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Discover the Mudgee region’s best food and drink

Locals and visitors to Mudgee are invited to explore the region’s best food and wine offerings by taking part in this year’s Food and Drink Trail on the 25th and 26th of March.

The Mudgee Region Food and Drink Trail promises to take people on a gastronomical adventure through the region as they journey to our favourite producers. There will be an abundance of fresh local produce and delectable drink options to sample, with the Mudgee region being at the forefront of paddock to plate dining.

This year’s event will feature over 20 destinations including cellar doors, farms, orchards, cafes and a distillery.

Each destination will dish up the perfect pairing of a locally produced beverage and a regionally inspired dish.

With so many venues taking part in the trail, it’s a great way to discover the amazing food and drink in the Mudgee region and all of the amazing culinary experiences on offer.

A trail pass costs just $40 and includes 5 vouchers that can each be exchanged for one dish and one drink at a participating venue. There is no limit to the amount of trail passes that can be purchased.

Trail passes can be purchased at www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au or at the Mudgee Visitors Information Centre at 84 Market Street, Mudgee NSW.

To find out more about the event, the venues taking part and to take a peek at the menus visit www.mudgeewine.com.au/mudgee-region-food-and-drink-trail/.

Mudgee Farm Walks are on this Sunday!

If you want to learn more about some of Mudgee’s favourite local producers then don’t miss out on this month’s Farm Walks tour, which will take visitors to Vinifera Wines and Baker Williams Distillery.

Mudgee Fine Foods holds a number of Farm Walks throughout the year, taking locals and visitors to meet local producers and hear how passionate they are about what they do.

Participants get the chance to get up close and personal with the making process and there are normally opportunities to talk to the maker, ask questions, and maybe even get your ‘hands dirty’.

This Sunday, June 19, the Farm Walks will give participants a behind the scenes look at Vinifera Wines and Baker Williams Distillery. Here a little bit about each:

Vinifera Wines

Vinifera owners, Tony and Debbie McKendry, started producing Spanish style varietals after discovering that the Mudgee region has similar climatic conditions to the Rioja region in Northern Spain.

Their Tempranillo, Garnacha blends, Graciano and Gran Tinto wines are good-living reds that complement foods wonderfully. They also produce excellent Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and the much awarded Semillon – both crisp and dessert varieties.

Baker Williams Distillery 

Baker Williams Distillery is a Micro Distillery that produces handcrafted spirits and liqueurs focusing on regional flavours & influences.

Opened in September 2012, the distillery is part of the ever-growing Australian Craft Distillery industry with an expanding range of flavoursome spirits and liqueurs.

Both are set to be great locations for a “Farm Walk”. Bookings are essential, so head to http://mudgeefinefoods.com.au if you’re interested in purchasing tickets or finding out more.

Tours begin at the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre at 84 Market Street, at 9.00am. Make yourself known to the Tour Leader there, and have your Farm Walk ticket with you. You will then ‘follow the leader’ to the participating locations, so your own transport is needed.

Reserve your seat at Rylstone StreetFeast’s Long Lunch

Tickets for this year’s Long Lunch at the Rylstone StreetFeast go on sale from today and if don’t want to miss out on the best gourmet feast of the year then you better book your tickets in as soon as you get the chance.

Set in the main street of Rylstone, the StreetFeast is one of the region’s premier events, with the Long Lunch being one of its major highlights.

There is only limited seating to the Long Lunch, which people snap up quickly for the chance to sample some of the freshest seasonal local produce, set amongst the avenue of shady trees lining Louee Street in Rylstone.

Those who miss out on tickets to the Long Lunch can still enjoy the rest that the Rylstone StreetFeast has to offer though, including a fantastic mix of food, wine, markets, music, art and more.

Rylstone’s local cafes and hotels all join in on the celebrations too and you can stop in to try out the local fare while you stroll through Louee Street and enjoy all that the local shops and markets have to offer.

The event takes place on November 5, 2016 and it makes for a great day out. But if you really want to experience the best of the festival then remember to book in your tickets to the Long Lunch as soon as you can, because in past years they have been known to sell out very quickly.

For all further information about the festival, and to purchase tickets, head to www.rylstonestreetfeast.com.au.


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Follow the Mudgee Region Food + Wine Trail

Locals and visitors to Mudgee are being invited to follow the inaugural Mudgee Region Food + Drink Trail on the weekend of April 16 and 17 and discover the best local produce in the region.

During the weekend there will be an abundance of fresh produce, delectable drink options and paddock to plate dining to enjoy.

Your Trail Pass will be your key to unlocking the perfect pairings. Each voucher on the pass can be exchanged for a sample of local wine, beer, spirit or other beverage, expertly paired with a regionally inspired small dish.

There will be 17 unique stops and experiences to choose from, including restaurants and cafes, wineries and distilleries.

Trail passes cost just $40 + $3 booking fee and each contains five vouchers that can be exchanged for one food and one beverage sample at each participating restaurant on the weekend.

Groups of five or more are encouraged to book at each venue.

Participating venues include Alby + Esthers, Artisan on Lewis, Baker Williams Distillery, Blue Wren, Botobolar, Burnbrae, di Lusso Estate, Elton’s + Gilbert Family Wines, Huntington Estate, Lowe Wines, Moothi Estate, Mudgee Brewing Co, SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, Slowfox Wines, Skimstone Wines, Wellstead Shrubs and Winning Post Motor Inn.

Trail Passes can be bought online at www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au or in person at the Visitors Information Centre at 84 Market Street, Mudgee.

Where to take your Valentine this weekend in Mudgee

Mudgee residents have less than a week to prepare for the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day!

No doubt, many of you have some wonderful and romantic gestures planned to show that special someone just how much they mean to you, but if you haven’t been able to come up with anything yet then don’t despair because we’ve rounded up some fun local ideas that are sure to make your Valentine feel special this weekend.

Valentine’s Dinner at Wineglass Bar and Grill – If you plan on wining and dining your Valentine, head to Wineglass Bar and Grill where they will be serving up a special Valentine’s dinner for two. A two-course meal costs $55 per person, or you can treat yourself to 3 courses for $66 per person. For reservations, phone 02 6372 7245 or visit www.wineglassbarandgrill.com.au for more information.

Local Markets – For unique Valentine’s gifts and fresh local produce, head to one of this weekend’s local markets. The Lawson Park Markets will be held this Saturday 13th February from 8am to 1pm, or you might like to head to the Rylstone Artisan and Produce Markets, also held on Saturday from 9am to 1.30pm.

Festival of Figs at Di Lusso Estate – Celebrate Valentine’s Day this Saturday night (February 13) at Li Dusso Estate where they will be welcoming the start of this year’s fig season. For $70 per person you can expect a menu inspired by figs, including fig cocktails and salads. Visit www.dilusso.com.au to find out more.

Pizzas at Burnbrae Wines – For something a bit more casual, head down to Burnbrae Wines this Sunday between 12-3pm and enjoy unbelievably delicious pizza coupled with awarding-winning wines and beers. Call 02 6373 3504 to book, or visit www.burnbraewines.com.au.

Valentine’s Day Sunday Dusk Session at The Brewery – Bring along your date, or maybe just a group of friends, to a Sunday Sesh at Mudgee Brewing Co. There will be a gourmet menu for brekky, lunch & dinner, fresh pizzas from 12pm and live music from 4.30pm. Call 02 6372 6726 to book or visit mudgeebrewing.com.au to find out more.

What will you be doing to mark Valentine’s Day 2016? Let us know by leaving a comment on our Facebook Page, I Love Mudgee.

Celebrate all the Flavours of Mudgee

Wine, food and entertainment will take over Market Street tomorrow (Saturday, September 26) for the highly anticipated Flavours of Mudgee street festival.

Arguably one of the biggest events of the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival, Flavours of Mudgee provides locals and visitors with a chance to experience a unique dining experience right in the heart of the Mudgee CBD.

From 4pm, Market Street will come alive with over 60 stalls from Mudgee’s best food and wine producers. Festival-goers can wander through the stalls, sipping on wine and trying everything from traditional Aussie fare to tasty exotic treats for dinner.

A new tasting token system is being introduced to the festival this year. For $10, you will be able to purchase a souvenir festival glass along with ten tasting tokens. One token equals one taste. Glasses of wine will also be available for $5, or you will be able to purchase a bottle of wine at cellar door prices from the individual stallholders to enjoy with the delicious food and local produce on offer.

The Flavours of Mudgee Festival is going to make for some seriously good fun tomorrow evening, just don’t forget to bring along your appetite!

For all further details about the event, visit www.flavoursofmudgee.com.au or follow Flavours of Mudgee on Facebook.

Will you be heading along to Flavours of Mudgee tomorrow?

Rate your favourite ‘Local Plate’ in Mudgee

Locals and visitors to Mudgee are being encouraged to become food critics this month and sample a ‘Local Plate’ or two to be in with the chance to win an all-expenses paid weekend in Mudgee.

