May 14, 2016

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The Pyrmont Festival, showcasing the best of Pyrmont and the Mudgee Region, returns for its sixth year on Friday 13 May 2016, with a ten day programme of wine and food alongside art displays and photographic exhibitions.

Visitors to Pyrmont, just two kilometres from the Sydney CBD and one of Sydney’s fastest growing tourist, creative, cultural and dining precincts, will have the chance to experience both the country charm of the Mudgee Region, coupled with the best of the city.

Participating Mudgee Wineries include Burrundulla Wines, Robert Stein Vineyard, Huntington Estate and Petersen’s, Mudgee Ridge, Moothi Estate, Walter Wines, Burnbrae Wines and Manners Wines.

Pyrmont eateries Blue Eye Dragon, Café Morso, Flying Fish, Bar Zini, The Apprentice, Brio, The Persian Room, Zebra Lounge, Le Trader, Quarryman Hotel, Dunkirk Hotel, Ovolo 1888, Gourmandise de Paris and Pyrmont Point Hotel will feature the best of their dining experiences, with Mudgee wines to match, at dinners and tastings across the ten days.

The selection of dining experiences include The Persian Room serving an authentic Persian three course dinner with matching wines from Robert Stein Winery on 15 May and The Apprentice at TAFE NSW Wine Dinner on 19 May, where menus are designed, prepared and served at five-star level by the rising stars of Sydney’s hospitality industry, with wines from Vinifera Wines.

Flying Fish Restaurant and Bar Chef, Stephen Seckold, will deliver an innovative four course degustation dinner, matched with Mudgee’s Manners Wines on 20 May and on 21May, Blue Eye Dragon’s award winning restaurateur Muriel Chen will host a ten course banquet at the heritage St. Bede’s Church Hall matched to wines from Mudgee’s Bunnamagoo Estate Wines. Also on 21 May the Pyrmont Point Hotel will be offering a taste of the freshest Mudgee produce with two glasses of Burnbrae Mudgee Wine.

The highlight of the Festival will be a two day event for the whole family in Pirrama Park on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May. Visitors will be able to meet winemakers, participate in tastings and sample a broad range of fine foods while listening to live music. Additional family entertainment includes a Hi-5 Live! show on Saturday 14 May, from 11am.

With the Festival becoming more successful with each passing year, Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, said “Pyrmont Festival is an outstanding example of a community focused business and industry collaboration and the City is proud to continue its support of this event and its growing popularity. The Mudgee region in Central NSW is one of the State’s oldest wine regions, known for its fine food, excellent art, music, nature and history experiences. It’s a region perfectly matched with Pyrmont, an inner city precinct that’s one of Sydney’s fastest growing tourist, creative, cultural and dining destinations.”

The Mudgee Region is the third largest grape growing region in New South Wales and one of the oldest wine regions in the State. Mudgee can be reached by road as well as daily 50 minute flights from Sydney Airport.

The Pyrmont Festival runs until Sunday 22 May 2016.

Sandra Tiltman



May 16, 2015


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


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. Sandra Tiltman 



May 25, 2012

The Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art presented another exciting event last night at Sydney’s newest luxury venue, The Darling Hotel at The Star.  Taste Of The Star was billed as a tasting extravaganza showcasing signature dishes from The Star’s top restaurants.

This culinary adventure took place in The Darling’s large foyer where the six participating restaurants, Sokyo, Black, Bistro 80, Balla, Fat Noodle and Adriano Zumbo Patissier dispensed tasting plates of their signature dishes to the hungry crowd.

Being able to sample two tasting plates from each of the restaurants really gave you a very good overview of what food offerings are available at The Star, from Italian to Asian and much more in
between, everything tasted very fresh with amazing flavours.  There was something to tempt every palate, from Black’s butter poached prawn & steak tartare to Balla’s roast pork & bean soup and Sokyo’s miso lamb & sashimi to name but a few of the dishes served.

Winemaker Jacob Stein from Mudgee’s Robert Stein Winery was on hand to dispense a selection of his red and white wine varieties.  I really enjoyed his sparkling white wine, which went perfectly with the food.

This tasting event certainly made me want to return to The Star for a dining experience.  Only problem is which restaurant do I choose, guess I will just have to keep returning and try them all.   Sandra T.   Photos:  John Pond

PHOTOS: Jacob Stein with Sandra T. & Balla’s Chef Slicing Pork at Taste of The Star



May 18, 2012

An early start this morning to be at Pyrmont by 7 a.m. to celebrate the start of the Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art with an Italian Rustic Breakfast at Doltone House on Pyrmont Bay.

Sitting at a long table which looked splendid in the morning sun with it’s white theming, drinking some sparkling wine from Mudgee’s Huntington Estate, certainly made the early start worthwhile. The morning just kept getting better once the breakfast of antipasti, Sicilian eggs and espresso coffee was served.  The final temptation was the cannoli which no-one could resist.

Twenty wineries from the Mudgee region will take part in the Festival and the biggest free event happens on Sunday 20 May, when Pirrama Park will feature a huge outdoor wine and food fair with Mudgee produce from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Festival will also showcase a series of Mudgee region wine and food matching events at several of Pyrmont’s restaurants.  Choose from degustation dinners, a cheese and wine masterclass, sampling events and lunches.

The Festival runs 18 through 27 May and is a collaboration between the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce, the City of Sydney and the Mudgee Wine Region which brings the flavours of the country to the city. Sandra T.    Photos:  John Pond©