events on the Central Coast is the Avoca Beachside Markets.
Held on the fourth Sunday of the month, the cult market day sees more than 120 stalls pop-up on the grass alongside pretty Avoca Lake.
A hub of coastal creativity, emerging and established artists and artisans offer all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures from handmade soap to beautiful baby clothes, original artworks and coastal chic homewares.
The markets have a green heart with many vendors focussing on renewable and eco goods and a reusable Boomerang Bag available to steer shoppers away from single use plastic.
A live stage has been a breeding ground for some of the Coast’s most talented musical exports including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes who got their start busking regularly at the markets.
It’s always a busy day in the small coastal town so spare yourself parking pain and take advantage of a free shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes from Avoca Hotel just down the road.
Sunday May 26: 9am to 2pm
Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach