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 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