May 22, 2017


The 2017 Pyrmont & Mudgee Region Festival is currently delighting Sydneysiders with a varied program running until May 27. Festival visitors have the opportunity to experience both the country charm of the Mudgee Region, coupled with the best of the city, at the many events that include wine dinners and tastings, photographic exhibitions and art displays.

Participating Mudgee wineries include award winning cellar doors Moothi Estate, First Ridge Wines, Manners Wines and newcomers Slowfox and Elephant Mountain Wines.


The specially curated program pairing selected Pyrmont restaurants with premium wine labels from the Mudgee Region is one of the most acclaimed and popular features of the Festival. A customised menu is prepared by each restaurant, paired with matching wine, to create a highly enjoyable dining experience, however, each dinner is available for one night only.

Some of the highlights are the Apprentice and Peterson’s Wines Dinner on May 24, where the rising stars of Sydney’s hospitality industry prepare a four course meal of stuffed zucchini flowers, Hiramesa kingfish ceviche, braised beef cheek and roast pineapple matched with Peterson’s Wines.


On May 25, Flying Fish and Burnbrae Wines present an innovative four course dinner of vanilla cured ocean trout, Yellowfin tuna, lamb loin and apple mousse, matched with Burnbrae Wines.

The Pyrmont & Mudgee Region Festival is a regional collaboration between Mudgee Wine Association, Mudgee Region Tourism and Mid Western Regional Council, presented by Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce with the City of Sydney. It is a unique opportunity for Mudgee Region to offer a taste of its award winning country charm to city dwellers and Pyrmont, just two kilometres from the CBD, to demonstrate its position as one of Sydney’s fastest growing tourist, creative, cultural and dining precincts.

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, Mudgee can also be reached by daily 45 minute flights from Sydney Airport.

The Festival concludes on May 27 with the Pyrmont Growers Market at Pyrmont Bay Park from 7.30 am to noon, offering a selection of fresh produce, artisan foods, gourmet delicacies and delicious ready made foods from local producers and farmers. Pizzaperta will also offer gourmet pizza with toppings paired with Mudgee Wines from Di Lusso Estate.  Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond



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 5, 2014


The fourth annual Pyrmont Festival is back with over fifty restaurants, wine bars, hotels, winemakers and artists featured in this year’s packed programme.

From 16-25 May 2014, the Festival will again be showcasing exciting events and exhibitions in the Pyrmont area, in partnership with the Mudgee Wine Region, making it easy for city dwellers to experience the wines and exceptional produce of the Mudgee area, without having to leave the city. Huntington Estate, Lowe Wines and Burrundulla Vineyard are just some of the wineries participating in the many lunches, dinners and tastings to be held during the ten days of the Festival.

At the recent official launch held at Sokyo in The Darling Hotel, we were treated to a preview of upcoming events at the Festival, along with a selection of sensational food and wines from the Mudgee region.

IMG_5449Pirrama Park will host a free outdoor event over the weekend of 17-18 May, catering for the whole family, with live music and entertainment plus art exhibitions and a sculpture installation. Visitors will be able to meet the wine-makers and taste more than 120 Mudgee region fine wines and sample a range of fine foods from both Pyrmont and Mudgee, at more than fifty stalls.

Other Festival highlights include a dinner at Flying Fish matched with Bunnamagoo Estate wines, a Progressive Dining Walk showcasing hospitality options available, a ten course Taiwanese banquet at Blue Eye Dragon Dinner with Mudgee region wines including newcomer Short Sheep Wines and the Apprentice at TAFE NSW Wine Dinner, prepared and served at five star level by the rising stars of hospitality, with Elliot Rocke Estate and Bumbrae Wines.

Pyrmont, just two kilometres from the CBD, is a prominent tourist and cultural destination and along with fantastic dining options, is a hub for technology and creative industries.

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