The Bubbles Festival 2023 tours 5 Australian cities over 5 weekends

The Bubbles Festival 2023
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Corks will start popping from next weekend as Bubbles Festival 2023 organised by Natalie Pickett of The Bubbles Review starts its 2023 tour. The Bubbles Festival has been a national event since 2021, having initially started in Melbourne in 2017, where this year’s festival will kick off. Read on to find out about Bubbles Festival and which other cities it will be in and when.

The Bubbles Festival 2023

The Bubbles Review

As mentioned above, it’s organised by The Bubbles Review, which is a multi-award-winning blog and website devoted to the enjoyment of drinking champagne and sparkling wine. That website was launched in October 2016 by Natalie Pickett, a Melbourne entrepreneur and international best-selling author. The website shares information on the history, tasting, techniques of making champagne and sparkling wine, and the people behind it. It also creates events and tours so that you can join in and indulge.


Their immensely popular blogs on Aussie sparkling wines really struck a chord, and it brought about the concept of launching The Bubbles Festival featuring a range of sparkling wines all in one boutique event.


What can you expect at Bubbles Festival 2023?

At your selected two-hour session, you’ll be able to meet and engage with producers and distributors of sparkling wine and champagne, and enjoy 10 or more sparkling wine tastings, paired with canapés, and for which tasting notes will be provided.  You will also receive a RIEDEL Champagne tasting glass to keep.


There is also a VIP upgrade available for purchase for an additional $65. The VIP upgrade includes priority access with a private tasting of a special cuvée prior to doors opening and a RIEDEL Extreme Champagne glass Twin pack valued at $80. A donation of $5 from every VIP upgrade ticket is given to their chosen charity, which changes for each city in the festival.


There will also be bubbly giveaways at each Bubbles Festival session.


What will you be tasting?

Nathalie Pickett likes to keep that secret each year to build anticipation so we’re unable to let you know what will be poured at Bubbles Festival 2023. However, to give you an idea of what you might taste (no guarantees), the following were just some of the sparkling wines poured at the Adelaide sessions last year: Wick’s Estate Pamela 2015 vintage, Jo Irvine’s Lévrier, a range of Piccadilly Daosa sparkling wines, Champagne Duval-LeRoy, Charles Pelletier Blanc de Blancs, and Villa Jolanda prosecco.


The Bubbles Festival is a fun afternoon with friends for both the sparkling wine connoisseur and those who don’t know much about wine but just like to drink it.

The Bubbles Festival
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One of the champagnes on tasting at last year’s The Bubbles Festival in Adelaide


WHAT: The Bubbles Festival 2023


Melbourne, Bells Hotel – 28 & 29 April 2023 – Tickets via this link:

Brisbane, Customs House – 12 & 13 May 2023 – Tickets via this link:

Adelaide, National Wine Centre of Australia – 19 & 20 May 2023 – Tickets via this link:

Sydney, Royal Automobile Club of Australia– 26 & 27 May 2023 – Tickets via this link:

Perth, The Celtic Club, – 16 & 17 June 2023 –

SESSIONS: In each city there will be 3 two-hour sessions to choose from:

  • Friday 6pm–8pm
  • Saturday 12pm–2pm
  • Saturday 3pm–5pm

HOW MUCH: $94 + Booking Fee via Eventbrite. Add the VIP upgrade for $65.


What’s your favourite bubbles?


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