What is Rootstock Sydney?

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

Building upon the enormous success of the past three festivals, Rootstock Sydney 2017 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 fifth 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

Rootstock Sydney is a unique, collaborative not-for-profit sustainable food and wine festival. It is a place where winemakers, grape growers, chefs, sommeliers, writers, artists, thinkers (and most importantly drinkers!) can all come together to share with one another. 

Started by Giorgio De Maria, Mike Bennie, James Hird, Linda Wiss and Matt Young in 2013, this year will see the third incarnation of the Rootstock Sydney festival. We will continue to push a sustainable agenda and to celebrate the people behind the produce. We are also very excited to be presenting many new additions (but not SO2!) to the festival program this year.

As Rootstock Sydney continues to push boundaries and open sustainable doorways, the generous support of producers, chefs, sommeliers, volunteers and media outlets amongst others is paramount to the event's success. We sincerely thank you all for all your help and support, as without you there would be no Rootstock Sydney.


Carriageworks (Sydney)  is the largest and most significant contemporary multi-arts centre of its kind in Australia. Carriageworks engages artists and audiences with contemporary ideas and issues.

Carriageworks is proud to be hosting Rootstock Sydney for its fifth year.