CITY MEETS COUNTRY AT PYRMONT FESTIVAL

May 16, 2015


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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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PYRMONT FESTIVAL BACK FOR THIRD YEAR

May 12, 2013

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The Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art is back again for a third year, running from 17 to 26 May 2013.

The Festival is a collaboration between the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce, City of Sydney and the Mudgee Region Tourism and Wine industry.  It provides a unique opportunity for Pyrmont, just 2km from the CBD, to demonstrate its diversity as a dining and lifestyle precinct with events at art galleries, Pyrmont Wharf, Pirrama Park, TAFE NSW, The Star and bottle shops, as well as restaurants, bars and cafes.

Commencing with an outdoor breakfast on Friday 17 May at Pyrmont Bay’s Doltone House, followed at 12.30 pm by lunch at Flying Fish, the program offers plenty of choice.  Another unique experience to be held on 22 May is The Apprentice at Tafe NSW Wine Dinner.

The free outdoor event, ‘Wine, Food and Art’, which this year has expanded into two days, will be held in Pirrama Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, from 11am to 5pm.  Come and meet around 30 of Mudgee’s premium winemakers and taste from a selection of over 150 Mudgee wines, see the 7th Annual Pyrmont Art Prize, as well as enjoying all the food and entertainment, sounds like fun for the whole family.

For the first time, iconic Ultimo-Pyrmont cultural institutions will join in the celebrations, with events at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Heritage Fleet where one of the Festival’s concluding events of a wine and classical music concert ‘Music in the Sail’s’, will be held.

Other new events include Mudgee Region artists showcasing large works in a sculpture garden.

Pyrmont Festival's Huntington Estate breakfast at Dolton HousePyrmont chefs will team up with Mudgee Region winemakers with events at Café Morso with Bunnamagoo wines, Bar Zini with Cooks Lot wines, Pyrama with Vinifera Wines and Quilty Wines, and Blue Eye Dragon with Botobolar and Gooree Park.

Mudgee wine tastings will also be held at Fisherman’s Fine Wines at the Sydney Fish Markets, Porters Liquor and Red Bottle.

The Mudgee Region is 3.5 hours drive from Sydney and is one of the State’s first established wine regions.  It is renowned for its food and wine with around 40 family run boutique wineries, as well as excellent art, music, nature and history experiences.

After visiting the Festival and sampling some of the fantastic produce that the Mudgee region has to offer, I am sure that many people will be inspired to travel to Mudgee for a either a short break or a long weekend.  www.pyrmontfestival.com Sandra Tiltman