There will be a huge variety of Local Plate dishes to choose from, with almost 20 local eateries taking part in the competition. You can start off with breakfast, then head off to a quick lunch, followed by a slow grazing platter or a fine dining experience. All Local Plate dishes will feature at least 80% produce although many dishes have 100% of the ingredients sourced within a 100-mile radius of the Mudgee region.

Once you’ve tried a Local Plate dish, all you have to do to be in the draw for the big prize is fill out a voting form with your verdict of the Local Plate you tried, and place your completed form in the entry box.

The prize includes two nights’ accommodation at Putta Bucca B&B, a meal for two at the Champion Local Plate restaurant, a wine tour, a hamper of local produce, and farm walk tickets.

It’s a great prize and even if you don’t win it’s still definitely worth heading to any of the restaurants taking part in the Local Plate to try their sensational dishes.

Restaurants taking part in the Local Plate competition include the following:

  • Alby & Esther’s – Alby & Esther’s Local Grazing Platter
  • Arbuckles Restaurant & Café – Chachouka Eggs
  • Delumptious– Lamb & Rosemary Pie
  • Fairview ArtSpace – Ploughmans Platter
  • High Valley Wine & Cheese – Gourmet Grazing Plate
  • Lowe Wine – Grazing Platter
  • Market Street Café – The Market Plate
  • Pipeclay Pumphouse at Robert Stein Winery – Pipeclay Pumphouse Charcuterie Platter
  • The Quaff Shop Cafe & Gallery – Honeycomb Pancakes
  • Sajos 
  • The Wineglass Bar & Grill 
  • The Post Steakhouse and Bar at The Winning Post Motor Inn – Slow Braised Lamb Shank in Red Wine jus.
  • Vines Restaurant at Parklands Resort – Hereford prime Paella
  • Moothi Estate winery – Mudgee Munch Lunch

For further details about the Local Plate competition in Mudgee, head to mudgeefinefoods.com.au/local-plate.


Bon appetit!

A Glimpse of Mudgee’s Culinary Past at High Valley Wine & Cheese Co

There are plenty of things happening in Mudgee this month while the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival is on, and something that should not to be missed out on is the ‘Our Culinary Past – a glimpse of how it was!’ display at High Valley Wine & Cheese Co.

The display will showcase kitchen memorabilia and take visitors on a ‘trip down memory lane’ of Australia’s food history. The display has been inspired by a recently published book called “Bold Palates” Australia’s Gastronomic Heritage by Barbara Sandich.

Barabra is an internationally acknowledged authority on food history and her book is well worth a read, and a few of our readers may know of her sister Lyn Mearing who is a Mudgee local!

For those who do head along to see the Our Culinary Past display at High Valley Wine & Cheese Co, don’t forget to also take the opportunity to sample their delicious award-winning cheeses and wines, and you may also want to visit their recently opened Frenchfork Café.

The ‘Our Culinary Past – a glimpse of how it was!’ display will be showing until October 8 and you can find High Valley Wine & Cheese Co at 137 Ulan Road in Mudgee.

For any further details you can contact High Valley on (02) 6372 1011.

Speaking of Food…

We talk often about the awesome produce we’re lucky to have in the Mudgee Region, and today we thought we’d talk about food from another perspective.

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Mudgee’s Masterchefs!

We’re so proud to be part of a community that produces some of the best fresh food and wine in the country, now we can add to that the fact that we have some esteemed home cooks that have put Mudgee on the map yet again!
You may have read in the Mudgee Guardian on Monday that several residents of the Mudgee region have had their recipes published in The Country Show Cookbook: Home Cooking. Pitted against other show contestants, the competition would no doubt have been incredibly tough.
We would like to say a huge “congratulations” to Shirley Tunnicliff of Rylstone, Carolyn Cannon of Glen Alice and of course Carolyn Emeny of Mudgee who between them have 6 recipes published in the cookbook.
According to the Guardian article “The Country Show Cookbook: Home Cooking” cookbook was released at the Dubbo Show and copied are available here in Mudgee by contacting Carolyn on 6379 7718 or emailing info@wheelygood.com.au.
Proceeds from the sales of these cookbooks go to fundraising efforts for the show societies throughout New South Wales.
If you’re looking for some great home cooking recipes, you can’t go past something that’s been produced by locals! So for everything from hot winter soups to baked goods and barbecues, make sure you contact Carolyn for your copy today!