The Mudgee region in Central NSW is one of the State’s first established wine regions. Renowned for its food and wine, with more than forty family-run boutique wineries, as well as excellent art, music, nature and history experiences, Mudgee is just a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney.

IMG_5451The highlight of the Festival will be a two day outdoor event in Pyrmont’s Pirrama Park, to be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May from 11am to 5pm. Mudgee winemakers will be on site offering over 120 of the area’s premier wines for tasting, along with a number of gourmet food producers from the region. Burrundulla Wines, Robert Stein Vineyard, Lowe Wines and Huntington Estate are just some of the Mudgee wineries that will be present. Approximately 100 stalls will be set up where visitors can meet winemakers, participate in tastings and sample a broad range of fine foods. This event is designed for the whole family, with live music, local artists, rides and entertainment for the kids.

DSC01476Paul West, host of “River Cottage Australia”, will cook up a storm with Mudgee produce when he joins the Festival in Pirrama Park on Sunday 17 May.

Pirrama Park will also feature entries in The Ninth Annual Pyrmont Art Prize, curated by Lesley Dimmick, as well as artists from the Mudgee region collaborating on a Sculpture Garden mounted throughout the park, where all works on display are for sale. An exhibition of works by 250 primary school students will also be incorporated.

The Festival also offers a selection of wine dinners and tastings at many Pyrmont eateries, including Blue Eye Dragon, Café Morso, Flying Fish and LuMi Bar & Dining, combining the best of their dining experiences with Mudgee wines to match across the ten days.

DSC01472Harbourside Shopping Centre has joined the Festival for the first time this year and will present a progressive degustation dining safari at four of their dining establishments, with proceeds going to Barnardos Australia, the Festival’s official Pyrmont based charity.

With the Festival becoming more successful with each passing year, Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of Sydney said “The Pyrmont Festival is an excellent example of industry collaboration. Mudgee food and wine producers lift their profile in Sydney and Pyrmont businesses benefit from increased activity in the area. The City is pleased to support this event, which has over the past five years helped Pyrmont emerge as one of Sydney’s most exciting food destinations. I look forward to seeing you at this diverse and lively festival.”

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond

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