Mudgee will showcase its finest this spring during the regions annual gastronomic event, the Mudgee Wine & Food Festival, featuring a month of events from 12th September 6th October 2014.
Guests will experience a huge program of food and wine events, as well as whisky sampling, bread making classes, farmers markets, farm walks and entertainment for the whole family in amongst the Mudgee Regions spectacular surroundings.
This year features a range of new events, including:
Newcomer Short Sheep Micro-Winery introduces the quirky BYO Bottle Your Own Wine! event, where guests can fill in their own bottle at the micro-winery and then hand-label it themselves, taking home a personalised bottle of Mudgee wine. This event is on Sunday 14th and 21st September from 11am - 4pm, with tickets at $15 per person.
Taste Robert Stein Winerys new releases, vertical tastings & Pipeclay Pumphouse charcuterie at the release of the Robert Stein 2014 Rieslings. On 21st September at 1pm there will also be a five-course degustation lunch at Pipeclay Pumphouse overlooking the Mudgee valley. Tickets at $80 per person.
Distillery Immersion Tours will be on offer at Baker Williams Distillery on 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th September, 2nd and 3rd October. Guests can learn how spirits and liqueurs are made and have tastings with distillers Nathan and Helen Williams. Tickets are $25 per person with tastings included, refundable on purchases of $40 or more.
Huntington Estate will come alive with a Family Fun Weekend from 11am 3pm on 20th and 21st September. Children will be entertained with a petting zoo, jumping castle and live music, while adults can enjoy tastings of the award winning wines and food in amidst the beautiful surroundings of the winery gardens. Free entry.
Moothi Estate will offer Mini Wine and Cheese Flights throughout the festival, with local artisan cheeses specially paired with Moothi Estate wines, overlooking the vines. Flights with three wines and three cheeses are $15 per person, available every day.
Botobolar will host a Festival Feast Luncheon a lazy, long lunch at Botobolars cellar door on Saturday 13th September from 12.30pm. There will be a range of Mediterranean fare created by the local team at Mudgee Made, served in a family
style, followed by dessert and accompanied with Botobolar wines. Tickets are $70 per person.
This year will kick off with the Mudgee Wine Show Awards Dinner on 12th September a fantastic showcase of what the region has to offer in world-class wines. With Australian media personality Lindy Milan as the special guest emcee and live music performances throughout, it promises to be a fantastic evening.
On the following day (13th September), guests will be treated to a selection of more of these award winners at the Go Tasting event. This allows the public to try all the wines that have been entered into the Mudgee Wine Show, including the medal winners. With more than 130 wines to try, the hardest part will be deciding where to start. This event will be hosted at Roths Wine Bar from 5.30pm, with tickets at $40 per person.
Another firm favourite is the Go Grazing event at the Mudgee Showground on 20th September. From 6.30pm guests will mingle al fresco with local producers and sample some outstanding regional produce. The night will continue inside the pavilion from 7.00pm with the pairing of twenty canapés and desserts with Mudgee wines. There will be two rounds of tasting, with the chance to vote on which wines are best matched to their accompanying food. Tickets are $85 per person (bookings essential through Mudgee Region Tourism).
High Tea in the Stables at Gooree Park, 4th October from 2 - 5pm. In amongst Gooree Parks iconic stable block, guests will enjoy three hours of true indulgence with a gourmet afternoon tea, including regional teas and Gooree Park sparkling wine, fashion parades and makeup demonstrations. Tickets are $55 per person.
Those with a keen interest in learning more about wine can join Wine School with David Lowe on Wednesday 17th September, held in a relaxed setting with one of Australias premier winemakers. Tickets are $45 per person.
Launched last year, the Local Plate Competition provides the perfect excuse for visitors to eat their way around Mudgee Region throughout the festival. Each participating restaurant, café, winery or caterer that operates in the Midwestern regional area will include one culinary creation on their menu using at least 80 per cent regional produce. Visitors and locals will decide who becomes the 2014 Local Plate Champion, with all voters going into the draw to win an all-expenses paid sensory weekend away in the Mudgee Region.
The Festival will showcase the diversity of Mudgee Region produce and wines - from organic and sparkling varieties and delicate Riesling and Pinots to the full-bodied Cabernet, Shiraz and Chardonnays that Mudgee is acclaimed for. The regions recent focus on emerging varieties also ensures there will always be something new to try.
For more information on this festival and the Mudgee region, or to purchase tickets visit www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au.
About the Mudgee Region
The Mudgee Region is the third largest grape-growing region in NSW and one of the oldest wine regions in the state - just a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney.
Encompassing the towns of Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone, the Mudgee Region offers a sensory feast of food, wine, art and cultural events. The Mudgee Region combines country towns, historic buildings and a thriving café scene with boutique markets and galleries to explore.
Mudgee, meaning nest in the hills, is set amid rolling countryside and offers more than 40 family-run cellar doors to discover. The region is surrounded by several national parks and world-heritage bushland and landmarks, able to be explored on food, by car or by bike.