Thursday, 4 March 2010

New Pop Up Food and Wine Events in the Mudgee Region

The Mudgee Region has welcomed a wave of new pop up food and wine events, offering visitors intimate time with the chefs, farmers and wine-makers in small groups. There are cooking classes, farm walks, produce markets and lunch and dining experiences on the wineries.

"The aim of each event is to educate people about the food and produce we love and share the Mudgee lifestyle at some beautiful venues," said Lucy White, CEO of Mudgee Region Tourism Inc.

"The Mudgee Region's food and wine scene is more relaxed and personal than in other regions – it's not about stiff white cloths and silver service – but about fresh, stylish food and produce made with passion. These new pop up events suit our unique style." added Lucy.

On The Wineries

* 'Fork It Lunches' at Burnbrae Wines - these new monthly lunches offer a three-course meal prepared by well known local chef, Rachael McCarthy. Dine on the verandah with Burnbrae Wines and enjoy the rustic charm of this cellar door and its quaint country setting. Held monthly on Sundays, cost from $45.00pp and includes a glass of wine. www.burnbraewines.com.au

* Di Lusso Estate 'Winemakers and Pizza' lunches - fresh, hot pizzas straight from the outdoor pizza oven are served with a range of Italian varietal wines, olive oil and farm-made fig products. This authentic Italian long-lunch is enjoyed under the pergola and overlooking 'Lago di Lusso'. Held every weekend and open for casual lunches daily except Tuesdays. www.dilusso.com.au

Produce and Cooking
* Cheese Making at Leaning Oak Winery and Dairy – new Farmstead Cheese Making Workshops include milking the sheep and goats, then making, ripening and ageing cheeses by hand. From 9am-4pm, includes morning tea and lunch and costs $165pp. (20 March, 25 April and 2, 29, 30 May). www.leaningoak.com.au

* olive.a.twist (food.wine.science) at Oakfield Estate – join chef Rebecca Sutton and olive grower Belinda Moon in the grove at historic Oakfield Estate for olive picking, tasting and lunch in the grove. Includes sampling a range of estate grown varietal olives and oils, picking vegetables and herbs from the garden and selecting olives to be brined, processed and later sent to participants. After preparing the ingredients for boned leg of lamb on the BBQ, discuss appropriate wine companioning and enjoy lunch at long tables in the grove with fabulous fresh food and local wines by Robert Stein Winery. (April 24 and May 8, 15, 22). Cost from $190. Ph: 0408 416 396.

* 'UpMarket' Artisan Markets at Fairview Estate – first in a series of four artisan markets for 2010 will be hosted by Fairview Artspace, The Small Winemakers Centre and Gulgee Woolshed. The first is Sunday 11 April, enjoy coffee, cakes, wine tasting, local produce, art, antiques and bush music. 8am to 2pm. Ph: 0438 242 872 or 6372 2850

* Mudgee Farmers Market – a delicious place to taste, take-away and place your orders from over 30 local farmers, all the products are grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, smoked or processed by the stallholders themselves. Held on the third Saturday from 8.30am to 12.30pm at the St Mary's Church Grounds, Church Street, Mudgee www.mudgeefinefoods.com.au

On the Farm
* Farm Walks – visit and experience a working farm, from olive oil and vegetables to sheep and dairy, and learn what free-range, organic and home-grown is. Run by Mudgee Fine Foods on the third Sunday of every month, at 9am, 10.30am and 12.00 www.mudgeefinefoods.com.au

Visitors to the Mudgee Region can enjoy food and wine at a number of restaurants, cafes and almost 50 cellar doors. It is the third largest grape-growing region in NSW producing excellent cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varieties and is renowned for its boutique wineries. This includes five organic wineries and Australia's oldest certified organic grower at Botobolar. Visitors can pick up sweet honey, freshly pressed olive oil, farmhouse cheeses and nuts, and attend a number of unique winery events and celebrations.

The Mudgee Region is a 3.5hour drive for a 40-minute flight with Aeropelican from Sydney. A food and wine lover's paradise, there is also a range of arts, culture, history, and nature and wilderness experiences to be enjoyed.

For more information contact the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre on 02 6372 1020 or go to www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au
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